Gotham Dance Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
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Gotham Arts Exchange
506 Fort Washington Avenue, 1H
New York, NY 10033 USA
Phone: +01 212-928-6517

Festival Description

Gotham Arts Exchange presents the Gotham Dance Festival an annual dance festival that takes place at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The programming features a range from post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality, these artists offer choreographic works that are sophisticated, witty, wonderfully intelligent and revealing..

Festival Dates May 30 - June 10, 2012
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Programming 2012:
  • Gotham Dance Festival returns for two weeks, presenting five programs that feature the work of more than ten choreographers, including a program celebrating the choreographic work of American women, both established and emerging talents. May 30 - June 10, 2012 at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $10-$39 and are available at 212-242-0800 or
    Wednesday, May 30, 7:30pm; Thursday, May 31, 8pm, and Friday, June 1, 8pm
    • Week One begins with Brian Brooks Moving Company returning to the Festival with the NYC premiere of Brooks’ latest work, Big City. The work celebrates the human effort inherent in the process of rebuilding. Big City features a set constructed with hundreds of aluminum columns designed by Philip Treviño and Brooks. This dynamic floor-to-ceiling installation is raised in real time before the audience’s eyes, memorializing the inevitable reconstruction that follows loss. Big City also features an original score by Jonathan Pratt.
    Saturday, June 2, 8pm; and Sunday, June 3, 2pm
    • Peter Quanz introduces two masterfully crafted ballets for The Joyce Theater debut of his company, Q Dance. Luminous (2010), and In Tandem, a work originally commissioned by Guggenheim Works & Process. Q Dance shares the program with former Joffrey and Forsythe ballerina, Jodie Gates, who brings her boldly poetic choreography in a program featuring premieres by two American dance companies. Embellish, danced by Colorado Ballet, is a rousing deconstructed neoclassical work, and BalletX dances Delicate Balance, a contemporary work that explores intimate tangled passages.
    Tuesday, June 5, 7:30pm (One Night Only!)
    • Gotham Dance Festival celebrates the choreographic work of American women, in a special concert to benefit the programs of Gotham Arts Exchange. The program will include new works and audience favorites from Pam Tanowitz (world premiere); Kate Weare (The Light Has Not The Arms to Carry Us); Camille A. Brown (solo from Mr. Tol E. Rance); Carolyn Dorfman (Keystone); Loni Landon (World Premiere of Don’t Forget to Go Home); Jodie Gates (duet from Delicate Balance); Jane Comfort (excerpt from Beauty) and Monica Bill Barnes (excerpt of Love, Oh Love).
    Wednesday, June 6, 7:30pm; and Thursday, June 7, 8pm
    • BODYTRAFFIC brings to The Joyce a trio of works by distinctive global choreographers. Barak Marshall, who tracks between Israel and the West Coast, provides a world premiere, as does The Bakery’s Richard Siegal, right out of Paris and London. Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis’s eerie outing, Fragile Dwellings, inspired by homelessness and delivered within artist Erwin Redl’s incandescent light installation, rounds out the evening.
    Friday, June 8, 8pm; Saturday June 9, 8pm; and Sunday June 10, 2pm
    • Gallim Dance, the high-voltage, New York-based company of rising choreographer Andrea Miller, is returning to The Joyce after its sold-out run in August 2010. Miller, an alumnus of Ohad Naharin’s Ensemble Batsheva, has been creating an award-winning body of exuberant and captivating work since founding Gallim Dance in 2007. Miller now presents her newest creation, a world premiere that explores the boundaries between art and the artist.
About the artists 2012:
  • Brian Brooks Moving Company
    • Acclaimed by The Washington Post as “stunning in its simple beauty,” Brian Brooks Moving Company creates highly physical performances that reach international audiences. Brooks amplifies the energy and design of his dances with sculptural installations that encompass both stage and audience, whimsically embracing the architectural aspects of choreography and performance. Within these dynamic and autonomous worlds, Brooks creates virtuosic physical situations that test the body’s limits. Since its first tour in 2002, the company has enjoyed engagements at Dance Theater Workshop, Wesleyan University, SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara, Alfred University, Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Symphony Space and the 92nd Street Y Harkness Festival, American Dance Festival, Vanderbilt University, North Carolina State University, The Egg, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and Gotham Dance Festival at The Joyce Theater. Their work is beginning to emerge in Asia and Europe with recent presentations at prominent international dance festivals.
  • Jodie Gates
    • Gates has been working professionally at the highest level in the dance world for over twenty-five years. She has worked with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Miami City Ballet among others. She has danced as a principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and as an international guest artist. Now a recognized international choreographer, she has most recently created works for the Staatsballett Berlin in Germany in 2008, and received the Altria Fellowship from American Ballet Theatre and choreographed for ABT II in April 2009. Jodie has also recently choreographed for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, BalletX, CorbinDances, BackhausDance, and several other companies nationally.
  • Peter Quanz
    • Quanz performed with the Stuttgart Ballet and has been a free-lance choreographer since 2002. Peter has choreographed for dance companies, opera and theatre, and has created ballets for some of the world’s leading ballet companies. He has had commissions from the Mariinsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Ballet (Linbury Theatre), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba, and the National Ballet of Canada. He created In Tandem for the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series. Peter founded Q Dance/Quanz Danse in 2010 to provide an opportunity to collaborate with a small group of exceptionally talented artists and to allow him to create his own programs. The company has close associations with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and will have a Joyce Theatre season in 2012 in New York City.
    • Bodytraffic is a non-profit dance company that was founded by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in December 2007. In the company’s short history, BODYTRAFFIC has performed at numerous dance venues in Los Angeles, including the Aratani/Japan America Theatre, the Brand Library, CalArts, the Alex Theater, the Colburn Dance Institute, the Edye Second Space, the Ford Theatre, Glorya Kaufman Hall, the Kodak Theatre, the Saban Theatre and the Wadsworth Theatre. Outside of LA, the company has presented their work at Laguna Dance Festival and New York Contemporary Dance Festival. In 2010, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance presented BODYTRAFFIC at Theatre Artaud’s Z Space in San Francisco. BODYTRAFFIC’s expanding repertory includes works by Lillian Barbeito, Sarah Elgart, Alex Ketley (San Francisco), Barak Marshall (LA/Tel Aviv), Andrea Miller (New York), Laura Gorenstein Miller, Guy Weizman & Roni Haver (The Netherlands), and Stijn Celis (Switzerland).
    • A New York-based contemporary dance company dedicated to creating and performing original work by Andrea Miller, nurturing the careers of young artists, and stimulating the imagination of a diverse international audience. Miller’s work embodies fearless physicality grounded by deep humanity expressed through the madness and joy of the imagination. Award-winning choreographer, Andrea Miller, established Gallim Dance in 2007 in New York City. In 2009, Miller was selected for Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. The company has gone on to present throughout the US, Canada, Russia, and Europe. Miller has been awarded the 2009 Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship in Choreography, 2010 Princess Grace Foundation USA Works in Progress Award, Youth America Grand Prix award for Emerging Choreographers, and the Mariam McGlone Choreographers Award from Wesleyan University. Miller is the 2012 recipient of the Joyce SoHo residency and the inaugural artist in residence at New York City Center.


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Venue 2012:
  • Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
    566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)
    • The Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. Led by executive producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and senior director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU’s mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center’s mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance.
Tickets 2012:
  • Tickets $10 (general admission)
  • Tickets can be purchased
    • Online at
    • By phone at 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111
    • In person at NYU Ticket Central
      Located in the Skirball Center lobby (Tuesday-Saturday 12pm - 6pm, two hours before show time.)


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