New 42 Reveals Lineup For 2024 New Victory Dance Program

The program highlights the importance of dance education and cultural enrichment.

By: May. 21, 2024
New 42 Reveals Lineup For 2024 New Victory Dance Program
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New 42's annual free dance program, New Victory Dance, will return from July 8 through July 26 for another season of summertime performances for New York City kids. Every summer, New Victory Dance celebrates the artistry and diversity of NYC dance with affordable performances specifically curated for young audiences that feature a cross-section of internationally recognized New York City-based companies. New Victory Dance consists of three distinct programs, each showcasing three unique professional dance companies. Each program will offer free performances for summer schools and camps, as well as one public performance each week with tickets available for purchase for $13. 

A range of renowned New York City dance companies, many of which are returning after prior runs, will perform onstage at the New Victory Theater this summer including: Jerron Herman (NVD 2017), Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (NVD 2018), A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham (NVD 2015, 2019), Ephrat Asherie Dance (NVD 2018), Kotchegna Dance Company, Barkin/Selissen Project, Ladies of Hip-Hop, Nicole Von Arx (NVA & Guests), and GALLIM (NVD 2014).

“We are excited to showcase the work of this season's magnificent artists to families and students in New York City,” said Mary Rose Lloyd, New 42 Artistic Director. “This pivotal series in our year-round programming has been experienced by tens of thousands of young people since its inception, creating formative memories and experiences with dance that will help shape their future.”

New Victory Dance was created for NYC students enrolled in Department of Education summer school enrichment programs, including NYCDOE Summer Rising, subsidized day camps and social service agencies, and offers benefits to partners including: 

 

  • FREE tickets to daytime dance performances in a historic theater
  • FREE talkbacks with New Victory Dance choreographers and companies
  • FREE dance-related workshops, held at the school/camp facility before or after students' visit to the theater, to deepen students' viewing experiences
  • FREE New Victory School Tool Resource Guides to support further exploration of the art form in the students' day-to-day curriculum

Click here for an overview of New Victory Education Summer Partnerships.

In addition to the free daytime performances for New Victory Dance Summer Education Partnership students, an evening performance of each program will be made available to the general public at $13 per ticket. Each program consists of three excerpts of select dance pieces.The full slate of programming can be found below. 

 

Program A:

School/Day Camp Performances: July 10 - 12 

Public Performance: July 11 at 7:00pm

  • Jerron Herman Vitruvian
  • Calpulli Mexican Dance Company Viñedos
  • A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham Someday Soon

Program B: 

School/Day Camp Performances: July 17 -19

Public Performance: July 18 at 7:00pm

  • Ephrat Asherie Dance Lore
  • Kotchegna Dance Company KOUKOU: Gathering Together
  • Barkin/Selissen Project Accidental Suite

Program C: 

School/Day Camp Performances: July 24- 26

Public Performance: July 25 at 7:00pm

  • Ladies of Hip-Hop Black Dancing Bodies Project: Speak My Mind
  • NVA & Guests Mont Blanc
  • GALLIM BRUCE

All performances of New Victory Dance will take place at the New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street). New Victory Education Summer Partnerships are available free of charge to New York City day camps and school programs. For more information, please visit https://www.newvictory.org/schools/summer-partnerships/

Tickets for public performances of New Victory Dance are $13 and are available online at NewVictory.org or by phone at 646-223-3010.

New Victory Dance is supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Blavatnik Family Foundation in honor of Dawdie Appelson, a teacher, arts enthusiast and life-long supporter of the performing arts. Other supporters include Jody and John Arnhold, the Arnhold Foundation; the Howard Gilman Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and The Jerome Robbins Foundation.

About the Companies and Performances 

Program A:

School/Day Camp Performances: select weekdays, July 10 - 12

Public Performance: July 11 at 7:00pm

JERRON HERMAN

VITRUVIAN (Excerpt)

Jerron Herman is a dancer and writer who is compelled to create images of freedom. His process is supported by personal histories and social legacies of disability aesthetics that undermine notions of production in favor of welcoming. The nuanced pieces Jerron exhibits contend with an early childhood desire to create many worlds in which others inhabit.

VITRUVIAN is a dance and media work unraveling the classical image of The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci. Across several movements the character Vitruvian is embodied by a Black, Disabled Man to engage a new narrative about how natural phenomena and history live in the body.

CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY

Viñedos (Excerpt)

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's repertoire is a carnival of folkloric traditions and original creations both choreographic and musical developed since 2003. Calpulli tells narrative-based stories told entirely through dance, music, elaborate and colorful costuming, and with the passion of our performers. Stories are conceived and created by Co-Founders Alberto Lopez Herrera, former Artistic Director, and Juan Castaño, Executive Director, and are told through the artistic vision of Artistic Director Grisel Pren Monje.

Through traditional Mexican dance, Viñedos celebrates the real-life stories of immigrant families who helped build California's wine industry.

A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham

Someday Soon (Excerpt)

The mission of A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history and features the rich tapestry of Black and Queer stories. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video and visual art. While grounded in choreographer Kyle Abraham's artistic vision, A.I.M. draws

inspiration from a multitude of sources and movement styles.

Someday Soon is a new work that premiered at the Quick Center for the Arts on January 27, 2024. Choreographer Keerati Jinakunwiphat examines what flowers can symbolize in this celebratory dance piece.

Program B: 

School/Day Camp Performances: select weekdays, July 17 -19

Public Performance: July 18 at 7:00pm

EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE

Lore (Excerpt)

Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) is a dance company rooted in African American and Latine street and club dances. Dedicated to exploring the inherent complexities of these dances, EAD investigates the expansive narrative qualities of various vernacular forms including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery and find new modes of expression.

Deeply inspired by the soulful house sounds of NYC's club culture, LORE explores the way we connect to music, to each other and to an embodied wisdom passed down from those that came before us.

KOTCHEGNA DANCE COMPANY

KOUKOU: Gathering Together (Excerpt)

Performing in elaborate masks to the explosive percussion of a corps of brilliant drummers, Kotchegna Dance Company brings to life the ancient stories and legends of Africa's Ivory Coast. Known for its masked and stilt dances, intricate footwork and explosive energy, Kotchegna Dance Company has been embraced by audiences from New York's Prospect Park Band Shell and the American Museum of Natural History to Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival. Kotchegna's irresistible excitement and pulsating rhythms are an experience to behold. Under the artistic direction of master dancer and percussionist, Vado Diomande, Kotchegna is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting African dance troupes in the United States.

Performing traditional Côte d'Ivoire dance, elaborate and explosive percussion with a corps of brilliant drummers, Kotchegna Dance Company presents the authentic village culture and customs of West Africa's Ivory Coast.

BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT

Accidental Suite (Excerpt)

Barkin/Selissen Project (BSP), a New York City-based contemporary dance company founded in 2009, presents the choreography of Artistic Directors Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen through live performance, film and workshops. The company strives to blur lines between the emotional and intellectual, dreamworlds and waking states. Shifting between nuanced movement and explosive athleticism, their choreography infuses fresh perspectives on complex subjects and cross-topic collaborations in areas such as mathematics, linguistics and human nature. 

Accidental Suite is a dance meditation on connection, building relational tension through increasing levels of contact. The work draws metaphorically upon Complex Systems and how that connects us as social beings and brings us together to create a sum which is greater than its parts. Featuring an original score by Zac Selissen, Accidental Suite evokes chance encounters and near misses. In these deeply alienating times, it taps into the most essential of human needs, relating to one another.

Program C: 

School/Day Camp Performances: select weekdays, July 24- 26

Public Performance: July 25 at 7:00pm

LADIES OF HIP-HOP

Black Dancing Bodies Project: Speak My Mind (Excerpt)

Ladies of Hip-Hop (LOHH) is a nonprofit organization that provides artistic opportunities for girls & women in Hip-Hop culture. Through female-powered workshops, performances, public talks, and professional development training, LOHH is educating and cultivating Hip-Hop's next generation of female leaders.

Part of an ongoing performance and documentary effort to represent Black women in street and club dance culture, this session highlights the form of the choreopoem, first coined in 1975 by writer Ntozake Shange (for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf). New writing, and music and dance of street, club and African culture come together in this in-process showing, led by Michele Byrd-McPhee, in which each member of the company responds to the question, “If I could speak my mind, what would I say?”

NVA & GUESTS

Mont Blanc (Excerpt)

Nicole Von Arx is an immigrant dance artist based in New York. She is a 2023 NYSCA grant recipient, a 2023 major commissioned artist from the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 2023 Glue Artist in Residence. 2022 Dance Initiative artist in residence, Gland Culture 2020 Laureate, a 2020 recipient of the Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowships at Jacob's Pillow, 2018 Stuffed Artists in Residence at Judson Church and 2017 Dance Gallery Level Up Artist in residence.

Mont Blanc is a new dynamic dance theatre stage work inspired by the fictional novel “The Great Fear in The Mountain” by Swiss author Charles Ferdinand Ramuz. The work delves into outdated beliefs, generational divides & the climate crisis, questioning world ownership, power & superficiality.

GALLIM 

BRUCE (Excerpt)

GALLIM is a home for the exchange of movement wisdom through the three pillars of art-making, education, and community-building. Founded in 2007 by groundbreaking choreographer Andrea Miller, GALLIM nurtures creative careers and stimulates the imagination of worldwide audiences through performance, education, and innovation in the movement arts. GALLIM's critically acclaimed performance history of national and international performance seasons includes interdisciplinary dance theater and site-specific works as well as collaborations in film, theater, fashion, music, and brands. GALLIM's performances and touring include renowned venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Met Breuer, The Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, The Joyce, BAM, Jacob's Pillow, Spoleto USA, Sadler's Wells, Royal Opera House, V&A London, Théâtre National de Chaillot de Paris, Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Tanz Bremen, Teatre Grec in Barcelona, Teatros Del Canal, Frieze Festival, Art Basel, Philip Johnson's Glass House, Grace Farms, Hermès, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, and Vogue. Film credits include dir. Xavier Dolan with actors Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington, dir. Ariel Shulman and Henry Joost, Ben Stamper, and Bat-sheva Guez.

GALLIM continues to advance its dedication to movement education and community building through the GALLIM School of Movement, Moving Artist Residencies, and community HAPPY HOUR conversation series. The GALLIM School of Movement is a nexus of students, educators, and artists sharing movement knowledge, creative methodologies, and expression through free and low cost studies in dance training, dancemaking, the collaborative process, film for dance, and professional development.

Performed to the contagious music of Israeli band, Balkan Beat Box, and Joanna Newsom, BRUCE is an exuberant romp that plays with plurality, extravagance, and imagination. Dancers explore the convergence of choreography, improvisation, self expression, and virtuosity through this demanding yet joyful work. BRUCE has been performed by dance companies and schools across the world.



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