>>Performance Schedule / Choreographer + Company Bios<<
All performances will begin at 3pm (weather permitting)
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard @ Broadway
Long Island City, NY 11106
Subway: N or Q to Broadway Stop in Queens.Walk 8 blocks west on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Blvd. Bus: Q103, Q104 to Broadway and Vernon Blvd. Q19A to Broadway and 21st Street (walk west to intersection of Vernon Blvd).
Sat, Aug 10 @ 3PM:____________
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 in 1995. 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 even pedestrian at times. 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.
Lynn Parkerson / 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, as well as through its professional dance school located in Downtown Brooklyn.
Ian Spencer Bell
Ian Spencer Bell is a dancer, a choreographer, a teacher, and a writer. He trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. He is the recipient of a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from Atlantic Center for the Arts, Summer Stages Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow, where he also performed with his group on the Inside/Out stage. In addition, Connecticut Ballet, New Chamber Ballet, and David Parker’s WET series have presented his choreography.
Nellie Rainwater’s choreography has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, DANCENOW at Joe’s Pub, WestFest Dance Festival at the Cunningham Theater, Dixon Place, CPR – Center for Performance Research, among other venues. She has an MFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and a BA in Dance and English from Saint Olaf College. As a dancer, she has worked with Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances for a Variable Population, Carrie J. Brown/Raw Delivery, Laura Peterson Choreography, BosmaDance, and Jane Franklin Dance. Nellie is also a dance & yoga instructor and the Development Manager at Brooklyn Ballet.
Sat, Aug 17 @ 3PM:____________
Edisa Weeks / Delirious Dances
Choreographer Edisa Weeks formed DELIRIOUS Dances to empower people through the immediacy of dance. Weeks creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance, to deliriously explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and dearest dreams. Described by the New York Times as having, “a gift for simple but striking visual effects,” her work has been performed at chashama theater, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Emory University, Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Harlem Stage, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Mermaid Parade, The National Black Arts Festival, Summerstages Dance Festival, as well as in swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks and living rooms; including living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration.
Sydney Schiff Dance Project
Sydney Schiff graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in History of Science and a Certificate in Dance. She has worked with Patricia Hoffbauer, Emily Faulkner, Darcy Naganuma and Pedro Jimenez, among others, and is currently dancing with H. T. Chen & Dancers and apprentices with Zvidance. She has choreographed numerous short works and several evening-length works including: Eugene Onegin (Princeton 2012) and CHALOM: A Dream Opera (NY Fringe 2012) and ContextPreconstucted (Princeton 2010). Founder and Artistic Director of Sydney Schiff Dance Project, she is currently developing a new evening-length work Dry Bones: Resurrection of the Living.
Jonathan Gonzalez began his formal training in classical vocal performance at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, alongside a youth residency with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Graduating cum laude from Trinity College with a B.A. in Theatre & Dance, he was recipient of the Diebold Family Award for Distinction in Dance Performance & Choreography. Jonathan holds a Certificate of Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, UK. His choreography has been performed for venues including the American College Dance Festival, 5×5 Dance Festival, and DanceNOW Festival (DTW). Jonathan is currently a collaborator with The Moving Architects, and attending Sarah Lawrence College to pursue his Masters in Fine Arts.
Sat, Aug 24 @ 3pm:____________
Takehiro Ueyama / TAKE Dance
TAKE Dance is a New York City based contemporary dance company that explores the integration of expressive and physical movement. Artistic Director Takehiro Ueyama, a native of Japan, graduated from the Juilliard School before joining the Paul Taylor Dance Company. After eight years touring with the Taylor Company, Take founded TAKE Dance. Take Ueyama blends eastern and western sensibilities to communicate the universal human condition – exciting athletic movement and an unusual sensitivity are combined to create distinctive work that is uniquely “TAKE”. Collaborations with contemporary artists in other creative genres are one of the motivating factors in his creative process. Through its diverse movement, musical choices, subject matter and artistic partnerships, TAKE Dance brings a unique depth and fulfilling experience to audiences.
Stuart Loungway / Terra Firma Dance Theatre
Terra Firma Dance Theatre (TFDT), under the guidance of Artistic Director, Stuart Loungway, serves as a cultural think-tank for the dance landscape of New York. We promote an environment that cultivates dialogue and the exchange of creative ideas as exemplified through our dance performance, educational outreach and experimental theater initiatives. Our primary focal points are underserved populations and non-traditional theatergoers, in order to introduce them to the power of the arts as a life changing force. As a rapidly rising contemporary ballet company, the core of our work focuses on movement as the primary language of basic human interaction and communion.
Valerie Green / Dance Entropy
Dance Entropy is a professional not-for-profit modern dance company founded in 1998. Dance Entropy supports the vision of Artistic Director, Valerie Green to use creation, performance, and teaching as a means to link dance and community. Dance Entropy abstracts the potential chaos of the body and creates order through expressive movement reflecting the world within which we live. Themes explored include examining rites of passion, traditions of culture, and notions of self.
Sat, Aug 31 @ 3pm:____________
Rachel Cohen / racoco productions
racoco productions removes the boundaries between the visual and performing arts, the audience and the performers, and the real and the imaginary. We create theatrical experiences in which movement, music, humor, emotion, and texture are inextricably linked. The body and everyday objects are compared, contrasted, blended, and confused to illustrate the inescapable messiness of existence. Since 2003 Racoco, directed and choreographed by Rachel Cohen, has combined quixotic choreography, absurdist visuals, and raw materials to create idiosyncratic installations exploring interactions between the human body and inanimate objects—e.g., wood, clay, flour, taffy, paper, chewing gum—collaborating with composers and visual artists to build fantastical universes uncannily similar to our own.
Morgan McEwen / MorDance
Morgan McEwen, ballerina turned artistic director launched MorDance in January of 2013. This young company with dancers from various backgrounds – including the American Ballet Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, Polish National Ballet, and Armitage Gone! Dance has playfully leapt to the edge of the classical ballet realm; exploring the use of athleticism and speed in its aim to modernize and innovate while honoring the grace and beauty of ballet. McEwen’s aesthetic is one that celebrates dance for its own sake, portrayed by an ensemble with varying backgrounds and strengths to bring to life a realm that is robust, uninhibited, and one with staying power.
Kim Jones is a choreographer, dancer and a native New Yorker. She was raised in Queens NY and currently divides her time between Queens, NY and Charlotte, NC. She is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and a régisseur for the Martha Graham Resource Center. She received her MFA summa cum laude from Florida State University and her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. Most notably, she danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2006), the Metropolitan Opera Ballet (1998- 2003) and performed in the US National Tour of The King and I as a principal dancer (2005). In 2011-2012, Jones created a new work, Autumn Sunrise, for North Carolina Dance Theater II. She has presented her work at North Carolina Dance Festival Tour, North Carolina Dance Alliance, Center Stage (Santa Barbara, CA), Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), Swing Space (NYC), Pietrasanta International Dance Festival (Pietrasanta, Italy), and Drachengasse Theater (Vienna, Austria). Jones received a 2010-2011 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Masterpieces Grant to restage Martha Graham’s Primitive Mysteries (1931) for UNC Charlotte. Most recently, Jones reconstructed Martha Graham’s Imperial Gesture (1935). Imperial Gesture is now on tour with the Martha Graham Dance Company and had its NYC premiere at the Joyce Theater in February 2013. Jones was named the 2013 recipient of the Board of Governors’ Teaching Award for the College of Arts + Architecture.
This schedule may be subject to change.