The following is a complete roster of companies who will appear at The Joyce Theater this fall and winter:
Heart of Brick
A Joyce Theater Production
September 15-22, 2023
Three genre-defying artists join forces to tell the story of unpredictable romance and self-discovery in Heart of Brick, a theatrical dance and music production that ponders on the spirit and magic of Black queer nightlife. Experimental R&B musician serpentwithfeet embarks on his first theatrical stage work alongside multimedia artist Wu Tsang, whose art intertwines film, aesthetic performance and political activism. Completing the team is choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, an artist whose surrealist aesthetics explore the intersections of popular culture and human desire. With a cast of seven dancers and live performance by serpentwithfeet, Heart of Brick follows the love that blossoms between two men in a Black gay nightclub. Beguilingly gentle and sincere, the work features music from serpentwithfeet’s newest album, weaving together music and dance into a theatrical experience.
September 27-October 1, 2023
Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX returns to The Joyce with a program of three sensational New York premieres. Under the leadership of Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox, the company has been hailed as an “epicenter of creation” (Dance Magazine), commissioning over 120 choreographers to create dance that is “fresh, inclusive, and connects to what people want” (Philadelphia Citizen). Former resident choreographer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Jamar Roberts explores our constant quest for companionship in three swirling duets, set to the decadent music of pianist Don Shirley, in Honey. Princess Grace Award winner Darrell Grand Moultrie, one of the most sought-after choreographers, explores emotional human connection with Sacred Impermanence. Rounding out the program, Resident Choreographer of Cincinnati Ballet Jennifer Archibald’s Exalt honors the healing power of music in her trademark style of fusing street dance vernacular with classical ballet.
Olivier Tarpaga Dance Project
Once the dust settles, flowers bloom
Part of FIAF's Crossing The Line Festival 2023
October 3-8, 2023
Hailing from Burkina Faso, choreographer and composer Olivier Tarpaga presents Once the dust settles, flowers bloom, an evening-length work that gives voice to the refugees of his homeland. Tarpaga addresses the fragility of individual autonomy in the wake of religious extremism, chronicling stories of women and children fighting against oppressive systems of violence. Honoring the courage and resilience of these populations, the work looks beyond tragedy by channeling strength and beauty, despite displacement. Performed to a live score composed by Tarpaga, Once the dust settles, flowers bloom offers the promise of hope through unity.
Malpaso Dance Company
A Joyce Theater Production
October 10-15, 2023
As an Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions, Malpaso Dance Company return to its second home for its eighth appearance. Established in 2012, Malpaso has become one of the most sought-after Cuban dance companies with an ever-growing international profile. Highlighting their dedication to nurturing Cuban artistic voices, the program will feature work primarily by Cuban choreographers. This special engagement includes the New York premiere of A Dancing Island, Artistic Director Osnel Delgado’s latest work which celebrates the social dances of Cuba from rumba to salsa and is set to a new score performed live by musicians from Cuba and the United States led by celebrated saxophonist and composer Ted Nash.
States Of Hope
A Joyce Theater Production
October 17-22, 2023
Through States Of Hope, a fully scripted, evening-length, new dance theater work, Hope Boykin shares experiences and insights in a multifaceted excavation of self-discovery, reshaping and renewal–a dance memoir of sorts. Eight vocal bodies, including Boykin as narrator, will bring her movement-language to life with an original score by Ali Jackson, poetic moments and prose. This contemplative work and personal narrative is a vulnerable exploration of the artist’s life.
October 24-November 5, 2023
Founded in 1975, the Tokyo-based company Sankai Juku offers contemporary Butoh creations characterized by their elegance, refinement and emotional depth. The troupe returns to The Joyce with KŌSA, a compilation of reimagined excerpts from Sankai Juku’s vast repertoire. “By using no decor, only pure dance and the philosophical perception of images, I tried to bring everyone into my universe with as much curiosity as that which inhabited us at the first creation,” says choreographer and Sankai Juku founder Ushio Amagatsu. A sublime visual spectacle, KŌSA is a thought-provoking homage to the rich legacy of Japanese dance theater.
Kyle Marshall Choreography
November 8-12, 2023
Founded in 2014, Kyle Marshall Choreography makes its Joyce debut with three New York premieres. Ruin investigates humans’ physical relationship to sound and uses dynamic listening devices designed and monitored live by sound collaborator Cal Fish. Alice is a solo work about the spiritual journey to self-acceptance, dedicated to those on the verge of transformation and guided by the music of Alice Coltrane. Onyx commemorates the Black and Brown artists who spearheaded the revolutionary genre of Rock and Roll, featuring a soundscape collage by Kwami Winfield, with samples from groundbreaking artists.
COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet
November 14-26, 2023
The groundbreaking COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet celebrates its 29th season under the direction of co-founding Artistic Directors, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. The program includes works by guest choreographers Justin Peck, Abdul Latif, Ricardo Aramante and Jenn Freeman. A premiere by COMPLEXIONS Principal Choreographer Dwight Rhoden, set to the raw acoustic music of U2, rounds out the program. MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and celebrated poetjournalist, Aaron Dworkin will make his debut as COMPLEXIONS’ Poet-in-Residence during the engagement.
Dancing with Glass: The Piano Etudes
Part of the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival in New York
November 28-December 10, 2023
Over the course of his illustrious career, renowned composer Philip Glass conceived The Etudes as a set of solo piano works to expand his piano technique. Now amongst Glass’ most popular works, The Etudes have garnered performances and interpretations from artists worldwide. In Dancing with Glass, five new choreographic perspectives on The Etudes will be presented alongside a performance by guest pianist Maki Namekawa, one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Glass’ music. The evening will feature works by post-modern innovator Lucinda Childs, Chanon Judson of Urban Bush Women, Justin Peck of New York City Ballet, Brazilian tap artist Leonardo Sandoval and Los Angeles-based choreographers Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber.
A Joyce Theater Production
December 12-17, 2023
Bzzz, a captivating collision of tap dance and beatboxing, explores the boundless rhythmic potential of sound. Created by Caleb Teicher (director of the hit show SW!NG OUT), Bzzz is a virtuosic and witty adventure through two highly imaginative art forms. This newly expanded evening-length work features a cast of six all-star tap dancers alongside world-champion beatboxers Chris Celiz and Gene Shinozaki.
December 19, 2023-January 7, 2024
This holiday season, Moses Pendleton’s wildly popular MOMIX returns to The Joyce for three weeks with a magical collection of the company’s most striking creations. “Every ride is an incredible, unforgettable journey” (Broadway World), sure to surprise, seduce and excite. Join us on a surreal journey through the MOMIX universe and witness mesmerizing images from over 40 years of work.
American Dance Platform
January 9-14, 2024
Experience some of the best dance across the country with The Joyce Theater's eighth annual American Dance Platform, dedicated to the memory of The Harkness Foundation’s Theodore S. Bartwink, a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014. The American Dance Platform will feature one company per program selected by a guest curator, and each program will be performed twice during the course of the week. For the eighth edition of ADP, The Joyce has selected dramaturg, educator, choreographer and scholar Melanie George as the curator. Founder of Jazz Is… Dance Project and an Associate Curator and Scholar-In-Residence at Jacob’s Pillow, George is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Rutgers University and the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Dance Education Organization.
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
January 16-21, 2024
Founded in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE seamlessly melds traditional African and Afro-Cuban dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. The company returns for its home season at The Joyce with Walking Out the Dark (2001), a hauntingly beautiful quartet mirroring conversations amongst family, friends and lovers. Created after his first visit to Cuba in 2000, the work is a rare, intimate work within Brown’s repertory. Remounted by EVIDENCE alumni Clarice Young and Shani Collins, the return of Walking Out the Dark features original music from singer and percussionist Philip Hamilton. The program will also feature Torch (2012), a work created as a celebration of perseverance and self-determination, set to the music of various artists including DJ Zinhle. With a prolific career spanning almost 40 years, "Brown is one of a handful of choreographers rethinking what dance can do” (The New York Times).
Compagnie Hervé KOUBI
January 23-28, 2024
Led by the imaginative choreographer Hervé Koubi, Compagnie Hervé KOUBI returns to New York with a mesmerizing mix of break dance, acrobatics and capoeira in Sol Invictus. Named after the “invincible Sun” deity, the work upholds love as the guarantor of peace, that despite fracture, communion emerges as humanity’s saving grace. The music score includes a composition by Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson, with excerpts by Steve Reich and digital composer Maxime Bodson. “I want to talk about light, solidarity, and those bonds that unite us,” says Koubi. “Here, the sun and the dance will emerge victorious.”
Music From The Sole
I Didn’t Come to Stay
January 30-February 4, 2024
Tap, percussive dance, samba, house and original live music come together in I Didn’t Come to Stay, an evening-length work from New York City-based Music From The Sole. Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim in 2020, the piece was first supported through a pioneering bubble residency in summer 2020. In this work, Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and bassist/composer Gregory Richardson lead eight dancers and a five-piece band in a performance that explores tap’s lineage and connections to other Afro-Diasporic forms. Conceived as a Carnival fever dream, I Didn’t Come to Stay embraces shared roots across the diaspora to reflect on what shapes their cultural and artistic identity and celebrates the joy, depth and virtuosity of Black dance and music.
PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company
February 6-10, 2024
For over 50 years, PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company has championed innovation, creativity and the preservation of African-American traditions in dance. Founded by Joan Myers Brown and affectionately known as “New York’s favorite Philadelphians,” the company returns with a program of four works by Christopher Rudd, Ray Mercer, Tommie-Waheed Evans and Christopher Huggins.
Twyla Tharp Dance
February 13-25, 2024
With boundary-breaking creative vision, revolutionary choreographer Twyla Tharp continues to expand her artistic range with two world premieres at The Joyce Theater. Her company, Twyla Tharp Dance, also offers a classic work, characterized by Tharp’s wit, technical precision and joyful ease. Unpredictable and dynamic, Tharp’s creations solidify her place as one of the century’s most innovative choreographers.
Behind the South: Dances for Manuel (Detrás del Sur: Danzas para Manuel)
February 27-March 3, 2024
Based in Colombia, Sankofa Danzafro promotes the legacy and traditions of the Afro-Colombian community, using dance to retell marginalized histories. Led by Artistic Director Rafael Palacios, Sankofa means "to return to the root," an African philosophy that proposes that the past is a lens through which to view the present. In Behind the South: Dances for Manuel (Detrás del Sur: Danzas para Manuel), the company pays tribute to Colombian writer Manuel Zapata Olivella’s Changó, el Gran Putas, which documents the African diaspora in South America. In five acts, the work celebrates the vital force of the muntu (the African people) and their use of the dancing body and music as ritual to invoke Changó, the son of Yemaja and the mother goddess, protector of birth in the Yoruba tradition.
On The Nature Of Rabbits
March 6-10, 2024
Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg makes his return to The Joyce with the North American premiere of On The Nature Of Rabbits, a contemplation of the delicate balance between reality and imagination. Based on the true story of a young dancer embarking on life in a new city, the work interweaves a search for connection with a reflection on our relationship with nature in a time of rapid change. Lidberg collaborates with Emmy-Award winning animator Jason Carpenter, writer Adrian Guo Silver, and composer Stefan Levin to create an immersive, yet surreal world. On The Nature of Rabbits examines the lasting impact of childhood attachments and the complexities of desire.
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