Joyce SoHo Announces Their Spring/Summer Season

Joyce SoHo Announces Their Spring/Summer Season

Joyce SoHo is set to present its Spring/Summer '12 season featuring a riveting line-up of the dance world's most innovative choreographers and companies. Among the highlights of the season, Joyce SoHo is presenting the world premiere of a full-length work by David Gordon that will run for the entire month of June in celebration of Gordon's impressive 50-year career as a dance maker. From April 4 -22, three companies will perform in rep including Alexandra Beller/Dances, skybetter and associates, and Decadancetheatre. Chunky Move is returning to Joyce SoHo with the New York premiere of a moving solo created and performed by Gideon Obarzanek. Additional highlights include two New York premieres from Helen Simoneau, winner of The A.W.A.R.D Show! 2010: New York City, and the New Dance Alliance 26th Annual Performance Mix Festival, a six day event that will feature twenty eclectic and experimental dance and performance artists showcasing a first time look at new work.

Most of these companies will be premiering new works, and several of this season's artists will host post-performance discussions in addition to the regularly scheduled performances. Below is a detailed roster of companies that will appear at Joyce SoHo from February 17, 2012 through July 29, 2012. Tickets may be purchased online at or via JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. The box office is open one half-hour prior to performance time to sell tickets exclusively for that performance. All programs are subject to change.

Feb 17-19
Fri–Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm
$24; $18 stu/sr
Post-performance discussion: Feb 17

San Francisco-basEd Levydance returns to Joyce SoHo with the New York premiere of ROMP, an immersive experience in which audience and performers inhabit the stage together while constructing a welcoming environment that is charged with possibility. Seating dancers and audience members together at banquet tables, ROMP provides a familiar setting for everyday interactions to transform and create an increasingly surreal and hyper-expressive world. The San Francisco Chronicle named ROMP one of the Bay Area's "Top 10 Dance Moments of 2011."

Feb 23-25
Thu–Sat at 7:30pm
$20; $15 stu/sr

For the past two years, the New York City-based duo Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa have been creating unique duet work. This season, the choreographers present an evening of mysterious labyrinths and curious Yin/Yang relationships in the premiere of The Same, Only Different; a re-visioning of Two in a Wild Fancy (2006); and their signature work Thread (2010), a second place winner at The A.W.A.R.D. Show! New York City 2010.

Malcolm Low/Formal Structure
Mar 2-3
Fri–Sat at 7:30pm
$18; $12 stu/sr; $25 Mar 2 benefit

Malcolm Low, 2011 fellowship award recipient of the New Directions Choreographic Lab at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will perform a work about love and loss that features demanding physicality and verbal stories with original text by Malcolm Low and the dancers. Working with Gregory Bain, Low will create a new world vision.

Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup
Mar 8-11
Thu–Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm
$22; $18 stu/sr/artist; $125 Mar 8 benefit (show + off-site party)
Post-performance discussions: Mar 9 & 10
Mar 8 benefit info:

Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup (NYC) returns to Joyce SoHo with the New York premiere of Prolegomena II, co-produced by Triskelion Arts. This dynamic and provocative work, created in collaboration with visual artist Karolien Soete and composer Alexander Berne, is the result of a year long exploration of literal and metaphoric darkness, characterized by movement that isolates and elevates. Prolegomena II features special musical guests The Beast and violinist Regina Sadowski, and live mural painting.
Performance contains partial nudity.

New Dance Alliance 26th Annual
Performance Mix Festival
Mar 13-18
Tue–Sun at 7pm; Tue–Sat at 8pm: Free (first come, first served)
Thu 10am Breakfast Mix - Reservations:
$15; $10 stu/sr/artist; $30/$60/$120; March 18 benefit
$24 Festival Pass (any 3 shows Tues-Sat)

For six days and thirteen events, twenty eclectic experimental dance and performance artists will provide an amazing first time look at new work. Artists include luciana achugar, Karen Bernard, Nami Yamamoto (USA), Daniel Linehan (USA/Belgium) and Marie Brassard in collaboration with Sarah Williams (Quebec). Another first is the presentation of two Polish artists--Karol Tyminski, and Marta Ziolek.
Performance contains nudity.

Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak
Mar 22-24
Thu–Sat at 7:30pm
$20; $15 stu/sr
Post-performance discussions: Mar 22 & 23

Chicago-based Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak explores the artist's water-like vocabulary within a testosterone-laced environment and asks 'where is the intersection between ferocity and fragility?' Juxtapositions abound-the "coffee is for closers" rant from Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross; a mash up of Bohemian composer Biber with lewd '90s rap, lip-syncing; and an imitation of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men.

In Rep: Alexandra Beller/Dances
Apr 4, 8, 13, 19 & 21 at 7:30pm, Apr 7 & 15 at 2pm
$20; $15 stu/sr; $50/$100 Benefit Apr 13
Apr 13 benefit info:
Post-performance discussions: Apr 8, 15 & 19

Performed by Alexandra Beller/Dances, other stories is a collection of interwoven movement events that highlight the friction between stories. When we are confronted, particularly within an intimate relationship, with a story that diverges from ours, how do we deal with that friction against our reality? Created in collaboration with legendary rock musician/composer Robert Poss and celebrated dramaturg Katherine Profeta, other stories is a layered multimedia performance that triggers memory, emotion, and heightened awareness through deeply personal and evocative movement.

In Rep: skybetter and associates
Apr 5, 7, 11, 15 & 20 at 7:30pm, Apr 14 & 22 at 2pm
$18; $12 stu/sr
Post-performance discussions: after each show

Brooklyn-based skybetter and associates presents the company's deepening investigation into affect, mathematics, and memory. Tracing the development of Skybetter's formalism, the company will perform The Laws of Falling Bodies (2009), Temporary Matters (2011), Little Boy (2012) and the world premiere of For Want of Sleep, featuring the live performance of a commissioned score by composer Sxip Shirey.

In Rep: Decadancetheatre
Apr 6, 12, 14, 18, & 22 at 7:30pm, Apr 8 & 21 at 2pm
$20; $15 stu/sr; $50-$300 Benefit Apr 14
Apr 14 benefit info:
Post-performance discussions: Apr 8

Brooklyn-based all female theatrical hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre returns to Joyce SoHo with a high energy evening of repertory favorites, including When the Sky Breaks 3D, and world premieres featuring an international roster of b-girls, poppers, lockers, wavers, house and experimental hip-hop dancers. A live DJ will provide the score for this unstoppable evening of electric hip-hop dance theatre.

Chunky Move
Apr 25-29 & May 2-6
Wed–Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm
After Hours @ Joyce SoHo: Apr 27
A post-performance Q&A with the artist. Refreshments served.

After twenty years making works for individuals, groups, and his own company, Chunky Move, Gideon Obarzanek has created Faker, a disarmingly personal solo performance of his own, exposing the expectations and disappointments, creative aspirations, and personal doubts of dance and theatre making. Frank and darkly humorous, Faker offers a rare insight into the mind of one of Australia's most acclaimed creators.