CELEBRATING 2O YEARS DANCENOW presents
Mark Dendy Projects
NEWYORKnewyork @Astor Place
Mei Yamanaka in NewYorknewyork @Astor Place by Yi-Chun Wu
May 6, 7, 8 at 7pm, May 9 at 7pm and 9pm, 2015
Written and Directed by Mark Dendy
Choreographed by Mark Dendy in collaboration with the performers
Performed by Christopher Bell, Dante Brown, Leslie Cuyjet, Mark Dendy, Stephen Donovan,
Abigail Levine, Alice Klugherz and Mei Yamanaka
Lighting Designer Lauren Parrish
Video, Costumes and Props by Stephen Donovan
Abigail Levine and Mei Yamanaka in NewYorknewyork @Astor Place by Yi-Chun Wu
Mark Dendy’s new dance-theater work, NewYorknewyork @Astor Place, mines the rich history of the Public Theater building, the original Astor Library, whose collection eventually made up the lion’s share of the New York Public Library’s holdings. The stage at Joe’s Pub in the Public Theater becomes a portal through which we meet a shape-shifting cast of time travelers, habitués from past and present Astor Place and the surrounding area. The piece explores race relations and violence, the never-ending conflict between the 99 percent and the 1 percent, the role of tabloid news now and then, and a meditation on the book itself though dance and text.
Dendy hosts the evening as William B. Astor, heir to one of America’s first millionaires John Jacob Astor. Along the way we meet a writer, a reporter, a real estate agent and her clients, a male stripper, a freed slave, an East Village ‘80s punk, a disgruntled Irishman, and a book-burning preacher.
Abigail Levine , Leslie Cuyjet, Christopher Bell and Mei Yamanaka in NewYorknewyork @Astor Place by Yi-Chun Wu
Tickets for NewYorknewyork @ Astor Place
The Public Theater box office from 1pm to 6pm
Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street, New York City
(between East 4th Street and Astor Place)
N/R trains to 8th Street/NYU or 6 train to Astor Place
2Oth ANNIVERSARY Celebration
The DANCENOW Festival
Featuring 50 Artists Presented in the Festival
Over the Past 2O Years
Brian Brooks performing throughout the streets of NYC during The Festival in our first decade!
Image Courtesy of the Soho Arts Festival
48 Choreographic Gems
Four Evenings of Extraordinary Artistry
THE FEATH3R THEORY / Raja Feather Kelly
& B.S.MOVEMENT / Bryan Strimpel and Shaina Branfman
Deborah Lohse as TruDEE with Mark Gindick
Nicole Wolcott with Larry Keigwin from Keigwin +Company
Hosted by Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan
Honoring 2O Years
of Amazing Artists and Artistry!
Aszure Barton* 2003
Jane Comfort and Company*1998
Mark Dendy Projects*1999
Aaron Drapor/Banana Peel Dance *2005
Doug Elkins Choreography*1998
RG Dance Projects-Rubén Graciani*2012
binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga&Rie Fukuzawa*1998
Happy Hour Clowns*2005
Jamal Jackson Dance Company*2009
Ali Kenner Brodsky*1999
Heidi Latsky Dance*1995
Cleo Mack Dance Projects*2001
Lohse + Marquis + Oakley* 2014
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists* 2005
Skybetter & Associates*2008
Gus Solomons jr*1997
The Bang Group*1995
Kathy Wildberger Dances*1995
Ellis Wood Dance*2002
Yin Yue Dance*2007
The full lineup and programming will be announced in May. Tickets Go On Sale in May!
(*with date designates first year presented by DANCENOW)
Producers Picks ENCORE!
Thurs Sept 24th at 7pm
DANCENOWNYC is Produced by
Directors Robin Staff, Sydney Skybetter, and Tamara Greenfield.
Evolving over the past two decades, from a small festival series to four distinct programs, from NYC to Pennsylvania, DANCENOW presents young innovators and emerging and maturing artists, side by side, building relationships at varying stages of development and providing comprehensive assistance to advance creativity and new career paths. DANCENOW Joe's Pub challenges artists to investigate new directions. DANCENOW Raw funnels new artists into our programs. DANCENOW Silo and DANCENOW SteelStacks provide paid teaching, residencies, and commissioning and performing opportunities through partnerships with DeSales University, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh Valley Charter School and ArtsQuest at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA.
DANCENOW’s programming at Joe’s Pub has defied the standard and encouraged artists to think outside the box and utilize the unique space, creating an inspiring new platform for dance. In the last decade, DANCENOW has produced numerous critically acclaimed works at Joe’s Pub including Doug Elkins’ Fräulein Maria, David Parker’s ShowDown, Misters and Sisters and Head Over Heels, Nicholas Leichter’s The Whiz and 20/20, Kyle Abraham’s Heartbreaks and Homies, Nicole Wolcott and Vanessa Walters’ Alley of the Dolls, Camille Brown’s One Second Past the Future, Monica Bill Barnes’ Snow Globes, Takehiro Ueyama’s Somewhere Familiar Melodies, and Claire Porter’s Sent-ence.
DANCENOWNYC is supported, in part, with funds from the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The National Endowment for the Arts.
2014 DANCENOW Joe's Pub Festival Video