CULLEN+THEM PRESENTS RESIDENT YOUTH COMPANY YOUNG DANCE COLLECTIVE’S WORLD PREMIERE FOREVER FOR NOW
Five teenagers author and choreograph their final work together as a group after 8 years of creation and discovery
cullen+them and its resident teen company Young Dance Collective (YDC) presents dance-theater piece forever for now created collaboratively with Founder & Artistic Director Hannah Cullen. Exploring the phenomenon of love, the piece is the Young Dance Collective’s final work after creating together for the last 8 years. Forever for now will be presented on the main stage at New York Live Arts on Thursday, May 12th, Friday May 13th, and Saturday May 14th at 7:30pm EST. Tickets are $15 for Students and $20 for Adults and can be purchased at NewYorkLiveArts.org or 212-691-6500, on sale now. For promotional images, please click here.
forever for now is a work about love… a phenomenon that no one really understands. Authored and choreographed by five young artists, the show follows stories of falling in love, discovering heartbreak, and cultivating a deeper love of self. Through guided self-reflection led by Cullen exploring what is truly important in their individual lives, the following question emerged: “How do we cultivate more love?” After working together for over eight years, the teenage group’s final piece reveals the culmination of the vulnerable and honest collaborations that have characterized their nearly decade-long time together. Their connections, forged by love, inform and shape the art they make. So how does a person cultivate more love? Forever for now is an answer to that question.
Forever for now was created and is performed by Young Dance Collective members Liam Mackenzie, Mieke Matteson, Nyah Raposo, Pilot Roberts, and Beatrice White; with Artistic Direction by Hannah Cullen, Lighting Design by Christopher Theilking, Set & Costume Design by Victors Jeffreys II, and Music & Sound Design by Hannah Cullen and Ian Noel.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 12-14th at 7:30pm
Stewart/Owen Dance and Gina Cornejo debut a genre-bending new show, DIRTY LAUNDRY, this January in Asheville. Prepare to be engrossed in live dance, encircled by multimedia and enthralled by provocative spoken word. Experience an unexpected story of marriage, divorce, and reclamation at Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Shows run Jan. 21-23 and 28-30 with ten opportunities to catch this intimate performance. Tickets: $27. Box office: 828-257-4530 or worthamarts.org. Note: This performance uses explicit language describing adult situations. Recommended for ages 16+.
Join the NC Dance Festival as we delve into dance in this virtual program – like a book club, but for dance. Participants will watch and discuss short dance works, finding new ways to appreciate and explore the world of dance and building new connections with a wider community of dance lovers and dance professionals. Whether you have years of experience with dance or none at all, you are welcome in this group! For our inaugural session, we will be watching and discussing dance by Charlotte choreographer Sarah Council. Want to attend? Limited to 20 participants, so reserve your spot today.
The NC Dance Festival celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season with a live performance in Greensboro on October 2. The performance features 5 NC professional dancers performing the work of Helen Simoneau; a light-hearted duet by Asheville’s Stewart/Owen Dance; and a collaborative performance between classical Indian dancer Aparna Keshaviah and West African drummer Atiba Rorie. The Festival honors its founder, Jan Van Dyke, with a new work based on Van Dyke’s choreography, performed by 3 generations of dancers including former Van Dyke Dance Group company members, and Dance Project pre-professional students and alumni. Three dance films, by Cara Hagan, Jeehyun Joung, and 20 NC dance artists, respectively, will be screened with the performance. Audience members are required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests prior to entry, and masks are required throughout the performance. Tickets are limited, to provide adequate distance between seats.
Virtual works created by Choreographer, Martha Connerton during the COVID shutdown are paired with live works featuring a diverse cast of performers from Charlotte and Greensboro areas. Also featuring a world premiere live work by Martha Connerton.
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Featuring the work of:
Kyle Garrison Shawell
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The Durham, North Carolina-based Gaspard&Dancers is a group of artistically and athletically gifted dancers who perform works that marry playful physicality with lyrical, athletic partnering. The result is works of haunting beauty and emotional force. Critics have described the dancers’ quality of movement as “exuberant,” “organic,” “buoyant,” and “floating with natural ease.” Gaspard&Dancers is an inclusive and diverse dance company founded upon a shared passion for versatile movement that is physically inventive, emotionally dynamic, and inspiring to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel!
Join us for this landmark musical about a remarkable woman named Celie. All she knows is heartbreak and dispare, until her friend Shug helps her realize her own self-worth. Celie uses her flair for fashion to build a better future. With a joyous score featuring jazz, gospel, blues, and African music, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of resilience and a testament to the healing power of love.
Rated M for Mature. This play contains some language and adult themes.
BASED UPON THE NOVEL WRITTEN BY Alice Walker
AND THE WARNER BROS./AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT MOTION PICTUREBOOK BY Marsha Norman
MUSIC & LYRICS BY Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, & Stephen Bray
Alejandro Arroyo owns the newest (and cleanest) lounge in New York City’s Lower East Side. His sister, Molly, has a nasty habit of writing graffiti on the back wall of the local police precinct. Officer Derek is a recent NYC transplant with something to prove. Lelly Santiago is a socially awkward college student who may have discovered that the Arroyo siblings’ late mother was one of the founders of hip-hop music. Two DJs/narrators spin the story in this hilariously heartfelt piece.
Rated PG-13. This play contains adult language and themes.
WRITTEN BY Kristoffer Diaz
DIRECTED BY Anna Skidis Vargas
TOTAL FEAR is a horror dance-theatre production based on research of Total Theatre and the process of generating fear for stage through live dance and theatrical performance. TOTAL FEAR is the capstone project of Katie Burks’ graduate research at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography. This online event invites any who dare to experience TOTAL FEAR from home or work via global livestream.
Pilobolus Kids Classes are a one-of-a-kind opportunity for kids ages 6 to 12 to engage in Pilobolus’s signature processes of learning through movement. Through creative play, improvisation, motor skill building, and performance, children will discover their own creative voice and learn how to share it with others.