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VON USSAR danceworks presents the 5th Annual Dance Gallery Festival, featuring original works from emerging and renowned choreographers from around the country on October 7, 8, 13, 14, and15, 2011.
The Dance Gallery Festival is produced and curated by VON USSAR danceworks under the artistic direction of Astrid von Ussar and Mojca Ussar. Founded to address the scarcity of affordable venues available for presentation of modern dance, the festival showcases the works of both established and emerging choreographers in a state of the art theater.
The New York City opening on Thursday, October 13 - preceded by a wine reception - will present the "Best of" Dance Gallery Festival, a presentation of works by eight choreographers whose dances have graced the stages of the festival over its five year history. The performance includes dances by Camille Brown, CorbinDances, Rick McCulough, Jeremy McQueen, NobleMotion Dance, somebodies dance theater, Mojca Ussar and VON USSAR danceworks.
Performances on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 include:Et Tu choreographed by Kyla Barkin and performed by BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECTQuitte Me Pas choreographed by Dorcas Roman and performed by Dorcas Roman Dance TheatreRedBlueGreen choreographed by Pascal Rekoert and performed by FlexicurveOtro Portal choreographed and performed by Paola A. Georgudis4Ward and 4Gotten choreographed by Spencer Gavin Hering and performed by infinite Movement Ever Evolving (iMEE)Light is Calling choreographed by Kazuko Hirabayashi and performed by Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance TheatreBeing choreographed and performed by Khaleah London / LAYERSSomewhere in Between choreographed by Jessica MayhewRoundabout choreographed by Andy Noble, Dionne Sparkman Noble and performed by NobleMotion DanceInscriptions choreographed by Sarah StanleyCage Free choreographed by Betsi Graves and performed by Urbanity DanceFellow Travelers choreographed by Astrid von Ussar and performed by VON USSAR danceworks For the second consecutive year, Dance Gallery Festival will also perform in Texas at Sam Houston State University on October 7 and 8. Choreographers/companies featured in the Texas festival include BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, Hope Stone Dance, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, infinite Movement Ever Evolving (iMEE), Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, NobleMotion Dance, Paola Georgudis, Urbanity Dance, VON USSAR danceworks, and Trent D. Williams, Jr. For more information please visit: http://www.dancegalleryfestival.com .
Dance Gallery FestivalOctober 13-15, 2011
The Ailey Citigroup Theater405 W. 55th Street (at 9th Ave)New York City212-868-4444
Also performing:October 7-8. 2011
Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsville, Texas936.294.2339
The 7th annual National Dance Week-NYC (NDW-NYC) runs June 17 - 27, 2011 at a variety of venues throughout New York City.
National Dance Week-NYC is a yearly festival that advocates dance conditioning and wellness. NDW-NYC offers more than 100 free dance, fitness and wellness classes over the course of 10 days. The organization moves beyond traditional dance forms to teach participants how all dance genres benefit mind, body and spirit.
Read more: National Dance Week-NYC
The Theater for the New City's 16th Annual Lower East Side (LES) Festival of the Arts runs this year from May 27 - 29, 2011 at 155 First Avenue in the Lower East Side area of Manhattan, New York City.
The Arts featured include a visual art exhibition, a film and video festival, plays and poetry, dance performances, and musical acts of all types.
In addition, the Street Festival features Outdoor Performances by some 20 musicians, poetry, performance art and dance by 20 poets and performers, and several comics.
Visual Artists in the Lobby, curated by Carolyn Ratcliffe – Over 40 artists are exhibiting, including:
Cobu – 5293. Directed by Yako Miyamoto. Performed by Yuki Yamamori, Micro Fukuyama, Namiko Yamada, Yoco Ogawa. Cobu is a live rhythm performance group. Their motto is "Dance like Drumming, Drum like Dancing".
E-Dance – Body rhythm of Chinese Traditional Dance. Danced by Cha-Lee Chan. Movement arrangement by Cha-Lee Chan and Wai-Yee Chan. Two combinations utilize arm and leg movements to demonstrate basic Chinese traditional dance technique in slow and quick tempo.
Kitty Lunn – Infinity Dance Theater. In The Beginning: A Creation Story, choreography by Kitty Lunn, music by William Catanzaro. Dancers: Kitty Lunn, Toni Taylor
Laura Shapiro Quicksilverdance – Part 2, Coal Miners' Daughters. Conceived and directed by Laura Shapiro. Performed by Marjolayne Auger, Kiori Sherwood-Kawai, Trayer Run-Kowzun, Mari Sakahara
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers – Hoop Dance and The Old Style Warriors Dance. Participating are Louis Mofsie-Director, Alan Brown, Raymond Leung, Marie McKinney
Film & Video:
Pearl on the Ocean Floor (Documentary)Directed by Robert AdantoFeaturing Shirin Neshat, Shadi Ghadirian, Parastou Forouhar, Sara RahbarIranian female artists speak on issues of identity, gender, and the role Art plays in challenging the traditional stereotypes often associated with women in Iran.
Mahloul, a Palestine Journey (Documentary)Directed by Gary BrackettActors from the Living Theater visited refuge camps, social centers, womens‛ centers, and villages, and captured the voices from the front lines of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
A Question of SolitudeConceived and Scored by Peter DizozzaDeveloped at La Mama ETC with George Ferencz Dedicated to the James Bond Legacy. Uncle James and Senior Bond infiltrate a secret plot to occupy inner earth while Jimmy, confronting his solitude, helps two fallen Presbyterian missionaries escape the clutches of HAARM.
Icy Trouble (Animation)Conceived and Directed by Ian James and William Electric BlackAn animated short for kids showcasing the benefit of exercise and eating healthy.
Death &Taxes (Documentary)Produced by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating CommitteeMeet 28 people from around the US who talk about why and how they resist paying taxes for war and where that choice takes them.
Judy Gorman – In Pete Seeger's words "Judy Gorman is a wonderful singer and musician." Her blues rooted songs seek to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Liz Magnes – Solo jazz piano, performing material from Porgy & Bess.
Tammy Grimes – Singing "The Rose" by Amanda McBroom, "How Deep Is The Ocean" by Irving Berlin and "If Love Were All" by Noel Coward. Accompanied by Christopher Denny on piano.
Vinie Burrows – A vignette of a Honduran woman is from her solo show, Sister! Sister!
Jennifer Blowdryer – Jennifer Blowdryer is a local writer who is currently working on The Bitches Guide to the Lower East Side. She performs spoken word frequently.
Valery Oisteanu – Oisteanu is performing/reading poetry from his new book in progress Present for a Rainy Day, poems dedicated to New York's poets and artists, friends and adventures in his travels.
Lissa Moira curates the Poetry Program in the Community Space TheaterFeatured Guest: Richard West with a tribute to "Word Warrior" and Grand Old Fug, Tuli Kupferberg, with Anita Steckel. Other poets include Dixie Lee, Tom Savage, Liz Roberts and Richard Weber, among others.
Chinese Theatre Works – A Day at the Office. Conceived by Bert Weschler and Kuang-Yu Fong. Performed by Kuang-Yu Fong. Inspired by the movement and staging from Chinese Opera, this piece combines Western and Chinese theater technique to tell a story that takes place in a modern office.
Combat Dating – Find out what happens when beastly attraction turns deadly in this a sex farce. Directed by George Ferencz, written by C.S. Hanson, with Jason Howard, Jenne Vath
Eugenia Macer-Story – Captain Midnight's Spyglass Heart, a new play in a series of published short stories and plays entitled The Captain Midnight Transmissions by Eugenia Macer-Story. Featuring Cathie Boruch and Neal Kodinsky. A magickal adventure with Atlantean sorcerers & spirit mediums loose outside the ordinary timeline.
New Stage Theatre – Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls! is an original play inspired by the life and art of Anita Berber, the iconic dancer/poet who epitomized for many the decadence of Weimar era Berlin. Conceived and directed by The New Stage Theatre Company's Founder/Artistic Director, Ildiko Nemeth. Texts written by Ildiko Nemeth and Mark Altman. Choreography by Julie Atlas Muz and Peter Schmitz. Performed by Peter Schmitz, Kaylin Lee Clinton, Sarah Lemp, Catherine Correa, Markus Hirnigel, Denice Kondik, Jeanne Lauren Smith, Fabiyan Pemble-Belkin, Florencia Minniti, John Rosania and Maria Cuartero Toledo.
Youth Performances include:
This staggering array of things to see, hear and enjoy fills the whole Memorial Day weekend, which will hardly leave time for going anywhere else. And all of the performances are Free!
For more information, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net/les.htm.
Lower East Side (LES) Festival of the ArtsMay 27 - 29, 2011
Theater for the New City155 First Avenue (between E. 9th & E. 10th Streets) New York City212-254-1109
The Dublin Dance Festival (DDF) performs May 13 - 28, 2011 at DanceHouse, Project Arts Centre, and several other venues around the city of Dublin, Ireland.
A major focus in DDF 2011 is the work of Asian choreographers -- fitting enough to us here in the US, where May 2011 is Asian American Heritage Month.
The Centerpiece Performance is Songs of the Wanderers by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. "A stream of rice drizzles onto the head of an Asian monk. Tonnes of golden grains ricochet and rain down to form an ever changing landscape through which some 20 extraordinary Cloud Gate dancers move." Based on Hermann Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, Lin Hwai-min’s signature work evokes a spiritual journey and a grand purification ritual.
Training in qi gong, meditation, internal martial arts, modern dance, ballet and calligraphy all feed into producing the awesome movements of the Cloud Gate dancers, who have been captivating audiences worldwide for over 20 years.
Read more: Dublin Dance Festival 2011
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