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Dances for a Variable Population

Dances for a Variable Population


Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:10am

June 14 & 15 at Hudson River Park's 14th Street Park - FREE admission!

Naomi Goldberg Haas, Artistic Director



Friday & Saturday, June 14 & 15 at 5 PM & 6:30 PM (2 performances daily)
Hudson River Park's 14th Street Park (at 10th Avenue)
Free admission
For information or directions, contact 347.683.2691

          "Her (Naomi Goldberg Haas) choreography is an art form built on an idea:
           she invites dancers of all ages and shapes to move in organic patterns.
           Everyone can dance, her choreography proclaims - and they do."
                               Martha Sherman, www.danceviewtimes.com 

DANCES FOR A VARIABLE POPULATION (DVP) directed by Naomi Goldberg Haas, will join older adults, neighborhood youth, and the DVP company for  "Hudson River Dances" a delightful work of dance dialogues which unites three generations of performers, ages 10 to 90, erasing the border between dancer and non-dancer.   For her company's debut in Hudson River Park, Goldberg Haas will present her multigenerational dance company in their fifth large scale site-related work, bringing dance to the community, and the community onto the stage.   Performances are free to the public, and will take place June 14 & 15 at 5 PM & 6:30 PM at Hudson River Park's 14th Street Park in the Meatpacking District, at 10th Avenue (kittycorner to Chelsea Market).  

For "Hudson River Dances" DVP will collaborate with composer Jascha Narveson, who has created a shimmering, glistening tapestry of tinkling melodic sound that moves through the park via an array of portable speakers controlled by the dancers. ( www.jaschanarveson.com)    Choreographer Goldberg Haas will make full use of the 150 x 180 foot park, a natural meeting place for conversation and exchange within the hub bub of the city.  Partners include the Hudson Guild Fulton Center, the Beacon Afterschool Program at Hudson Guild, and Hudson River Park.

Founded in 2005, NYC-based Dances For A Variable Population (DVP) has created dance performances in some of the city's most iconic public spaces, city parks and transportation hubs, including in Times Square, Battery Park City, Washington Square Park, Governors Island, the High Line, and Whitehall Ferry Terminal, and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival  to name a few.   In 2011, the Company was selected by the NYC Arts Alliance as one of "seven Emerging Voices of 2011."  

Founder/Artistic Director/Choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas has extensive experience in the areas of concert dance, theater, opera and film.   Among her credits are collaborations with The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner.   The native New Yorker holds an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and, as a dancer, performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Hudson River Dances is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and Council member Inez Dickens, 9th Council District, speaker Christine Quinn, Hudson Guild Adult Services, SPARC, a collaboration among the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging, and the City's five local arts councils.   This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Department for the Aging and Hudson River Park.

About Hudson River Park.  Hudson River Park, the longest waterfront park in the United States, has transformed five miles of decaying piers and parking lots along the west side of Manhattan into a premier new York City destination for local residents and visitors alike, and plays a critical role in protecting the Hudson River ecosystem.  The Friends of Hudson River park helps ensure the park's sustainability by serving as its primary fundraising, advocacy and support entity, working in partnership with the Hudson River Park Trust, the city-state entity overseeing the design, construction and operation of the Park.   For more information, please visit www.hudsonriverpark.org 

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