The DANCE NOW Story: Chapter 6
May 6 - May 27, 2021
To celebrate its 25th season, DANCE NOW is presenting a series of online events featuring new and archival digital works by more than 40 innovative dance makers, interviews with artists, artist-to audience celebrations, and much more. The DANCE NOW Story will be told in six monthly chapters starting September 10, 2020 through May 2021.
Traditionally held each year immediately after Labor Day, the DANCE NOW Festival is known as the kickoff to the dance season in New York City. As a response to the ongoing pandemic and to support its diverse community of artists during these challenging times, DANCE NOW has reimagined its festival at Joe’s Pub, creating an alternative virtual space to celebrate its artists and this landmark anniversary. Each monthly chapter (September, October, November, February, March, and May) will bring new, emerging, and longtime veterans of the festival together to honor DANCE NOW’s past, embrace the present, and explore future possibilities for artists and audiences alike. The virtual series will also include an interactive timeline featuring photos, interviews, and additional facets of the DANCE NOW Story.
The anniversary season includes premieres of 19 digital works and 18 treasured pieces from the DANCE NOW archives, including past works from six DANCE NOW veterans—Robert Battle, Jane Comfort, Satoshi Haga, David Parker, Claire Porter, and Gus Solomons jr—who will be honored at the artist-to-audiences celebrations. Complete with a cocktail/mocktail recipe (and an after party!), these Zoom celebrations will be hosted by a different artist each month to engage attendees in active conversation, recreating the intimate and lively environment of Joe’s Pub.
THE MAY CHAPTER
Thursday, May 6 at 6:00pm ET
The May Chapter will feature new short dance works from Kayla Farrish, Sarah Chien, and Joshua L. Peugh, works from the archive by Paula Josa-Jones and John Heginbotham, as well as a surprise piece from the DN honoree The BANG Group.
Thursday, May 27 at 7:00pm ET
DANCE NOW will host an artist-to-audience celebration with all of the May Chapter artists and hosts Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott. The live event will feature special performances and re-create the atmosphere of Joe's Pub. This month's celebration honors The BANG Group.
For more details and to purchase tickets to the virtual performances and celebrations, visit https://dancenow.online.
Joshua L. Peugh / Dark Circles Contemporary Dance: Erin Vonder Haar and Chadi El-Khoury by Orlando Agawin
Kayla Farrish - self portrait/courtesy of the artist
Paula Josa-Jones by Yi-Chun Wu
Sarah Chien by Gonzalo Guaña
The Bang Group by Yi-Chun Wu