NM announces new season of Dance at Socrates!


Norte Maar’s second season of Dance at Socrates presented in partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park features six residencies for choreographers and their companies as well as free public performances August 4-23, 2014. Dance at Socrates is made possible in part by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Norte Maar, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at Socrates, dance, summer series, SocratesHere is the list of the choreographic residencies for summer 2014:

Aug 4-9
Julia K Gleich / Gleich Dances
and MADboots dance co.
Free public performance on August 9 at 4pm will also feature invited guest Pat Catterson

Aug 11-16
Stephanie Miracle Dances
and Christopher Williams Dances
Free public performance on August 16 at 4pm will also feature Terra Firma Dance Theatre and 10 Hairy Legs

Aug 18-23
Brooklyn Ballet
and Dylan Crossman / Crossman Dans(c)e
Free public performance on August 23 at 4pm will also feature Molissa Fenley and Paz Tanjuaquio / Topaz Arts

Dance at Socrates is pleased to present these exciting choreographers and their companies!

Performance schedule for August 9 at 4pm:

Norte Maar, Gleich Dances, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at Socrates

Photo: Lucas Chilczuk

Julia K Gleich / Gleich Dances
Bridging the gap between the traditional and the contemporary, Gleich Dances is a transatlantic ballet company based in London and Brooklyn, founded by Julia K Gleich. Recognized for scrapping aesthetic labels while remaining technically distinct, the company offers a variety of expression through color, and dynamics, grids and mathematics. Never strictly abstract nor narrative, Gleich’s choreography is sympathetic to contemporary life. Dances as elegies offer epic moments that center on the single emotion of joy. Poetry and literature, visual art and film, movement and sound all combine in the Company’s interdisciplinary collaborative performances that are often presented in the most alternative of spaces. Gleich Dances was the featured dance company of Fête de Danse from 2004-2008. Arts Council England funded choreographer Julia K. Gleich is a critically acclaimed choreographer, teacher, scholar, and mathematics aficionado interested in re-contextualizing ballet: creating new environments for traditional works and illuminating the relationships between the traditional and the contemporary. Gleich’s site-specific dance works include performances in drained pools, on piers, and annual stint in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Plattsburg, NY and even train stations. In 2007 she was commissioned to create a site-specific work for the opening of St. Pancras International Eurostar station in London. Gleich is a co-founder of Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts (www.nortemaar.org), which allows her to continue collaborating with composers, musicians, designers, directors and writers and welcomes new ideas to challenge her own aesthetic. In addition, she is the co-founder and co-director of Aegis Live Arts in London, creating unique locational dance works that enliven history and architecture in the UK. Recently, she shared the stage with dance legends Sara Rudner and Douglas Dunn in a program she curated, Cage on Vinyl on Marley. Her practice-based research on vectors and dance was published in the Dynamic Body in Space, and her writing and research have also been presented at prestigious conferences throughout the UK. Her dance films have been exhibited in Singapore and New York City. Gleich is on faculty at Trinity LABAN Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London/UK) and is Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre. She is a master teacher for Burklyn Ballet Theatre, VT, Hakone Dance Intensive, Japan, and in 2010 taught ballet classes for Michael Clark Company on the largest dance floor in Europe at Tate Modern Turbine Hall. She was a Ballet Mistress for Utah Ballet and Ballet West. She was on the Board of Directors for the American Dance Guild and is currently External Examiner for Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

Norte Maar, Socrates Sculpture Park, MADboots dance co.

Photo: Nir Arieli

MADboots dance co.
MADboots dance co. was co-founded in August 2011 by Jonathan Campbell (Juilliard ’10) & Austin Diaz (N.Y.U. Tisch ’11). The company made its premiere at the Gibney Dance Center and has since been presented at festivals such as the Alto Jonio Dance Festival (Italy), Springboard Danse Montreal, David Parker’s Soaking WET, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, TOES for dance (Toronto) & DANCENOW Joe’s Pub Dance Festival (2012 Challenge Winner). Dance Magazine featured the company in their Vital Signs segment in December 2013. Aside from performing, Campbell & Diaz have also taught master classes at Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Point Park University (Pittsburgh) and Velocity Dance Center (Seattle). MADboots has been generously granted the boo-koo round 4 space grant at Gibney Dance Center, the Inception to Exhibition 2012 Space Grant, and two residencies at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center. The 92nd Street Y presented MADboots as part of their inaugural Dig Dance: Weekend Series in December 2013, and Jacob’s Pillow granted the company a Creative Development Residency in February 2014. MADboots is looking forward to performing at Socrates Sculpture Park, as part of Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates in August 2014.

Norte Maar, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at Socrates, Pat Catterson

Photo: Steven Schreiber

Pat Catterson
Pat Catterson’s parents were a professional ballroom dancing team and her paternal grandfather a tap dancer in Vaudeville. Two years after she moved to New York City in 1968 she presented her first full evening of choreography at Judson Church. Subsequently she has choreographed over a hundred works. Awarded a 2011 Solomon R. Guggenheim Choreography Fellowship, she has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the CAPS Program, the Harkness Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, as well as from the Fulbright Commission. A dedicated educator, she has been on the faculties at Sarah Lawrence College, UCLA, the Juilliard School, Princeton University, Muhlenberg College, Barnard College, the Merce Cunningham Studio, and Marymount Manhattan College. For twenty years she taught her own tap classes in NYC. She has been a guest artist all over the US and in Europe, most recently in Copenhagen at Skolen for Moderne Dans, in the CODA Festival in Oslo and in the Kalamata Festival in Kalamata Greece. Her writing has been published in Ballet Review, JOPERD, Attitude Magazine and the Dance Research Journal. She first performed Yvonne Rainer’s work in 1969 and since 1999 has worked as her dancer, rehearsal assistant, as well as custodian of Rainer’s early works. She has performed with Ms Rainer in Scotland, Brazil, France, Germany, including at the 2007 Documenta, Austria, at the Getty in Los Angeles and in NYC seasons for fifteen years. Her principal training has been with Merce Cunningham and Viola Farber for modern, Margaret Hills and Jocelyn Lorenz for ballet, Charles “Cooky” Cook and Charles “Honi” Coles for tap and Bessie Schonberg and Martha Myers for composition. She earned her BA in psychology and philosophy from Northwestern University and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Performance schedule for August 16 at 4pm:

Stephanie Miracle Dances
Norte Maar, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at Socrates, Stephanie MiracleUsing a movement palette ranging from gestural and pedestrian to highly physical and idiosyncratic Stephanie’s work investigates the intersections between the everyday and the invisible/spiritual through the relationships of body to body and body in space. Inspired by film, cinematic devices are borrowed to frame and edit the dance into visually and emotionally rich compositions that invite audiences to leave the theater with increased awareness and sensitivity to the world around them. She is currently working on a new commission entitled, “GROOVE” for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 2014 NextNOW festival. As a performer she has had the privilege of dancing for Deganit Shemy, Elizabeth Dishman, Shannon Gillen & Guests, Laura Peterson Choreography, alexan/the median movement, David Dorfman Dance, Joseph Poulson, Susan Marshall and Company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Graham Brown, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, and Deborah Hay. Stephanie holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland and is a 2014/2015 Fulbright Fellow where she will study choreography and performance at the Folkwang University in Essen, Germany.

Christopher Williams Dances
Norte Maar, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at Socrates, Christopher Williams DancesChristopher Williams, dubbed “the downtown prodigy” (The New Yorker) and “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” (The New York Times), is a choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer devoted to crafting movement-based works in New York City and abroad since 1999.  His works have been presented in New York City venues including City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, Judson Church, the 92nd Street Y, HERE Arts Center, P.S. 122, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, La Mama, the Mulberry Street Theater, the Spiegeltent, nationally in Kalamazoo, Philadelphia, Princeton, Carlisle, and internationally in Colombia, Holland, France, England, Spain, and Russia. His recent collaborators include director Peter Sellars, composer Gregory Spears, visual artist/costume designer Andrew Jordan, and members of various early music ensembles including Anonymous 4, Lionheart, and the Ensemble Pygmalion.  He has been commissioned by Perm Opera & Ballet Theater, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, Dickinson University, The Harkness Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, and through the Dream Music Puppetry Program as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program.  He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Bogliasco Foundation, as well as multiple grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, the O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation.  He has also held creative residencies at the Watermill Center, Movement Research, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, White Oak Plantation, Yaddo, and The Yard.  In 2005, he received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins.  He holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and has since performed for Tere O’Connor Dance, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Yoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard Knocks, John Kelly, Rebecca Lazier, Basil Twist, and Dan Hurlin, among others.

Norte Maar, Socrates Sculpture Park, Terra Firma Dance, Stuart Loungway

Photo: Gene Shiavone

Terra Firma Dance Theatre
Stuart Loungway is the Artistic Director of Terra Firma Dance Theatre. His training began with Tania Lichine, Irina Jacobson, and John Clifford before receiving a full scholarship to the prestigious School of American Ballet. He began his professional career performing with the Joffrey II Ensemble and Joffrey Ballet, before joining San Francisco Ballet Company and continuing as a Principal Dancer with American Repertory Ballet. He has performed soloist and principal roles in work by David Bintley, James Kudelka, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, and many others. Mr. Loungway maintains an active schedule as a master teacher, choreographer, performer, and served on the dance faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Selected as “Who’s Hot” by National Dance Critics Association Chair Karyn Collins, Mr. Loungway’s choreography, as expressed by Robert Johnson of Dance Europe, is “elegant and evocative” and “bodes well for the future of dance.” His work and company have been featured in the national dance publication Pointe Magazine. Longway’s work has been featured at Ballet Builders/New Choreographers on Pointe. He is the recipient of the Individual Fellowship Recipient in Choreography NJ, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, in recognition of the high artistic merit of his work. Recently, he has served as an Artist- in-Residence at Rutgers University, Desales University, and is currently working on a commission for Raritan Valley College. He has served as the Ballet Master for American Repertory Ballet and Roxey Ballet. Recently, he he served as a principal faculty member at Joffrey Ballet School , in addition to teaching ballet technique and contemporary ballet at Steps and Peridance. His work and company were featured at Jacob’s Pillow this past summer.

10 Hairy Legs, Norte Maar, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at Socrates

Photo: Steven Trumon Gray

10 Hairy Legs
10 Hairy Legs is a repertory company – comprised entirely of men – of Randy James’ work as well as existing and new works by significant choreographers, not meant to reflect a specific point of view about the male experience, but rather to celebrate and explore the tremendous technical and emotional range of the male dancer. The mission of 10 Hairy Legs is to advance the understanding of the male role in dance through the creation, acquisition and performance of exceptional work. Randy James, among the foremost choreographers, educators and arts advocates, is the driving force of 10 Hairy Legs and serves as its Artistic Director. Our artistic collaborators are: David Parker, David Dorfman, Dan Froot, Tiffany Mills, Claire Porter, Manuel Vignoulle, Julie Bour, Doug Elkins, Robert Maggio, Kyle Olson, John Lasiter, Jacqueline Reid, Amanda Ringger, Abraham Cruz, Mary Kokie McNaugher and Cindy Capraro. We appear throughout New York City, New Jersey, nationally and internationally. In addition to their work with 10 Hairy Legs, our company members are featured artists with The Bang Group, Stephen Petronio, Doug Elkins, Tiffany Mills Company and Zvi Dance, among others.

Performance schedule for August 23 at 4pm:

Brooklyn Ballet, Norte Maar, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at Socrates

Photo: Lois Greenfield

Brooklyn Ballet
Brooklyn Ballet is a professional, not-for-profit dance company dedicated to artistic excellence, education and serving Brooklyn’s diverse communities. The company was founded in February 2002 by Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson, the first of its kind in Brooklyn in more than 40 years. Brooklyn Ballet brings a contemporary vision to the treasured art form of ballet, with repertory and programs that revitalize and re-imagine the classical form. The Ballet presents an annual performance season in Brooklyn and serves the community through educational outreach projects—specifically, Take Ballet to the Streets, an outdoor performance series, Elevate and Brooklyn Ballet in the Houses, in-school dance residencies—as well as through its professional dance school located in Downtown Brooklyn. Brooklyn Ballet produced two highly successful seasons at Fort Greene’s Kumble Theater and in October 2006 the Company performed in four cities in Mexico by invitation of the Cultural Consulate of Chiapas. The Company unveiled the new multi-use performance venue in The Schermerhorn with its First Look series in May 2010 and debuted “From Baroque to Hip Hop” in March 2011.

Dylan Crossman / Crossman Dans(c)e
Norte Maar, Dylan Crossman, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at SocratesDylan Crossman grew up under the mediterranean sun and studied in rainy London before moving to New York. There he works with various choreographers including Julia K. Gleich, Wally Cardona, Peter Kyle, and Sean Curran. From 2009 to 2012, Dylan is a part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Now freelance, he works with Pam Tanowitz, Kim Bartosik, Gleich Dances/NorteMaar, Sally Silvers, and Sylvain Emard (Montreal). Dylan is an alumni of Burklyn Ballet Theatre (VT) where he still teaches and makes work. He has received a Bessie Award for his work in Tanowitz’s Be in the grey with me and the 2014 Artistic and Cultural Audacity Award (FR) for his work on Kid Birds. Crossman Dans(c)e looks at identity issues in human behaviour and has been seen at DanceRoulette (BK), in Montreal and Montpellier (FR). A new work, Hommes, will be presented at the Montreal-based festival Quartiers Danses in september. Crossman Dans(c)e also works with children and adults, using dance as a means for social integration or conflict resolution.

Norte Maar, Molissa Fenley, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dance at Socrates

Photo: Julie Lemberger

Molissa Fenley
Molissa Fenley is a New York based choreographer and performer. She founded Molissa Fenley and Company in 1977 and has since created over 75 dance works during her continuing career. She grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria traveling there with her family in 1961, completing all of her early education there in International Schools. She returned to the US in 1971 to study dance at Mills College in Oakland, California. Upon graduation in 1975, she moved to New York and has lived there ever since. With her company, Molissa Fenley and Company, and as a soloist working in collaboration with visual artists and composers, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her work has been commissioned by the American Dance Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the Dia Art Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, the New National Theater of Tokyo, The National Institute of Performing Arts in Seoul, Korea, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and many others. Both Cenotaph and State of Darkness were awarded a Bessie for Choreography in 1985 and 1988 respectively. Molissa has also created many works on ballet and contemporary dance companies, most recently for the Oakland Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin and the Seattle Dance Project. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation and a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center of the Arts. She is the Danforth Professor of Dance at Mills College and in residence each spring semester. Recent performances of Molissa’s work include the premiere of Found Object, a new work with text contributed by writers John Guare and Rudy Wurlitzer and poet Joy Harjo, commissioned by New York Live Arts, October 2-5, 2013. Also featured during this season were the reconstructions of Energizer (1980), Witches’ Float (1993), and The Floor Dances (1989). Other recent performances include the remounting of State of Darkness by the Pacific Northwest Ballet in March 2014, the remounting of Desert Sea by the Repertory Dance Theater, Salt Lake City in April 2014, the premiere of Beams with composer Alvin Curran at the Mills Art Museum, April 2014 and the premiere of Redwood Park with composer Joan Jeanrenaud commissioned and performed by the Oakland Ballet, May 2014.

Paz Tanjuaquio, Norte Maar, Dance at Socrates, Socrates Sculpture Park

Photo: Tom Brazil

Paz Tanjuaquio / Topaz Arts
Queens resident Paz Tanjuaguio has been creating dances in NYC since 1990. Her work has been presented by the Danspace Project, Performance Space 122, Harkness Dance Festival at 92nd St. Y, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks Series, LaMaMa ETC, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Aaron Davis Hall, Symphony Space, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill Performing Arts, Yangtze Repertory and nationally at San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances, Godt-Cleary Projects in Las Vegas, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Ohio University. Awards for her choreography include National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA BUILD/Homer Avila Memorial Award, two Individual Artist Awards from Queens Council on the Arts, and DTW’s Suitcase Fund where she participated in the Mekong Project’s Cambodia Creative Residency and artistic research travel in Vietnam. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, NY, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and Movement Research in NYC. As a dancer, she has performed with Molissa Fenley and Dancers since 1997 and Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater from 1991-96. She has been guest artist at Sacramento State University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts HS, and Vargas Museum at Univ. of the Philippines. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and her BA in Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego. She is currently an active member of the NYS DanceForce since 2009, hosting the 2013 annual statewide conference at Topaz Arts in Queens. She has served on numerous panels including the New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and adjudicator for American College Dance Festival Association. Paz is Vice-President and Co-Founding Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc.


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