2012 ended strong despite ridiculous weather and Christmas music. Project RUIN was a screaming success. We had packed houses every night and excellent feedback from the audience. It was my crowning achievement. In the aftermath I have been working with Erica Essner and Jane Comfort and recently performed in their APAP showings. My next performances will be with Jane Comfort as a part of the Working Women showcase at the Joyce Theater. We will be showing 10 minutes of a new work in progress. See below for details.
Jan 30, Feb 1 and Feb 3
Wed 7:30pm; Fri 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Working Women, the spectacular one-night only concert from last summer's Gotham Dance Festival, returns to The Joyce for an expanded four-performance run that features pieces created by some of America's most intriguing and beloved female choreographers. Presented by Gotham Arts Exchange, the program features new works and audience favorites by Kate Weare (The Light Has Not The Arms to Carry Us); Camille A. Brown (solo from Mr. Tol E. Rance); Carolyn Dorfman (Keystone); Monica Bill Barnes (Luster); and a special performance of Janis Brenner's Contents May Have Shifted, performed by Holley Farmer. Also on tap--world premieres by Loni Landon, Jane Comfort, and Zoe Scofield (performed by BODYTRAFFIC).
Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
So! This year is starting off with a bang. I am performing in 5 different shows between now and February 7th. I hope you can make it to one of them. My biggest project at the moment is the show I am producing with Carlye Eckert entitled RUIN. It is set to premiere in October of the new year. You can check out the RUIN page or go to projectruin.com for more information. Let's hear it for 2012! Cheers everyone.
1. Studio Showing of my current choreographic endeavor, RUIN, at Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave, Seattle WA 98122 Seattle, Wa December 30th 6:30pm. Free! www.projectruin.com and velocitydancecenter.org for more information.
2. APAP Showings with Jane Comfort and Company January 7th and 9th at 11:15am at City Center Studio 4, New York. Free 15 minute showings! 131 W 55th St (btwn 6th & 7th) New York, NY www.janecomfortandcompany.org
3. FLIC Fest at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn with Erica Essner January 19th 7:30pm. 85 S Oxford St, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets $25 www.eecop.org
4. The Field's Emerging Artist Residency Showcase including excerpts of RUIN January 23rd at 7:30pm at The Kitchen 512 W19th St. in NYC. Tickets $15. http://www.thefield.org/p-797-emerging-artist-residency-showcase-winter-2012.aspx
5. UnderExposed at Dixon Place with Annika Sheaff February 7th at 7:30pm. Tickets $10. www.dixonplace.org
Work in Progress Showing with Erica Essner
Saturday November 19th
Brookyln Zen Center
505 Carroll Street, Suite 2A Brooklyn, NY 11215
Admission free. Donations accepted.
Starts at 8pm
Come check us out and provide us with important feedback.
After my summer jaunts in Seattle I returned to New York for a busy Fall. I joined the faculty of the Chen Dance Center teaching Pre-Ballet Ballet 1 and Modern 1 on Saturdays, began a Pilates Mat Certification at the Kane School, started working at Exerblast in Tribeca and spent a week volunteer teaching for ASTEP at Incarnacion Children's Center in Washington Heights. In September, I traveled to Vassar College with Jane Comfort performing Beauty to a packed house, showed new work in progress with Erica Essner at the Brooklyn Zen Center and had the first rehearsals of my residency at the Field for my new project RUIN, a split bill evening with Carlye Eckert (you will be hearing a lot about that in the future). In October, Jane Comfort and Company brought Beauty to the American Dance Institute in Rockville, Maryland, I performed an excerpt of the show at Joe's Pub with Gardiner Comfort (reprisal scheduled for December 5th) and we are looking forward to APAP performances in January. I had an excellent Halloween and am anticipating the coming winter with trepidation. Nobody likes winter in New York.
May and June have flown by and were full of nice weather in New York surprisingly enough. Except for one ridiculous week of heavy rain which only subsided long enough for me to have a lovely birthday picnic on May 20th.
Skies were clear at the Highline Park in Chelsea, NYC on May 25th and 26th as I performed with the fantastic Erica Essner Performance Co-Op in an outdoor site specific show. It was a whole lot of fun and I even got a little tan.
The first week of June I participated in the Tiffany Mills Summer Workshop and performed with the participants on June 4th at White Wave John Ryan Theater in DUMBO Brooklyn. A pizza party reception by the East river was an added bonus post show. It was a fun week.
June 27th - July 3rd I had the great honor to perform for the first (hopefully not last) time at Jacob's Pillow with the indomitable Jane Comfort and Company. We premiered a new work entitled Beauty and remounted her Bessie award winning piece Underground River. It was magical to be performing with such inspiring people in such and inspiring place. You can read some of the reviews and photos of the show at these links:
So far it's been a grand summer and one thing I know for sure is that I love spending it dancing and I love spending it ourside.
Two New Shows coming up in New York! First up:
Emily Pope-Blackman makes a duet for us and presents it at the New Steps Series at Chen Dance Center
April 21st - 23rd 7:30pm
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor
$12 General, $10 Students & Seniors
Please call (212)349-0126 for more information or to RSVP.
For more info check out:
But wait there's more!!!
Erica Essner Performance Co-Op presents The Soul Project at West Fest
April 28th 9 pm
April 30th 8 pm
at the Cunningham Studios: 55 Bethune Street (at Washington Street)
For more info check out:
I hope to see you there!
So! Since APAP a lot of things have happened. I traveled with Jane Comfort to Ballet Memphis to help set a new work on the company for a week in January. It was great fun! You can see some of our rehearsals here:
February was full of auditions and rehearsals and serving coffee and writing grants and trying to stay warm with good friends.
In March I traveled to Texas State University to perform with a group of Juilliard musicians lead by Wayne O'Quin. Yara Travieso choreographed a solo for me that involved video projection, a long piece of Lycra that was wrapped around me and attached to a boom and a talented violinist on stage fearing for his life and limbs. Everyone in Texas was extremely kind and engaging. It was a great trip.
Later that month I performed with Erica Essner Performance Co-Op in Tarrytown, New York. It was part of a festival that was being held in an old Vaudeville theater that was celebrating it 125th birthday. I knew many dancers involved and we had a lovely day in Tarrytown. The performance was well attended and I enjoyed performing with Erica's group for the first time. Joy!
I most recently got back from George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia where I was performing with Tamar Rogoff in Diagnosis of a Faun. It is a piece that is near and dear to my heart and I was grateful to have a chance to perform it again. The cast and crew are so loving and easy to work with. It was also nice to see daffodils and tulips and cherry trees blooming. Spring has sprung! (Finally. It is mid-April...)
So the last half of a bitter winter has past with a flurry of activity that I hope carries on into the future. Stay tuned for more news soon!