2022 FUTURE DANCE FESTIVAL Finalists Announced by 92Y

Each program includes seven works , with panelists Kyle Abraham, Janet Eilber, Jennifer Stahl, Jessica Tong, and more.

By: May. 02, 2022

2022 FUTURE DANCE FESTIVAL Finalists Announced by 92Y

92Y has announced 21 finalists for the 2022 Future Dance Festival. Created by Harkness Dance Center director Taryn Kaschock Russell, the Future Dance Festival is a choreographic competition aiming to give new creators an opportunity to showcase their work. Conceived as a virtual showcase in 2021 when 92Y's building was closed due to the pandemic, this year's festival includes two virtual-only programs and an in-person program on the stage of Kaufmann Concert Hall as part of the Harkness Dance Center's 2021-22 Mainstage Series. Each program includes seven works , with panelists Kyle Abraham, Janet Eilber, Jennifer Stahl, Jessica Tong, Michelle Manzanales, Melanie Person and Duke Dang choosing three finalists apiece.

"This year's Festival retains virtual-only programs to continue providing platforms, connections and community for creators outside of New York City. 2022's finalists stretch across the globe, representing choreographic voices, visions and vocabularies from South Africa, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Mexico and Brazil in addition to the United States," comments Russell. "We are also thrilled that a diverse and inspiring in-person program of primarily New York City creators will have their works performed live on our stage with the 2022 Future Dance Festival part of the Harkness Mainstage Series. It feels especially meaningful to provide the opportunity for a new generation of choreographers to add their names to the historic roster of luminaries who first debuted their own creative voices on our Kaufmann Concert Hall stage."

Russell continues, "as a direct result of participation in our inaugural Future Dance Festival, choreographic finalists had the opportunity to perform their works at The Joyce Theater as part of Martha Graham Dance Company's fall season, were selected for Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," received new commissions from major dance companies, were offered residencies from major organizations, and found future collaborators and community through fellow participating choreographers. Our investment in the alumni of this festival continues as we name new the choreographers as our 2022 finalists."


Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company

Jennifer Stahl, former Editor in Chief, Dance Magazine

Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Michelle Manzanales, Director of Ballet Hispánico's School of Dance and of the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance

Melanie Person, Co-Director, The Ailey School

Duke Dang, Executive Director, Works & Process at the Guggenheim


Two Virtual-Only Programs Stream Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22

Streams Fri May 20 - Sun May 22 Streams Fri May 20 - Sun May 22

Choreographer Choreographer
Title Title
Selected by Panelist Selected by Panelist

Demi Remick Claude CJ Johnson
Radio Days (excerpt) $ensational TrapHou$e
Jennifer Stahl Jennifer Stahl

Jamal Jackson Javier Ubell
ROB DAY (excerpt) Open Window
Kyle Abraham Kyle Abraham

Marla Phelan Noemi Emanuela Martone
The Fell of Dark Leave the light on
Melanie Person Melanie Person

Quaba Venza Ernest Dual Rivet
A.Self.Study. - Excerpt of A(Void From The Outside
Jessica Tong Jessica Tong

Luis Resendiz Hernandez Maria Clara Laet
El vuelo del cóndor Luvemba
Michelle Manzanales Michelle Manzanales

Hannah Garner Kristina Bermudez
Pony UnMapped and Dislocated
Duke Dang Janet Eilber

Kaldi Makutike Catriona Anne Robertson
Tea & Bea Bone as soft, Skin as concrete
Janet Eilber Duke Dang

In-Person Program at the 92nd Street Y as part of the Harkness Mainstage Series Thursday, May 26, 8 pm Streaming Friday, May 27- Sunday, May 29

Khensani Mathebula
Kyle Abraham

Kelly Ashton Todd
Nest, act II
Jessica Tong

Lindy Fines
Janet Eilber

Thryn Saxon
Melanie Person

Nicole Vaughan-Diaz
A Portrait of Them
Michelle Manzanales

Aaron Choate
One Hundred People in a Line
Duke Dang

Sameena Mitta
Alternative (f)Acts (excerpt)
Jennifer Stahl


Video: First Look At HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO On Broadway! Photo
Video: First Look At HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO On Broadway!

First look video has been released from the new musical How to Dance in Ohio – inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name – which is set to open this Sunday, December 10 the Belasco Theatre.

Photos: The Avett Brothers Musical SWEPT AWAY Opens at Arena Stage! Photo
Photos: The Avett Brothers Musical SWEPT AWAY Opens at Arena Stage!

On Wednesday evening, The Avett Brothers (Scott Avett, Seth Avett, and Bob Crawford) celebrated the opening of their new musical, Swept Away, running at Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theater at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. through January 14 after a thrice-extended run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in early 2022. Check out photos below!

Review Roundup: SWEPT AWAY Opens at Arena Stage Photo
Review Roundup: SWEPT AWAY Opens at Arena Stage

Read the reviews for Swept Away at Arena Stage.

Interview: Chris Miller and Brian Usifer On Orchestrating The Avett Brothers For The Stage Photo
Interview: Chris Miller and Brian Usifer On Orchestrating The Avett Brothers For The Stage

Chris Miller and Brian Usifer are currently living their theatre lives as the co- Music Arrangers/Orchestrators of The Avett Brothers’ new musical Swept Away. Brian also serves as the Musical Supervisor for the show which runs through January 14th in the Kreeger Theater space at Arena Stage.



Recommended For You