+ Add An Event


Your support helps us cover dance in New York City and beyond! Donate now.

Chen Dance Center presents "newsteps"

Chen Dance Center presents "newsteps"


Chen Dance Center


Chen Dance Center
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY


Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 7:30pm daily through January 16, 2016



Chen Dance Center

Thursday-Saturday, January 14-16 at 7:30 PM
Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd floor
  (corner Mulberry & Bayard Streets in Chinatown)
Tickets: $12; $10 for students & seniors
Reservations: 212.349.0438 or 212.349.0126 or http://newsteps2016-chendance.eventbrite.com
       Meet the Artist Reception after the Thursday night performance
       Post-Performance Discussion after Friday night performance


Chen Dance Center presents newsteps, its semi-annual emerging choreographer’s series, January 14-16 at 7:30 PM at the Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street.    Since 1994, the Chen Dance Center has supported and presented hundreds of dancers and choreographers developing innovative works through their space and production grants. 

Five choreographers were selected through an open audition by a panel of dance leaders including H.T. Chen, Walter Rutledge, Rosalind Newman and Lance Westergard: the selected choreographers are Hannah Garner, Gina Montalto, Takeshi Ohashi, Laura Henry, Ayaka Kamei.   They receive a stipend, rehearsal space at the Chen Dance Center, and three public performances to show their work.
Takeshi Ohashi plays with the idea that men and women are afraid to be changed by time and how it negatively affects  relationships.
Quiet by Gina Montalto is about the feeling of voicelessness on an individual level or in society. Within the piece the dancers are fighting a battle internally and externally about how to speak up or whether to stay silent.

Hannah Garner’s duet, loosely based on the work of visual artist Rachel Gordon, explores the idea that our failures, deficiencies we think we have, and the weird things we do everyday as human beings all contribute to who we are as people and how we relate to each other. Because things we see as “bad” force us to grow as much, if not more than things we view positively, these failures and mundane oddities are actually our greatest accomplishments. 

Stay With Me is in memory of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan which affected many lives on March 11, 2011 and anyone who has gone through the hardship of losing loved ones.  Ayaka Kamei experienced the shock and aftermath when she offered her services as a volunteer.

Laura Henry was inspired by William Golding's book Lord of the Flies. Her piece, The Scar, explores how fear controls our behavior and the many forms it takes when fed.

Subway: Take the 6, N, R, Q, J, Z to Canal Street, then walk East along Canal towards Chinatown.  Turn right on to Mulberry Street and walk one block south to Bayard. The theater is on the northeast corner of Mulberry and Bayard.

Chen Dance Center supports the development of dance by providing a professional theater space in which artists of high caliber receive production support and visibility to the NY audiences and press. The Theater also hosts H.T. Chen & Dancers’ annual educational series for school groups, Teahouse Performances for family audiences, serves as a venue for community events, and provides affordable rehearsal space for modern dance artists.

Share Your Audience Review. Your Words Are Valuable to Dance.
Are you going to see this show, or have you seen it? Share "your" review here on The Dance Enthusiast. Your words are valuable. They help artists, educate audiences, and support the dance field in general. There is no need to be a professional critic. Just click through to our Audience Review Section and you will have the option to write free-form, or answer our helpful Enthusiast Review Questionnaire, or if you feel creative, even write a haiku review. So join the conversation.

Share Your Audience Review.

+ Add An Event