BWW Previews: MOVEMENT TALKS at 92nd Street Y in NYC, 6/6

By: May. 30, 2014

"Movement Talks," Dance as a Catalyst for Change, is a series of dialogues directed by Edward Henkel at the 92nd Street Y's Harkness Dance Center. On June 6th at 8:00 pm, there will be a fascinating presentation, "The Power of Women Minding the Dance: Compassion, Stewardship and Unconditional Commitment." Henkel will be moderating the discussion.

"Movement Talks" explores provocative topics, looking at the inner workings of dance as art, as a business and as a creative process. The discussion on June 6th features an esteemed group of panelists; Catherine Peila, Dawn Paap and Christine Dakin. Each of the women are expert in their field and are uniquely qualified to address the topic.

Edward Henkel has worked for 35 years as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. For the past twelve years he has been the Assistant Director of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. Henkel danced in the companies of Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld, Erick Hawkins, Jean Erdman's Theatre of the Open Eye, and New York Theatre Ballet where he was the resident choreographer. He has performed on Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, the Blue Angel, and in the TV Special Liza With a Z. Henkel has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine.

Catherine Peila is a cultural advocate supporting programs and projects that enhance professional artist development and entrepreneurial skills and policy and practices that encourages cultural innovation. She was the Executive/Artistic Director of Dance New Amsterdam from 2007 - 2013 with over 30 years of both non-profit and for-profit experience in the cultural and entertainment industries and presently is the cultural and entrepreneurial consultant of an international markets consulting firm Aplomb Strategies and strategy consultant for numerous start-up businesses in entertainment, fashion, film and television.

Dawn Paap is a clinical psychologist with a background in women's studies who brings her experience and study of cultural influences in society to her work in dance and media. Dawn has worked on development and production teams for dance companies and nonprofits in New York City and has spearheaded 'The Face of Dance', a street art project to support dance in NYC. She developed media projects to promote dance films such as Video Dance TV, and has worked on film productions, dance film festivals and marketing campaigns for artists.

Christine Dakin is the Artistic Director Laureate of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Since 1976, she has been celebrated for her performances of Graham's roles and roles created for her by Graham, Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson and Martha Clark. She is the Associate Founder of Buglisi Dance Theatre and currently teaches at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and the Ailey School. Dakin is also the writer and director of La Voz del Cuerpo/The Body Speaks, an original film that expresses her "personal poetic: what a dancer creates and leans in a life of practice, imagination, performance and teaching." The film has both a Spanish and English version. It was created with musicians and dancers contemporary and folkloric, from Mexico and the United States and has been screened nationally and internationally

"The Power of Women Minding the Dance: Compassion, Stewardship and Unconditional Commitment" on June 6th promises to be a captivating and stimulating conversation. The 92nd Street Y is located on Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. For more information on the "Movement Talks," visit their web site or call (212) 415-5500.

Photo Credit: "Movement Talks" Poster


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