The American Dance Festival Presents Dance In New York City
The American Dance Festival (ADF) will present the work of Anne Plamondon (May 8, 7:00pm) and dendy/donovan projects (May 10-12, 7:30pm) at New York Live Arts.
"ADF is excited to share the dance theater works of ADF newcomer Anne Plamondon and long-time ADF favorite dendy/donovon projects with New York audiences." said Jodee Nimerichter, Executive Director.
May 8, 7:00pm
New York Live Arts
After twenty years of practice as a dancer, Anne Plamondon made her debut as a choreographer in 2012 with the solo, The Same Eyes as Yours. In this audacious first solo work, Plamondon dares to take on the subject of mental illness. In collaboration with actress, author, and director Marie Brassard, she superimposes realities to offer an almost panoramic view of this gripping theme. Touching in her fragility, she explores the grey zones that inhabit us and cause us suffering, the incomprehension of others, and the body, too small to contain limitless thought. In The Same Eyes as Yours, she draws us, body and soul, into a poetic dance-theater performance, inviting us to contemplate these troubling mental struggles.
May 10-12, 7:30pm
New York Live Arts
The ADF-commissioned Elvis Everywhere is dendy/donovan projects' latest work. "America is Elvis Presley-the most beautiful, talented, rebellious nation in the history of Earth. And now, you're in your Vegas years. You've squeezed yourself into a white jumpsuit, you're wheezing your way through 'Love Me Tender' and you might be about to pass away bloated on the toilet. But you're still the King." - John Oliver. Mark Dendy is an ADF alumnus who attended the ADF school on scholarship and has performed at ADF with Pooh Kaye, Ruby Shang, and Simone Forti, taught on the faculty, and presented work with his own company. He has also performed in the companies of Martha Graham, Pearl Lang, and Jane Comfort. This performance contains adult language.
Masterclass with Colette Krogol on Saturday, May 12 at 12 PM - 2 PM at New York Live Arts. Set to the soundtrack of Elvis' greatest hits, join Colette, principal dendy/donovan projects company member since 2008, in this special masterclass. Choreographer Mark Dendy will join the class for company repertory from the work Elvis Everywhere. Colette will teach two short sections of repertory and Mark will give notes. Experience what dendy/donovan project's rehearsal process is like. The class is $15. Advance registration required at http://bit.ly/2ENXKIK.
Tickets to performances can be purchased online at https://newyorklivearts.org/calendar/ or by calling 212-924-0077.
Throughout its 85-year history, ADF has been a nationally recognized leader in our indigenous art form of modern dance. Generations of dancers and choreographers have come to ADF as students, taught as faculty, and created and performed work as professional artists. Each summer, ADF has been the beating heart of the dance world. The best companies in the world premiere work on ADF's stage, much of it commissioned by the festival. Other festivals and season programs are measured against ADF. Over 25,000 people see performances by more than 30 companies each season. The festival has commissioned 427 works and premiered 689 pieces including dances by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor. Each summer at ADF, more than 300 students from some 25 countries and 42 states study with ADF's 50 faculty members. They come as kids in leotards with as many doubts as dreams. They leave as dancers and artists-and sometimes even new members of companies. Lives change in those 5½ sweaty weeks. Beyond the summer, ADF maintains year-round dance studios offering movement classes to over 650 participants, provides over 180 free classes to almost 4,000 local dancers, and offers choreographic residences providing artists with the necessary space and time to create. americandancefestival.org.
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