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New York City Center Announces 11th Annual FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL Lineup, Running Sept & Oct 2014

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New York City Center Announces 11th Annual FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL Lineup, Running Sept & Oct 2014

New York City Center's 11th annual Fall for Dance Festival will feature free performances in Central Park and 24 acclaimed dance companies and artists from around the world, in six unique programs in September and October 2014. In keeping with the Festival's commitment to make dance accessible to everyone, the Festival will kick off with two FREE evenings of dance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, in association with The Public Theater, on September 12 and 13 (rain date, September 14) and will continue at City Center from October 8 - October 19 with all tickets at $15. The Festival's many free pre-show events will include dance lessons and panels by choreographers, artists and dance educators. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, September 14 at 11 a.m.

The two-week Festival at City Center will consist of five unique programs (each program is repeated twice) and will include performances by Aakash Odedra Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Australian Ballet, BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montre?al, Black Grace, Brian Brooks Moving Company with Juilliard Dance, Company Se?bastien Ramirez & Honji Wang, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Russell Maliphant/Sadler's Wells London, San Francisco Ballet, Sara Mearns & Company, The Sarasota Ballet, Semperoper Ballett Dresden, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Vuyani Dance Theatre, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, and one more company to be announced.

The FREE performances at The Public's Delacorte Theater will feature: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lil Buck, and one more company to be announced, each performing both nights. Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at The Public's Delacorte Theater on the day of the show and through virtual ticketing.

The Fall for Dance Festival has received international acclaim for its quality, innovation and success in introducing new and younger audiences to the world of dance. Since its inception, the Festival has presented 189 companies and introduced more than 250,000 newcomers and dance enthusiasts to an eclectic mix of choreographers and performers.

"We are delighted that our Fall for Dance season will once again open with two free performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Last year's performances at the Delacorte demonstrated how glorious dance looks at this special venue, and we are so pleased that The Public Theater is partnering with us again to provide great dance to all New Yorkers," said New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler.

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Fall for Dance back to the Delacorte again this year," said Public Theater Associate Artistic Director Mandy Hackett. "Partnering with Fall for Dance is a beautiful collaboration as our organizations share common goals and vision of making the arts and culture accessible to all New Yorkers. Experiencing such extraordinary work from the world of dance on the Delacorte stage is utterly thrilling."

"The Delacorte evenings will be a wonderful beginning to what promises to be an exciting Festival, filled with premieres and the Fall for Dance debuts of several companies," Shuler added. "We are particularly pleased to note that this year's Festival will include world premieres by Mark Morris and Pontus Lidberg, both of which were commissioned by City Center especially for Fall for Dance. We are proud to be able to support the work of such gifted artists and to share that work with our audiences."

Stanford Makishi serves as Associate Producer and Ilter Ibrahimof serves as Artistic Advisor to the Festival.

EDUCATION

New York City Center and the NYC Department of Education will once again co-present a Fall for Dance Festival Lab. Dance educators will take two master classes focusing on pieces of repertoire featured in the Festival. City Center teaching artists will then facilitate a workshop centered on exploring dance techniques and applications to classroom practice.

The Fall for Dance Festival also will offer DanceTalk, two pre-performance panel discussions with Festival artists, moderated by dance scholars. Panels will take place in New York City Center studios and are free and open to the public. Educational groups can make advance reservations by contacting Chelsea Goding in New York City Center's Education Department at cgoding@nycitycenter.org.

FESTIVAL LOUNGE

For each Fall for Dance performance, City Center's beautifully restored Grand Tier lobby will be transformed into Lounge FFD, a vibrant gathering place for audience members and artists. Lounge FFD offers Festival attendees and performers a place to relax and mingle, share a cocktail and a snack, or take a free dance lesson before the show.

FREE Performances at The Public Theater's Delacorte Theater September 12 and 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. (Rain Date: September 14)

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO

Gnawa (2005), choreographed by Nacho Duato for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, is a vibrant ensemble work that taps the Mediterranean spirit of North Africa and Duato's native Spain.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's core purpose is to bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate, transform and change lives through the experience of dance. Celebrating its 37th season in 2014-15, Hubbard Street continues to be an innovative force, supporting its creative talent while presenting repertory by the field's internationally recognized living artists. Founded and directed for its first 23 years by Lou Conte, Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms: The Lou Conte Dance Studio provides a wide range of public classes and pre-professional training; extensive youth, education, community, adaptive dance and family programs keep the organization deeply connected to its hometown; the Choreographic Development Initiative is aimed at being a national model for artistic development while proactively diversifying contemporary concert dance; Hubbard Street 2 stewards early- career artists and the International Commissioning Project (formerly the National Choreographic Competition). The main company's 18 members comprise one of the only ensembles in the U.S. to perform all year long, domestically and around the world. www.hubbardstreetdance.com

BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY

D-Man in the Waters (Part I) (1989, revised 1998), choreographed by Bill T. Jones, a joyful tour de force set to Mendelssohn's Octet in E-Flat Major for Strings, Op. 20. The Bessie Award-winning classic is a celebration of life and the resiliency of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope and triumph.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company has shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through the creation and performance of over 140 works. Founded as a multicultural dance company in 1982, the company was born of an 11-year artistic collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. Today, the company is recognized as one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the modern dance world, and has performed its ever-enlarging repertoire worldwide in over 200 cities in 30 countries on every major continent. In 2011, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company merged with Dance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts, of which Bill T. Jones is the Artistic Director. newyorklivearts.org

LIL BUCK (Live Music)

Bend in the Road, a scene from a new project conceived and directed by Damian Woetzel, is a world premiere starring Lil Buck, with dancer Ron Myles and musicians including Jon Batiste, Edmar Castaneda and Marcus Printup. Bend in the Road follows the Pied Piper of dance, Lil Buck, as he jooks across America discovering what brings our cities to life. First stop: New Orleans.

Lil Buck is known for his Memphis jookin', a street dance that originated in Memphis, and he is the founder of his own dance group, New Styles Krew. At age 16, he began ballet training at the New Ballet Ensemble, where he performed and choreographed until moving to Los Angeles in 2009. Lil Buck co-choreographed and starred in the video for recording artist Janelle Monae's Grammy-nominated hit song "Tightrope" and danced with Madonna on tour and during the 2012 Super Bowl XCLVI halftime show. He has performed on numerous television shows, including an appearance as a performer and guest judge on "Dancing with the Stars," "The Colbert Report," "Tavis Smiley," and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Recently, he appeared with New York City Ballet as a star soloist in the debut of a ballet by the French artist JR. In 2011, Lil Buck collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in performances of The Swan, directed by Damian Woetzel as part of Ma and Woetzel's Arts Strike initiative. Director Spike Jonze captured this collaboration in a video that went viral on YouTube, garnering more than 2.5 million views. Also directed by Woetzel, Lil Buck has appeared with Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at SummerStage in Central Park, at the 2011 U.S.-China Forum in Beijing, and as the star of Lil Buck @ Le Poisson Rouge in 2013, for which he won a Bessie Award for outstanding performance. Lil Buck was the 2011 Artist-in-Residence of the Vail International Dance Festival and is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute.

*ADDITIONAL COMPANY TBA

SCHEDULE IN ORDER OF PERFORMANCE

PROGRAM ONE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 8 p.m. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 8 p.m.

BLACK GRACE

Minoi (1999) and Pati Pati (2009) (adapted for Fall for Dance) are choreographed by Black Grace Founding Artistic Director Neil leremia. Minoi fuses a traditional Samoan dance style known as Fa'ataupati (slap dance) and western contemporary dance as a means of exploring cultural identity issues. Pati Pati, a New York premiere, is a mixture of excerpts from older works that utilize body percussion influenced by traditional Samoan Sasa (seated dance) and Fa'ataupati.

Black Grace, New Zealand's leading contemporary dance group, was founded by Neil Ieremia in 1995. Ieremia draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create innovative dance works that reach across social, cultural and generational barriers. The work itself is highly physical, rich in the storytelling traditions of the South Pacific and expressed with raw finesse, unique beauty and power. The company features some of New Zealand's finest dancers and has toured internationally. Black Grace made its U.S. debut at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 2004 and performed at Fall for Dance in 2005. Since then, the company has performed regularly throughout North America, earning audience and critical acclaim. blackgrace.co.nz/

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET

Variations for Two Couples (2012), a New York premiere by esteemed Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen, is a series of intricate duets set to string quartet excerpts by Benjamin Britten and other composers.

San Francisco Ballet, Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer, is America's oldest professional ballet company. It has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic "firsts" since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of Swan Lake and Nutcracker, as well as the first 20th-century American Coppe?lia. San Francisco Ballet is one of the three largest ballet companies in the United States. Guided in its early years by American dance pioneers and brothers Lew, Willam and Harold Christensen, San Francisco Ballet currently presents more than 100 performances annually, both locally and internationally. Under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, who will celebrate his 30th anniversary as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet in 2015, the company has achieved an international reputation as one of the preeminent ballet companies in the world. sfballet.org

RUSSELL MALIPHANT/SADLER'S WELLS LONDON

Two x Two (2009), a U.S. premiere choreographed by Russell Maliphant, is one of the British dance maker's most intensely beautiful works. Originally made as a solo in 1997 and later reworked for a trio, the piece has been reimagined once again, this time as a duet for Fang-Yi Sheu and San Francisco Ballet Principal Yuan Yuan Tan. With the dancers contained in tiny boxes of light and underpinned by the beat of Andy Cowton's compelling score, Two x Two is a hypnotic exploration of the interplay between light and movement

Russell Maliphant trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. He formed Russell Maliphant Company in 1996 and has worked with renowned companies and artists including Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, English National Ballet and Lyon Opera Ballet. Maliphant has received numerous awards, including the Critics' Circle National Dance award for best modern choreography, a South Bank Show award and an Olivier award for PUSH, with Sylvie Guillem. He became an Associate Artist of Sadler's Wells in 2005. Sadler's Wells is the UK's leading dance house, uniquely dedicated to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London audiences. It is committed to producing, commissioning and presenting works of the highest standards, crossing the boundaries between different art forms. sadlerswells.com

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP AND MUSIC ENSEMBLE (Festival Commission, Live Music)
Words, a world premiere commissioned by New York City Center for Fall for Dance, is being choreographed by Mark Morris for 16 dancers, set to the piano and violin arrangement of Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words."

Mark Morris Dance Group, founded in New York in 1980 by artistic director/choreographer Mark Morris, has been called "the preeminent modern dance organization of our time." Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group. It has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through the organization's Access/MMDG programming, it integrates opportunities for dance, music, talks, and education at its Brooklyn home, the Mark Morris Dance Center, as well as on tour around the world. mmdg.org

PROGRAM TWO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 at 8 p.m. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 8 p.m.

LUCINDA CHILDS DANCE COMPANY (Festival Debut)

Concerto (1993), choreographed by Lucinda Childs, is a masterwork for seven dancers, with music by Henryk Gorecki.

Lucinda Childs Dance Company was founded in 1973 by modern choreographer Lucinda Childs, who began her career as a choreographer and performer in 1963 as an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York. After forming the Lucinda Childs Dance Company in 1973, Ms. Childs collaborated with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass on the opera Einstein on the Beach in 1976. Since 1979, Ms. Childs has worked with a number of composers and designers on a series of large-scale productions for her company. The first of these was Dance, choreographed in 1979 with music by Philip Glass and a film/decor by Sol LeWitt. After a ten-year hiatus, the Lucinda Childs Dance Company was revived for a remount of Dance in 2009, which was granted a NEA/NEFA American Masterpiece Award and has toured internationally since. lucindachilds.com

SEMPEROPER BALLETT DRESDEN

Neue Suite (2012), a U.S. premiere choreographed by William Forsythe, is a specially created and newly arranged series of pas de deux that focuses on physical interaction, one of Forsythe's key interests.

Semperoper Ballett Dresden is a company of 60 international dancers that performs romantic, classical, neo-classical and modern works. The company delivers more than 70 performances each season, accompanied by the world-famous orchestra of the Semper Opera House, the Sa?chsische Staatskapelle Dresden. Currently led by Artistic Director Aaron S. Watkin, the company aims to break down the borders that traditionally exist between classical and contemporary dance, and redefine dance as a culmination of both. semperoper.de/en/ballet

SARA MEARNS & COMPANY

Stairway to Paradise (2014), choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, features Sara Mearns and eight male Broadway dancers in a musical showstopper set to Patti Austin's recording of the Gershwins' "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise."

Sara Mearns is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. She is most known for her role as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Other major works include A Dancer's Dream with the New York Philharmonic and Ocean's Kingdom with original music by Paul McCartney, as well as a new work by Justin Peck that was commissioned for Fall for Dance 2013. She has worked with world-renowned choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Benjamin Millepied, Susan Stroman and Peter Martins, among many others. She has been nominated for a 2014 Bessie Award for outstanding performer. Joshua Bergasse is the 2012 Emmy Award-winning choreographer for the NBC drama "Smash." Other N.Y. choreography credits include the Encores! productions of Little Me and It's a Bird...It's a Plane... It's Superman, and The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall. Joshua is making his Broadway choreographic debut with On the Town at the Lyric Theatre this fall.

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