Green Space Presents TAKE ROOT with Grant Jacoby & Dancers and Liz Charky

Green Space Presents TAKE ROOT with Grant Jacoby & Dancers and Liz CharkyGreen Space is pleased to announce a diverse roster of new/emerging artists for its signature programs this June. Take Root will present an evening of work by Grant Jacoby & Dancers and Liz Charky on June 1st and 2nd, and Fertile Ground showcases the creative output of multiple dance artists on June 3rd.

"With a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline twinkling through the tall, dusty windows of a former silk factory, both established and emerging NY choreographers show off their most recent works." -Queens Chronicle

TAKE ROOT, now in its 9th season, cultivates dance of varying aesthetics by producing choreographers' work in a full-length or paired-work evening. This monthly series supports dance makers by providing our venue, Green Space, along with full technical and marketing support to present their work to the NYC public.

June 1st and 2nd, 8pm. Advance sale tickets: $15 online at Tickets purchased at door: $20 cash, $22 credit card

About the Work

Grant Jacoby's "wish you were here." is a post-modern dream ballet that meditates on fragmented memory, sudden loss, and Trisha Brown's Newark. On an interpersonal level, the dance intends to explore what is gained and lost as we move further away from past events that haunt us. How might we step back into a physical and psychological space to unpack what once was, what has dissipated, and what still lingers? Furthermore, the work probes at questions surrounding inspiration, influence, and direct quotation. Indeed, as an artist, what does it mean to view established material and recognize a projected or idealized version of yourself inside of it, as well as a conceptual notion that you are similarly trying to wrestle with in your own movement practice? By stepping into someone else's creative headspace or finished work, is there a way to unleash something undiscovered about your own way of thinking and moving? Designed for four dancers, "wish you were here." is a quiet, and sometimes irreverent, movement study that proposes no finite conclusions, only a continued dialogue of emotional and physical process and product. "wish you were here." features an original musical score by Willem Vorster and John Yannelli, and is performed by Grant Jacoby, Audrey MacLean, Sasha Peterson, and Jessica Smith.

Liz Charky's You Are What You Eat And I'm Hungry is an experimental embodiment that screams and whispers the collective histories that help us make sense of everything we see and consume. The performers use verbatim theatre from their personal interviews, which cover topics ranging from memories about food and family, to descriptions of what the inside of their brains and bellies look like, to their aspirations and the imagined future memories that they hold. You Are What You Eat And I'm Hungry is multidimensional work directed by Liz Charky, which features an idiosyncratic set design by Julia McGinley, music by Liz de Lise and dramaturgy by Janine Renee Cunningham. The audience encounters an opening up of individuals, a meditative and refreshing perspective on what it means to be hungry, to be seen, to listen and to be heard.

About the Artists

Grant Jacoby is a New York City based choreographer, performer, and teacher. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College in 2013, where he received his BA in Dance and Theater, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. He has performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, David Parker & The Bang Group, Mark Dendy, Annie Kloppenberg, and Lauren Simpson, and was a company member of Quicksilver Dance and Lorraine Chapman The Company. He has presented his choreography nationally and abroad at La MaMa ETC, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research Open Performance, Fertile Ground at Green Space, The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, AS220, Les Champs Melisey, and The International Festival of Arts & Ideas. He has had residencies at The Dragon's Egg, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, and as a part of The Shaker Dance Revival Project. He has also set pieces at Babson College, Endicott College, and OnStage Dance Company, and has choreographed numerous musicals including the premiere workshop and production of Friday the 13th: The Musical. As a teacher, he has been on faculty at Boston Ballet, The Boston Conservatory, and Brookline Academy of Dance.

Liz Charky is a performance, photo and video artist. She directs short films, music videos, and live dance-theater projects. In recent years, her work has been presented by AUNTS at Superchief Gallery, Tight 5 at HOWL! Happening, 6BASE, Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research, and YoungArts at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Recent collaborations include performing with Cortney Andrews, Kim Brandt, Ayano Elson, Alexandra Pinel, as well as shooting and assistant directing with Yara Travieso and Maxi Cohen.

FERTILE GROUND has supported the emerging and established artists' community for 12 seasons, showcasing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. The non-curated program features five dance makers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Green Space's Artistic Director, Valerie Green.

June 3rd


Advance sale tickets: $13 online at
Tickets purchased at door: $13 cash, $15 credit card

7Midnights Physical Research
beat piece
Caeruleus Dance Collective
Gio Kusanagi Project
The Chamberlin Collective
Vanessa Nandram


Dance Entropy Inc. created its company home, Green Space, in Long Island City in 2005. Housed in a former silk factory with magnificent views overlooking Manhattan, the lofty 2000 square foot space offers an affordable venue for the creation and practice of dance. Green Space and Dance Entropy are committed to accessibility, diversity, education, and collaboration, providing dance artists and their work space to grow in New York City through monthly performance platforms and year-round class and rehearsal space.

By Subway: N, Q, or the 7 to Queensboro Plaza, the first stop outside Manhattan. Take the North pedestrian bridge to the street. Look to your right, you will see Crescent St., turn right on Crescent and walk to 38th Ave. Turn left on 38th Ave. Walk one block to 24th street. Green Space is in the red brick, four-story building. (Approximately a ten-minute walk.)

Green Space is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and The Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

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