WORKING WOMEN, PILOBOLUS and More Set for The Joyce Theater's 2013 Spring/Summer Season


The Joyce Theater announced the programming for its 2013 Spring/Summer Season featuring extraordinary international companies, including two festivals, one focusing on Nordic dance and the other on American ballet choreographers.

The season opens with an exciting week shared by Séan Curran Company and Working Women, a showcase highlighting the diverse talents of female choreographers. Ice Hot,a two-week festival devoted to Nordic dance, will feature Tero Saarinen Company, Danish Dance Theatre, and Carte Blanche, three of the hottest contemporary companies performing today. Speaking of contemporary companies, the acclaimed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago appears as well. An eclectic mix of New York-based companies - Buglisi Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, and RIOULT Dance NY, all of whom have appeared often at The Joyce, is on the roster, along with audience favorites Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, DanceBrazil, Stephen Petronio Company, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will take the Joyce stage, and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, also celebrating its 30th anniversary, is on tap, too. Khmer Arts Ensemble, the renowned Cambodian troupe, will appear in a stunning production set to a mesmerizing percussive score. The season heads into summer with the return of Ballet Tech's fun-filled Kids Dance and performances by the astounding Savion Glover before Pilobolus comes back for its four-week run. Late August features Ballet v6.0, a new festival recognizing choreographers who are creating work outside the traditional large ballet company milieu.

Following is a complete roster of companies who will be appearing at The Joyce Theater during the 2013 spring and summer season.

Seán Curran COMPANY &
January 29 - February 3

Seán Curran Company
Tue 7:30pm; Thu 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm
Dance Chat: Thu, Jan 31
Tickets: $10-$39 (Joyce members: $10-$29)

Acclaimed for his wit, ingenuity, and uncanny physical humor, Seán Curran began his career as a champion Irish step dancer, went on to become a leading dancer (and Bessie Award winner) with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and later became a STOMP! cast member. For its 15th Anniversary season, the company arrives at The Joyce with two New York City premieres. Fireweather, set to "The Mission of Virgil," a Charles Wuorinen score for two pianos inspired by Dante's Inferno, is informed both by the literary roots of the music and by visual art, ranging from the vibrant watercolors of William Blake to the grotesque engravings of Gustave Doré. The second premiere, Left Exit, examines spirituality, faith, and religion and includes recorded spoken word drawn from texts that illuminate the clash between secular reasoning and organized religion.

Working Women
Wed 7:30pm; Fri 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Fri, Feb 1
Tickets: $10-$39 (Joyce members: $10-$29)

Working Women, the spectacular one-night only concert from last summer's Gotham Dance Festival, returns to The Joyce for an expanded four-performance run that features pieces created by some of America's most intriguing and beloved female choreographers.

Presented by Gotham Arts Exchange, the program features new works and audience favorites by Kate Weare (The Light Has Not The Arms to Carry Us); Camille A. Brown (solo from Mr. Tol E. Rance); Carolyn Dorfman (Keystone); Monica Bill Barnes (Luster); and a special performance of Janis Brenner's Contents May Have Shifted, performed by Holly Farmer. Also on tap--world premieres by Loni Landon, Jane Comfort, and Carmen DeLavallade.

February 5 - 10
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Feb 6
Tickets: $10-$39 (Joyce members: $10-$29)

Buglisi Dance Theatre's passionate dancing and sublime theatricality speak to the visceral strengths and vulnerabilities of humanity. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary season, the company will perform Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi's signature work Suspended Women, along with company favorites Caravaggio Meets Hopper and Runes of the Heart. The two programs, with live music featured on both, also include three world premieres. This is Forever is set to a rhapsody performed live by composer Steve Margoshes; Snow Falling on Water, exploring the mystery and secrets of growing up in Brooklyn, is set to a tender score by Andy Tierstein; and Butterflies and Demons is set to music by Daniel Bernard Roumain. Nacho Duato solo excerpts from Arenal are a season highlight.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
February 12 - 17
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Feb 13
Tickets: $10-$49 (Joyce members: $10-$37)

Heralded by The New York Times as "a modern dance savior," Ronald K. Brown captures spirituality through a rapturous dance vocabulary that unites movement with song. This season, he and his company take the Joyce stage with two powerful programs. Program A features the world premiere of Torch, a fervent dance in celebration of the late Beth Young, along with audience favorite Incidents, danced to the music of Aretha Franklin, Wunmi, and the The Staple Singers. Also on the program--Two Year Old Gentlemen, a 2008 work performed to live music by Mamadouba Mohammed Camara. Program B features the full-length work Walking out the Dark, performed to the infectious music of Sweet Honey in the Rock and Francisco Mora, and Upside Down.

February 20 - March 3
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Thu, Feb 21
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce members: $10-$44)

Martha Graham Dance Company presents "Myth and Transformation" -- three compelling programs that explore how artists reinvent iconic stories to make searing contemporary statements. Performances include a new production of Graham's erotic masterwork, Phaedra, along with other Greek-themEd Graham classics such as Cave of the Heart and Night Journey. The centerpiece of the season will be The Show (Achilles Heels), a highly provocative interpretation of the Achilles legend created, choreographed and directed by Richard Move, and originally commissioned by the White Oak Dance Project. The work features an original score by Arto Lindsay with songs by Deborah Harry and Blondie and scenic art by Nicole Eisenman. The New York premiere of Doug Varone's Lamentation Variation, a haunting quartet set to Ravel, are also featured.

March 6 - 17
Tickets: $10-$49 (Joyce members: $10-$37)

For two weeks, Nordic contemporary dance at its best comes to The Joyce in this delightful festival focusing on Tero Saarinen Company, Danish Dance Theatre, Carte Blanche, three of the hottest companies performing anywhere today.

Tero Saarinen Company
March 6 - 9
Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm
Dance Chat: Thu, Mar 7

Six years after their triumphant debut, Tero Saarinen and his company come back to The Joyce with inventive contemporary choreography, poetic movement language, and masterful use of music and visuals, all of which create a profoundly moving experience.

Saarinen himself will mark the centenary of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with his widely praised signature solo HUNT, hailed as one of the most significant reinterpretations of this timeless work. The program also includes the US premiere of Scheme of Things, an emotionally charged, technically demanding group work exploring the complexities of human relationships.

Danish Dance Theatre
March 11 - 13
Mon-Wed 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Tue, Mar 12

Ice Hot continues fabulously with Danish Dance Theatre performing Love Songs, a sensual, evening-length piece by British-born, Artistic Director Tim Rushton (MBE - Member of the order of the British Empire), who has created an intimate portrait of love in a jazzy universe.

The music, composed of cherished jazz classics from the good old days originally sung by legendary artists Ella, Louis, Billy, and Sarah, is reinterpreted by Denmark's great jazz artist Caroline Henderson. A work that is both warm and intimate, Love Songs reveals the lifelong journey to find love as the piece moves from scenes of dingy realism to kitschy night club cruising.

Carte Blanche
March 15 - 17
Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm

For Corps de Walk, co-creators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar set their eyes on the corps de ballet who traditionally form the pale backdrop behind the prima ballerina. But in this work, beautifully executed by Carte Blanche, the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, Eyal and Behar rip off the tutus and force the dancers' heels down to earth. They pulsate in a raw, organic unit that regularly breaks into military positions set to the music of Debussy, to mechanical outbursts of the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten's, and to friendly passages from David Byrne's warped backyard. With ice cool stares from the alternately beautiful and grotesque apparitions, Corps de Walk creates a visual and musical journey of pounding beats.

March 19 - 24
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat at 2pm & 8pm; Sun at 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 20
Tickets: $10-$49 (Joyce members: $10-$37)

For over three decades, the infectious Afro-Brazilian rhythms, pinpoint precision, and sheer power of DanceBrazil performances have astonished audiences around the world. This spring, the company returns to The Joyce with a premiere by Artistic Director Jelon Vieira and the return of Imfazwe, a powerful meditation on war, combat--and dance. As always, Capoeira, the mesmerizing martial art with an African beat, and live music drive the action on stage.

March 26 - April 7
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat at 2pm & 8pm; Sun at 2pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Mar 27
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce members: $10-$44)

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company commemorates thirty years of creativity and impact with Play and Play: an evening of movement and music, two special programs focusing on the pleasure of musicians and dancers working together. The Orion String Quartet joins the company. Program A includes D-Man in the Waters, Jones's joyous, award-winning work not seen in New York since 2002; Continuous Replay, with a score of deconstructed Beethoven string quartets; and Spent Days Out Yonder, set to Mozart's Prussian Quartet No. 23. Program B features new works set to Schubert's string quartet Death and the Maiden and Ravel's String Quartet in F. Programs contain nudity.

April 9 - 14
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun at 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, Apr 10
Family Matinee: Sun, Apr 14 at 2pm
Tickets: $10-$49 (Joyce members: $10-$37)

Led by acclaimed choreographer and dancer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, whose cutting-edge classicism makes you feel as if you've crossed over to another world, Khmer Arts Ensemble will perform the New York premiere of A Bend in the River, a tale of love, heartbreak, magic, vengeance, consequence and redemption. The stunning production includes a live performance of a richly percussive score by composer Him Sophy and playful, life-sized puppets by sculptor Sopheap Pich. Khmer Arts Ensemble's appearance at The Joyce marks the opening of The Season of Cambodia Festival, a multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by Cambodian Living Arts, a Phnom Penh-based organization, in partnership with many of New York and Cambodia's leading cultural institutions.

April 16 - 28
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat at 2pm & 8pm; Sun at 2pm & 7:30pm (Evening performance on Sunday, April 21 only)
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce members: $10-$44)

"Dancing better than ever" (Backstage), Ballet Hispanico celebrates its 25th season at The Joyce with a vibrant snapshot of contemporary Spanish dance. Program highlights include a world premiere by Cayetano Soto, one of the most dynamic and ground-breaking Spanish choreographers of his generation, and the Joyce premiere of an homage to 1980s Europop created by the cutting-edge Spanish duo Inma García and Meritxell Barberá. The Joyce premiere of Danzón by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and rousing repertory gems further showcase the multidimensional company.

April 30 - May 5
Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun at 2pm & 7:30pm
Dance Chat: Wed, May 1
Tickets: $10-$59 (Joyce members: $10-$44)

Stephen Petronio Company presents the world premiere of LIKE LAZARUS DID, an evening-length work inspired by the mythology of resurrection. Petronio and his powerhouse dancers explore notions of transformation and rebirth with their trademark "visceral thrill...unlike anything offered by other contemporary choreographers" (The New York Times).

Collaborators include composer Son Lux, performing live with members of Music; The Young People's Chorus of New York City (Francisco Núñez, Director); visual artist Janine Antoni; and lighting designer Ken Tabachnick.