Events – Danspace Project
Sunlight shining on dancers through diaphanous fabric
Photo: Melanie Futorian.

Catherine Gallant/DANCE

For the health and safety of our community, this performance has been cancelled. We will offer full refunds to audiences and seek to reschedule suspended performances and events when reasonably possible. We will be in touch with all ticket buyers directly regarding refunds. MORE INFO


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Thursday, April 2, 8pm
Friday, April 3, 8pm
Saturday, April 4, 8pm

Performer, choreographer, and teacher, Catherine Gallant, has been making dances over the last 30 years. She formed her company, Catherine Gallant/DANCE, in 1999. On this evening Gallant presents a new dance theater work, Escape from the House of MercyThis work includes a layered gestural language of movement, text, and voice. Escape from the House of Mercy is a 21st-century women’s view of our social support systems, measuring both the ground gained and the distance yet to be traveled.

The House of Mercy, once located in New York City, was a home for “abandoned and troubled women.” In fact, it was closer to a prison or workhouse to which most women and girls were brought against their wills. Here a young woman could be locked up for years for an offense such as dancing in public or walking alone at night. Inhabitants were subjected to inhumane and demoralizing treatment, in the guise of rehabilitation, during an era when the rights of the poor, especially women, were completely denied. Inhabitants were routinely punished with starvation diets, head shaving, and restraints.

Gallant invites the audience to wonder why this place, buried in history, is important now. How do the ghosts of this story haunt the imagination and connect us to the urgent discussion regarding rights and privileges of women and disenfranchised people? Why is this now invisible place from the past important in the present? How is honest self-expression still punished in our own time? Writes Gallant, “We seek to shine a light of remembrance as we mine the persistent feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness in the face of deceptive and impassive authority, reflecting on the injustices of the past as they relate to the present in the drive for social freedoms and equity.”

Choreography: Catherine Gallant in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers: Abra Cohen, Erica Lessner, Charlotte Hendrickson, Cecly Placenti, Kelli Chapman, Megan Minturn, Halley GerstelJessie King, and Catherine Gallant
Costumes: Ivana Drazic
Video Design: Erica Lessner
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Catherine Gallant (choreographer) has always accessed self and world through dance. Selectively mute as a child she found refuge and power within non-verbal communication. Ms. Gallant’s work often explores themes of chance, doubt and the body as a source of comfort and torment. Catherine Gallant/DANCE brings dance to new audiences through direct interaction with the public. Ms. Gallant’s work has been performed in Times Square, a pedestrian block of E. 92st St. in Manhattan, Green-Wood Cemetery and Jones Beach. She has also presented work at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, American Dance Guild, WestFest Dance Festival and most recently at Inwood Hill Park sponsored by Partnerships for Parks. Ms. Gallant’s work has been supported by funds from LMCC Creative Engagement, Chashama, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jody and John Arnhold and Partnerships for Parks/City Parks Foundation. Catherine is also the director of Dances by Isadora which, since 1989, performs, teaches and collaborates with dancers throughout the world. In 2017 Dances by Isadora was presented at Jacob’s Pillow on the Inside/Out Series. Catherine currently performs Jérôme Bel’s Isadora Duncan which will be presented on the River to River Festival in June. Catherine began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan in 1982 with Julia Levien and founded Dances by Isadora with Patricia Adams in 1989. She is a member of the Duncan Archive committee (duncanarchive.org). Catherine has worked at PS 89 in Manhattan as the full-time dance educator since 1998. She and her students were featured in the PBS documentary, PS DANCE! Catherine is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.

J. Bouey. Photo: Chris Cameron.
Sophie Sotsky. Photo: Kyle Breen.

DraftWork: J. Bouey / Sophie Sotsky

For the health and safety of our community, this performance has been cancelled.

Saturday, April 4, 3pm
DraftWork is free and open to all! No advance reservations.

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists. This afternoon’s conversation will be moderated by Danspace Project’s Associate Curator, Public Engagement, Seta Morton.

 

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

devynn emory, jules skloot, and angie pittman raise their hands over a zipped up body bag on a silver medical table.
Photo: Simon Courchel

devynn emory: deadbird

For the health and safety of our community, this performance has been cancelled. We will offer full refunds to audiences and seek to reschedule suspended performances and events when reasonably possible. We will be in touch with all ticket buyers directly regarding refunds.

Thursday, April 23, 8pm
Friday, April 24, 8pm
Saturday, April 25, 8pm

devynn emory’s deadbird is part one of #mymannykin friends, a 3-year mixed media performance trilogy holding the complexities of death and dying. A mannequin plays multiple characters, telling stories of near death experiences, pre-death visualizations, and transitions into the afterworld. emory bases these stories in their own threshold-walking, deep research and personal experience as a critical care hospice nurse, a healer, a transgender person bearing witness to high rates of suicidality in the community, and their daily navigation through the world as a mixed-race indigenous person.

The mannequin plays the role of a 50-year-old southern atheist writer, a 95-year-old former teacher who had an illegal abortion in her teens, and an angsty queer youth questioning their gender and existence. Dancers, a musician, and a stage manager shape-shift from television production crew to guardians of an ailing body, eventually welcoming the audience into a participatory ceremonial death ritual.

Writes emory, “This work holds stories of near death experiences as a way to engage audience in conversation about illness and the dying process before a moment of crisis, and to weave in my daily connections with other planes of existence in the spirit world.”

deadbird is created and performed by: devynn emory in collaboration with performers stevie mayAngie PittmanJules Skloot and Reilly Horan
Text: devynn emory
Mannequin voices: Julia Bennett, devynn emory, Neil Greenberg, Calvin Stalvig
Mannequin voices recorded and produced by: Michael Ryterband
Sound editing and composition: HPrizm
Production/Stage Management: Reilly Horan

 

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

devynn emory is a choreographer and dance artist living in NYC. emory’s company devynnemory/beastproductions sources from multiple in-between states of being both in their body as a mixed-race indigenous and transgender person, and within the liminality of their work as a healer and hospice Nurse. emory was institutionally trained in rigorous classical lineages of line and exactitude through a predominantly white aesthetic lens, legitimizing many traditions of subjugation within their own body. They have thus committed to formalism as a tool for structural reclamation, investigation and decolonization of pattern making. In doing so they use formalism as an organizing system and ideology to observe and hold space for queer and other’d bodies. As such, pattern making then becomes a survival skill to locate self and other in conversation with historic and contemporary systems. Elaborate mathematical and mapped scores are designed to support bodies bleeding human truths, opening peep holes and revelations for collective performers and audiences. As a dancer they’ve most recently worked with a canary torsi, Tere O’Connor, Roseanne Spradlin, Gerard & Kelly and Kim Brandt.

Alexis Convento. Photo: Chaz Cruz.

Food for Thought curated by Alexis Convento

For the health and safety of our community, this performance has been cancelled. We will seek to reschedule suspended performances and events when reasonably possible.

This installment of Danspace Project’s Food for Thought series presents an evening of performance selected by guest curator, Alexis Convento. Admission is just $5 + 2 cans of food or $10. Canned goods are donated to the Momentum Project, which provides support to any person in need in NYC, especially those living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic illness.

Alexis Convento is a Pilipinx-American producer, project manager, and curator working between New York City and Berlin. Alexis collaborates with brands and artists alike to ideate, develop, and execute work with intention and scale. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from Fordham University, Alexis founded the CURRENT SESSIONS, an experimental dance and performance series which showed 214 emerging artists. She has since curated shows for Gibney, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, Center for Performance Research, and SPRING/BREAK Art Show.

On this evening, she has invited artists Oluwadamilare (Dare) Ayorinde, Kristel Baldoz, and Taeyoon Choi to share work.

Food for Thought is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Martita Abril. Photo: Aram Jibilian.

Food for Thought: migrantes que migran la migra, curated by Martita Abril

For the health and safety of our community, this performance has been cancelled. We will seek to reschedule suspended performances and events when reasonably possible.

This installment of Danspace Project’s Food for Thought series presents an evening of performance selected by guest curator, Martita Abril. Admission is just $5 + 2 cans of food or $10. Canned goods are donated to the Momentum Project, which provides support to any person in need in NYC, especially those living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic illness.

This evening will feature work by immigrant artists from México: Arantxa Araujo, Evelyn Lilian Sanchez Narvaez, and colectivodoszeta / carlos a. cruz velázquez. The curator’s fee will be donated to  Immigrant Families Together a non-profit dedicated to reuniting and supporting immigrant families. We need a movement with a quickness, You are the witness of change, And to counteract, We gotta take the power back – Zack de la Rocha.

 

Martita Abril is a performer, choreographer, sometimes curator, and teaching artist from the border city of Tijuana, México. Her work considers abstract elements of physical and cultural boundaries. She’s been a mentee and mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Program and a volunteer interpreter aiding families seeking asylum at the Dilley, Texas detention facility. Martita has curated for the Movement Research Fall Festival 2018: MR at 40: Looking Back, Looking Forward Open Performance ^3 @ MR@Danspace Project. She recently co-curated with Yanira Castro in partnership with the Immigrant Artists Mentoring Program from NYFA, at the Live Arts Stage, an evening of work by immigrant artists In | Between and the group exhibition Wild, Wild Earth in the Live Arts Gallery. She currently works at the Museum of Modern Art in the Handles exhibition, as well as Movement Research (MR), and is Coordinator for MR at the Judson Memorial Church on Monday nights. She resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn near a cement factory with her partner and 29 plants.

Food for Thought is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Gala 2020 Honoring Bebe Miller, Annie-B Parson, and Pat Steir

SAVE THE DATE!

May 5, 2020

Danspace Project’s 45th Anniversary Gala Honors Rebel Angels Bebe Miller, Annie-B Parson, and Pat Steir for their fierce commitment to singular visions and transformative impact across artistic disciplines.

More information coming soon!

Questions: Peggy Cheng – peggy@danspaceproject.org or call (212) 674-3838.

Royal blue, lowercase text that reads "liberation lives in my hands" is embroidered onto cream colored fabric. To the right of the text is an upright open hand embroidered in different shades of brown and pink. A large blue eye is stitched into the palm of the hand, known as mati, nazar and/or Khamsa. To the right of the hand is a small rosemary branch embroidered in greens and blues. A bright green olive branch is stitched into an arch above the text, Khamsa and rosemary.
Embroidery and photograph by iele paloumpis

iele paloumpis: In place of catastrophe, a clear night sky

For the health and safety of our community, this performance has been cancelled. We will seek to reschedule suspended performances and events when reasonably possible.

Thursday, May 21, 8pm
Friday, May 22, 8pm
Saturday, May 23, 8pm

Please note: blind and visually impaired audience members are invited to arrive early for a pre-show at 7pm. The box office for blind and visually impaired audience members will open at 6:30pm. 

iele paloumpis is a dance artist, death doula, and intuitive space-holder. Their practice integrates kinesthetic awareness and ancestral healing within a trauma-informed framework that centers social justice. What vitality allowed our ancestors to survive generations of trauma, and what wisdoms have been passed down to us? What embodied magics are all our own? In place of catastrophe, a clear night sky traverses these questions through voice and movement, exploring transgenerational resilience within a disability justice framework. 

Incorporating vocalization, audio  description, and tactile set design, iele paloumpis creates an immersive, multi-sensory  landscape that de-centers sight as a primary mode of experiencing dance, and invites audience members to inhabit nuanced forms of perception. A multi-disciplinary cast of artists moves through the work with varied relationships to disability, race, class, gender and sexuality, each embodying a unique history. 

Challenging both what is perceptible in dance, and what can be known of our own histories, the piece invites visually impaired audience members into the poetics of movement and encourages all of us to expand our understanding of what it means to be “witnessed.”

Directed by iele paloumpis, in co-creation with the cast.
Collaborators: Marielys Burgos-Meléndez, Seta Morton, Alejandra Ospina, iele paloumpis, Monica Rodriguez, Ogemdi Ude, Krishna Washburn, Adrien Weibgen, and Marýa Wethers.
Set Designers: Nora Chavooshian, Lily Gold, and Marisa Prefer
Guest Vocalists: Rachel Kara Pérez and Samita Sinha
Make-up Design: Wo Chan

 

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

iele paloumpis is a dance artist, death doula and intuitive space-holder. their practice integrates kinesthetic awareness and ancestral healing within a trauma-informed framework that centers social justice. As a visually impaired, queer, trans survivor from a working class background, iele empathizes across multiple axes of oppression and brings this awareness to their full body of work. Most recently, iele has been exploring the impact of intergenerational trauma resulting from the forced displacement and population exchange between Greece and Turkey, known to Greeks as “the Catastrophe.”

Choreographic works have been shown through the Chocolate Factory Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, the Flea Theater, Movement Research, Painted Bride Art Center, and Franklin Street Works, among others.

iele holds a BA from Hollins University and end of life doula certifications from Mount Sinai, Valley Hospice, and the Quality of Life Care, LLC Accompanying the Dying Program.

Oxana Chi. Photo by Kearra Gopee.

Food for Thought: The Root & The Divine, curated by Oxana Chi & Dr. Layla Zami

For the health and safety of our community, this performance has been cancelled. We will seek to reschedule suspended performances and events when reasonably possible.


The International Human Rights Art Festival Comes to Danspace Project

FRIDAY, MAY 29
Oxana Chi & Ensemble Xinren, Anthony Carrera, Kalamandir Dance Company

SATURDAY, MAY 30
LAVA, Thomas Block, Oxana Chi & Ensemble Xinren

This installment of Danspace Project’s Food for Thought series presents two unique evenings of performance selected by guest curators. Admission each night is just $5 + 2 cans of food or $10. Canned goods are donated to the Momentum Project, which provides support to any person in need in NYC, especially those living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic illness.

Oxana Chi & Dr. Layla Zami curate two evenings inspired by earthly and celestial energies, dancing beings and human deities, and everyone in between! Theses evenings are presented in partnership with The International Human Rights Art Festival. Write the curators, “the performances are gripping, glamorous, grounded and godly, sometimes all at once. This Food For Thought comes from the Root of our current realities and opens Divine realms of possibilities.”

Oxana Chi is a German dancer, choreographer, curator, filmmaker, mentor, and trendsetter. Layla Zami is a French interdisciplinary artist-scholar-teacher. The internationally praised multicultural duo, based in Brooklyn since 2015, is much appreciated for their inspiring performances, uplifting curation and magnetic energies.

The International Human Rights Art Festival, founded by Thomas Block, is an ongoing series of art-activist events, festivals, workshops, and community programs at the intersection of art, advocacy, and society. IHRAF was founded on the belief that art can open hearts and minds, and heal the wounds becoming more evident in our society. ihraf.org

 

Martita Abril. Photo: Kathryn Butler.
Julie Mayo. Photo: Jessie Young.

DraftWork: Martita Abril / Julie Mayo

For the health and safety of our community, this performance has been cancelled. We will seek to reschedule suspended performances and events when reasonably possible.

Saturday, May 30, 3pm
DraftWork is free and open to all! No advance reservations.

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator.

 

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

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