MADBOOTS DANCE in MASC. Photo by Scott Shaw, Courtesy Richard Kornberg & Associates

Out and Proud: NYC's Joyce Theater Celebrates Pride Week

This week, New York City's Joyce Theater presents two companies addressing LGBTQ+ issues.


MADBOOTS DANCE

The queer, all-male contemporary company, led by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, makes its Joyce debut. On the program: the premiere of their latest work, GAY GUERILLA, and 2017's MASC, which questions traditional depictions of American manhood. June 19, 21, 23.

Sean Dorsey Dance

Oral history interviews with longtime LGBT survivors of the early AIDS epidemic form the basis of THE MISSING GENERATION, which has been touring the U.S. since its premiere in 2015. Transgender dancer-choreographer Sean Dorsey is joined by a multigenerational cast in what is described as a love letter to these survivors. June 20, 22, 23.

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What It Was Like When Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was in the Audience—or Backstage

The 27 years that Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent on the U.S. Supreme Court were 27 years that she spent as one of Washington, D.C.'s most ardent, elegant and erudite supporters of the performing arts. The justice, who died on September 18 of metastatic cancer, was also an avid cultural tourist, traveling to the Santa Fe and Glimmerglass operas nearly every summer, as well as occasionally returning to catch shows in her native New York City.

Ginsburg's opera fandom was well known, but her tastes were wide-ranging. Particularly in the last 10 years of her life, after Ginsburg lost her beloved husband, Marty, it was not unusual for the petite justice and her security detail to be spotted at theaters several nights a week. She saw everything, from classic musicals to serious new plays, plus performances that defied classification, like Martha Clarke's dance drama Chéri, with Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, which toured to the Kennedy Center in 2014.

To honor Ginsburg, Dance Magazine asked three dance artists whose performances the justice attended to recall what Ginsburg meant to them.

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