The Joyce Theater Announces Its 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Season

The Joyce Theater Announces Its 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Season

The Joyce Theater will welcome an impressive roster of the world's most acclaimed dance companies for its 2010-2011 Fall/Winter Season, which will include several debuts and four international companies, all presenting U.S. premieres.

The season kicks off on September 18 with Jérôme Bel. Part of the Crossing The Line festival, the special two-performance engagement will feature the U.S. premiere of a solo work choreographed for the remarkable Cedric Andrieux, the former Merce Cunningham dancer who last appeared on the Joyce stage in March 2010 with the Lyon Opera Ballet. Israel's extraordinary Batsheva Dance Company will present a two-week season of PROJECT 5, an evening-length work featuring an artful combination of excerpts from earlier pieces by Ohad Naharin, the company's acclaimed artistic director. And Sankai Juku, Japan's foremost Butoh company, will make its Joyce debut with Tobari-As if in Exhaustible Flux, a mesmerizing work created by artistic director Ushio Amagatsu. In October, les Ballets C de la B, the Belgian choreographic collective under the direction of Alain Platel, will make its Joyce debut with Out of Context - For Pina, a dance-theater piece that combines humor and emotion with ecstatic movement.

Later in the season, two additional international companies will appear at The Joyce. In early January 2010, Switzerland's Compagnie Philippe Saire will make its Joyce debut with Lonesome Cowboy. Performing on gravel that morphs and changes pattern throughout the piece, the dancers in this work create a violent, tender and sensual world devoted to exploring the many aspects of masculinity. Following Compagnie Philippe Saire will be the return of Argentina's Tango Fire, last seen at The Joyce during its sold-out season in December 2007. This engagement is known as Tango Inferno, an exciting and passionate journey through the history of Argentine dance that highlights the prowess of ten torrid dancers and a live quartet of brilliant musicians, who perform onstage.

Audience favorites also return to The Joyce this fall. Garth Fagan Dance will celebrate its 40th Anniversary Season with a November engagement. A two-week season of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will feature two programs of works created by Hofesh Schecter, Jo Strømgren, Alexander Ekman and Didy Veldman, some of the world's hottest choreographers. Also presenting extended two-week engagements will be Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson's Complexions Contemporary Ballet; Ballet Hispanico, with a program that includes two world premieres (one honoring the life and music of Celia Cruz and another by Annabella Lopez Ochoa); and Parsons Dance, closing out the season with three programs, including two world premieres and a "family friendly" offering.

And, for the 2010 holiday season, the wildly popular Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo will twirl into town to "make the world a more beautiful place," as The New York Times put it during the company's last appearance at The Joyce in 2008. The holiday-time must-see event will feature the technically brilliant and extraordinarily hilarious all-male company performing such classics as Raymonda's Wedding, Swan Lake and Patterns in Space, an abstract work modeled after the work of Merce Cunningham.

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

Cédric Andrieux
September 18-19
Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm
Tickets: $10-$39 (Joyce Members $19-$29)

Conceived and directed by esteemed conceptual artist and choreographer Jérôme Bel, Cédric Andrieux is a visual autobiography of Cédric Andrieux, one of contemporary dance's most lauded artists. Beginning with his training in France and continuing through his performing life in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the Lyon Opera Ballet, Andrieux both talks about and, through dance, demonstrates facets of his incomparable career. The performance includes excerpts from Newark by Trisha Brown, Biped, Suite for 5 by Merce Cunningham, Nuit Fragile by Philippe Tréhet, and The show must go on by Jérôme Bel.

Supported by The R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance.

Crossing the Line is FIAF's fall festival, conceived as a platform to present vibrant new works by a diverse range of transdisciplinary artists working in France and New York City.

Project 5
September 21 - 26
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8:00pm; Sat 2pm &8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
September 28 -October 3
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8:00pm; Sun 2:00pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Sep 22
Tickets: $10-$75 (Joyce Members $26-$44)

Internationally acclaimed and making its much-anticipated return to The Joyce after twenty-seven years, Batsheva Dance Company, Israel's national dance Company Brings esteemed Artistic Director Ohad Naharin's Project 5 to New York audiences for the first time. An evening that features an artful combination of excerpts from earlier pieces by Naharin, "one of the most fascinating dancemakers on the planet" (The New York Times), Project 5 includes excerpts from B/olero (2008), Moshe (1999), George & Zalman (2006) and Black Milk (1985/1991) and offers two completely different perspectives, with five performances danced by a cast of five women and nine performances by a cast of five men.

Female Cast: Sep 21-22 at 7:30pm, Sep 23 at 8pm, Sep 25 at 2pm , Sep 26 at 7:30pm

Male Cast: Sep 24- 25 at 8pm, Sep 26 at 2pm, Sep 28-29 at 7:30pm, Sep 30- Oct 2 at 8pm,
Oct 3 at 2pm

Supported by The R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance.

October 5-17 Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 6
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce Members $26-$44)

The Joyce debut of Sankai Juku, "Japan's most prominent success in dance" (The New York Times), provides an unprecedented chance to see this revered company perform in an intimate setting. Esteemed Director Ushio Amagatsu's most recent work, Tobari - As if in an Inexhaustible Flux, is a piece that explores the journey of life, death and rebirth through mesmerizing images that evoke flickering light and spare darkness, the passage of time, and the shifting of the seasons. To see Tobari is to experience butoh at its best--traditional hypnotic movement flowing with new energy in a visually powerful and beautiful work.

Supported by The R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance.

les BALLETS C de la B
Out of Context - For Pina
October 19-24

Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 20
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce Members $26-$37)

Out of Context - For Pina is an intimate work for eight dancers that ingeniously combines "humor, emotion and loss of control." (La Libre Belgique) In this dance-theatre piece, Alain Platel, one of Europe's most highly-regarded dance artists, and members of the Belgian choreographic collective Les Ballets C de la B, create an atmosphere that narrows the divide between the performers and the audience, while forming the perfect backdrop for the work's urgent and ecstatic movement.

Supported by The R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance.

October 26 - November 7
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Nov 10
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce Members $26-$37)

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, known for commissioning new works by the world's most sought after choreographers, returns to The Joyce with an exceptionally talented corps of fifteen "wonderful performers, adept at picking up different styles and always impressive in their articulation and intensity." (The New York Times) The company will present two stunning programs, including New York premieres by Alexander Ekman, Jacopo Godani and Hofesh Shechter, as well as works by Jo Strømgren and Didy Veldman.

Garth Fagan DANCE
November 9-14
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Nov 3
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce Members $26-$37)

Garth Fagan Dance celebrates its 40th anniversary season at The Joyce with performances exhibiting the company's always provocative and exhilarating choreography. This commemorative engagement will highlight the very best of Fagan's work, including a world premiere and the chance to see last season's acclaimed MUDAN 175/39, "quite possibly one of the finest works Mr. Fagan has created." (The New York Times)

November 16-28
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Nov 17
Family Matinee: Sat, Nov 20 at 2pm
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce Members $26-$44)

For fifteen years, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions Contemporary Dance's co-artistic directors, have created challenging, thought-provoking, entertaining and accessible work. The company's diverse and intense physical style will take center stage at The Joyce in three different programs featuring audience favorites like Rise and Mercy and an unprecedented six New York premieres, including a new company work set to the sweeping beauty of a Rachmaninoff score; an all-female work set to the hit classic song "American Pie;" and a solo for Desmond Richardson that confirms his legacy as one of the most magnificent dance artists of our time.

November 30-Dec 12
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Dec 1
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce Members $26-$44)

Ballet Hispanico celebrates its 40th Anniversary year with ground-breaking choreography, stirring new music, and inventive media. A multi-media collaboration led by Belgian/Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa will draw from the songs of Chavela Vargas, known
for her Mexican rancheras. A new work with music by Gabriela Lena Frank will probe the "Chifa" or Asian influence in Latin America. A third world premiere will celebrate Celia Cruz, the "Queen of Salsa." In tribute to the anniversary of Mexican independence, the company will
revive Tres Cantos, Talley Beatty's seminal work from 1975.