WILL FEATURE 20 DANCE COMPANIES FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD.
Drew Jacoby, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jessica Lang Dance, Lil Buck, Liz Gerring Dance Company, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, Maurice Chestnut, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Richard Alston Dance Company, Steven McRae, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, London; and Vertigo Dance Company.
October 27 – November 6, 2011.
Featuring an unprecedented number of emerging choreographic voices:
Lizt Alfonso, Maurice Chestnut, Liz Gerring, Jessica Lang, Edwaard Liang, Pontus Lidberg, Lil Buck, Steven McRae, Andrea Miller, Christian Spuck and Tao Ye.
New York City Center will reopen following a historic restoration and modernization of its landmarked building with its eighth annual Fall for Dance Festival, running October 27 – November 6, 2011. In keeping with its commitment to make dance accessible to everyone, all tickets will be $10, as they have been each year since the Festival’s beginning. The two-week Festival will showcase 20 national and international companies and choreographers and will include company debuts and premieres in five programs (each program will be repeated once). Tickets will go on sale Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.
AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The Fall for Dance Festival is a celebration of the diversity and vitality of dance, in New York City, throughout the United States and around the globe. Steven McRae, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, London, and Pontus Lidberg Dance, based in Sweden and New York, will make their U.S. debuts; other international companies and artists include: The Australian Ballet from Australia, CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig from France, Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba from Cuba, Richard Alston Dance Company from the U.K., Royal Ballet of Flanders from Belgium, TAO Dance Theater from China, and Vertigo Dance Company from Israel.
American companies and performers will include: Maurice Chestnut from New Jersey, Lil Buck from California, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago from Illinois, The Joffrey Ballet from Illinois, and from New York: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Drew Jacoby, Jessica Lang Dance, Liz Gerring Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York City Ballet and Trisha Brown Dance Company.
The Fall for Dance Festival has received national and international recognition for its quality, innovation and success in introducing new and younger audiences to the world of dance. Since its inception, the Festival has presented 145 different dance companies to more than 150,000 dance enthusiasts for just $10 per ticket. Newcomers and dance enthusiasts alike look forward to the Festival as both an introduction to new artists and a welcome return to familiar and beloved companies.
“We are thrilled to present the eighth annual Fall for Dance Festival in our revitalized home,” said New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler. “City Center has been transformed, and Festival audiences are going to be wowed by its new look and energy. We are grateful to our sponsors for their support and commitment to the arts, which enables us to keep ticket prices at $10. In this way, we can continue our mission to provide an accessible means for new audiences to discover the joy of dance, while giving dance lovers an opportunity to experience new artists and genres.”
New York City Center gratefully acknowledges Fall for Dance Leadership Sponsor, Bloomberg, and its Principal Sponsor, MetLife Foundation. Fall for Dance is also made possible through the generosity of its Lead Presenting Partners Barbara and David Zalaznick, Jody and John Arnhold, Perry and Marty Granoff, and Caroline Howard Hyman.
“Bloomberg is firmly committed to supporting a diverse range of artists around the world,” said Erana Stennett, “and we are thrilled to sponsor New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival to help bring a variety of the world’s best dance to New York.”
“MetLife Foundation is dedicated to fostering access to the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are proud to continue our support for this groundbreaking festival that creates opportunities for diverse audiences to experience world-class dance.”
New York City Center also recognizes the extraordinary leadership support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which inaugurated a $10 million endowment campaign to ensure the future stability of the annual Fall for Dance Festival. Additional generous funding for the Fall for Dance Festival endowment has been received from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation and an anonymous donor. More than $6 million in commitments have been received to date.
Drew Jacoby, ©Photo Lois Greenfield
TEN NIGHTS, FIVE UNIQUE PROGRAMS
Program One: Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28
The Festival’s opening program features works from four acclaimed American dance companies and choreographers. Mark Morris Dance Group opens the evening with All Fours (2003), a piece for 12 dancers set to Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4, performed by live musicians. Lil Buck brings his brilliant Memphis jookin’ to the stage in The Swan (2007). Trisha Brown Dance Company returns to the festival with a new work, Rogues (2011), by Trisha Brown. The evening concludes with The Joffrey Ballet’s Woven Dreams (2011), a new work for 18 dancers choreographed by Edwaard Liang.
Program Two: Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30
Vertigo Dance Company from Israel makes its Festival debut with Mana (2009), a hypnotic work for 12 dancers choreographed by Noa Wertheim and adapted for Fall for Dance. Next, contemporary ballet dancer Drew Jacoby performs the world premiere of a new work, TBA by Gallim Dance Artistic Director Andrea Miller, and Jessica Lang Dance presents Among the Stars (2010), inspired by the Japanese star festival Tanabata. The evening ends with the U.S. premiere of Richard Alston’s Roughcut (1990), performed by Richard Alston Dance Company of the U.K. to live music by Steve Reich.
Program Three: Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2
The Australian Ballet, celebrating its 50th Anniversary season, opens the program with Glen Tetley’s Gemini (1973), set to music by Hans Werner Henze. The evening continues with three Festival debuts: Steven McRae, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, London, makes his U.S. debut with Something Different (2009), a joyous solo tap piece. Pontus Lidberg Dance makes its U.S. debut with Faune (2010), choreographed by Pontus Lidberg and inspired by Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago closes the evening with the New York premiere of Ohad Naharin’s THREE TO MAX (2011), a new work created especially for HSDC.
Program Four: Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4
This international program opens with the Festival debut of TAO Dance Theater of China, presenting the U.S. premiere of Weight x 3 (2009), choreographed by Tao Ye and adapted for Fall for Dance. French choreographer Mourad Merzouki’s Agwa (2008), a unique blend of samba, hip-hop, capoeira, bossa nova and electronic music, will be performed by 11 dancers from CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig. The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium’s only classical ballet company, follows with The Return of Ulysses (2006), a New York premiere by Christian Spuck, adapted for Fall for Dance. The Festival debut of Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba ends the evening with Lizt Alfonso’s passionate Pa’ Cuba me voy (2001), performed by 17 female dancers and seven musicians in a sensual combination of flamenco, ballet, Afro-Cuban and Cuban rhythms.
Program Five: Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 (matinee)
The final program opens with the Festival debut of Maurice Chestnut’s Floating (2010), a high-energy tap piece with live music performed by The Above Ground Project. Christopher Wheeldon’s stirring Polyphonia (2001), performed to live music by New York City Ballet, will be followed by the Festival debut of Liz Gerring Dance Company, which will perform Gerring’s Lichtung/Clearing (2010), adapted for Fall for Dance. The Festival comes to a rousing finish with Mauro Bigonzetti’s Festa Barocca (2008), performed by 30 dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Stanford Makishi serves as Artistic Advisor to the Festival.
The Fall for Dance Festival will offer DanceTalk, a series of pre-performance discussions and demonstrations that explore Festival programming. On October 28, City Center and Barnard College Department of Dance will co-present The Diaspora of Israeli Dance, moderated by Dance Magazine editor Wendy Perron. On November 2, City Center and Hunter College Department of Dance will co-present Ballet: Is It or Isn’t It? Rethinking an Evolving Art Form, moderated by dance historian Maura Keefe. Panels will take place in City Center’s Studio 5 from 6:30–7:30pm. Each event is free and open to the public. Educational groups can make advance reservations by contacting Chelsea Koenig at New York City Center’s Education Department: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York City Center and the NYC Department of Education will co-present a Fall for Dance Festival Lab for dance educators on Saturday, October 1. In Where is the Story? Dance in Abstraction, dance educators will take master classes focusing on two pieces of repertoire performed Liz Gerring Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group. City Center teaching artists will facilitate a follow-up workshop centered on applications to classroom practice. The Lab will take place in City Center’s studios from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago THREE TO MAX Todd Rosenberg.
For each Fall for Dance performance, the public atrium between 55th and 56th Streets (immediately west of the theater’s main entrance) is transformed into Lounge FFD, a vibrant gathering place for audience members and artists. Featuring music by a rotating roster of NYC DJs, Lounge FFD offers Festival attendees, performers and neighborhood friends a place to relax and mingle, share a cocktail and have a snack before and after the show – as well as during intermission – while video monitors throughout the lounge follow the action onstage. Lounge FFD is open to the general public as well as to Festival artists and attendees. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome.
NEW YORK CITY CENTER (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO) has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city for nearly 70 years. It was Manhattan’s first performing arts center, dedicated by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1943 with a mission to make the best in music, theater and dance accessible to all audiences. Today, City Center is home to many distinguished companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club; a roster of renowned national and international visiting artists; and its own critically acclaimed and popular programs. The Tony-honored Encores! musical theater series has been hailed as “one of the very best reasons to be alive in New York” and has expanded to include a new partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Dance has been integral to the theater’s mission from the start, and dance programs, including the annual Fall for Dance Festival and a partnership with London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre, remain central to City Center’s identity. City Center is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to New York City students and teachers with programs such as Encores! In Schools and the Young People’s Dance Series. Special workshops cater to families, seniors and other groups, while events such as the Fall for Dance DanceTalk series offer learning opportunities to the general public. City Center is currently undergoing an extensive renovation and restoration to revitalize and modernize its historic theater. Designed by Ennead Architects LLP (formerly Polshek Partnership), the renovation will preserve and restore the landmark 1923 building’s historic features while modernizing and upgrading the facility to create a world-class cultural center. A gala re-opening is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2011. www.NYCityCenter.org.
The 2011 Fall for Dance Festival runs Thursday, October 27 – Sunday, November 6 at New York City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). All performances are at 8 p.m., except for the Sunday, November 6 performance, which is a 3 p.m. matinee. All tickets are $10 and go on sale Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212.581.1212, or at the City Center Box Office.
SCHEDULE IN ORDER OF PERFORMANCE
- Thursday, October 27 at 8 p.m.
- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 at 8 p.m.
MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP (live music)
All Fours (2003) is set to Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4, which will be performed by live musicians. The piece, which explores the contrast between outer worlds of uncertainty and inner worlds of enlightenment, has been called “an instant classic.”
The Mark Morris Dance Group, formed in 1980, tours extensively in the United States and throughout the world. MMDG is noted for its commitment to live music, a feature of every performance on its full international touring schedule since 1996. In September of 2001, the Mark Morris Dance Center opened in Brooklyn, NY, to provide a home for the company, rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children, and a school offering dance classes to students of all ages. www.mmdg.org
LIL BUCK (Festival Debut, live music)
The Swan (2007) cemented Lil Buck’s reputation as a dance sensation when a YouTube video of his performance with Yo-Yo Ma went viral earlier this year. Danced to the music of Camille Saint-Saëns, The Swan is an original blend of Memphis jookin’ and ballet. A choreographed improvisation by Lil Buck, The Swan was developed by the New Ballet Ensemble and School, Memphis, TN, for Arts Education and Community Engagement.
Lil Buck is known for his Memphis jookin’, a street dance that originated in Memphis, and he is the founder of his own dance group, New Styles Krew. Lil Buck began jookin’ informally and received early hip-hop training from Terran Gary in Memphis. At age 16, he began ballet training at the New Ballet Ensemble, where he performed and choreographed until moving to Los Angeles in 2009. As a choreographer, Lil Buck recently co-choreographed and starred in the video for recording artist Janelle Monae’s Grammy-nominated hit song “Tightrope.” He has performed on numerous television shows, including an appearance on “Dancing with the Stars” and three appearances on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” In April 2011, Lil Buck collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in performances of The Swan, directed by Damian Woetzel for an "Arts Strike" engagement with students at Inner City Arts in downtown Los Angeles. He also recently appeared with Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble for the opening performance of SummerStage in Central Park. He is the 2011 Artist-in-Residence of the Vail International Dance Festival.
TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY
Rogues (2011), choreographed by Trisha Brown, is a duet that explores sculpture, calligraphy and knots.
Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for more than 40 years. Founded in 1970 when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo. Today, the company is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London and many other theaters around the world. www.trishabrowncompany.org
THE JOFFREY BALLET
Woven Dreams (2011), choreographed by Edwaard Liang for 18 dancers, explores the realities of dreams and nighttime visions.
The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago’s premiere ballet company, is dedicated to the uniquely American vision of its founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino. With its youthful energy and eclectic repertoire, the Joffrey is considered one of the world’s great ballet companies. A City Center resident company from 1966 to 1995, the Joffrey was the first American company to tour the Soviet Union and the first dance company to perform at the White House. Repertoire includes great classics of the 20th century, first-ever commissions by legendary modern choreographers, and new experimental works. The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned artistic director Ashley C. Wheater. www.Joffrey.org
- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 at 8 p.m.
- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 8 p.m.
VERTIGO DANCE COMPANY (Festival Debut)
Mana (2009), choreographed by Noa Wertheim for 12 dancers and adapted for Fall for Dance, is a hypnotic work about energy and transformation, despair and hope.
Vertigo Dance Company, one of Israel’s most acclaimed dance troupes, has performed around the globe and has received numerous awards in Israel and abroad. Founded in 1992 by Adi Sha’al and Noa Wertheim, Vertigo performs contemporary innovative pieces relating to current social realities. Vertigo's performance repertoire features original choreography by artistic director Noa Wertheim as well as a variety of collaborative projects with other artists. www.vertigo.org.il
DREW JACOBY (Festival Debut)
New Work (2011), a world premiere choreographed by Gallim Dance Artistic Director Andrea Miller, imagines a ballerina transformed into wind. Created for contemporary ballet dancer Drew Jacoby, this solo is a display of free and fast movement set to new music by Radio Head.
Drew Jacoby was born in Boise, Idaho, and received her later training at San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is a 2005 Princess Grace Award recipient and has worked with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Sylvie Guillem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Dutch National Ballet, and Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. In 2008 she co-founded her independent partnership, Jacoby & Pronk, with former Dutch National Ballet star Rubinald Pronk and was featured on the August 2009 cover of Dance Magazine. In 2010 she founded DancePulp, a media website featuring video interviews with high profile dance industry professionals with distribution to major TV websites, including Hulu.com.
JESSICA LANG DANCE (Festival Debut)
Among the Stars (2010), a New York premiere choreographed by Jessica Lang, is inspired by Tanabata, the Japanese star festival. The piece celebrates the meeting of two lovers, separated by the Milky Way, who are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
Jessica Lang Dance is a newly formed NYC-based dance organization under the direction and vision of Jessica Lang. Since 1999, Lang has created more than 75 works on companies including The Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Ailey II and ABT II, among many others. She has also received commissions from the Dallas Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum, as well as from numerous universities and prestigious institutions. Lang is the recipient of a 2010 Joyce Theater Residency, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which enabled her to launch her own group, Jessica Lang Dance, in the summer of 2011. www.jessicalangdance.com
RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY (Festival Debut, live music)
Roughcut (1990), a U.S. premiere choreographed by Richard Alston to the cascading peals of Steve Reich’s New York and Electric Counterpoints for Clarinet and Guitar, is a euphoric display of pure energy performed by nine dancers.
Richard Alston Dance Company has grown into the U.K.’s most avidly followed modern dance company. The company offers a unique combination of the innovative and the entertaining in the work of its artistic director, Richard Alston. Music plays a vital part in the company’s identity, and since its inception Alston has created works set to a diverse range of composers, including Brahms, Hoagy Carmichael, Heiner Goebbels, Astor Piazzolla, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. www.theplace.org.uk
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago – Robyn Mineko Williams in THREE TO MAX Todd Rosenberg
- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 at 8 p.m.
- WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 at 8 p.m.
THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET
Gemini (1973), choreographed by Glen Tetley for The Australian Ballet, is a bravura double pas de deux that fuses classical and contemporary movement. By extending the physicality of classical technique in response to the challenging score by Hans Werner Henze, he created a strong, dynamic and exciting work that exhilarates dancers and audiences alike.
The Australian Ballet, founded in 1962, is one of the country's flagship arts companies as well as the defining face of ballet in Australia. Its repertoire includes classical and contemporary works by major Australian and international choreographers, as well as new commissions that explore the development and future of this dynamic art form. The Australian Ballet's diverse repertoire reflects the company’s motto: caring for tradition, daring to be different. Its trademark versatility, technical excellence and warm, friendly style have earned both critical and audience acclaim. www.australianballet.com.au
STEVEN McRAE, PRINCIPAL DANCER OF THE ROYAL BALLET, LONDON (U.S. Debut)
Something Different (2009), a U.S. premiere choreographed and performed by Steven McRae, is a joyous solo tap dance that showcases another side of this acclaimed classical ballet star.
Steven McRae was born in Sydney, Australia and began dancing at the age of 7. After winning several international ballet competitions, he joined the Royal Ballet School in 2003 and joined The Royal Ballet the following year, quickly rising through the ranks and achieving the rank of Principal in 2009. Steven has performed at Buckingham Palace and has been a guest performer with the world’s top ballet companies. In addition, McRae has performed with the Tap Dogs in the U.S. and in the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony. www.roh.org.uk
PONTUS LIDBERG DANCE (U.S. Debut)
Faune (2010) is a U.S. premiere created by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg for five dancers. Set to Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, the piece explores issues of identity and individuality.
Pontus Lidberg Dance, founded by choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg, is based in Sweden and New York. Lidberg has created more than 25 works for major international dance companies, including Morphoses, the Norwegian National Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet and The Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process series, as well as for his own company. He received international acclaim and numerous awards for his 2007 dance film The Rain. In 2010, he was artist-in-residence at Joyce SoHo and the Baryshnikov Arts Center while working on his latest dance film, Labyrinth Within, featuring NYCB principal dancer Wendy Whelan. www.lidberg.se/pontus
HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO (Festival Debut)
THREE TO MAX (2011), a New York premiere, is a collage of excerpts from two works by Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, created especially for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, founded in 1977 by Lou Conte and now under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, is one of the country’s most original forces in contemporary dance. Hubbard Street embraces a vast array of techniques and forms, working with new choreographic talent and collaborating with artists in music, visual art and theater. HSDC, one of the only American dance companies to operate year-round, produces bold and passionate performances for Chicago, national and international audiences. www.hubbardstreetdance.com
- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 at 8 p.m.
- FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 8 p.m.
TAO DANCE THEATER (Festival Debut)
Weight x 3 (2009) a U.S. premiere choreographed by Tao Ye and adapted for Fall for Dance, is a sampling of works choreographed over the course of a year and performed by three dancers to the music of Steve Reich.
TAO Dance Theater, one of China’s leading modern dance companies, was founded by Tao Ye in 2008. A graduate of the Chongqing Dance School in Chongqing, China, Tao Ye began his career with the Shanghai Army Song and Dance Ensemble before joining the Jin Xing Dance Theater in 2003. After dancing for many of China’s major dance companies, Tao Ye went on to perform with the Beijing Modern Dance Company, touring extensively throughout China and internationally. His works have been performed in Beijing, Belgium, Singapore, Amsterdam, France and Switzerland. http://blog.sina.com.cn/taoye1026
CCN DE CRÉTEIL ET DU VAL-DE-MARNE / COMPAGNIE KÄFIG
Agwa (2008), choreographed by Mourad Merzouki for 11 dancers, is a high-energy mix of samba, hip-hop, capoeira, bossa nova and electronic music. Agwa, meaning “water,” looks at the ecological, political, organic and spiritual aspects of this precious resource.
CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig, based in France, was founded in 1996 by Mourad Merzouki, whose works fuse elements of street and traditional dance as a means of communication. He was appointed to the post of director of the Créteil and Val-de-Marne National Choreography Centre in 2009. http://www.kafig.com/anglais/english.htm
ROYAL BALLET OF FLANDERS
In The Return of Ulysses (2006), a New York premiere choreographed by Christian Spuck for nine dancers and adapted for Fall for Dance, Penelope awaits the return of her husband, Ulysses, while fending off the advances of lusty suitors.
The Royal Ballet of Flanders, founded in 1969, is the only professional, classically trained dance company in Belgium, with a repertoire that balances traditional and modern dance. Under the direction of Kathryn Bennetts since 2005, the company has grown in national and international stature, touring internationally, winning awards and garnering rave reviews. In 2009, they won London’s prestigious Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance.” http://www.balletvlaanderen.be
LIZT ALFONSO DANCE CUBA (Festival Debut, live music)
Pa’ Cuba me voy (2001), choreographed by Lizt Alfonso, features 17 dancers and seven musicians in a sensual combination of flamenco, ballet, Afro-Cuban and Cuban rhythms.
Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, founded by Lizt Alfonso in 1991, is a company of women influenced and inspired by Cuban culture, rhythms and colors. The company includes dancers and musicians, and its shows mix elements of flamenco, ballet and dance with Spanish and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba has received acclaim in Cuba and around the world. (Note: the company will perform at the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series November 6 and 7. www.balletliztalfonso.cult.cu
Drew Jacoby, ©Photo Lois Greenfield
- SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 at 8 p.m.
- SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 at 3 p.m.
MAURICE CHESTNUT (Festival Debut, live music)
Floating (2010), choreographed by tap artist Maurice Chestnut, showcases tap dance as the leading instrument in a musical mix of jazz, R & B and soul.
Maurice Chestnut performs with The Above Ground Project, a group of artists – Charisa Dowe, Kassa Overall and TW Sample – who have come together to preserve the traditions of all different art forms and genres of music. They have been performing together at venues across the world.
NEW YORK CITY BALLET (live music)
"Romantic with comic twists," is how Christopher Wheeldon describes Polyphonia (2001), choreographed to 10 eclectic piano pieces by György Ligeti. The composer’s music finds its match in the choreographer’s interweaving of ballet and modern dance movement.
New York City Ballet is one of the world’s foremost dance companies, with an active repertory of more than 150 works, most of which were created for NYCB and many of which are considered modern masterpieces. The company was established in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, and quickly became world-renowned for its athletic, contemporary style and compelling ballets. Now under the direction of Peter Martins, the company has more than 90 dancers, a 62-member orchestra, an official school (The School of American Ballet), and an annual 23-week season at Lincoln Center. www.nycballet.com
LIZ GERRING DANCE COMPANY (Festival Debut)
Lichtung/Clearing (2010), choreographed by Liz Gerring and adapted for Fall for Dance, is a cinematic dance work enveloped in video and sound.
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Festa Barocca (2008), choreographed by Mauro Bigonzetti, features 30 dancers in a rousing visual and musical manifestation of beauty inspired by Baroque art. Acclaimed Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti brings his highly dramatic style, complex partnering and seamless integration of classical and modern techniques to his first work for an American modern dance company.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, where Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers changed forever the perception of American dance. The company has performed in 71 countries on six continents for an estimated 23 million people worldwide, inspiring and uniting people of all backgrounds around the globe. Today, under the artistic direction of Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to celebrate the African-American cultural experience and to preserve and enrich the American modern dance tradition. The company is regarded as one of the world’s premier modern dance companies and has been named by Congress as America’s Cultural Ambassador to the World in recognition of its extraordinary 50-year history. www.alvinailey.org
AAADT's Hope Boykin in Mauro Bigonzetti's Festa Barocca – Steve Vaccariello 2008
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