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Performing Arts Convergence of 12 major performing arts forums and festivals in New York

Performing Arts Convergence of 12 major performing arts forums and festivals in New York


Launched by COIL 2016


Various locations


Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 8:00pm daily through January 19, 2016



Launched by COIL 2016

Convergence of 12 Major Performing Arts Industry Forums and Public Festivals,

January In NYC, Runs January 5 – January 19

Event Draws 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, professionals and avid fans of

dance, theater, music and opera to New York City


COIL 2016 launches the annual two-week long convergence of a dozen major performing arts industry forums and public festivals, January In NYC, that takes place this January 5-19 as performing arts presenters begin gathering in Manhattan for the 59th annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters global conference and marketplace (APAP|NYC 2016), January 15-19.

Events include conferences, workshops, networking, keynote speakers at the top of their field, as well as festivals, concerts and programs open to the public. More than 1,500 showcases and fully produced performance works featuring world-class performing artists offer a sampling of what’s new and on trend for industry professionals to select from and book in their communities in the coming year and beyond. They share their experience with audiences attending in New York City.

“We are honored to once again host the annual APAP conference and welcome the artists and arts professionals who will convene here for this vital gathering of a dozen performing arts events,” said Luis Castro, acting commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “New York City is the theater and performance capital of the world. Our city is home to such outstanding, diverse talent. We are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s APAP|NYC conference and to partner with APAP in supporting the performing arts community and showcasing the work of storytellers from across the five boroughs and around the globe.”


When:  January 5-19, 2016, specific events with dates, links and other detailed below.

What:  The 12 events comprising January In NYC 2016 draw world-class performers, arts presenters, industry professionals and avid fans of dance, theater, music and opera— 45,000 attendees and 1,500 full length and performance showcases to Manhattan and points surrounding when the arts presenters come to sample and select from performance showcases to bring to communities across the U.S. and around the world. 

Events for 2016 include conferences, festivals and concerts—many open to the public. Details are available at the January In NYC webpage and individual event websites:


COIL 2016, Jan. 5-17, ps122.org/coil

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, Jan. 6-17, prototypefestival.org

The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR), Jan. 6-17, undertheradarfestival.com

Chamber Music America (CMA), Jan. 7-10, chamber-music.org

American Realness, Jan. 7-17, americanrealness.com

New York 2016 ISPA Congress, Jan. 12-14, ispa.org

American Dance Platform, Jan. 12-17, Joyce.org

NYC Winter Jazzfest, Jan. 13-17, winterjazzfest.com

Wavelengths: APAP Global Music Pre-conference, Jan. 14-15, APAPNYC.org

Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 14-15, jazz-connect.com

APAP|NYC 2016, Jan. 15-19, APAPNYC.org

globalFEST, Jan. 17, globalfest.org



WHERE:             Performance venues, conference hotels and meeting rooms in more than 350 locations throughout Manhattan and extending into Brooklyn will host presentations, workshops, performances and showcases.

WHY:                   January In NYC grew organically as live arts festivals and professional events were scheduled around the annual APAP conference, building on the concentration of artists and presenters already traveling to New York. In January 2014, nine such organizations formed a deliberate collaboration to more effectively and efficiently serve the performing arts community. A dozen groups now comprise the consortium.

WHO:                   In date order, forums and festivals of January In NYC include the following. Locations not included below will be listed on each individual website. Some events take place in multiple locations:


COIL 2016, Jan. 5-17, ps122.org/coil. COIL is Performance Space 122's annual performance festival demonstrating the constant vitality of live performance in New York City, featuring work created locally, from across the U.S. and around the world. What was originally established as a contemporary dance festival of remounts from past seasons, COIL has evolved into a festival that highlights the work and artists PS122 commissions that spans genres. This year's COIL highlights envelope-pushing dance, theater, music, performance, media and virtual art. 

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, Jan. 6-17, prototypefestival.org. PROTOTYPE is a “suddenly indispensable” (The New Yorker) annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering artists from New York City and around the world, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. The fourth season showcases the full range of operatic expression across seven featured presentations, from chamber opera to music-theatre to multimedia productions to staged song cycles to genre-blending cabaret: evidence of why Opera News declared Prototype “a major leader in opera theatre for the twenty-first century." Ticket discounts are offered for APAP|NYC registrants while supplies last. Opening Nights are:

1/6, 7pm: Angel's Bone (World Premiere) @3LD Arts and Technology Center

1/7, 7pm: The Good Swimmer @HERE Arts Center

1/8, 8pm: The Last Hotel (US Premiere) @St. Ann's Warehouse

1/8, 8:30pm: Bombay Rickey @HERE Arts Center

1/9, 7pm: Sága @National Sawdust

1/9, 8pm: Dog Days (NYC Premiere) @NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

1/17, 5pm: La Reina @French Institute/Alliance Français 


The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR), Jan. 6-17, undertheradarfestival.com. UTR is a festival of new theater widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad. UTR offers a crash course in theater created by some of the most dynamic artists working today, and provides a snapshot of contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, and pointing to the future of the art form. This year’s festival features 18 productions from five countries. The festival also features a symposium for industry professionals (Jan. 14 and 15). UTR is partnering with Joe’s Pub on a new UTR + Joe’s Pub: In Concert series. Information on the series and artists can be found on the UTR web page. Arts Presenters contact utrsymposium@publictheater.org for presenter discounts to UTR.

UTR opening night, which we are inviting press to, is Wednesday January 6th. All Opening Nights include:

1/6: Germinal

1/7: Employee of the Year

1/8: Institute of Memory, The Art of Luv

1/10: Pomme is french for apple

1/12: #ItGetsBitter

1/13: Now I’m Fine, Bone Hill

1/14: God Bless Baseball, Samedi Détente, Escuela

1/15: Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North


Chamber Music America (CMA), Jan. 7-10, chamber-music.org. CMA is the national network for the chamber music profession, which includes ensembles, presenters, composers, educators, music businesses and others involved in early, classical, contemporary, jazz and world chamber music. CMA's national conference includes inspiring keynotes, small group sessions and workshops, ensemble showcases, concerts and networking events. Honored this year will be Kenneth Fischer, President of the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, for his outstanding service and commitment to the chamber music field. CMA’s Commissioning Concert is free and open to the public. Four new works created with support from CMA's classical and jazz commissioning programs will be performed Fri., Jan. 8, 8-10p.m. at Mary Flagler Cary Hall, DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues), New York, NY.


American Realness, Jan. 7-17, americanrealness.com. Created by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor in partnership with the Abrons Arts Center in January 2010, American Realness is a festival of contemporary dance and performance. An internationally recognized platform for the discovery of new works from subversive artists, tearing at the boundaries of their forms, American Realness commands attention for the proliferation of choreographic and performative practices transcending the traditions and rewriting the definitions of American dance and performance. Since 2014, the eleven-day festival has expanded its scope to include the work of international artists, engaging a global dialogue around the practice and presentation of contemporary dance and performance.


New York 2016 ISPA Congress, Performance!, Jan. 12-14, ispa.org. 
The International Society for the Performing Arts’ (ISPA) 68th New York Congress will welcome an inclusive network of more than 500 leaders representing 185 cities around the world. The 2016 Congress theme addresses Performance!  The creation, curation and presentation of art and artists are at the heart of all we do. Across the globe, approaches differ vastly, and within single regions new influences drive inspiring new practices. Every day colleagues are discovering uncharted creative territory. What role do innovation, funding, training and technology play in our work? Are there fundamentals that exist across those approaches and practices? What impact do they have? Join us as we explore the art of our business. Our Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress is May 30 - June 4, 2016.


American Dance Platform, Jan. 12-17, Joyce.org. The Joyce Theater is proud to launch its first American Dance Platform, showcasing some of the most captivating American companies performing today. This year’s festival features companies representing different regions throughout America and pairs emerging companies with those that are more established. On the roster —Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Northwest Dance Project, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company, TU Dance, and Ate9 Dance Company. The festival is curated by Paul King and Walter Jaffe, the founders and directors of White Bird, the acclaimed dance presentation series based in Portland, Oregon. The Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform is sponsored by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.


NYC Winter Jazzfest, Jan. 13-17, winterjazzfest.com. Since launching as a one-day festival in 2005, Winter Jazzfest has expanded to multiple days and numerous venues, showcasing hundreds of artists and attracting thousands of attendees each year. Set against the historic backdrop of the Village the festival helps to redeem the rich jazz heritage of the downtown neighborhood while providing an intimate and energized environment for audiences to experience today's incredibly diverse and thriving jazz and creative music community. In 2016, Winter Jazzfest  celebrates 12 years of showcasing prominent and new jazz talent to a growing audience.


Wavelengths: APAP World Music Pre-conference, Jan. 14-15, APAPNYC.org. Organized by music PR firm Rock Paper Scissors and globalFEST, Inc., the APAP World Music Pre-conference is the largest gathering of world music professionals in the U.S. The two-day World Music pre-conference at APAP|NYC will include lively discussions and workshops on the latest issues and concerns in the world music field. More information on Facebook. Pre-conference registration is requested.


Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 14-15, jazz-connect.com. In its fourth year, the Jazz Connect Conference has become one of the leading gatherings for jazz professionals around the world. Under the theme of "Fresh Horizons", the conference will be held at Saint Peter's Church in New York City. In-depth programming includes more than a dozen workshops and five plenary sessions on a variety of timely and engaging subjects. Moderators and panelists include an impressive cross-section of worldwide artists and professionals. APAP members receive 20% off Jazz Connect registration. Media are invited to cover a screening on Friday, January 15 for members attending the Jazz Connect Conference. The conference and The Recording Academy's New York Chapter Presents A Special Film Screening of “Jaco” (1:45-3:45 p.m.); followed by a Q&A with the film's director & biographer (3:45); a Solo Performance by guitarist Lage Lund (4:45) and the conference closing reception and wrap party (5:15pm in the Living Room on LL1). The film documentary “Jaco” presents the world of bassist extraordinaire Jaco Pastorius.  Featured film interviews include commentary from Sting, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell. A panel discussion examining his life and music will follow the screening. The panel, "Remembering Jaco," is moderated by Christian McBride and includes Randy Brecker, Paul Marchand, Bill Milkowski, Mike Stern and others TBA (Sanctuary on LL1).


APAP|NYC 2016, Jan. 15-19, APAPNYC.org.  The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) presents the world's premier gathering of more than 3600 performing arts professionals at its 59th annual members conference and global performing arts marketplace, APAP|NYC 2016, in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square. APAP|NYC features more than 1000 world-class artist showcases held around the city, an EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths, dozens of professional development sessions, A-list artists and arts leaders as keynote and plenary speakers, and pre-conference sessions.  See more conference information at APAPNYC.org, and APAP membership information at apap365.org. Free and open to the public are pre-conference professional development and live streaming, please register for both; and, APAP showcases a new class of young classical music stars and celebrates 20 years of its YPCA (Young Performers Career Advancement) Program that has provided career development to young talented classical musicians at a concert at Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan,  Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. APAP|NYC paid registrants browse hundreds of showcase listings updated daily. All press materials, including the press credentials application, are posted in the APAP press room. Media who wish to cover the 59th Annual APAP Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at noon, Mon. Jan. 18, may contact cmiller@artspresenters.org.


globalFEST, Jan. 17, globalfest.org. In its 13th year, globalFEST will once again feature a dozen global music artists at NYC’s iconic Webster Hall.  Designed to showcase striking, unexpected, and groundbreaking sounds from tour-ready artists from across the global scene, globalFEST’s January festival is one of several initiatives—from the globalFEST (gF) Touring Fund and a gF-branded North American tour, to yearly stages at high-profile events like Bonnaroo and SXSW—the fast-growing organization undertakes to support its mission of bringing more global music to more venues and audiences around the U.S. and Canada. Secure your ticket to globalFEST 2016 by clicking here. APAP attendees receive a discount by contacting meera@globalfest.org for details.


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