Danspace Project Presents
Danspace Project fully presents twenty-five to thirty weeks of contemporary dance each season on shared or full weekend series. Selected local, national and international artists are provided technical, promotional, and front-of-house support. Artists chosen by Danspace are generally choreographers who have been seen live by the staff and with whom relationships have developed over the course of several years. Danspace has presented a number of artists at the early stages of their careers, and continues to serve more established artists by providing a supportive milieu for showing site specific work or work in development. Since its inception, over 400 works have received creative support from Danspace Project's Commissioning Initiative.
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery has been an important site for contemporary performance events since the 1920s. The Church, which is a landmark building, was built in 1799. Following a disastrous fire in 1978, the sanctuary was restored and renovated. At that time, a new floor was put down and new stained glass windows were commissioned for the balcony.
Danspace Project, founded in 1974, is one of the Church's arts programs, along with the Poetry Project and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. In its primary function, the Church is home to an active Episcopalian community of worship. Services take place on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons. In addition, the Historic Landmark Fund serves as a trust for the capital improvements of the building and grounds.
Due to the atypical nature of the performance space, certain guidelines must be followed by all who use Danspace Projectís facilities.
Photo: Judith Sánchez Ruíz by Anja Hitzenberger