dance-mobile: GIBNEY DANCE PRESENTS FREE OUTDOOR CLASSES & PERFORMANCES
Photo credit: Scott Shaw
GIBNEY DANCE PRESENTS FREE OUTDOOR CLASSES & PERFORMANCES
dance-mobile, Co-presented with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, runs July 10–25
New York, NY, June 18, 2014—Gibney Dance goes outside for the month of July! Co-presented with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, dance-mobile is a new, ongoing series of free outdoor performances, classes and talks in parks throughout the city. By “making space for dance” in outdoor public spaces, Gibney Dance hopes to make the power of movement accessible to all members of the communities in which the events take place. See below for details.
Gibney Dance operates through three interrelated fields of action—Gibney Dance Company, the resident dance ensemble led by choreographer Gina Gibney; Community Action, a social action program that unites dancers with survivors of domestic violence; and Gibney Dance Center, two performing arts facilities at 890 and 280 Broadway. The 2014–2015 season encompasses a full slate of Gibney Dance Center’s signature programs at 890 Broadway and over 500 Community Action program workshops and events that will take place at partner organizations throughout New York City and internationally as part of Gibney’s Global Community Action Residency program.
Gibney Dance Company
Amy Miller’s Still and Still Moving
Friday, July 10 at 5pm, Foley Square
Saturday, July 11 at 7 & 8pm, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Choreography: Amy Miller
Original Score: Peter Swendsen
Costumes: Sarah Thea
Dancer/Collaborators: Natsuki Arai, Javier Baca, Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Brandon Welch and Amy Miller
Gibney Dance’s associate artistic director Amy Miller’s newest work, Still and Still Moving, uses composer Peter Swendsen’s electro-acoustic score to celebrate the active balance of individuality in the midst of community. Just as the composite of two musical notes can create a third and distinctly different overtone, this piece asks, “When you and I meet, how do we each experience the idea of ‘us’?”
Curious about thresholds of duration, overlapping rhythm structures and repetition that allows for new perspectives on recurring themes, Miller and Swendsen desire to illustrate a sense of place by experimenting with scale both visually and sonically. This project marks the fifth collaboration for the duo, including several pieces for Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater.
Class in the Grass
Saturday, July 18 at 7pm
Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Join Danté Brown for a fun and physical class in the grass at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Snacks and lemonade will be provided.
Danté will prompt dancers and passers-by to ask themselves “what drives me to move?” His class is a practice of improvisations and technical experiments that culminate in a dynamic, communal and highly physical phrase.
Danté Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University, where Katja Kolcio, Pedro Alejandro, Nicole Stanton and Susan Lourie whetted his creative appetite. From that point his interest in performance and choreography grew exponentially and led him to The Ohio State University to pursue his MFA in Choreography and Performance. Danté has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Adam Barruch, Christal Brown, Leslie Guyton, Lily Skove, Olivier Tarpaga and Noa Zuk. In addition, after founding Danté Brown|Warehouse Dance in 2010, Danté has had the opportunity to show work at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Dance Theater, Movement Research and YourMove Dance Festival.
Gibney Dance Presents:
Heidi Latsky Dance, SOMEWHERE
Saturday, July 25 at 7pm, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
On the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Heidi Latsky Dance presents SOMEWHERE, a spirited suite of solos and duets. The work, featuring performers with and without disabilities, embraces difference and the isolation of being human with fierceness and frankness. Join us after the show for a discussion with the artists.
Since 2001, the mission of Heidi Latsky Dance has been to redefine beauty and virtuosity through performance, discourse, and education. The raw intensity of her work examines the ways we are identified by our physicality through a celebration of nuance, asymmetry and uncompromising risk. A visual representation of inclusiveness and diversity, her work defies the conventional notion of “what a dance is and what a dancer should look like.”
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