CUNY Dance Initiative Announces 2017-18 Residency Artists
The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), an unprecedented model for collaboration between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City dance field, announces its 2017-18 resident artists.
From July 2017 to June 2018, thirteen CUNY colleges in all five boroughs will host 24 residencies, offering studio and stage time to New York City-based choreographers and companies working in all dance genres (complete list below).
"Every dance artist needs space, time, and resources?that's no secret," said choreographer Caleb Teicher, who benefited from a CDI residency at Queens College in 2016. "Thanks to CDI, there's more dance work being created and presented in New York City. I'm excited to return to my creative process at Baruch College in 2018."
As CDI heads into its fourth year, it is becoming an integral part of the New York City dance ecosystem. "The CUNY Dance Initiative has addressed the fierce challenge of accessing affordable space head-on, and is helping to ensure local artists are able to practice their artistry and to grow," commented DanceNYC Executive Director Lane Harwell.
While CDI's primary focus is providing space for artists to create and rehearse their work, residencies include programs for students and faculty (master classes and open rehearsals), along with public events such as work-in-progress showings and performances. Taken together, these additional activities are helping to build audiences for dance throughout the city, and are contributing to the cultural vitality of CDI's partner CUNY campuses.
Ted Altschuler, Director of the Baruch Performing Arts Center, stated: "Hosting artists who are making work of contemporary relevance over the course of several weeks, and opening the doors of the creative process for students and audiences, is a way to show them that dance is not a rarefied art form, but can be about them. This is of tremendous value to the Baruch community."
Details on fall 2017 performances and public events will be announced this summer.
2017-18 Resident Artists
Baruch College: Baruch Performing Arts Center
Caleb Teicher & Company
Heidi Latsky Dance
BMCC: Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Brooklyn College: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Jinah Parker Project
The City College of New York: City College Center for the Arts
Urban Bush Women
College of Staten Island: Department of Performing and Creative Arts
Hostos Community College: Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture
Sekou McMiller Dance Company
John Jay College: Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Dusan Tynek Dance Theater
Melissa Riker/Kinesis Project dance theatre
Kingsborough Community College: On Stage at Kingsborough
Ja'Malik/Ballet Boy Productions
LaGuardia Community College: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
kris seto + shoey sun |vessels|
Rovaco Dance Company/Rohan Bhargava
Lehman College: Department of Dance and Theatre
House of Ninja
Nadine Bommer Dance Company
Queensborough Community College: Department of Health, Physical Education, and Dance
Jenni Hong Dance
Sydney L. Mosley Dances
Queens College: Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Svea Schneider/Kinematic Dance Theater
York College: Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center
Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC
ABOUT THE CUNY DANCE INITIATIVE
The CUNY Dance Initiative was developed in response to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's 2010 report, "We Make Do," which cited how destabilizing the shortage of affordable rehearsal space in New York City is to the dance community. A successful pilot project underwritten by the New York Community Trust, supporting residencies and performances on four CUNY campuses in 2013, prompted CDI to expand its scope. Since its official launch in 2014, CDI has subsidized and facilitated a total of 82 residencies-from emerging choreographers to established dance companies-at 13 CUNY colleges in all five boroughs.
The CUNY Dance Initiative receives major support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. Past supporters have included the New York Community Trust and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. CDI is spearheaded and administered by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.
(Photo Credit: Ian Douglas)