Gibney Dance Promises Edgy Fall Season

Johanna S. Meyer's "piece.piece." Photo by Natalie Fiol.

The enterprising Gibney Dance just announced its four-month performance season. Besides hosting a wide range of dance classes and renting space to every kind of dancemaker, they now produce “Making Space,” one of the most interesting fall series in New York.

The emerging dance artists slated for September and October are looking at the female body, the black male body, the aging dancer’s body, the conquering and failed bodies, and the restless body.

Marguerite Hemmings, curated by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Photo by Delwin Kamara.

Then in November and December, repeating the format from last year, will be dancers curating dancers.  We’ll see evenings assembled by downtown stars Tere O’Connor, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Yasuko Yokoshi, and Jennifer Monson.

Check out those links. This is the kind of series that makes New York New York.

And before all that begins, catch Heidi Latsky’s Somewhere this coming Saturday, as part of Gibney’s Dance-Mobile series, at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Latsky has redefined poetry in dance with her inclusiveness of differently abled bodies. As you can see from her “Choreography in Focus,”  her work can be very moving.

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Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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