Dance Off The Grid celebrates its fourth consecutive season at the Emelin! Each of the three evenings of this eclectic performance series (The New Yorker) features multiple world-class artists and companies surveying the diversity of today's dance landscape. As always, the audience is invited to stay after each evening’s program for a lively and insightful Q&A session with the choreographers and the dancers to learn more about what inspires their work.
The extraordinary series continues on Apr 7, featuring the Dance Theatre of Harlem known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions, the unique body percussion/tap of Max Pollak RumbaTap, and the beautifully expressive New York Theatre Ballet.
Two more Dance Off The Grid events are scheduled this season with the premiere on Mar 3, featuring: an exciting vision of the future of the art form in the dance of Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener; the post-Graham artistry of RIOULT Dance NY; and the Bessie Award-winning Souleymane Badolo. The season finale on May 12, features: the all-male repertory dance company 10 Hairy Legs: the Bessie Award-winning artistry of Palissimo; and the iconic, internationally distinguished Trisha Brown Dance Company.
There is something for everyone in this season's sampler. You won't want to miss any of it! Subscribe to all three Dance Off The Grid events and save 10% off the ticket price.
ABOUT DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
The Company is known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions. The Dance Theatre of Harlem Company consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. From treasured classics, neo-classical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, cutting edge contemporary works and works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture, the Company brings new life to the art form of classical ballet. In addition to performances in New York City across the country and abroad, Company activities that carry a message of empowerment through the arts also include engaging community through education activities for audiences and young people.
ABOUT MAX POLLAK RUMBATAP
RumbaTap - an original concept created by Max Pollak, is a melding of Afro-Cuban music and dance, American jazz, body percussion, and tap dance.Consisting of marimba, saxophone trio, vocalists and an explosive percussion section led by six body-drumming tap dancers, the multi-talented international cast of musicians and dancers evokes a powerful "Orquesta" capturing the deep grooves and charged electricity of Afro-Latin Soul.
RumbaTap has toured worldwide, recently performing to a capacity crowd at New York City's Central Park Summer Stage. Max Pollak and RumbaTap let the music play them -- hips, shoulders, arms etching pictures in sound and space -- the ancient thrill of releasing the beat of your soul by playing "the groove" on the oldest instrument known to man - the body.
ABOUT NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET
New York Theatre Ballet’s (NYTB) mission is to perform small classic masterpieces and new contemporary works for adults and innovative hour-long ballets for young children, all at affordable prices. The mission is carried out in the work of the Professional Company, its Ballet School NY and its LIFT Community Service Program. Together these divisions reach adults and family audiences across the country building a love for dance and diverse audiences for the future. Its roster includes dances by Frederick Ashton, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, José Limón and Antony Tudor. NYTB has appeared with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall to sold out audiences and has performed at dance venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Kaatsbaan and New York’s City Center.
ABOUT ANDREA SNYDER: PROGRAM CURATOR
ANDREA SNYDER, co-director of American Dance Abroad, is also a management & leadership strategist for the arts. Andrea served as Dance/USA’s president and executive director (January 2000 to June 2011). She created and directed the National Initiative to Preserve America’s Dance (NIPAD) grant program for The Pew Charitable Trusts (1993 to 2000); was assistant director of the NEA Dance Program (1987-1993); booking agent for Sheldon Soffer Management; executive director of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians; administrator of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department; associate administrator for the Cunningham Dance Foundation; and assistant to the Director of the Dance Notation Bureau. She chaired the Performing Arts Alliance board and was a member of the Dance Magazine inaugural Board of Advisors. From 1995-2010, she moderated The Kennedy Center’s contemporary dance post-performance discussions. This is Andrea's second season curating Dance Off The Grid for the Emelin Theatre.