Three of the great living instrumentalists working in contemporary jazz reunite in celebration of the 35th anniversary of their landmark 1986 album.
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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 culminating event of New York Youth Symphony's 2021/22 season, “Composition Date 2022” will include sixteen world premieres, performed by members of the NYYS Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz, and Robert L. Poster Conducting programs, with direction by Dr. Kyle Blaha. Approximate performance running time is 95 minutes. The New York Youth Symphony is one of the most awarded youth programs of its kind in the nation, recognized for its innovative, educational programs for talented young musicians. Founded in 1963 as an orchestra to showcase the metropolitan area’s most gifted musicians ages 12-22, its activities have since grown to encompass programs in chamber music, conducting, composition, jazz, and musical theater songwriting with performances at world class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Through its commissioning program, First Music, the NYYS has commissioned over 170 works from young composers since 1984.
Roy and Shirley Durst Debut Artist, Violinist Grace Park, joins the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Michael Repper in a performance of Barber’s Violin Concerto, Op. 14. This concert also features the world premiere of First Music commission Ruach (and Other Delights) by Jonathan Cziner, followed by William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony.
Juilliard Dance Class of 2022 As the Class of 2022's final performance at Juilliard, each student performs a solo or duet of his or her choosing. All audience members are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please be aware that those not currently eligible for vaccination, including children under 5 years, are not permitted to attend Juilliard performances at this time. Appropriate face coverings must be worn at Alice Tully Hall. Additional information will be provided to ticket holders prior to the performance. Read more ticketing and box office information.