WestFest Dance Festival 2022: Graham 2 Headlines Annual Festival (IN-PERSON + VIRTUAL + FREE)
Westfest Dance Festival
WESTBETH ANNOUNCES MARTHA GRAHAM’S GRAHAM 2 TO HEADLINE ANNUAL DANCE FESTIVAL WESTFEST THIS SPRING
The dance festival returns for its 12th installation, featuring 16 dance troupes across 7 different locations at Westbeth Artists’ Residence
NEW YORK, NY (April 11, 2022) – Westbeth announced today that Graham 2 of Martha Graham Dance Company will join 15 dance groups in performing in Westbeth’s annual WestFest Dance Festival on the weekend of April 30th. Taking place in the halls and courtyards of the landmarked Richard Meier-designed affordable housing complex, WestFest is an immersive, curated dance festival that presents and spotlights established and emerging movement artists and dance groups based in New York City.
Visitors can sign up for a free one-hour tour guided by Westbeth artists, who guide visitors through the building, interspersed with original dance performances that enliven the housing complex’s famed winding corridors and courtyards. Set to take place across two days, Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, from 1:30 - 3:00 PM, tickets are free, but must be reserved online in advance.
Martha Graham Dance Company’s Graham 2 will make their return to Westfest for the third time, with new original choreography by Virginie Mécène. Graham 2 is a pre-professional dance company drawn from the most advanced students of the Martha Graham School. The show is particularly important to the world-renowned dance company given its location – the studio has called Westbeth home for the last 10 years.
The two-day program will also feature a wide variety of dance troupes, including ZCO/DANCEPROJECT, whose mission is to spotlight the inclusion and incorporation of those with disabilities in dance.
"We look forward to welcoming 16 talented dance troupes into our halls, who will beautifully highlight and encapsulate the spirit of Westbeth through their dancing and performing," said George Cominskie, Executive Director of Westbeth. "Westbeth has long been a home for the arts and the annual festival offers a unique opportunity to celebrate some of the City's most exciting dance groups set against the backdrop of an iconic New York City arts institution."
Programming for Saturday, April 30th will feature performances by:
- Graham 2
- Glenn Potter-Takata
- The Bang Group
- Carol Nolte/Dance Collective
- Company of Collaborative Artists
- Marla Phelan
- Braingames in partnership with the 14th Street Y Senior Performance Company
- Capoeira Luanda lead by Mestre Jelon Vieira
Programming for Sunday, May 1st will feature performances by:
- Matthew Westerby Company
- Sofia Engelman + Em Papineau
- The Echoes of Africa Dance Collective
- BOiNK! Dance & Film
- The DynamitExperience
- Rachel Lieblein-Jurbala
- The Jamal Jackson Dance Company
WestFest is produced by the Westbeth Artists' Residents Council.
Registration Link: www.westfestdance.com/tickets
Time: Tours run from 1:30PM - 3PM
Running Time: 1 hour per tour
COVID Policy: Audience Members are required to wear masks indoors
Location: Entrance at 155 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
Founded in 1970, Westbeth Artists Housing is a nonprofit housing and commercial complex dedicated to providing affordable living and working space for artists and arts organizations in New York City. The Richard Meier-designed complex located on West and Bethune Streets in the heart of the West Village has provided 383 units of affordable housing and studio space since it opened 51 years ago. Over the course of its history, Westbeth has been home to a number of influential artists, musicians and performers, and played an important role in supporting and sustaining the creative community in New York and beyond.
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