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The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions present Y Cabaret, Oct. 31- Nov. 1

by Michelle Tabnick
October 30, 2016
14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 780-0800
The Theater 14th Street Y & Bearded Ladies Productions present Y Cabaret, as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from October 31-November 1, 2016 at 7:30pm. Y Cabaret features: Abrakus, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Brendan Drake, Jenn Freeman, LoudHoundMovement and shawnbibledanceco., Jenn Freeman. Tickets are $20 in advance ($22 at the door) and are available at www.14streety.org/ycabaret.

Back after last year's sold out performances, Y Cabaret features six choreographers showcasing new and existing works and is hosted by the Master of Ceremonies, Clinton Edward. Audiences will experience the weird, the sensual, the funny, the sexy, and the entertaining in our dance cabaret; and what better way to do that than with a drink in hand? Get up close and personal with some of the hottest choreographers in town and experience dance outside of the boundaries of traditional performance. Not to ignore the holidays, guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear costumes on Halloween (Oct 31) or white for All Saints Day (Nov 1)…there may be a prize involved, but you’ll have to come to find out.

About the Artists

Jenn Freeman is an American choreographer based in New York City. Recently she was commissioned to create a piece for Marymount Manhattan College, and also presented work at The Young Choreographers Festival. Her newest dance film, “An Immaterial Divide”, will premiere at the Reverb Dance Festival this month. Jenn has major experience working alongside internationally recognized choreographers in the development of pieces and large scale productions for: Florence and the Machine, Madonna, The X-Factor, Target, The Brit Awards, Cirque du Soleil, The Martha Graham Dance Company (Tayeh Variation), LA Ballet (Beneath One’s Dignity), SYTYCD, Encores! Off-Center at NY City Center (The Wild Party), and Classic Stage Company (Iphigenia in Aulis). Professionally, Jenn has danced in works by choreographers: Sonya Tayeh, Kyle Abraham, Larry Keigwin, Mia Michaels, and many others. Jenn is a highly sought-after and nationally recognized educator. She frequently appears as a guest/master teacher at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, and EDGE PAC. Jenn proudly holds a BFA in Dance from the TISCH School of the Arts at New York University

Brendan Duggan is originally from New Hampshire, continued his studies in Dance at Skidmore College, and eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude in Dance and a Math minor.  

Throughout his performing career, he has had the pleasure of working and performing with Gallim Dance, Danaka Dance, Loni Landon Dance Projects, ChristinaNoel Reaves & The Creature, Danielle Russo, Emily Terndrup, Third Rail Projects, and is currently a cast member of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More.  Brendan is also a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of LoudHoundMovement, a choreographic collective based in Brooklyn. Since their inception in 2012, LoudHoundMovement has been presented numerous times throughout NYC including two evening-length installation performances.  In 2015, LoudHoundMovement was selected for the Emerging Choreographers Program at Springboard Danse Montréal, where they presented past and current work at Place Des Arts and Usine C in Montréal.  In 2016, LHM was awarded an M(Mix) residency at Marymount Manhattan College and commissioned by SALT Contemporary Dance to create a new work.  In addition to his performance and choreographic career, Brendan is also an avid teacher, holding a permanent Contemporary Forms class slot at both Gibney Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center.

Bryn Cohn has been described as a “dancemaker who does not shy away from much” (DIY Dancer), and has been commissioned to create original works for Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Grand Valley State University, California State University, Fullerton, The Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program, the fashion designer Betsey Johnson, and The Youth America Grand Prix. Cohn graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in dance performance and composition. Bryn Cohn + Artists, founded in 2011, has performed in premiere venues throughout New York, New Jersey, California, Boston, Michigan and Seattle including Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, 92nd Street Y, 14th Street Y, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Boston University Theater, Nazareth College, Dixon Place, The Martha Graham Theater, Judson Memorial Church, Center for Performance Research, Abrons Arts Center, and Baruch Performing Arts Center among others. BC+A most recently was named Inception to Exhibition’s Fan Favorite and won a fully produced performance.

Abarukas is a New York City-based contemporary dance company founded in in the fall of 2012, led by artistic director, Yoshito Sakuraba. Yoshito Sakuraba left his native Japan to move to New York at age 19, and started studying dance a year later. He received his BA in Dance from Manhattanville College as a scholarship student, continued studies at the Martha Graham School, and founded Abarukas in 2012. He won the Pretty Creative International Dance Competition in 2015 at Northwest Dance project in Oregon. Earlier this year, he was commissioned to create a work from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, followed by a residency at Kaatsbaan. His company Abarukas just had their 3rd Season at GK Arts center the past weekend. His work has been shown at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series in 2014 and 2016, the Booking Dance Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, LaMaMa E.T.C. Dance Festival, and more.  The Company's choreographies have their own language full of power and wit with an evocative dance fusing the fierce physical language. The Company also layers precise detail, intricate patterns, subtle storytelling and emotionally evocative sound scores to create the next level of theatrical contemporary dance. Broadway Dance World writes, "I witnessed a true work of art…Mr. Sakuraba's brilliant mind for choreography has captivated me… extreme creativity, fine detail, and high level dancing." The Company creates work that captivates and keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

Brendan Drake of Brendan Drake Choreography, is a Brooklyn based dance artist who uses, theatricality and disparate forms to create stylized performance spectacles. His work has been presented at HERE Arts Center, Playwrights Horizons, Triskelion Arts, Gowanus Loft, the CURRENT SESSIONS, The Tank, Dixon Place and he was the proud recipient of a 2015 CUNY Dance Initiative Grant and residency through Baruch College. In addition to his work for the stage, Brendan choreographed the fall 2014 “Equality = Love” campaign for Adidas Originals/Pharrell Williams and commercial spots for Thursday Island (Korea), Kate Spade, and Hermes. He has also served as movement coordinator on editorial shoots for Elle Magazine, Cate Blanchett, and Lorde. Brendan received his BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he was a recent Artist in Residence. He is a proud fiscally sponsored artist through Fractured Atlas and certified Pilates Mat and Apparatus Practitioner through the Kane School for Core Integration.

Shawn T Bible, grew up in Roseville, Michigan and received a BA in Social Science and Dance from Michigan State University and an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Michigan.  Over the past 10 years, Bible was on faculty at Idaho State University, Texas Tech University and the Dance Director and Associate Professor of Dance at Grand Valley State University. He is the recipient of the Maggie Allessee New Choreography Award while setting works for the Grand Rapids Ballet, Thodos Dance Chicago, Opera Grand Rapids, and Grand Rapids Symphony.  His New York based company, shawnbibledanceco. has been presented at Battery Park Dance Festival, DANY Studios, Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Center for Performance Research, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Pushing Progress, The Series, Biomorophic Dance Festival, The TANK, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Dumbo Dance Festival, Abrons Arts Center, and Fielday.  Shawn is currently a full-time professor at Manhattanville College and on faculty at Peridance in NYC.  For information and commissions: shawntbible.com

About 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is a thriving and dynamic community center located in the heart of the East Village. Our members have access to over 50 fitness classes per week, lap and family swim times, childcare, pick-up games in our basketball gymnasium and a fitness center filled with a full range of cardio and weight equipment.  Membership at the Y also gives you access to arts and culture programming, https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket as well as early registration and discounts on all Y classes and programs like camps, preschool, and Two by Two. www.14thstreety.org.

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at: www.14streety.org/tickets.
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