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Gotham Arts Exchange Presents 8th Annual DANCE GOTHAM This Weekend

Gotham Arts Exchange Presents 8th Annual DANCE GOTHAM This Weekend

Gotham Arts Exchange presents the eighth annual presentation of FOCUS 2014: DANCE GOTHAM from today, January 10-12, 2014 at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South), NYC. Tickets are $18 ($15 for NYU faculty, staff and alumni) and are available by phone at 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111 or online at nyuskirball.org.

DANCE GOTHAM continues to present a thrilling range of aesthetics and artistry with three full programs at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. From post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality, these programs, curated by Jodee Nimerichter (American Dance Festival) offer choreographic works that are sophisticated, witty, wonderfully intelligent and revealing.

Friday, January 10 at 8pm

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Chris Yon [makes dances]

Rosie Herrera Dance Theater

Stephen Petronio Company

Saturday, January 11 at 8pm

Adele Myers and Dancers

Gallim Dance

Paul Taylor 2

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

Sunday, January 12 at 7pm

David Dorfman Dance

Dusan Týnek Dance Theatre

Hubbard Street 2

LeeSaar The Company

DANCE GOTHAM is a part of FOCUS 2014, the National Platform to promote American dance both abroad and nationally. The week-long platform presents performances of U.S.-based dance companies during the annual Arts Presenters Conference in New York City, and one of the largest gatherings of artists, dancers and dance professionals in the U.S. During the second week in January, four venues partner with Gotham Arts Exchange to present the artistic visions of the curators gathered to shape this year's edition:

FOCUS 2014 (www.focusdance.us)

* FOCUS DANCE at The Joyce Theater, curator Laurie Uprichard

* DANCE GOTHAM at NYU/Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, curator Jodee Nimerichter

* DANCE MEET and SHOW CASE at New York City Center

FOCUS 2014 STEERING COMMITTEE: Rena Shagan, Chair; Laura Colby; Chad Herzog; Ken Maldonado*; Harold Norris; Cathy Pruzan; Bernard Schmidt; Linda Shelton; Burke Wilmore*

* staff members

FOCUS 2014 is produced by Gotham Arts Exchange and made possible with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.focusdance.us

ARTIST BIOS:

Adele Myers began her company, Adele Myers and Dancers in 2000 as part of her MFA Thesis project at Florida State University. The company is made up of 4-5 female members (though there once was a man). The work, brimming with robust athleticism, wit, and a personalized theatricality tends toward a humanist perspective that emphatically emphasizes people dancing, not simply dancers moving. AMD has been presented throughout the eastern seaboard including Bates Dance Festival (ME), Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out (MA), Danspace Project's FSU alumni Academy Dances (NY), Dance New Amsterdam (NY), Vermont Performance Lab, New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas (CT), among many others. AMD was awarded a National Dance Project for the creation and touring of her newest work in progress, Einstein's Happiest Thought, which premiered in Sept 2013.

Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality, Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. The company's work explores typical, real life situations ranging from literal relationships to more complex themes with an eye on the past and present. Making a personal claim on history, through the lens of a modern female perspective, Camille A. Brown leads her dancers through dazzling excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, as well as immediate contemporary issues. The work is strongly character based, expressing whatever the topic is by building from little moments, modeling a filmic sensibility. Theater, poetry, visual art and music of all genres merge to inject each performance with energy and urgency.

CHRIS YON [makes dances]:

Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs have been dancing together since 2002. They met during The Bessie Schonberg Artist Residency at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard. Chris and Taryn have since performed their dances many places, most recently as part of Jaime Carrera's Outlet Performance Festival, Walker Art Center's Momentum New Dance Works 2011 at The Southern, 9x22 at Bryant Lake Bowl, and ODC Theater (SF) & Velocity Dance Center (Seattle) as part of the SCUBA National Touring Network. Yon and Griggs have performed together with David Neumann, Karinne Keithley Syers, Yoshiko Chuma, Irish Modern Dance Theater and Liz Roche Company. They are Sage Award winners (2009) and McKnight Fellows (Yon 2011, Griggs 2012). They live in South Minneapolis with their daughter, Beatrix. To see some of their work, visit chrisyon.net.

With the vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic and accessible, David Dorfman Dance has a long-standing commitment to enlivening audiences through performance and community engagement in order to foster critical dialogue, debate, and social change. DDD has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and in New York City's major dance venues, including The Brooklyn Academy Of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, La Mama Theater, and The Duke on 42nd Street. David Dorfman, the Company's dancers and artistic collaborators have been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. David Dorfman Dance has been a Company-in-Residence at Connecticut College since 2007, appears annually at the Tisch Dance Summer Residency Program at New York University, and holds biannual Company Intensives in New York City and New London, CT.

Dusan Týnek Dance Theatre (DTDT) is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary year, which will culminate in a season at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. The 8-member, Brooklyn-based contemporary Dance Company is led by choreographer Dusan Týnek and has held home seasons at leading dance venues throughout NYC. The company supports the creation and presentation of new work by Týnek and his artistic collaborators. DTDT has held eight highly-acclaimed NYC seasons at leading dance venues and has performed in numerous festivals and theaters throughout the U.S., Europe and Russia. DTDT has received commissioning, touring, production and general support grants from major foundations as well as from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. The company is well-regarded for its exceptional and innovative repertory and programming, as well as its "superb ensemble" of exceptionally trained dancers.

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