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Lineup Announced for DANCE NOW's 2017 Festival Encore at Joe's Pub

Lineup Announced for DANCE NOW's 2017 Festival Encore at Joe's Pub

DANCE NOW announces the lineup for the 2017 Festival ENCORE! The one-night-only performance will feature the 12 choreographers/companies selected by the DANCE NOW producers for having most successfully met the 2017 DANCE NOW Challenge: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe's Pub.

This year's Challenge winner is Christal Brown. As the Challenge winner, Brown will receive a $1,500 stipend and a weeklong creative residency at DANCE NOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA. The ENCORE! will be hosted by Deborah Lohse (aka TruDee).

The encore performance will take place on Thursday, September 28, at 7pm, at Joe's Pub. ENCORE! tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the 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).

The ENCORE! Program:

The Bang Group

Song & Dance

Choreographed and performed by David Parker

Music by W.A. Mozart

Tricia Brouk

I Stand Up

Choreographed by Tricia Brouk

Performed by Heather Hamilton

Christal Brown

At This Point (Final Work in The Life Cycle Series)
Performed by Christal Brown

Music by Tracy Chapman

Jane Comfort and Company

Four Screaming Women (1982)

Choreographed by Jane Comfort

Performed by Nancy Alfaro, Jane Comfort, Leslie Cuyjet, and Peter Sciscioli

Gregory Dolbashian/The DASH Ensemble

Bro Code

Choreographed by Gregory Dolbashian

Performed by Christopher Ralph and Isaies Santamaria Perez

Music by Levenia Lewis, with original text by Gregory Dolbashian

BrenDan Drake

This is Desire

Choreographed by BrenDan Drake

Performed by Quentin Burley, BrenDan Drake, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Shannon Nash

the feath3r theory

WEDNESDAY (Working Title, excerpt)

Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly

Performed by Amy Gernux, Rachel Pritzlaff, Collin Ranf, Aaron Moses Robin

Music by Phillip Kraft

Jordan Isadore

Feelings Solo

Choreographed and performed by Jordan Isadore

Music by Natalie Imbruglia

JamAl Jackson Dance Company

Rob Day

Choreographed by JamAl Jackson and Dana Thomas

Performed by Dana Thomas

Music by JJDC with vocals by Lynnette Freeman

Megan Williams

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Choreographed by Megan Williams

Performed by Esmé Boyce, Robert Mark Burke, Derek Crescenti, John Eirich, Courtney Lopes,

Sabatino A. Verlezza, Megan Williams

Sound Design by Sam Crawford

Nicole Wolcott

Una Furtiva Abbracciare

Choreographed by Nicole Wolcott with the dancers

Performed by Kristina Diaz and Isaac Spector

Music by Gaetano Donizetti


On The Road (Excerpt)

Choreographed by Zvi Gotheiner with the dancers

Performed by Chelsea Ainsworth and Doron Perk

Music by Jukka Rintamaki

And a sneak peek at LMnO3's upcoming performance in November as part of DANCE NOW's new ENCORE! series.

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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