Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings highlights from its 46th anniversary season to its two-week run at The Joyce, including the epic Dichotomy of a Journey by Darrell Grand Moultrie, the New York premiere of Thang Dao’s gothic-inspired Nevermore, and Rennie Harris’s tribute to DJ Frankie Knuckles and Chicago house music and culture, Dear Frankie. The following week features the mid-century homage Coltrane’s Favorite Things by Lar Lubovitch, the New York premiere of Rena Butler’s hauntingly hypnotic Aguas Que Van, Quieren Volver and the meditative return to patience by Hubbard Street’s Resident Artist, Aszure Barton.
Trisha Brown Dance Company
A pioneer of post-modern dance, Trisha Brown’s groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of contemporary performance. Trisha Brown Dance Company continues to expand its creative vision with its second ever commission, a new work by French choreographer Noé Soulier, titled In the Fall. A Joyce premiere, this new commission will be presented alongside two of Brown’s iconic works, Glacial Decoy (1979) and Working Title (1985), characterized by her ability to push the limits of her dancers’ athleticism and stamina. Elevating abstract dance to theatrical proportions, Brown’s timeless works solidify her place as one of the most influential choreographers of her time.
Max Roach 100
The Joyce Theater joins the nationwide celebration of the iconic drummer, composer and activist Max Roach with an evening of commissioned works made in tribute to this legendary Jazz pioneer’s greatest works. Curated by Richard Colton, this special program brings Joyce artists together in conversation with Roach’s lasting legacy. Characterized by its Afro-Cuban percussion, the 1961 album Percussion Bitter Sweet becomes the soundscape for choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s latest work for dancers from Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company and Brown’s own EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. In The Dream/It’s Time, Roach’s band joins a recording of Martin Luther King Jr. in an aspirational and urgent conversation, now amplified by the streetdance storytelling of Rennie Harris Puremovement. Tap artist Ayodele Casel performs an explosively theatrical solo set to a series of duets between Roach and fellow Jazz pioneer, pianist Cecil Taylor.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community, providing dance performances, training and programming for all. Mr. Ailey selected Sylvia Waters as the company’s founding Artistic Director, a role she held for 38 years. Under her stead, Ailey II gained international renown for connecting the country’s finest early-career dance talent with the creative vision of today’s outstanding and emerging choreographers. Today, Francesca Harper sits at the helm of Ailey II, bringing fresh perspective to Mr. Ailey’s legacy, while propelling the company forward. The company offers a program highlighting its dedication to nurturing new creative voices during its stay at The Joyce Theater.
Sydney Dance Company
Hailed as “contemporary dance at its most evocative and beautiful” (TimeOut), Sydney Dance Company returns with Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela’s critically acclaimed ab [intra]. Meaning ‘from within’ in Latin, ab [intra] is an exploration of our primal instincts and impulses. With a driving score composed by Australian musician Nick Wales, lush cello fuses with ambient electronica as the exquisite dancers occupy a visually arresting, ethereal word that reflects our shared complexity of being.
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
Searching for Goya
Choreographed by artistic director Martin Santangelo and Bessie Award-winning principal dancer Soledad Barrio, Noche Flamenca’s Searching For Goya pays homage to the longstanding influence of visual artist Francisco de Goya. With a company of dancers, singers and musicians whose mastery of flamenco stretches the boundaries of the art form, the piece journeys through Goya’s investigations of the human essence. Inspired by “Goya’s Graphic Imagination,” a collection by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Searching for Goya consists of a series of vignettes interpreting the artist’s visual responses to the political turmoil of 19th century Spain.
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
Dedicated to cultivating the next generation of ballet dancers, choreographers and audiences, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company performs masterworks of the ballet canon alongside inventive original commissions. Their return to The Joyce includes New York premieres by Amy Hall Garner, Jamar Roberts and James Whiteside. An excerpt from Alexei Ratmansky’s The Seasonsrounds out the program, alongside selected classical and neoclassical favorites.
Gibney Company returns to The Joyce with world premieres and historic restagings showcasing its powerhouse group of “strong and versatile dancers, artists who appear to be physically capable of anything” (The New York Times). In a special collaboration with the choreographer Twyla Tharp, the Company debuts two seminal works from the artist’s canon: The Fugue from 1970 and Bach Duet, reconstructed for the first time since its premiere in 1974. A new work by Jermaine Spivey and Spenser Theberge explores time as an instigator, space as a character and individuality as a path to upholding community. With an original score by Rutger Zuydervelt, Yue Yin’s A Measurable Existence discovers how our journey of self-discovery begins with an understanding of those around us, observing how our paths parallel, intersect or collide with others.
Parsons Dance returns for its popular New York season with an exceptional program of three world premieres alongside company classics. With his characteristic musicality and wit, David Parsons offers a new work set to music by the experimental band Son Lux. A commission by Penny Saunders, with live music by Michael Wall and a captivating new dance by Jamar Roberts take the stage as well. Audiences will also enjoy repertory masterpieces like Parsons' iconic solo Caught which, throughout the company's four-decade history, has delighted all.
Ballet Tech Kids Dance
May 30-June 2
First on stage 1994, Ballet Tech Kids Dance continues to “put on a show of courage, discipline, and heart” (The New York Times). This year, the troupe celebrates dance from all over the world, highlighting the rich diversity of cultures and heritages that embody the global community of NYC. In Kids Dance tradition, a classic by founder Eliot Feld also takes the stage. A jaunty hoedown melding ballet vocabulary with rhythmic footwork, Apple Pie features music by Bela Fleck and Joe McCracken. With plenty of surprises, the show offers something for everyone!
A rising star in the field of contemporary choreography, Belfast-raised choreographer Oona Doherty makes her Joyce debut with Navy Blue, a thrilling amalgamation of ensemble movement, spoken word poetry and political candor. Set to an eclectic soundtrack of compositions by Sergeï Rachmaninoff and electronic music composer Jamie xx, the work traces a line from the past to the present while urgently appealing for societal change. “This is a bow to dance, this is a questioning of what to do next,” says Doherty. Navy Blue confronts an existential crisis with a demand for redemption, freedom and a new future for all.
Celebrating over 50 years of bringing dance to new audiences, the Netherlands-based Introdans makes its first return to The Joyce in over a decade. The company offers a diverse program highlighting the breadth of its choreographic commissions, with treasured dance heritage accompanying innovative new work. London-based choreographer Akram Khan bridges between the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form Kathak in his work, Kaash. Set to Henryk Górecki’s harpsichord concerto, Lucinda Child’s 1993 work, Concerto, exhibits her mastery of formalist architecture. Rounding out the program, the company performs Cantata by Mauro Bigonzetti, a vibrant portrayal of southern Italy through a series of swirling duets and spirited ensemble work.
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Celebrating over 40 years carrying forth the flamenco legacy, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana returns to offer the US premiere of EQUILIBRIO (Clásica/Tradición), a new creation by acclaimed flamenco artist Emilio Ochando. The work embraces flamenco tradition while creating a unique environment of sound and creative staging. Shawl, bells, spoons and castanets interact with an original musical composition by Daniel Jurado featuring multi-instrumentalist Gonzalo Grau.
Paul Taylor Dance Company
The Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to The Joyce with Extreme Taylor, a series celebrating the radical and mesmerizing genius of Paul Taylor. Artistic Director Michael Novak has curated two programs from the Taylor Collection that provide a window into Taylor’s maximal interpretations of romance, evil, sublimity and sensuality. From Airs to Big Bertha, Private Domain to Post Meridian, plus other Taylor classics, Extreme Taylor is a rare opportunity to connect with “America’s most magnificent dancing machine performing America’s most deeply communicative and wildly theatrical modern dance” (San Francisco Examiner).
tanzmainz, the contemporary dance company of Staatstheater Mainz in Germany, returns with an encore performance of choreographer Sharon Eyal’s Soul Chain. A work about love, longing and the great loneliness that lives within, Soul Chain creates mesmerizing rhythmic unison, rooted in the soundscape of electronic composer Ori Lichtik. In Eyal’s signature style, the piece juxtaposes the group and the individual, revealing the intricate variations that arise in the pursuit of harmony and the power love holds over us.
Smuin Contemporary Ballet
Smuin Contemporary Ballet expands the boundaries of ballet with a contemporary style influenced by the company's late founder, Tony Award-winner Michael Smuin. The company returns to the Joyce with the New York premiere of Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (2014), “an exacting neoclassical ballet that shows off the company's chops” (San Francisco Chronicle). Choreographer James Kudelka's The Man in Black (2010) is a searing quartet set to music covers by Johnny Cash. Closing the program is a stirring work by Smuin’s incoming Artistic Director Amy Seiwert. Featuring music by the Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Seiwert’s Renaissance (2019) honors the power of collective action.
Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based in New York City. Led by artistic director Michelle Dorrance, the company supports dancers and musicians who embody and push the dynamic range that tap dance has to offer. The company’s mission is to engage with audiences on a musical and emotional level and to share the complex history and powerful legacy of this Black American art form through performance and education. “Blasting open our notions of tap,” the company continues its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of tap dance in its return to The Joyce Theater this season.
July 23-August 11
The physically daring Pilobolus returns with its re:CREATION program, a dynamic collection of pieces from its 50 year history. A transformative odyssey of reinvention, re:CREATION uncovers timeless Pilobolus creations, characterized by their lasting influence in the worlds of dance and theater.
The Joyce Theater's Ballet Festival returns this summer with UNITE for a one-week celebration of ballet in all its splendor. Creatively directed and curated by Calvin Royal III, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, this year's festival showcases performances and programs by Royal and his community of world-renowned artists and influential choreographic voices. “As the Joyce represents ultimate artistry and dance legacy, it is important to me that the Festival evenings, taken together, honor the past; reflect the present; and reach toward the future of what our art form can be.” UNITE in our collective humanity.
Visit joyce.org for full season schedule.