Chen Dance Center's "Newsteps"
Chen Dance Center
Photo: Da-On Dance & Artistic Director/Choreographer JinJu Song-Begin.
CHEN DANCE CENTER
A choreographer's series from January 16-18 at the Chen Dance Center
Choreographers selected for the January performances:
Jin Ju Song-Begin
Hilary Brown & Briana Brown
Luis Gabriel Zaragoza
Thursday-Saturday, January 16-18 at 7:30 PM
Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street
Tickets: $12; $10 for students/seniors
Chen Dance Center presents newsteps, its semi-annual emerging choreographer's series. Since 1994 the Center has supported and presented over 250 artists developing new work through space and production grants. The choreographers, selected through live auditions, receive a space grant to complete their works-in-progress and are produced in three public performances at Chen Dance Center. Judges for this edition of newsteps included Sarah Skaggs, Lance Westergard, and H.T. Chen.
Five works will be presented at the January concerts by young choreographers Jin Ju Song-Begin, Hilary Brown & Briana Brown, Calen Kurka, Adam Wile and Luis Gabriel Zaragoza.
More About the Program:
Jin Ju Song-Begin's "Does Not Disappear" is a duet inspired by the notion of femininity and its relationship to nature;
Hilary Brown & Briana Brown present "Women Times Three," a duet in three sections, each of which tells a unique narrative on the theme of a relationships between two individuals;
Calen Kurka has created an introspective solo;
Adam Wile blends contemporary dance technique with an urban sensibility in an effort to explore the themes of confidence and over-confidence, subtlety and exaggeration;
Luis Zaragoza's duet finds the choreographer in a romantic frame of mind, recalling the feeling that remains after a kiss.
ABOUT CHEN DANCE CENTER
With its renovated artist spaces and cultural information hub, Chen Dance Center (CDC) provides a refreshed and intimate black box performance space. CDC was created in 1988 to promote understanding through the arts, provide professional opportunities for artists, and increase participation in the arts and develop future audiences. As a co-presenter of independent artists and presenter of the dance series newsteps, CDC supports the development of emerging artists by providing a professional theater space in which talented dancers and choreographers receive visibility to the dance community and press. CDC serves as a home base for local and visiting artists to develop and showcase their work and proudly celebrates the distinction of being the first professional performance space in New York City's Chinatown. CDC also hosts H.T. Chen & Dancers' annual educational series for children, provides affordable rehearsal space for modern dance ensembles, and serves as a venue for community events.
CHEN DANCE CENTER is comprised of three components: a performing arts SCHOOL, a black-box THEATER for modern dance, and home of its resident company H.T. CHEN & DANCERS.
CHEN DANCE CENTER is supported by The Ford Foundation, Metlife Foundation, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Community Trust, Pfizer Foundation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Ettie Chin Hong Fund.