FOUR CHOREOGRAPHERS SHARE A WEEK AT THE JOYCE THEATER

Camille A. Brown and Andrea Miller and Kate Weare and Monica Bill Barnes present two programs from August 9-14, 2010 at The Joyce Theater. 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Ms. Brown’s new ensemble and Ms. Miller’s company Gallim Dance share the first program. The second program features the Kate Weare Company and Monica Bill Barnes & Company. On Saturday, August 14 at 2pm, all four choreographers will present a family-friendly program featuring excerpts of works in the regular programs. Tickets start at $10 and are available at 212-242-0800 or http://www.joyce.org.

Camille A. Brown will present five pieces. The World Premiere of City of Rain features music by Jonathan Melville Pratt. Good and Grown is a solo piece to music by Saycon Sengbloh (recently seen in Fela! on Broadway) and Wes Montgomery, featuring the visual art of Justin Morris. Ms. Brown also performs the New York Premiere of Been There, Done That, a duet with Juel D. Lane (formerly of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence). Inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina, New Second Line (2006), a group work, is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans. Dancers representing the spirits of ancestors who have passed on, in celebration of the strength of their descendants, follow the traditional brass band parades for weddings, social events, and funerals, called Second Line. The piece will feature the work of spiritual realism visual artist Moses Ball. The New York Premiere of Girlz Verse 1, a piece danced by all women, is set to the music of Wunmi Olaiya and M.I.A. with costumes by Olaiya. Lighting design by Burke Wilmore and Phillip Trevino. Costume design by Carolyn Meckha Cherry.

Gallim Dance will present the World Premiere of Wonderland. Wonderland investigates pack mentality and the inherent danger embedded in this human instinct. The work is deeply inspired by Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s sculpture installation Head On, made for Berlin, which depicts 99 wolves charging into a glass wall of equivalent height and depth as the Berlin Wall. Although moving as a pack is a natural and ongoing strategy in the animal kingdom, among humans it can indicate a desensitized brutality and disregard for humanity – a concept that is at the core of Wonderland. A sound score ranging from heavenly to primitive, and old-fashioned to electronic, along with an original lighting design by Vincent Vigilante are featured in the piece.

Kate Weare Company marks its debut season at The Joyce Theater with the World Premiere of Bright Land, a series of dances set to a score of old time music played live by The Crooked Jades, described as the finest string band in America by The Boston Herald. Featuring a quartet of remarkable dancers and a quintet of extraordinary musicians, Bright Land explores the cyclical nature of human experiences – kinship, belief, suffering and transcendence – through piercing, powerful choreography and fiery, soulful live music. Weare chose to work with old time music because of its inherent power to pull audience into an intimate and shared live experience, speaking directly to the issues facing Americans throughout history and today. Lighting design by KWCo’s Principal Designer Brian Jones. Costume design by Sarah Cubbage.

Monica Bill Barnes will present a newly reworked version of Another Parade, a celebration of the singular and exhilarating experience of being on stage. Four ungainly and winning performers (Anna Bass, Charlotte Bydwell, Celia Rowlson-Hall and Monica Bill Barnes), dressed in wool skirts and dowdy turtlenecks adorned with rhinestone brooches, do not shy away from facial expression and awkward encounters. Known for their surprising wit, this company mixes intricate and intimate gesture with space devouring choreography. Another Parade uses these elements of humor and gesture along with repeated movement motifs to explore the charged relationship between performer and audience. By creating familiar situations onstage, Barnes highlights our shared humanity and invites the audience to empathize and laugh. As the piece goes on, the dance veers unexpectedly from heartbreak to comedy. Another Parade showcases the highs and lows of putting yourself out there, and ultimately argues that it is all worthwhile. The dance is set to a wide-ranging score from Bach to James Brown. Lighting design by Jane Cox. Costume and set design by Kelly Hanson.

Camille A. Brown and Andrea Miller
Monday, August 9 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, August 11 at 8pm; Friday, August 13 at 8pm

Kate Weare and Monica Bill Barnes
Tuesday, August 10 at 7:30pm; Thursday, August 12 at 8pm; Saturday, August 14 at 8pm

Family-Friendly Program
Saturday, August 14 at 2pm

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