Dance Now Announces 2017 DANCE NOW Festival, 9/6-9 at Joe's Pub

Dance Now Announces 2017 DANCE NOW Festival, 9/6-9 at Joe's Pub

DANCE NOW is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2017 DANCE NOW Festival. Acclaimed for its adventurous short-takes format, the annual DANCE NOW Festival presents an eclectic array of works by some of today's most exciting dance makers. The 22nd season of this exuberant showcase will feature 40 emerging and established choreographers side by side, including DANCE NOW veterans and festival newcomers. The 2017 festival will take place Wednesday to Saturday, September 6-9, at 7pm, at Joe's Pub at The Public. A special encore performance will be presented on Thursday, September 28, at 7pm.

A testing ground for the development of new work, the DANCE NOW Festival offers a unique challenge for artists: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe's Pub. The festival producers will select ten artists whose work best meets the festival challenge to participate in the encore performance. The overall challenge winner will receive a $1,500 development stipend and a weeklong creative residency at DANCE NOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA.

DANCE NOW Festival tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Encore tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at door. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-967-7555, online at, and in person at The Public Theater box office from 2pm to 6pm.

Joe's Pub at The Public is located at 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th Street and Astor Place).

2017 DANCE NOW Festival Schedule:

Wednesday, September 6

binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa

Jane Comfort & Company

Lawrence Goldhuber/BIGMANARTS

Raja Feather Kelly/The Feath3r Theory

Loni Landon Dance Project

Heidi Latsky Dance

CLeo Mack Dance Project

Amber Sloan

Subject: Matter

TAKE Dance

Thursday, September 7

Christal Brown

Shaina & Brian/BS Movement

The Dash Ensemble

JamAl Jackson Dance Company

Donnell Oakley makes Dances

The People Movers

Claire Porter/PORTABLES

Nicole Wolcott

Wallie Wolfgruber


Friday, September 8


The Dance Cartel

Gibney Dance Company

RG Dance Projects - Rubén Graciani

Jordan Isadore

Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works

Kyle Marshall Choreography

JesSy Smith

Kate Weare Company

Ellis Wood Dance

Saturday, September 9

The Bang Group

Dante Brown Warehouse

Tricia Brouk

BrenDan Drake

Katherine Helen Fisher


Magda San Millan

Schoen Movement Company

Gus Solomon Jr.

Megan Williams

Programs subject to change.


DANCE NOW is produced by directors Robin Staff, Sydney Skybetter, and Tamara Greenfield.

For 22 years DANCE NOW has bent the rules to offer all-inclusive destination events that reveal the bustling energy and innovation of New York City dance makers. Created in 1995 as a program of the Downtown Arts Festival, DANCE NOW launched in 1996 as an independent festival. Without a performance venue, DANCE NOW learned to embrace limitation as a powerful source for creativity. Seeking creative ways to bring dance and community together, DANCE NOW developed partnerships to connect new audiences to innovative dance makers. Presenting dance in venues both traditional and not, DANCE NOW designed all-inclusive destination events for drained swimming pools, firehouses, galleries, and Joe's Pub, where, in 2003 DANCE NOW introduced the Dancemopolitan series. In 2005, DANCE NOW furthered its "less is more" mantra, creating a "challenge initiative" to encourage work marked by brevity, clarity, and effect. This inspired the

commissioning of full-evening works specifically for the Pub, and the merging of all DANCE NOW programs to the Pub in 2011.

DANCE NOW's programming at Joe's Pub has defied the standard and encouraged artists to think outside the box and utilize the unique space, creating an inspiring new platform for dance. In the last decade, DANCE NOW has produced numerous critically acclaimed works at Joe's Pub including Doug Elkins' Fräulein Maria, David Parker's ShowDown, Misters and Sisters, and Head Over Heels, Nicholas Leichter's The Whiz and 20/20, Kyle Abraham's Heartbreaks and Homies, Nicole Wolcott and Vanessa Walters' Alley of the Dolls, Camille Brown's One Second Past the Future, Monica Bill Barnes' Snow Globes, Takehiro Ueyama's Somewhere Familiar Melodies, Claire Porter's Sent-ence, Mark Dendy's NEWYORKnewyork@Astor Place, Ellis Wood's The Juggler of Our Ladies and, most recently, Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott's Places Please!

From a small festival series to four distinct programs, from NYC to Pennsylvania, DANCE NOW presents young innovators and emerging and maturing artists side by side, building relationships at varying stages of development and providing comprehensive assistance to advance creativity and new career paths. DANCE NOW Joe's Pub challenges artists to investigate new directions. DANCE NOW Raw funnels new artists into its programs. DANCE NOW Silo and DANCE NOW SteelStacks provide paid teaching, residencies, and commissioning and performing opportunities through partnerships with DeSales University, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh Valley Charter School, and ArtsQuest at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA.

DANCE NOW is supported, in part, with funds from the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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