WORKING WOMEN, a program of work by female choreographers including Kate Weare, Camille A. Brown, Carolyn Dorfman, and Monica Bill Barnes, comes to The Joyce for a four performance run of new works and audience favorites from January 30 – February 3, 2013. Performances are on Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. The Friday performance will be followed by a Dance Chat. Tickets are $10-39 and are available at www.joyce.org.
After a one-night only concert during last summer's Gotham Dance Festival, WORKING WOMEN returns to The Joyce for an expanded four-performance run that features work created by some of America's most beloved female choreographers. Presented by Gotham Arts Exchange, the program features new works and audience favorites by Kate Weare (The Light Has Not the Arms to Carry Us); Camille A. Brown (solo from Mr. Tol E. Rance); Carolyn Dorfman (Keystone); Monica Bill Barnes (Luster); BODYTRAFFIC performing a work commissioned from Zoe Scofield; and a special performance of Janis Brenner's Contents May Have Shifted performed by Holley Farmer. Also included are premieres by Loni Landon and Jane Comfort.
Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC is a Los Angeles-based repertory company that commissions today's most distinctive choreographers. Current repertory includes works by Stijn Celis, Sarah Elgart, Alex Ketley, Barak Marshall, Andrea Miller, Richard Siegal, and Guy Weizman & Roni Haver. They has performed at numerous venues in Los Angeles, including Brand Library, The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater, The Broad Stage, Ford Amphitheatre, Glorya Kaufman Hall at UCLA, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, REDCAT, and Wadsworth Theatre. Outside LA, the company has performed at Rialto Center for the Arts, Duncan Theatre, Z Space, ODC Theater, and at the Chutzpah! and Laguna Dance Festivals. In June 2012, BODYTRAFFIC made their Joyce Theater debut during Gotham Dance Festival. In 2012, they made their Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. BODYTRAFFIC, in collaboration with Barak Marshall, had the honor of winning first prize at The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011: Los Angeles. BODYTRAFFIC will have their debut at Jacob's Pillow this summer. BODYTRAFFIC provides a wide range of training opportunities for both pre-professional and working dancers through open company classes and workshops. BODYTRAFFIC's outreach program provides dance classes and rehearsal access to inner-city schools in Los Angeles. www.bodytraffic.com
Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality, Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. The company's work explores typical, real life situations ranging from literal relationships to more complex themes with an eye on the past and present. Making a personal claim on history, through the lens of a modern female perspective, Camille A. Brown leads her dancers through dazzling excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, as well as immediate contemporary issues. The work is strongly character based, expressing whatever the topic is by building from little moments, modeling a filmic sensibility. Theater, poetry, visual art and music of all genres merge to inject each performance with energy and urgency. www.camilleabrown.org
Celebrating its 30th season the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company is dedicated to the creation of contemporary dance that reveals the individual uniqueness and ultimate commonality of the human experience. With bold athleticism and dramatic nuance, Dorfman's works takes viewers on intellectual and emotional journeys. CDDC's 10 member company appears at major theaters, universities and schools regionally, nationally and internationally. It is acclaimed for programming that opens dialogues, between artists and audience and expands the understanding of dance as a dynamic and expressive art form that both engages and builds community. Described as "ingenious" (Star-Ledger), "emotionally resonant" (New York Times) and "dancers with a four octave range" (Guest choreographer Doug Elkins) CDDC presents works by Dorfman and guest choreographers and regularly commissions original scores and artistic collaborations. In April 2013, Dorfman will premiere INTERIOR DESIGNS with commissioned score by Svjetlana Bukvich, lighting by Kate Ashton, video design by Imaginary Media Artists and costumes by Anna-Alissa Belous. The company garners support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Karma Foundation, American Music Center Live Music for Dance, Harkness Foundation for Dance, among other foundation, corporation and individual donors. www.cddc.info
KATE WEARE COMPANY is an NY-based contemporary dance company known for its startling combination of formal choreographic values and visceral, emotional interpretation. Weare's dances explore contemporary views of intimacy, both tender and stark, by drawing on our most basic urges to move and decode movement. The company's working method stems from a close communion in the studio that mines the body's innate capacity for truth-telling: our need for safety, our longing to connect, our desire to be seen, our irrepressible intelligence about who we are as individuals. www.kateweare.com
MONICA BILL BARNES & COMPANY is a contemporary American dance company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. MBB & CO. has performed in over twenty venues in NYC, including three seasons at The Joyce Theater. The company has been presented in more than 30 cities throughout the US and has been commissioned and presented by The American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Fire Island Dance Festival and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. MBB & CO. has received support from The National Endowment for The Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts - National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Last spring the company was thrilled to perform in "This American Life Live!" as a part of the public radio show's cinema event shown in more than 600 movie theaters. Other 2012 highlights included performances at Joe's Pub, The Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, Fire Island Dance Festival and The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. MBB & CO. looks forward to their upcoming Kennedy Center debut in May. www.monicabillbarnes.com
JANIS BRENNER & DANCERS is an acclaimed NY company known for its "meticulous artistry" (Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice). They have performed throughout the U.S., Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe for more than twenty years and been presented by leading NY organizations and festivals including Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Madison Square Garden Theater, Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, The 92nd StY Harkness Dance Festival, DanceNow, Battery Park Dance Festival, Dance In the Square, Fiorello Festival, and the screening of the Dancing In Absentia video at The Joyce Theater. The company has appeared at many festivals including ones in Russia, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, France, Switzerland, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, New Moves Festival, Huntington Arts Festival, and many others. Ms. Brenner's project for JB&D, A ""Peace"" For Women, premiered in September, 2000 at Madison Square Garden Theater for 5,600 people on the "Celebration for Peace" Concert in honor of the United Nations Millennium Summit Conference in New York. In November '04 the company had its second performance at the UN sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization. www.janisbrenner.com
LONI LANDON PROJECTS is a project based dance group that was newly founded. The company has performed at The Joyce Theater, HT CHEN'S NewSteps Choreography Series, The Dumbo Dance Festival, The Ailey Theater in NYC, DanceNOW at Joe's Pub, WestFest, APAP at City Center, American College Dance Festival, State Theater of Munich, SUNY Purchase and Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out festival.The group has just received their first space grant LPAC LAB Residency, from LaGuardia Community College. As a choreographer Loni was also a finalist in the Hannover International Choreography Competition and has just been selected for the 17th International Solo Dance Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. lonilandon.com
JANE COMFORT AND COMPANY creates dance theater works that push the intersection of movement and language to a new form of theater. Called by the New York Times "a postmodernist pioneer in the use of verbal material in dance," artistic director Jane Comfort addresses contemporary social and cultural issues with compassion and wit. The company is an extraordinary group of dancers, actors and singers whose multiple talents allow Jane Comfort to create deeply layered works utilizing a wide range of theatrical elements, from pure dance to chanted texts, a capella singing, film, lip-syncing, cross dressing, acted scenes and puppetry. The company creates theater in which transformation occurs through many voices. janecomfortandcompany.org
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC January 30 – February 3, 2013
Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm
Fridays performance will be followed by a Dance Chat
Tickets are $10-39
JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800 www.joyce.org
GOTHAM ARTS EXCHANGE, INC. is a non-profit arts organization set-up to provide administrative, management, booking, fundraising, insurance, and fiscal sponsorship services to the artists that make up the roster of Zia Artists. The idea behind Gotham Arts Exchange is to "pool" the resources of many companies together to be able to afford the many aspects of running a non-profit corporation that is vital to the infrastructure of a dance company. By doing this, each dance company that is not an incorporated non-profit becomes a sponsored project of the organization. Gotham Arts Exchange began producing at The Joyce Theater in 2006, presenting Battleworks and Paradigm, followed by Keigwin+Company and Battleworks (2008), Nicholas Leichter and Keigwin+Company (2009), Gotham Dance Festival (2010, 2011, 2012), and Camille A. Brown & Dancers (2012). The most recent venture is FOCUS (2012, 2013, 2014), a new initiative that promotes American dance during APAP.
THE JOYCE THEATER FOUNDATION, INC., a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences since 1982. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to establish the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant New York home for more than 290 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce's Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through pre-engagement Dance Talks and post-performance Humanities discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000.