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Battery Dance presents The 36th Annual BATTERY DANCE FESTIVALBattery Dance presents The 36th Annual BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival, with free performances on August 13-18, 2017, from 7pm to 9pm against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City, culminating in a closing event and reception on August 19, 2017, from 6pm to 8pm at (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) performs at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the Ted Shawn Theatre, August 16-20, representing the work of one of the seminal choreographers of the 20th century. Since Brown's passing this past March, witnessing TBDC in an evening-length program is an increasingly rare experience. Echoing Brown's choreographic innovation, timeless aesthetic, and 1960s postmodern approach to dance making, TBDC will perform a version of Opal Loop (1980) prepared especially for Jacob's Pillow, featuring former dancers of the company and an original cast member. Acknowledging Brown's more recent choreography, TBDC will also perform Groove and Countermove (2000) and L'Amour au théâtre (2009). As the company ventures into a new era, viewing Brown's work in a proscenium venue “feel[s] increasingly essential” (The New Yorker). (more...)

Chicago Human Rhythm Project to Mark Return to the Dance Center with World PremiereChicago Human Rhythm Project to Mark Return to the Dance Center with World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017

After a 10-plus-year absence, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) opens the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago's 2017-18 season with a program assembled by Founder and Director Lane Alexander and CHRP Artist In Residence Dani Borak. Performances are September 21-23 at the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (more...)

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Raises $175,000 at JubaleeChicago Human Rhythm Project Raises $175,000 at Jubalee
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) hosted its Jubalee Gala July 21 at the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, which included honoring The Chicago Community Trust and its President and CEO Terry Mazany with the JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Cultural Community in Chicago. Past JUBA! Award recipient, the Honorable Mayor Rahm Emanuel, served as Honorary Chair. With nearly 600 people in attendance, CHRP raised $175,000, including a $75,000 leadership gift from guests Philip and Marsha Dowd, from a combination of ticket sales, sponsorships, contributions and a raffle.  Following a preshow reception in CHRP's American Rhythm Center, guests gathered in the packed Studebaker Theater for the presentation of the JUBA! Award and the JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance performance that highlighted CHRP's 27th annual Rhythm World summer festival. The concert featured Chicago Human Rhythm Project performing a world premiere by Artist In Residence Dani Borak and three classics by African-American choreographers Buster Brown, Lon Chaney and Harold 'Stumpy' Cromer; STOMP alumna and Broadway hoofer (Shuffle Along) Lisa LaTouche performing her masterpiece Love Me or Leave Me with Tre Dumas and Nico Rubio; STOMP cast members Ali Bradley and Jeremy Price; North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble; solo performances by Lee Howard and Jumaane Taylor; a trio performance by Star Dixon, Donnetta Jackson and Imania Fatima Detry; scholarship students from Tokyo directed by Yukiko Misumi; and more. A VIP champagne reception onstage with the artists followed the performance. (more...)

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2017 Award Winners In Theater, Dance & FilmPrincess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2017 Award Winners In Theater, Dance & Film
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

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36th Annual BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Begins 8/1336th Annual BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL Begins 8/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2017

Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival, with free performances on August 13-18, 2017, from 7pm to 9pm against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City, culminating in a closing event and reception on August 19, 2017, from 6pm to 8pm at (more...)

AteNine and Ballet Hispanico Come to Jacob's Pillow Dance FestivalAteNine and Ballet Hispanico Come to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival presents AteNine in the Doris Duke Theatre, July 26-30. AteNine, formerly Ate9dANCEcOMPANY, is led by Artistic Director and choreographer Danielle Agami, named “choreography's It girl” by the LA Times. A former dancer and rehearsal director of the world-renowned Batsheva Dance Company, Agami draws from her background in Gaga movement practice to create bold, innovative work. The program will include two works: Exhibit b and excerpts from vickie. AteNine dancers move with an intense clarity praised as “odd, fleeting, and gorgeous, it left you wanting much, much more” (Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight). (more...)

DANCE FOR LIFE Chicago 2017 Takes Place 8/19DANCE FOR LIFE Chicago 2017 Takes Place 8/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2017

The 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago will exemplify Chicago's versatile and virtuoso dance community with the eight companies that are performing August 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Chicago Dancers United (CDU), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which is preceded by a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago. (more...)

World-Class Artists Perform at Chicago Human Rhythm Project's RHYTHM WORLDWorld-Class Artists Perform at Chicago Human Rhythm Project's RHYTHM WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

Showcasing a wide range of performers and repertoire, Chicago Human Rhythm Project  (CHRP) announces the programs for three of the performances during its 27th annual summer festival of American tap and percussive dance, Rhythm World.   (more...)

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Bring STOMPING GROUNDS to Taste of ChicagoChicago Human Rhythm Project Bring STOMPING GROUNDS to Taste of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

Under the auspices of Mark Kelly, Commissioner of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Founder and Director Lane Alexander are bringing CHRP's program STOMPING GROUNDS to the city's largest food festival so Chicagoans can enjoy rhythms, beats and grooves from Chicago's diverse neighborhoods in in the center of the city on July 5-9, 12 noon to 4 p.m. (more...)

BALLETNOW Will Showcase 24 Dance Superstars in Iconic and Contemporary Dance FavoritesBALLETNOW Will Showcase 24 Dance Superstars in Iconic and Contemporary Dance Favorites
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

As The Music Center wraps up its 14th season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, Angelenos have the opportunity to see some of the world's finest dancers perform a mix of iconic ballets and new pieces in The Music Center's BalletNOW.  Following the popularity of the first BalletNOW in 2015, The Music Center commissioned this highly innovative three-performance program, featuring international ballet sensation and New York City Ballet Principal Tiler Peck as curator.  Peck created a mixed repertory to highlight the versatility and athleticism of today's ballet dancers including pieces that pair classical dancers with their contemporaries in other dance genres.  (more...)

Paul Taylor Dance Company and the U.S. Debut of Roy Assaf Dance at Jacob's PillowPaul Taylor Dance Company and the U.S. Debut of Roy Assaf Dance at Jacob's Pillow
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Based in Israel, Roy Assaf Dance makes its U.S. debut with a program of clever and heartfelt works in the Doris Duke Theatre July 12-16. A rising choreographic star, Assaf has been commissioned by companies across the globe including Batsheva Dance Company, The Royal Swedish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales, and LA Dance Project. The program opens with Assaf's embracing duet Six Years Later which is praised for its "beauty, nuances, and intricate, astute movements" (Ora Brafman, Jerusalem Post), and closes with his powerful all-male trio The Hill, inspired by veterans' experiences and based on the Hebrew song "Givat Hatachmoshet". (more...)

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Welcomes Artist In Residence Dani BorakChicago Human Rhythm Project Welcomes Artist In Residence Dani Borak
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) has announced that world-renowned performer, choreographer and teacher Daniel 'Dani' Borak is its Artist In Residence (A.I.R.). Borak's three-year residency will be longer and more expansive in scope than previous CHRP artist residencies, with his responsibilities encompassing not only performing, teaching and choreographing but also artistic planning for multiple programs, beginning this spring. (more...)

Twyla Tharp Dance, Dorrance Dance and More Slated for The Joyce Theater's 2017-18 Fall & Winter Season; Lineup Announced!Twyla Tharp Dance, Dorrance Dance and More Slated for The Joyce Theater's 2017-18 Fall & Winter Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Linda Shelton, Executive Director of The Joyce Theater, announced today the organization's programming for its 2017-2018 fall/winter season. (more...)

2017 Battery Dance Festival Announced for August2017 Battery Dance Festival Announced for August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival, with free performances on August 13-18, 2017, from 7pm to 9pm against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City, culminating in a closing event and reception on August 19, 2017. (more...)

36th Annual Battery Dance Festival Announces August Lineup36th Annual Battery Dance Festival Announces August Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017

Battery Dance, in association with Battery Park City Authority, announces the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival, with free performances on August 13-18, 2017, from 7pm to 9pm against the breathtaking backdrop of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City, culminating in a closing event and reception on August 19, 2017, from 6pm to 8pm at The Schimmel Center at Pace University. (more...)

Pilobolus Dance Theater Premieres Site-Specific Work at Jacob's Pillow Dance FestivalPilobolus Dance Theater Premieres Site-Specific Work at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

Celebrating the power of Jacob's Pillow's natural setting, internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus Dance Theater will premiere a new work commissioned specifically for the Pillow's iconic outdoor Inside/Out performance space, set against the Berkshire hills. The program featuring the world premiere and On the Nature of Things will kick off the Festival's 2017 free Inside/Out performance series with an extended three-day run, June 21-23. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival presents JESSICA LANG DANCE and FAYE DRISCOLLJacob's Pillow Dance Festival presents JESSICA LANG DANCE and FAYE DRISCOLL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

“A prolific choreographer of skillfully constructed dances that respectfully mesh with music and striking visual design” (The New Yorker), Jessica Lang and her company return to Jacob's Pillow for the ensemble's first Ted Shawn Theatre engagement, July 5-9. In addition to a Pillow-commissioned world premiere work, the program includes Lang's Thousand Yard Stare, a dance embodying the incredible pride and honor as well as the searing loss experienced by military veterans. The program will also include the East Coast and company premiere of Lang's Lyric Pieces as well as Solo Bach, Sweet Silent Thought, and The Calling. This season, the Pillow has formed a partnership with the Tanglewood Music Center, whereby Tanglewood Fellows and alumni will be providing the music accompaniment for this engagement. (more...)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Presents TIRELESSJacob's Pillow Dance Festival Presents TIRELESS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Astonishing tap artists from across the U.S. and abroad come together in a Jacob's Pillow-exclusive program curated and introduced by the "tireless ambassador of tap" Michelle Dorrance (The New York Times). (more...)

Portland Based NW Dance Project Makes Its Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival DebutPortland Based NW Dance Project Makes Its Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Debut
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Known for its "cutting-edge contemporary work" (Jason Vondersmith, The Portland Tribune), NW Dance Project makes its Jacob's Pillow debut, June 28-July 2 in the Doris Duke Theatre. Based in Portland, Oregon and led by former Royal Winnipeg Ballet principal dancer Sarah Slipper, the company is composed of a cast of classically-trained, versatile contemporary dancers. The program includes works by a range of accomplished choreographers and rising talents: Post-Traumatic-Monster by Felix Landerer, choreographer in residence for Scapino Ballet in the Netherlands; At Some Hour You Return by former Nederlands Dans Theater dancer Ji?i Pokorný; Le Fil Rouge by 2011 Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest winner and NW Dance Project resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem; and MemoryHouse by Artistic Director Sarah Slipper. (more...)

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