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newsteps at Chen Dance Center

newsteps at Chen Dance Center


Chen Dance Center


Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street (corner Mulberry & Bayard - 2nd floor)


Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 7:30pm


$12; $10 for students & seniors

Chen Dance Center

Choreographers: Sheena Annalise, Mishi Castroverde, Caitlyn Johansen, Siobhan Lawless, and Magic

Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10 at 7:30 PM
Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street (corner Mulberry & Bayard - 2nd floor)
Tickets: $12; $10 for students & seniors
Reservations: 212.349.0438 or info@chendancecenter.org

Chen Dance Center announces the May edition of newsteps, its highly-praised emerging choreographers series.  Since 1994, the Center has supported and presented over 250 artists developing innovative and risk-taking works by awarding them rehearsal space and production grants.   Five choreographers were selected for the May 8-10 concerts: Sheena Annalise, Mishi Castroverde, Caitlyn Johansen, Siobhan Lawless, and Magic.   Each received a space grant, an honorarium, and are produced in three public performances.   The choreographers were selected, through an open audition, by a panel of dance leaders including H.T. Chen, Judy Moss, Walter Rutledge, and Lance Westergard.

Sheena Annalise will present Boundless, an women's on pointe work that stresses dexterity, line, and the feeling of a vast open space;
Mishi Castroverde's new duet is inspired by the possibility of ghosts - particularly how the different types of ghosts we all encounter throughout our lives manifest themselves to haunt us;

Caitlyn Johansen's new solo has grown out of her obsession with Edith Piaf, Janis Joplin, and Billie Holiday, three successful and powerful female icons whose lives knew great sadness;

Siobhan Lawless presents Cunado No Hay Nada Que Decir,  stemming from the idea, using the double negation, that there is always something to be said;

Magic's The Last Butterfly works with nature's many shapes, the spiral and circle playing a large role.  Magic is influenced by the popular belief that when the bumble bees and the butterflies go, so will we.

With its renovated artist spaces and cultural information hub, Chen Dance Center (CDC) provides a refreshed and intimate black box performance space.   CDC was created in 1988 with the mission to promote understanding through the arts, provide professional opportunities for artists, increase participation in the arts and develop future audiences.  As a co-presenter of independent artists and presenter of the twice-yearly dance series newsteps, CDC supports the development of dancers and choreographers by providing a professional theater space in which artists of high caliber receive visibility to the dance community and press.   CDC serves as a home base for local and visiting artists to develop and showcase their work, and proudly celebrates the distinction of being the first professional performance space in New York City's Chinatown.   CDC also hosts H.T. Chen & Dancers' annual educational series for children, provides affordable rehearsal space for modern dance artists, and serves as a venue for community events.

CHEN DANCE CENTER is comprised of three components: a performing arts SCHOOL, a black-box THEATER for modern dance, and its resident dance company, H.T. CHEN & DANCERS.   Chen Dance Center is supported by The Ford Foundation, Metlife Foundation, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Community Trust, Pfizer Foundation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, and Ettie Chin Hong Fund.


by subway - take the 6, N, R, Q, J, Z to Canal Street and walk East along Canal towards Chinatown.   Turn right onto Mulberry Street and walk one block south to Bayard.  

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