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Joyce Theater Announces 2011 Spring / Summer Season

Joyce Theater Announces 2011 Spring / Summer Season

Audiences will have the opportunity to see a full spectrum of dance companies, local and international, on The Joyce Theater stage during its 2011 spring / summer season. The Joyce, the nation's most prestigious home for modern dance, will welcome back audience favorites and introduce dance lovers to companies that have never before performed on its stage.

...WORLD FLAVOR...

Making its highly anticipated U.S. debut with a national tour that includes a two-week stop at The Joyce will be Cuba's Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, who will provide audiences with the extraordinary opportunity to see this fifty year-old company perform two exhilarating programs that showcase its Afro-Cuban and contemporary influenced movement style. Elsewhere from around the world, Cisne Negro, from Sao Paolo, Brazil, will present an eclectic program that includes performances by guest artist American Ballet Theatre principal, Marcelo Gomes. Brazil will also be represented by DanceBrazil, which returns to The Joyce with A Jornada, Artistic Director Jelon Viera's landmark work.

...LOCALLY GROWN...

The roster of NYC-based companies appearing on The Joyce stage this summer and spring is extraordinary. A season highlight will be the week-long appearance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in its final Joyce season before disbanding in December 2011 at the end of its two-year Legacy Tour. Two of these companies will celebrate anniversary seasons, and several will perform world premieres. The season will open with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, celebrating its 25th Anniversary with an engagement that features a world-premiere set to music by Stevie Wonder. Also celebrating an anniversary this year - its 30th - is Elisa Monte Dance, presenting a world premiere in a program that consists of company works from each of its three decades. Returning in June will be RIOULT, featuring a world premiere set to music by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Buglisi Dance Theatre will perform a program that includes a world premiere, as well as Requiem, set to Fauré's soaring Mass. Armitage Gone! Dance, will present a program that includes a collaboration between the company and featured artists from the Dance Theatre of Harlem ensemble. Highlighting KEIGWIN + COMPANY will be a world premiere of an evening-length work that features music by electro-acoustic composer and cellist Chris Lancaster and pianist Jerome Begin. Underland, an evening-length work inspired by the bittersweet songs of Australian balladeer Nick Cave, will be on tap for this year's engagement of the Stephen Petronio Company. Doug Varone & Dancers will return with the New York premiere of its acclaimed work Chapters from a Broken Novel, with live accompaniment. And international superstar of tap, Savion Glover, will make fireworks on The Joyce stage during a three-week engagement that includes the 4th of July. Following the success of last summer's presentation of four female choreographers, the newly-minted Gotham Dance Festival will feature the return of the choreographers Kate Weare and Monica Bill Barnes, along with Patrick Corbin and Brian Brooks. The Festival will also present six emerging artists in Summer Sampler Matinees

....NATIONAL PRIDE...

Numerous cities across the United States will be represented at The Joyce this spring, beginning with two cities in one company: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, celebrating its 15th Anniversary season this year with the east coast premiere of Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto's new ballet, Uneven. From San Francisco, ODC Dance will present the New York premiere of Waving Not Drowning during its week-long engagement. Up from Philadelphia, Philadanco, the 41-year old company led by dance icon Joan Myers Brown, will premiere Ray Mercer's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. And audience favorite, Connecticut-based Pilobolus will return with its annual four-week summer season which will include three programs, including startling collaborations with Takuya Muramatsu, the principal choreographer from Dairakudakan, the butoh company from Japan, OK Go, the hot rock n' roll band and, flying robots from MIT's Distributed Robotics Laboratory Flight Team.

The following is a complete roster of companies who will be appearing at The Joyce Theater this fall/winter.

Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE
February 8-13
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Feb 9
Tickets: $10 - $39; Joyce Members $19 - $29
Publicity Contact: thatgirl006, Inc., (718) 930-6387

"Ronald K. Brown creates dances so kinetically irresistible that it's hard not to squirm in your seat, to nod the chin and cock the shoulders up and down, tapping along to the beat," proclaims The Boston Globe about this distinguished choreographer, whose work combines Cuban, Caribbean, West African and modern American dance forms to provide a powerful view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. For its 25th Anniversary season, this exceptionally talented company performs a spectacular program that includes the world premiere of On Earth Together, set to music by Stevie Wonder.


BUGLISI DANCE THEATRE
February 15-20
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm;
Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Feb 16
Tickets: $10 - $39; Joyce Members $19 - $29
Publicity Contact: Audrey Ross, (212) 877-3399

Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi, a passionate descendant of Martha Graham, moves us with sublime images that touch the heart and embrace the soul. In the world premiere of Letters of Love on Ripped Paper, Buglisi reveals the rapture and human complexity underlying human relationships through a labyrinth of love letters: Pliny to Calpurnia; Queen Victoria to Prince Albert; Zelda to Scott. The magnificent dancers, expressionistic theatricality and Daniel Brewbaker's original score are captivating. Filled with compassion, Buglisi's Requiem is set to Fauré's soaring Mass and revered for being "extravagant and beautiful." (The New
York Times)

ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET
February 22-27
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Feb 23
Tickets: $10 - $49; Joyce Members $26 - $37
Publicity Contact: Richard Kornberg & Associates, (212) 944-9444

Celebrating its 15th anniversary season, the company that takes "hold of your heart" (The Washington Post) performs an exhilarating program of contemporary dance exemplifying its commitment to commissioning groundbreaking work by both world renowned and emerging choreographers. The first American company to commission Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will present the east coast premiere of his stunning new ballet Uneven. Also on the program-Red Sweet, the company's signature work, created by the celebrated Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo, and Stamping Ground by master choreographer Jiri Kylian.


Elisa Monte DANCE
March 1-6
Tue 7pm; Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm;
Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Opening Night Gala: Tue, Mar 1
For Gala tickets, call 212-868-4488
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 2
Tickets: $10 - $49; Joyce Members $26 - $37
Publicity Contact: Peter Cromarty, (212) 580-4222

Elisa Monte Dance celebrates its 30th anniversary by taking bold steps towards the future with the world premiere of Monte's Dialogue with Vanishing Languages. The program also includes EMD works from each landmark decade that carry with them the depth and richness of American contemporary dance. Since electrifying the dance world in 1981 when Alvin Ailey brought her seminal work, Treading into his repertory, Ms. Monte has been revered for her choreography of elaborate lifts and athletic leaps interwoven with complex patterns and knotty groupings of bodies. The season is dedicated to long-time EMD board member and friend, Denise Jefferson, whose life and years of service to the company will be remembered for the next thirty years and beyond.


KEIGWIN + COMPANY
March 8-13
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm;
Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 9
Tickets: $10 - $49; Joyce Members $26 - $37
Publicity Contact: Helene Davis, (212) 354-7436

After electrifying audiences with its first solo Joyce season in 2010, "a thrilling coup de theater" (Vanity Fair), KEIGWIN + COMPANY comes back with the world premiere of Dark Habits, an evening-length work that, through Keigwin's indomitable theatricality, examines fashion and drama. Driving the dancers' vigorous physicality is a score that features original music by cellist Chris Lancaster and pianist Jerome Begin, joined with instantly familiar rock music.


Doug Varone & DANCERS
March 15-20
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm;
Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 16
Tickets: $10 - $59; Joyce Members $26 - $44
Publicity Contact: Jennifer Lerner, (212) 486-7229

Doug Varone and his exquisite dancers take the Joyce stage for the much-anticipated New York premiere of their acclaimed new work, Chapters from a Broken Novel. Kindled by a bold cinematic score by David Van Tieghem, Varone's Chapters reveals a world teeming with everyday moments exposed for their beauty and rawness. Illuminated with humor and pathos, these twenty-two episodes are vivid, physically charged renderings of human interaction in spheres both public and private. With bold strokes of movement mingled with detailed intimate gesture, Varone once again paints human portraits with the nuance and complexity that has made him one of his generation's most compelling dancemakers. Chapters from a Broken Novel will be presented with live music performed by the score's composer, David Van Tieghem.


MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY
Mar 22-27
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 23
Tickets: $10 - $59; Joyce Members $26 - $44
Publicity Contact: Resnicow Schroeder Associates, (212) 671-5158

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company's first Joyce season, taking place in 1984, featured a ten-day series of Cunningham's signature Events, in which Cunningham and his dancers performed to live music by company musicians John Cage, Takehisa Kisugi, and David Tudor. For this, its final Joyce season before disbanding in December 2011 at the end of its two-year Legacy Tour, the company will give audiences the extraordinary opportunity to see Cunningham's choreography performed by the final group of dancers he personally trained in a repertory program that has not been seen in New York for decades. This profoundly moving engagement will include two Cunningham masterworks--CRWDSPCR and Quartet, and will conclude with Antic Meet, an iconic piece, not seen since 1969, that captures the exuberant and collaborative spirit that existed between the choreographer and Robert Rauschenberg.


PHILADANCO
March 29-Apr 3
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm
Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 30
Tickets: $10 - $49; Joyce Members $26 - $37
Publicity Contact: TBD

Applauded for its dazzling style, technically flawless movement and devotion to preserving predominantly African-American traditions in dance, PHILADANCO arrives at The Joyce with works by stellar contemporary choreographers: Bolero Too!, created by Christopher Huggins in honor of the company's 40th Anniversary; By Way of the Funk, a new work by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar that harnesses the energy and culture of funk music; and the New York premiere of Ray Mercer's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.


STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY
April 5-10
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm;
Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Apr 6
Tickets: $10 - $59; Joyce Members $26 - $44
Publicity Contact: Janet Stapleton, (212) 633-0016

"One of the few contemporary dance makers who have created an instantly recognizable style... fresh and unpredictable, jarring and just right, "proclaims The New York Times about Stephen Petronio. His Underland is a vividly surging work, inspired by the dark, bittersweet songs of Australian balladeer Nick Cave. Dancers hurl through space with razor sharp precision, fiercely energized one moment, sensually lyrical the next. Underland unravels in a series of solos, duets, and ensemble passages that build a powerfully fractured, enigmatic world filled with hope and despair. Completing the vision is a triptych of projected imagery by Ken Tabachnick and Mike Daly, with costumes by Tara Subkoff/Imitation of Christ.


DANCEBRAZIL
April 12-24
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm;
Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Apr 13
Tickets: $10 - $39; Joyce Members $19 - $29
Publicity Contact: TBD

The "high-octane, high-flying" (The New York Times) energy of DanceBrazil takes center stage at The Joyce when the company returns for its 2011 season, with A Jornada (The Path), Artistic Director Jelon Vieira's landmark work that premiered at The Joyce in 2001. A Jornada follows the path of Africans to Brazil, using the Afro-Brazilian traditional art form of Capoeira as the base, the link to, and an expression of the struggle and liberation of Afro-Brazilian culture.


ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE
April 26-May 8
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm;
Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Apr 27
Tickets: $10 - $39; Joyce Members $19 - $29
Publicity Contact: Richard Kornberg & Associates, (212) 944-9444

Karole Armitage and her stunning post-modern ballet company, Armitage Gone! Dance return to The Joyce for a two-week engagement, presenting two programs revealing her unique sensibility that at once embraces classical values and, as reflected in her Tony-nominated choreography for Hair, then knocks them askew. Program A is comprised of three works, Drastic-Classicism performed to Rhys Chatham's clangorous score; the deeply-loved and lyrical Ligeti Essays; and a new collaborative work with the re-emerging Dance Theater of Harlem. Program B is devoted to the mesmerizing Three Theories, described as "brainy brilliance translate[d]into exquisite extensions of the dance vocabulary."


DANZA CONTEMPORANEA de CUBA
May 10-22
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm;
Sat 2pm (May 21 only) & 8pm (May 14 & 21);
Sun 2pm (May 15 & 22) & 7:30pm (May 22 only)
Dance Chat: Wed, May 11
Tickets: $10 - $59; Joyce Members $26 - $44
Publicity Contact: Richard Kornberg & Associates, (212) 944-9444

Making its highly-anticipated U.S. debut with a national tour that includes a two-week stop at The Joyce, Cuba's Danza Contemporanea de Cuba will provide audiences with the extraordinary chance to experience what Artistic Director Miguel Iglesias Ferrer refers to as the company's distinct style that isn't just a fusion of Spanish and African. It's also a statement, a way of life...about the freedom to act, and the willingness to openly express personal opinions." Highlighting the two programs will be eclectic choreographer ranging from Casi Casa, a work created by Swedish choreographic sensation Mats Ek, set to disco, hip-hop, swing and jazz, and Demo-N/Crazy, choreographed by the acclaimed Spanish choreographer Rafel Bonachela, the Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company.


GOTHAM DANCE FESTIVAL
June 1-12
Tickets: $10 - $39; Joyce Members $19 - $29
Publicity Contact: Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773
Fresh off the overwhelming success of last summer's presentation of four female choreographers, Gotham Arts Festival returns to The Joyce with expanded programming and a newly-branded festival. The festival will also present six talented emerging artists in Summer Sampler Matinees.

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