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Chen Dance Center's "newsteps"

Chen Dance Center's "newsteps"


Chen Dance Center


70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10013


Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 7:30pm



Chen Dance Center

70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013
(corner of Mulberry & Bayard Streets)
Thursday-Saturday, January 15-17, 2015 at 7:30PM
Meet the Artist Reception after Thursday night performance
Post-Performance discussion after Friday night performance
For reservations call 212-349-0438 or 212-349-0126
Admission: $12;  $10 for students & seniors
Online Tickets: https://chendance-newstepsfall14.eventbrite.com

Chen Dance Center presents newsteps, its semi-annual emerging choreographer’s series.  Since 1994, the theater has supported and presented artists developing innovative and risk-taking works through space and production grants.   The January concerts will see six choreographers, selected through an open audition by a panel of dance leaders including H.T. Chen, Walter Rutledge, and Elizabeth Keen.  Choreographers are Randy Reyes, Gwen Rakotovao, Ana Sosa, Emily Craver, Elisha Clark Halpin, and Andrea Ollarvide.
Underpinning is Elisha Clark Halpin’s investigation of the body as a site of ruin.  The piece plays at the intersection of memory, ritual, and identity.

A solo Unearthing Pt. hII by Randy Reyes is an attempt at personal liberation, in which the dancer/choreographer performs several self-designed tasks to investigate more about his voice and body in movement.

Emily Craver’s quartet utilizes the human voice and the tradition of folk songs to celebrate the moments we have each day that stand out. The quartet plays with the idea that a moment can feel like years while years can pass by in a moment. 

Gwen Rakotovao’s solo titled Live – in – room expresses the free will of choosing how to grow when we are trapped in a certain situation.  The artist states, “there is always a time in life when everything seems complicated and we feel confined or unable to move forward.”  The work is set to music by Malagasy (Madagascar) composer Mota Soa.

The Man Who Couldn't Stand Up by Andrea Ollarvide with Kiya Marie is an embodied consideration of the growing wealth gap in the United States, and the chain reaction of resulting injustices that have consequently surfaced. As the poor become poorer, repetitive patterns of crime, blame, and incarceration among the working class drive on in the public eye, criminalizing poverty in a seemingly inescapable pattern.

Ana Sosa’s solo is about the ups and downs that happen during a manic episode in which one completely looses touch of reality and logic.  With the accompanying song's abstract lyrics and the drastic change between loose movement and controlled isolations, Sosa  attempts to replicate and share what it feels like to dive into insanity. 
TRAVEL to Chen Dance Center
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 then 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.
CHEN DANCE CENTER is comprised of three components: a performing arts SCHOOL, a black-box THEATER (formerly MULBERRY ST THEATER) for modern dance, and its resident dance company, H.T. CHEN & DANCERS.  CHEN DANCE CENTER is supported by: THE FORD FOUNDATION, LOWER MANHATTAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, NEW YORK CITY DEPT. OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS.


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