In the 19th century, lower-class immigrant communities in the Rioplatense region of Argentina and Uruguay found expressions like sorrow and longing for connection through tango music and dance. In The Travelers, Artists By Any Other Name uses tango to explore the journey of departure and coming to terms with new realities. The production is inspired by the emotions and experiences that surround immigration, lost heritage and quests for love and belonging. The performance comes to life with tango music of different periods, contemporary dance, and images.
Dance company Spark Movement Collective is updating another classic for today’s times with 1984, a debut production based on the novel by George Orwell. Spark dancers bring this dystopian novel to life through movement choreographed by Artistic Director Chelsea Koenig and Assistant Artistic Director Matt Dittes in collaboration with the dancers. Featuring a transporting original score by composer Justin Reardon, 1984 explores the nature of truth and forbidden love in a world of fear. Custom projections enhance the world-building as protagonist Winston battles the psychological manipulation and physical threats of a totalitarian regime. Audiences will encounter a world of ideas as chilling as they are timely, urging us to question our relationship to language, power and control.
TAKE ROOT, now in its 10th season, nurtures dance artists at established stages in their careers, pairing them in a split bill or full evening-length program. This monthly series supports dance makers’ experimentation and growth by providing our venue, Green Space, along with full technical and marketing support to present their work to the NYC public.
November 16th and 17th
Advance sale tickets: $17 online at www.GreenSpaceStudio.org
Tickets purchased at door: $20 cash, $22 credit card
About the Work
Catey Ott Dance Collective’s concert entitled “Effervescence” embodies the spirit of positive energy within an external world of chaos. The show includes a solo for Catey Ott Thompson called ORGAN-ized to a piece written by Louis Vierne in 1914, a trio to a contemporary fugue played on a 250 year-old organ, and a full-bodied dancing quartet to modern music by Brooklyn-based composer Randall Woolf. These dance pieces are inspired by works of art in the permanent collection at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art with a set design by Milwaukee-based artist Meghan McKale. The underlying themes are inspired by Zen Buddhism and the writings of author Brene’ Brown on vulnerability and love, which also paired with Woolf’s music as inspiration for McKale’s artwork. Catey Ott Thompson’s movement vocabulary is contemporary yet technical and is filled with spirals, quick weight-shifts, and a myriad of emotional drives that tell the story of finding positive forces within a turbulent world. The Milwaukee dancers include Catey Ott Thompson, Danielle Allen, Julia Y. Edwards, and Natasha Posey. It is an honor and delight to share this body of work with NYC at Green Space in LIC. Collaborators: Visual artist Meghan McKale and composer Randall Woolf.
In David Appel’s new, as yet untitled piece, the existence and activity of three people in a space brings unique and particular qualities to how that area can be filled, charged, re-configured, and perceived. Yet we live in the world, things happen, and it does affect how we organize ourselves to move together. We start with three articulate individuals repeatedly engaging each other, primarily through their dancing. At the same time, members of a second group come and go, shadowing them and offering support, commentary, bits and pieces culled from our everyday goings-on, and sheer nonsense. As in the rest of our lives, there are known signposts, and the prospect of the unexpected; here, we play off the preconceived and the improvised. Over extended time, simple encounters or strategies set in motion intriguing chains of events, and the cooking pot reveals a cornucopia of delectable morsels. The work will be performed by Jenni Hong, Ava Heller, Randy Burd, Allison Knuth, Efrén Sánchez, Kelley Donovan, and David Appel.
Photo credits: Maureen Jenson Heintz (Catey Ott Dance Collective) // Stephanie Crousillat (David Appel)
FERTILE GROUND has supported emerging and established artists for 13 seasons, showcasing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. The non-curated program features 5-6 dance makers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Green Space’s Artistic Director, Valerie Green.FERTILE GROUND has supported emerging and established artists for 13 seasons, showcasing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. The non-curated program features 5-6 dance makers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Green Space’s Artistic Director, Valerie Green.
Sarah Lapinsky Dance Theatre
Open Dance Ensemble
Flamenco Y Mas