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newsteps choreographer's series - Second Weekend

by Dian Dong
November 12, 2008
Chen Dance Center
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013
December 4-6, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Chen Dance Center is pleased to present the second of two weekends in their semi-annual emerging choreographer's series – newsteps. Introduced in 1994 and presenting the work of over 138 young artists, this series was created to support the community of emerging choreographers who are developing innovative and risk-taking works. It has received acclaim in Dance Magazine, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Downtown Express, and The Villager. The choreographers are selected through an open audition by a panel of prominent artists, with this year's panel including Peggy H. Cheng, Dian Dong, Rosalind Newman, and Ellis Wood.

This series will feature five premieres from Bryan Campbell, Jessica Cook, Julie Fotheringham & Jarryd Lowder, Emily Pope-Blackman and Dana M. Reed.

The array of work provided by these inventive choreographers offers something for everyone. Campbell, most recently the curator of Bless This Mess at The Tank, introduces Study for Seven Activities, which uses long periods of stillness to allow for contemplation, observation, and discomfort, eventually leading to a subtle confrontation of the audience. Currently a member of Eagle Ager, Cook has created a solo entitled Sahn Tokee which investigates a range of open-ended questions, touching on the feelings of not knowing or understanding our need to create. Fotheringham & Lowder, who premiered their first collaboration at the Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas in May 2008, explore how restraint can provoke a physical struggle and also reveal an awkward vulnerability in Heel, with live, original music compositions by Lowder. Speaking in Tongues, a solo created and performed by Pope-Blackman, is a collage of genealogy, history, and personal memories that intertwine inside the roots of America. Lastly, Reed, founder of Alternative Collaborations (ALT C), has created Best Kept, a solo created through collaboration with a poet that investigates personal and exploited secrets and the unique ways in which humans deal with them.

Travel: By subway: Take 6, N, R, W, Q, M, J to Canal Street. Walk east along Canal Street towards Chinatown. Turn right on Mulberry Street. Walk 1 block south to Bayard Street. The theater is on the second floor in the former P.S. 23 on the northeast corner of Mulberry & Bayard.

Chen Dance Center (CDC) was created in 1978 with the mission to promote understanding through the arts, provide professional opportunities for artists, increase participation in the arts and develop future audiences. As a co-presenter of independent artists and presenter of two dance series – newsteps and Ear to the Ground - CDC supports the development of dance artists by providing a professional theater space (formerly known as Mulberry St Theater) in which artists of high caliber receive visibility in the dance community and press. CDC serves as a home base for local and visiting artists to develop and showcase their work and proudly celebrates the distinction of being Chinatown, NY's first professional performance space. CDC also hosts H.T. Chen & Dancers' annual educational series for children, provides affordable rehearsal space for modern dance artists, and serves as a venue for community events.

70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor (Corner of Mulberry & Baryard)
Thursday – Saturday, December 4-6, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Reception on Thursday evening, Post-Performance Discussion on Friday evening

Admission: $12 general, $10 students/seniors
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