Vaxed and boosted, and ready to celebrate 50 years and 33 albums, Cris Williamson brings her cast of all stars together for two evenings at the beloved Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA. Cris will share the stage with Barbara Higbie, Julie Wolf, Katie Cash, Kofy Brown, Mouths of Babes, Shelley Doty, Vicki Randle and very special guests.
"It's been a long and challenging two years since we were all together. I can't wait for us all to be together again, live in The House of Music." - Cris
If you've attended a Cris Williamson Anniversary Show, then you know about the magic and the nostalgia that rises up and fills the heart. Save the dates, grab your loved ones, and come to the Freight and Salvage this January for The Grand Reunion
L.A. Dance Project returns to The Joyce Theater in 2022 with two programs specially conceived by Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied. Highlighting the work of four female choreographers, the program includes a dynamic restaging of Bella Lewitzky’s 1970 work Kinaesonata, with new set and costume design by artist Charles Gaines, and the New York premieres of Janie Taylor’s Night Bloom, Madeline Hollander’s 5 Live Calibrations, and Bobbi Jene Smith’s 2021 Solo at Dusk, choreographed in collaboration with Or Schraiber.
The Limón Dance Company celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season by sharing José Limón's inspiring life story. In two exciting programs, the company brings five world premieres to The Joyce, including never-before-seen works by Limón. The dancers travel through time with a tour of Mexican history inside the reconstruction of Limón’s ﬁrst major solo, Danzas Mexicanas. Further exploring ideas of legacy, the company revisits Doris Humphrey’s glorious Air for the G String, and introduces Limón’s masterpiece Psalm with the original score, and his final work never performed by the Company, Beethoven’s "Waldstein" Sonata. Celebrating today's voices, a new commission by Burkina Faso’s Olivier Tarpaga, whose early life experiences echoes those of Limón’s and explores the strength of the marginalized, takes the stage. In a new work, Mexico’s emerging talent Raúl Taméz brings to life stories of the colonization of Mexico's Indigenous peoples. Lastly, to honor Limón as the greatest dancer of his time, the company invites today’s generation of dancers to perform his iconic solo Chaconne.
Founded in 1979, Compañía Nacional de Danza, currently under the artistic direction of former New York City Ballet principal Joaquin de Luz, makes its Joyce debut with Carmen, a new reimagining by award-winning choreographer John Inger. Set to the beloved music of Georges Bizet, arranged by Rodion Shchedrin, Inger’s Carmen strips the classic tale down to its mythic and universal elements of passion and revenge. Returning to the source novel by Prosper Mérimée for inspiration, Inger frames the action through the eyes of a child, re-examining the characters through a contemporary lens.
Conceived and led by world-renowned tap artist Michela Marino Lerman, Once Upon a Time Called Now fuses iconic tap dance improvography with live jazz and music performance – featuring her unique ensemble of musicians and dancers, Love Movement. Set largely in the swirling, historic context of Mardi Gras, our story depicts a heroine’s journey back from the afterlife to achieve self-love, acceptance, and ultimately, enlightenment. Once Upon a Time Called Now melds superlative tap dance with a number of recorded narrations performed by the incomparable Anna Deavere Smith and an all-original score written by Michela and Grammy-nominated bassist, Russell Hall.
Returning to The Joyce for their 2022 home season, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE offers a compelling program, bringing a spiritual awareness that touches the human heart. Acclaimed choreographer Ronald K. Brown utilizes music and movement rich in thematic content drawn from the African and African American diaspora. His works are performed with a depth of physicality that reflects Brown’s meditations on cultural legacy, community, and socio-political history. The brilliance of Ron’s blended style is revealed in works such as Upside Down and Come Ye, featuring the music of artist-activists Oumou Sangare, Fela Kuti, and Nina Simone; and the long-awaited return of the hauntingly beautiful work Ebony Magazine: To A Village with original music by longtime EVIDENCE collaborator Wunmi Olaiya.
“Sophisticated and commanding” (Los Angeles Times), the Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) is the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, an innovative movement genre that “ushered in a new era for Irish step dance” (Chicago Tribune). Through a blend of percussive power and aerial grace, TIDC sends a clear message of female empowerment. Their St. Patrick’s Day week run celebrates Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard’s unique vision to fuse vibrant Irish traditions with ever-evolving American innovation. The program features Howard’s classics including Soles, a tribal and timeless rhythmic study; Push, an explosion of virtuosic footwork; and Johnny, the early work that altered the Irish dance landscape. New York City premieres include An Sorcas (The Circus), a colorful comment on the battle between substance and spectacle choreographed by Howard and Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy, and American Traffic, a hybrid of Irish step and American tap that plays at the intersection of rhythmic sensibilities and rebellious histories, choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Melinda Sullivan.
New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns invites new collaborators in her artistic orbit in this upcoming Joyce Theater Production. Continuing her process of creative self-discovery, Sara will challenge herself and her partners in a series of pieces that span mediums and reimagine genres. Works by Beth Gill, Jodi Melnick, Guillaume Côté, and others take center stage as this world-class ballerina reveals herself through the bold act of trying something new.
With a compelling style that reflects the “invention, attitude, and urban edge” (The Boston Globe) of its Los Angeles home, BODYTRAFFIC returns to The Joyce with a program that captures the company’s audience-captivating joyfulness. Highlights include former BODYTRAFFIC dancer Micaela Taylor’s SNAP, displaying her hip-hop roots, and a world premiere by the collaborative team of Baye & Asa, fusing intricate patterns of rhythm and form. Also on the program-Fernando Hernando Magadan’s (d)elusive minds, offering the rare chance to see this theatrical duet performed by Artistic Director Tina Finkelman Berkett and Associate Artistic Director Guzmán Rosado; and Alejandro Cerrudo’s PACOPEPEPLUTO, showcasing three dancers who move with abandon to the classic voice of Dean Martin.
In Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart, the final installment of a trilogy on love, acclaimed choreographer Sharon Eyal explores the unexpected, yet wonderful ways we heal from wounds of the heart. Propelled by Ori Lichtik’s original soundscape, L-E-V creates a dreamlike atmosphere with pulsating and sensual movement that demonstrates the power of human sensitivity. The intricate costumes of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s creative director, heighten this journey into the depths of emotion.
Showcasing powerful Afro-Colombian and Afro-contemporary dance with live music and singing, Colombia-based Sankofa Danzafro presents Accommodating Lie, a full-length work by Rafael Palacios that seeks to dismantle stereotypes and beliefs about the Black body and what it means to be of African descent. Through a series of emotional dances, the Sankofa performers embody decades of slavery and racism, challenging the “exotic” label western colonizing culture has assigned Black bodies. Accommodating Lie continues Sankofa Danzafro’s mission “to dance to be heard, rather than to be seen.”
Connecting with audiences is at the heart of the Ailey experience, so Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's much-anticipated return to the Fox stage is reason to rejoice. Celebrate Artistic Director Robert Battle's 10th anniversary season with new works, audience favorites, and beloved classics, including the timeless Revelations. Ailey's February 2022 engagement is presented as part of Destination Dance Ailey Atlanta. The goal of Destination Dance is to engage Atlanta’s vibrant cultural community through partnerships between Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (which has been performing in the city since the 1970s) and Atlanta-based cultural, civic, and educational organizations—including the Fox Theatre.
The musical brothers Haydn were no strangers to sibling rivalry. Joseph traveled in fancy musical circles in Esterházy; Michael set up shop in Salzburg where he became friendly with the Mozart family. Decide for yourself who was better as Dame Jane Glover leads a celebration of each man’s unique artistry. Featured works include Michael Haydn’s Symphony No. 26—until 1907, believed to be by Mozart—and Joseph Haydn’s Creation Mass, declared by one of his contemporaries, “the greatest work of a very great man.”