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BIG BEATS, the force of 20 professional dancers (FREE)

BIG BEATS, the force of 20 professional dancers (FREE)


Joanna Kotze


Pier I, Riverside Park South
70th Street (across from Pier i Cafe)
New York, NY


Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 5:00pm, 6:00pm



Joanna Kotze

BIG BEATS is a 15-minute, free, outdoor dance performance, choreographed by Joanna Kotze, featuring 20 New York-based professional dancers––Bria Bacon, Mary Lyn Graves, Wendell Gray II, Ani Javian, Symara Johnson, Joanna Kotze, Ariel Lembeck, Jordan Lloyd, Jennifer Nugent, Devin Oshiro, Pamela Pietro, Ambika Raina, Paul Singh, Ariana Speight, Stacy Spence, Marion Spencer, Hsiao-jou Tang, Nattie Trogdon, Claire Westby, and Rochelle Wilbun––and accompanied by an original sound score played live by composer/musician Ryan Seaton.

Saturday, September 18
5:00pm and 6:00pm (each performance is 15 minutes long)
FREE & open to the public
Pier I, Riverside Park South at 70th street, across from Pier i Cafe

Danced to a driving sonic rhythm, BIG BEATS is the force of 20 performers doing complex, synchronized movement in a public space. Performed twice in the same location on one day, this complicated, rigorous dance can be viewed from anywhere. It is an invitation to stop and watch a group of people working together, dancing together, being together. It is also a chance to let the beat get into your own body, joining us.


Photo by Ryan Seaton. Funded by Summer on Hudson and the City Artist Corps Grant. City Artist Corps Grants program is presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.

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