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Gotham Dance Festival

by Michelle Brandon
April 27, 2012
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street)
New York, NY 10011
212-242-0800
Featuring: Brian Brooks Moving Co., Jodie Gates, Peter Quanz, BodyTraffic, Gallim Dance, and a special program celebrating the American female choreographer.
Gotham Dance Festival returns for two weeks, presenting five programs that feature the work of more than ten choreographers, including a program celebrating the choreographic work of American women, both established and emerging talents. May 30 - June 10, 2012 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $10-$39 and are available at 212-242-0800 or joyce.org.

BRIAN BROOKS MOVING CO. | WED MAY 30, 7:30pm | THU MAY 31, 8pm | FRI JUN 1, 8pm
Week One begins with Brian Brooks Moving Company returning to the Festival with the NYC premiere of Brooks' latest work, Big City. The work celebrates the human effort inherent in the process of rebuilding. Big City features a set constructed with hundreds of aluminum columns designed by Philip Treviño and Brooks. This dynamic floor-to-ceiling installation is raised in real time before the audience's eyes, memorializing the inevitable reconstruction that follows loss. Big City also features an original score by Jonathan Pratt.

PETER QUANZ / JODIE GATES | SAT JUN 2, 8pm | SUN JUN 3, 2pm
Peter Quanz introduces two masterfully crafted ballets for The Joyce Theater debut of his company, Q Dance. Luminous (2010), and In Tandem, a work originally commissioned by Guggenheim Works & Process. Q Dance shares the program with former Joffrey and Forsythe ballerina, Jodie Gates, who brings her boldly poetic choreography in a program featuring premieres by two American dance companies. Embellish, danced by Colorado Ballet, is a rousing deconstructed neoclassical work, and BalletX dances Delicate Balance, a contemporary work that explores intimate tangled passages.

WORKING WOMEN (One Night Only!) | TUE JUN 5, 7:30pm
Gotham Dance Festival celebrates the choreographic work of American women, in a special concert to benefit the programs of Gotham Arts Exchange. The program will include new works and audience favorites from Pam Tanowitz (world premiere); Kate Weare (The Light Has Not The Arms to Carry Us); Camille A. Brown (solo from Mr. Tol E. Rance); Carolyn Dorfman (Keystone); Loni Landon (World Premiere of Don't Forget to Go Home); Jodie Gates (duet from Delicate Balance); Jane Comfort (excerpt from Beauty) and Monica Bill Barnes (excerpt of Love, Oh Love).

BODYTRAFFIC | WED JUN 6, 7:30pm | THU JUN 7, 8pm
BODYTRAFFIC brings to The Joyce a trio of works by distinctive global choreographers. Barak Marshall, who tracks between Israel and the West Coast, provides a world premiere, as does The Bakery's Richard Siegal, right out of Paris and London. Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis's eerie outing, Fragile Dwellings, inspired by homelessness and delivered within artist Erwin Redl's incandescent light installation, rounds out the evening.

GALLIM DANCE | FRI JUN 8, 8pm | SAT JUN 9, 8pm | SUN JUN 10, 2pm
Gallim Dance, the high-voltage, New York-based company of rising choreographer Andrea Miller, is returning to The Joyce after its sold-out run in August 2010. Miller, an alumnus of Ohad Naharin's Ensemble Batsheva, has been creating an award-winning body of exuberant and captivating work since founding Gallim Dance in 2007. Miller now presents her newest creation, a world premiere that explores the boundaries between art and the artist.

The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC
May 30 – June 10, 2012
Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm

Tickets are $10-$39.
Call JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800 or online at joyce.org.
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