February Dance Events at 92Y
92ND STREET Y DANCE EVENTS
Fri, Feb 1, 12 pm, *** FREE ***
Fridays at Noon | NEW DANCE GROUP EXPLORATION
The New Dance Group, founded in 1932, believed dance and movement could help bring about social change. The ruling principles for dancers and choreographers was to dance about something important to you and give the audience a way to understand what you’re getting at. This special program presents excerpts from classic work by NDG choreographers. On the bill are works and excerpts by Mary Anthony (The Wind); Valerie Bettis (Desperate Heart); Jane Dudley (Harmonica Breakdown and Time is Money), Eve Gentry (Tenant in the Street), Hadassah (Shuvi Nafshi), Sophie Maslow (Folksay), Daniel Nagrin (Spanish Dance), Pearl Primus (Strange Fruit), Anna Sokolow (Rooms and Lyric Suite) and Charles Weidman (Study in Contrast), along with archival footage, a panel discussion and remarks by Victoria Phillips Geduld, Muriel Manning, Stanley Berke, Barbara Palfry, Jane Remer, Johanna Climenko, Paul Knopf and others.
Note: If you’re interested in dance and social change, check out our MovementTalks series.
Sat, Feb 2, 9:30 pm – 2 am, Class at 8:30 pm, 5
Saturday Night Dance Parties | ARGENTINE TANGO
Perhaps the most seductive of ballroom dances. Tangos, milongas, valses and Latin musica tropica, hosted by Karina Romero and Dardo Galletto. Jackets required for men.
Fri, Feb 8, 12 pm, *** FREE ***
CELEBRATION OF MARTHA GRAHAM AND ERICK HAWKINS
Fridays at Noon | MARTHA GRAHAM IN LOVE AND WAR
Scholar MARK FRANKO, the author of Martha Graham in Love and War (Oxford University Press, 2012), hosts a special program devoted to the powerful union of Martha Graham and Erick Hawkins, which had enormous impact on their own lives and the development of modern dance. In addition to archival footage and a panel discussion with Franko, Graham dancers STUART HODES and CHRISTINE DAKIN and Hawkins dancers CORI TERRY, JESSE DURANCEAU and GLORIA McLEAN, the program includes a commentary by ANNA KISSELGOFF and excerpts from Graham’s American Document, Appalachian Spring and Night Journey and from Hawkins’ Early Floating, Classic Kite Tails, Greek Dreams, with Flute and Plato’s 2 Are Halves of 1.
Sat, Feb 9
CELEBRATION OF MARTHA GRAHAM AND ERICK HAWKINS
· 12 – 1 pm – Hawkins Technique Class with CYNTHIA REYNOLDS – “Influences on the Hawkins Technique”
· 1 - 2pm – Hawkins Technique Class with CATHY WARD – “Exploring the Normative Ideal”
· 2:30 – 4 pm – Graham Technique Class with STUART HODES – “What is Graham Technique?”
· 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Lecture on Graham and Hawkins esthetics – similarities and differences
· 7:00 pm – Performance: Excerpts of Graham’s Appalachian Spring, American Document and Acts of Light; Hawkins’ Here and Now with Watchers, Like Darling, Early Floating and Classic Kite Tails.
Sat, Feb 9, 8-11 pm, instruction throughout, 5
Saturday Night Dance Party | BURLESQUE IS LOVE!
What better way to prepare for Valentine’s Day then a seductive and saucy burlesque routine? Bring your sweetie and swoon. And pick up a few burlesque tips yourself with group instruction throughout the evening. Presented by the 92Y Harkness Dance Center, the New York School of Burlesque and the Bishop of Burlesque present a new series of events. Enjoy a spicy Saturday night performance and group instruction in the Art of Burlesque!
Sun, Feb 10, 3 pm, 5
Sundays at Three | ALEX|XAN: THE MEDIAN MOVEMENT
An afternoon of dance theater—big and small. The act of remembering, the senses at work, absurdity in play, parodies and rarities. All are fodder for choreographers and dancers XAN BURLEY and ALEX SPRINGER. Known for their experiments with dance for the camera, the pair has performed in Detroit, Chicago and other cities and, in New York, at Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, WAXworks and other venues and their films have been exhibited at Moviehouse, WESTfest, the Flea and Motion Captured.
Mon, Feb 18, 10 am-6 pm; Tue-Wed, Feb 19-20, 10 am-4 pm, 75 until Feb 11, 00 after
DEL February Intensive | DANCE FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Integrate dance therapy theory with best practices in dance education and positive behavior supports. Create movement activities that utilitze the strengths and meet the needs of children and adolescents who have emotional, behavioral, learning, sensory and/or physical challenges. This course is approved by the ADTA for DMT Alternative Route Training. Co-presented with the 92Y Dance / Movement Therapy program. With DIANE DUGGAN, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT.
92Y Harkness Dance Festival, WEEK ONE
DOUG VARONE & DANCERS: Premiere of MOUTH ABOVE WATER
Fri, Feb 22 and Sat, Feb 23 at 8 pm; Sun, Feb 24 at 3 pm, 0
Doug Varone’s company appeared in 92Y’s first Dance Festival back in 1994. Now Doug Varone and Dancers proudly celebrates its 25th Anniversary. The company presents the premiere of Varone’s newest work, set to Julia Wolfe’s haunting score “Cruel Sister.” Find out how a healthcare-and-the-arts residency in Buffalo profoundly affected this new work as Varone explains how he works with other people, dancers and non-dancers alike.
In 1935, what became 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Center provided a home to the fledgling American modern dance movement and its leader, Martha Graham. In the decades that followed, every great American dancer and choreographer – visionaries including Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Robert Joffrey and Donald McKayle – spent time at 92Y, building the foundation for modern dance as we know it. Through the generous support of the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Dance Center continues this proud tradition of dance teaching, creation and performance, serving the professional world and the community at large. Technique classes range from ballet and modern dance to hip-hop and Flamenco. Rounding out the program are several performance programs including the annual 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival; a professional development program for dance educators; and several teen dance troupes. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/dance.
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