The Joyce Spring 2023 season includes:
Batsheva Dance Company
February 28-March 12
Widely recognized as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies, Batsheva Dance Company returns to The Joyce Theater with Hora, choreographed by Ohad Naharin. "A green, disquieting, and hauntingly beautiful world," Hora is simultaneously primordial and futuristic. Moving bodies create an emergent folklore and embody the beauty of the struggle to distinguish oneself amongst a collective. With music arranged by electronic music pioneer Iso Tomita, Hora places the audience between the familiar and the foreign.
After nearly three decades of annual appearances, Parsons Dance returns to The Joyce with two world premieres showcasing the company's extraordinary power to engage audiences. Highlighting this season's program is a new David Parsons work performed to music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Withers and a piece created by Rena Butler, set to a driving score by percussionist Darryl Hoffman. Parsons fans will also be treated to beloved repertory classics, with music providing compelling background to the dancers' skilled movement.
Atamira Dance Company
March 29-April 2
A leader of Māori contemporary dance theater in New Zealand (Aotearoa), Atamira Dance Company creates works shaped by the cultural identity of their land to uplift indigenous world views through dance. In their Joyce debut, the company brings Te Wheke, which translates to The Octopus, a powerful, mythological symbol for many Oceanic peoples. Inspired by a Māori model of hauora (wellbeing) which frames the choreographic structure of solo and ensemble work, eight dancers and eight choreographic practitioners, tuakana (senior) and teina (emerging), journey into the esoteric and universal dimensions of humanity.
A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
Contemporary dance company A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, returns to The Joyce with a repertory program that shows his brilliance as an Artistic Director constantly innovating the industry. MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham will serve his signature postmodern gumbo - a unique blend of modern dance styles ranging from ballet to hip hop, seasoned with human stories and social commentary, that is fueling a new movement in the dance world. This incomparable ensemble will perform Abraham's pandemic creation Our Indigo: If We Were A Love Song, a dance exploration of the complexities of love set to a soul-stirring Nina Simone soundtrack. Audiences will also enjoy the world premiere of Uproot: love and legacy by Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer and former A.I.M company member Maleek Washington.
Vuyani Dance Theatre
Cion: A Requiem of Ravel's Boléro
Physically charged and visually striking, Cion: Requiem of Ravel's Boléro is a powerful work featuring live singing, choreographed by South African star Gregory Vuyani Maqoma. Set in a graveyard filled with the haunting music of Isicathamiya singers—an a cappella style originating from the Zulu people—the production draws inspiration from Zakes Mda's novel Cion and Maurice Ravel's Boléro. In Maqoma's words, the show is "a lament, a requiem required to awaken a part of us, the connection to the departed souls."
Martha Graham Dance Company
The Martha Graham Dance Company return to The Joyce as "spellbinding and prescient as ever" (The New York Times), with Graham classics framed by an incredible array of new works. The Company performs world premieres by Baye & Asa and Annie Rigney, alongside Hofesh Shechter's high-energy CAVE. A new generation of choreographers re-envisions Graham's innovations in the mesmerizing Canticle for Innocent Comedians from lead choreographer Sonya Tayeh with Yin Yue, Jenn Freeman, Micaela Taylor, Juliano Nunes, Alleyne Dance, and Robert Cohan, all performed to the heralded new score by jazz great Jason Moran. With their stunning mid-century sets by Isamu Noguchi, Graham's masterworks Cave of the Heart and Embattled Garden return to the stage. Her earliest comedy, Every Soul is a Circus, and her compelling modernist ritual, Dark Meadow Suite, round out the programming.
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Trisha Brown Dance Company returns with a program that pays homage to Brown's collaborations with composer Alvin Curran. For M.G.: The Movie (1991) is a haunting memorial to Michel Guy, the French Minister of Culture and first director of the annual Festival d'Automne à Paris. The guiding principles for this choreography are enigma and time - not measured time - but the perception of time and its inconsistency. Also featuring Curran's music is Brown's Rogues (2011), a poignant study in rhythm, timing and kinesthetic transmission that marks a return to Brown's exploration of unembellished physicality. In celebration of Brown's dynamic legacy, the company will also present its first choreographic commission, Let's talk about bleeding, an original work by Cuban-born artist Judith Sánchez Ruíz with musical direction and composition by Adonis Gonzalez. Made in collaboration with the company dancers, the work places Brown's body of work in dialogue with contemporary artistic voices.
Nrityagram + Chitrasena
The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble in collaboration with the Chitrasena Dance Company presents the New York City premiere of Āhuti, a thrilling combination of classical Odissi dance from India and traditional Kandyan dance from Sri Lanka. Meaning "offering," Āhuti bridges the gap between distinct dance traditions of these South Asian cultures, in the second cross-cultural collaboration between these two acclaimed companies.
Following its triumphant debut at The Joyce last season, New York's Gibney Company returns with a powerful program featuring two world premieres and Johan Inger's Bliss, an ode to the joy of dancing. Co-artistic directors of Vancouver's Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Tiffany Tregarthen & David Raymond make their US debut with a new work commissioned for Gibney Company. Featuring rigorous, hyper-detailed movement, the work will meld dance and design into an inseparable and ambitious interdisciplinary collaboration. Acclaimed choreographer Yue Yin combines Chinese classical and folk dance, ballet and contemporary dance movement into a completely unique creation. Her new work for Gibney Company features an original score of live music and recorded sound by Ryan Lott of the band Son Lux. Rounding out the program, Johan Inger's Bliss was inspired by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett's legendary Köln Concert who is considered the epitome of virtuoso improvisation. Inger translates the essence of Jarrett's iconic music into dance that truly is a state of bliss.
In The Sacrifice, South African choreographer Dada Masilo embodies the rituals of Tswana dance in a work inspired by composer Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." Masilo expands upon the concept of sacrifice, building a unique narrative by fusing ballet with modern and traditional dance to reimagine classic tales. The traditional dance of Botswana, Tswana dance is both rhythmic and expressive, rooted in storytelling and healing practices—a fertile base on which Masilo expertly melds disparate styles.
May 31-June 4
GALLIM returns to The Joyce celebrating a 15-year prolific period of Artistic Director and Founder Andrea Miller's expansive, boundary-blurring, interdisciplinary work. Music pulsates throughout the program with newest works: FROM, a series of moody duets and trios that seem to animate a sunset's light and warmth drench, and Sama, a mass trance towards ecstasy —both set to the intoxicating tracks of Nicolas Jaar. Miller's captivating Duets for Jim, set to the music of legendary recording artist Sade, rounds out the program. In line with GALLIM's history of creative collaboration, the evening will also feature a world premiere collaboration between Andrea Miller and the "King of Krump," Brian "HallowDreamz" Henry.
Ballet Tech Kids Dance
The New York Times said "The Kids are Still Alright" after last year's joyful return of Kids Dance at The Joyce, under the leadership of new Artistic Director Dionne Figgins. This year, Kids Dance will return with a celebration of dance as a unifying force in American culture. The program will feature Eliot Feld's A Yankee Doodle, his rousing ode to the American spirit. Additional works will celebrate American music and pay homage to American choreographers, showcasing the breadth of dance—from modern to tap to ballet. And as always, there'll be a few special treats that Joyce audiences won't want to miss!
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana brings its unmistakable energy back to The Joyce with El Cuadragésimo, a celebración of forty years of carrying forward a storied legacy of flamenco in the United States. Highlighting the full spectrum of flamenco aesthetics, the company celebrates the traditional and the modern, with live music providing the energetic backdrop. The work features excerpts from last season's FRONTERAS, "an uncommonly deft balancing of the individual and the group in flamenco, and solid entertainment to boot" (The New York Times). Special guest appearances will be made by flamenco luminaries Andrés Peña and Maria Bermudez, who have performed with the Company over the past 40 years.
COVID-19 Safety Information
Masks are optional but encouraged.
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