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Elisa Monte Dance After Dark at Joe’s Pub | May 26 & 27, 2017…

“After Dark”



 Returns to Joe’s Pub

for TWO Night of Performances

Featuring Works by Tiffany Rea-Fisher

in Collaboration with the DJ



Mixing Live as the EMD Dancers

Weave Their Way Out of Multiple Storylines.

The Choreographer and DJ Have Agreed

On Where the Journey Will Begin and End…

But How We Get There Will Be Completely Up To




Elisa Monte Dance
8 W 126th St, 3Fl
New York, NY 10027

ColemanCollective, MADBOOTS, & Manuel Vignoulle / Curated by Gibney Dance Company / May 18 – 20….


ColemanCollective, MADBOOTS,

& Manuel Vignoulle

Curated by Gibney Dance Company

May 18 – 20 at 8:00 pm

StudioC at Gibney Dance 280 Broadway

Retrograde: The American story through the eyes of… (Excerpt)

This work reveals several perspectives on cultural appropriation, and is filled with emotionally opaque images along with ironic commentary on the effect that slavery, segregation, and general racism have had on the Black American narrative. It describes the correlation between past and future, and hopes to inspire audiences to expand on the conversation and research of culture/ancestry, to learn from history and make it relevant for personal as well as social change.


Inspired by text of David Wojnarowicz, an American artist and activist who passed away of AIDS in 1992, ALL FOURS is a deafening portrait of a man fallen silent. A meditation on loss and the restless acceptance of being voiceless– offering a view into the mind of a man disappearing.

Manuel Vignoulle: Black & White

connects two individuals of different sexes, backgrounds, cultures, and energies, each living in their own world. In their quest of self-discovery, they are pushed towards each other to understand their singularities. This dialogue allows them to find more colors, nuances, and subtleties, expanding their respective inner worlds. Mastering their own qualities and accepting their strength and fragility, they allow each other’s light to shine and fade to create space for something new to arise.


“L’après-midi d’un faune’ with Choreography by Enzo Celli….


 Enzo Celli


Elisabetta Minutoli, Daniele Toti, & Cialì Sposato.


“The right mix between dance-maker and dance could be found in Après-midi d’un Faun, choreographed by Enzo Celli. Après-midi d’un Faun played with the lushness of Debussy’s iconic score and the dancers’ subtle animalistic qualities, seamlessly traveling from floor to standing. Dancers moved with the lightness of air, adding to the dreaminess of the dance. Taking a less is more approach Celli let the dancers’ rare qualities take center stage, allowing us to fill in the familiar narrative”.  Nancy Wozny

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, known in English as Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, is a symphonic poem for orchestra by Claude Debussy.

Celli Contemporary Ballet

Clytemnestra Act 2 | GrahamDeconstructed, Oct. 4-5, 2016, 7PM….

Katherine Crockett in Martha Graham's Clytemnestra. Photo: Hibbard Nash Photography.

Katherine Crockett in Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra. Photo: Hibbard Nash Photography.


Clytemnestra Act 2

PeiJu Chien-Pott

as Clytemnestra

with Principal Dancers

Abdiel Jacobsen – Ben Schultz – Xin Ying 

Tuesday & Wednesday

Oct, 4-5, 2016 at 7pm

Graham’s masterpiece of contemporary theater and her only full-evening work, the characters and tragedy of the Trojan War resonate with today’s themes. Music: Halim El Dahm – Set: Isamu Noguchi – Costumes: Graham and Helen McGehee – Dancer in this clip: Fang-Yi Sheu. (1958)

Martha Graham Studio Theater

55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Survive a close encounter with Clytemnestra

& fortify yourself with a complimentary glass of wine.


Save up to $40 on upcoming studio events

by purchasing a Graham Studio Series subscription!!



Our New@Graham and GrahamDeconstructed programs are a big hit. This year, for the first time, we’re offering a season package.

Performances include works-in-progress showings of new commissions by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Annie-B Parson, a Shoot the Dancers event launching the NYC Dance Project Photo Book, and an inside look at Graham works including Sacred/Profane Project and Dark Meadow.

About the Graham Studio Series

The Martha Graham Dance Company welcomes guests, patrons and fans into its West Village studios for intimate performances along with a glass of wine. The 2016-2017 Season the Company will host eleven performances, under the themes: GrahamDeconstructed, NEW@Graham, and Shoot the Dancers. For the first time ever, we have made the full Studio Series available as a season package.


A unique opportunity to view great Graham works up close and hear about the artistic and historical context of their creation from Artistic Director Janet Eilber. The program offers a glimpse of the artistic labor that goes on every day at the Martha Graham studios to preserve and augment Martha Graham’s great legacy.


Introducing the audience to the Company’s newest commissions, by offering a sneak-peek of the work before its premiere. After each performance, Artistic Director Janet Eilber hosts a conversation with the commissioned choreographer and the audience.

Shoot the Dancers

Audiences are invited to learn the secrets behind the images of leading dance photographers. Following a conversation with the artists, the Company takes the stage. The audience is invited to take out their own cameras and catch the Graham dancers in motion.

Learn more:



“Shortkisses” | A New Enzo Celli Concept Video Produced by Michele Saccucci….

“shortkisses,” a new Enzo Celli concept video produced by Michele Saccucci, was shot in Mayer Ross square of Sora, Italy, where a theater stood until it’s demolish. The highly symbolic action revives, if only for a few moments, a stage that physically does not exist anymore but continues to live in the form of energy.

The Martha Graham School’S Scholarship Bash & Benefit with Silent Auction, Tues. Sept. 27, 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00pm….


Jessica Sgambelluri & Jacob Larsen in Graham 2 performance of Martha Graham’s “Maple Leaf Rag”. Photo by Brigid Pierce.

Save the date for the

Martha Graham School

Scholarship Bash & Benefit

Tues. Sept. 27, 2016

7:00 – 9:00pm

Martha Graham Studio

55 Bethune Street, 11th floor

Support the Martha Graham School at an intimate event, with drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, and pop-up performances.

Featuring a Silent Auction with jewelry, performance tickets, exclusive experiences, and much more!

Tickets start at $150

Under 35?

Join the party & support

School Scholarship for only $80


212.229.9200 x25

Silent Auction items include…

Kate Spade handbag from the fall Cameron Street Collection

Tickets to Cagney the Musical

Chef V Juice Cleanse + Refine Fitness Package

Chef V Juice Cleanse + New Horizons Acupuncture Wellness Package

Apple Basket + Mom’s Standard cleaning + Lap Blanket + Graham DVD

Tickets to Sleep No More + Dinner at The Red Cat

Tickets to The Grand Paradise

Tickets to Legacy Box + 2 Portraits from Kramer Portraits

Earrings from Catbird

Winery Tour with East End Bike Tours

Dinner at Tipsy Parson, Tavern on Jane, Malaparte

and more…

NEW YORK CITY CENTER’S 13th annual FALL FOR DANCE 2016 Festival will feature 20 National & International dance companies & artists, SEPT. 26 – OCT. 8, 2016 | All Tickets $15….


Monday, Sept. 26 & Tues, Sept 27 at 8pm

STREB Extreme Action 


(World Premiere of a FFD Commission)

Dada Masilo/The Dance Factor


(World Premiere)

American Ballet Theatre

Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II


Mi Soledad (Solea)

(NY Premiere)

Wed, Sept. 28 & Thur, Sept. 29 at 8pm

Richard Alston Dance Company

with Montclair State University Vocal Accord

Rejoice in the Lamb

(NY Premiere)

Aszure Barton & Artists


 Wendy Whelan & Edward Watson

Arthur Pita’s The Ballad of Mack and Ginny

(US Premiere)

Grupo Corpo

Cassi Abranches’s Suíte Branca

(NY Premiere)

Fri, Sept. 30 & Sat, Oct. 1 at 8pm

CCN de la Rochelle / Cie Accrorap

 Kader Attou’s Opus 14

(US Premiere) 

Ayodele Casel

While I Have the Floor

Hong Kong Ballet

Jorma Elo’s Shape of Glow

(US Premiere)

Bangarra Dance Theatre

Stephen Page & Djakapurra Munyarryun’s Spirit

(US Premiere)

Wed, Oct. 5 & Thur, Oct. 6 at 8pm

Jessica Lang Dance

Tesseracts of Time

(NY Premiere)

Royal Ballet Flanders

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Fall

(US Premiere)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey’s Cry

Alina Cojocaru, Friedemann Vogel, Johan Kobborg & The Sarasota Ballet

Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand  


Fri, Oct. 7 & Sat, Oct. 8 at 8pm

Shantala Shivalingappa

Shiva Tarangam

Nederlands Dans Theater

Marco Goecke’s Woke up Blind

(US Premiere)

Alessandra Ferri & Herman Cornejo

A New Work by Wayne McGregor

(World Premiere of a FFD Commission)

Cloud Gate 2

Cheng Tsung-Lung’s Beckoning

(US Premiere)

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Program & Ticket Info

New York City Center

131 W. 55th St

(BTW 6th & 7th Aves.)

NYC, 10019

CityTix® 212.581.1212

Marcelo Gomes Performing Jorma Elo’s “Still of Kings”….

Kings of the Dance. Opus 3

Marcelo Gomes

Choreography: Jorma Elo’s

Music by Franz Joseph Haydn

(Symphony No 100 In G, H 1/100, “Military” – 1. Adagio, Allegro)

Kings of Dance, Opus 3 / All Hail the Kings!

Amy Winehouse, Big Ones, & BalletX at the Joyce Theater, Aug. 16-24, 2016….

Ballet X dancers Zachary Kapeluck and Richard Villaverde in "Big Ones" by Trey McIntyre. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

Ballet X dancers Zachary Kapeluck and Richard Villaverde in “Big Ones” by Trey McIntyre. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

I am a big fan of BalletX and I make sure to be front and center whenever they are performing the NYC area…It’s been exciting to watch this company grow and evolve into what I think, is one of the best small contemporary ballet companies in the United States.

I vividly remember the emotionally stirring performance of Alex Ketley’s 2009 work Silt, shown as part of the Joyce Theater’s 2013’s Ballet 6.0 festival. There was a dark edginess to the work. Mr. Ketley’s use of the body in space was innovative and possessed a haunting yet melodic structure. The piece was fresh, riveting and powerful… BalletX gave a very mem performance …I remember it as being one of the best performances I had seen that year….

In 2015 as part of the Joyce Theater’s Ballet Festival, the company performed the strange, but brilliant, Sunset, o369 Hours, a co-production by Matthew Neenan and Rosie Langabeeris. It was the telling of the tragic tale of the first airmail service flight between Now Zealand and United States that took place in 1938. Captain Edwin Musick and a crew of six were surprised to find that shortly after their departure from Pago Pago an oil leak was discovered. Deciding to dump the fuel and return to Pago Pago for repairs the plane unexpectedly exploded in mid-air, killing all.

BalletX dancers Edgar Anido, Chloe Felesina, Caili Quan, & Francesca Forcella in "Show Me' by Matthew Neenan. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

BalletX dancers Edgar Anido, Chloe Felesina, Caili Quan, & Francesca Forcella in “Show Me’ by Matthew Neenan. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

So, with that said it saddens me to report that despite my love for everything BalletX…their recent performance at the Joyce Theater, August 16 – 24, 2016, was, to say it nicely, somewhat lackluster.

Matthew Neenan’s Show Me, with music from Padma Newsome, Aiofe O’Donnell and Christina Courtin (all of which are played instrumentally by the string quartet Brooklyn Rider) premiered at the Vail International Dance Festival in 2015. The work has a strange mix of the abstract merged with the classical vocabulary and is filled with quirky movements.

There is dialogue happening throughout the piece. It is in how the dancers interrelate to one another. But it is not a clear dialogue, it becomes muddled and then lost….There are too many breaks in the piece that interrupts both the flow of the work and the before mentioned dialogue between dancers. There were periods throughout where the music would stop and the dancers would move slowly.

BalletX dances in "Show Me" by Matthew Neenan. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev BalletX dances in "Show Me" by Matthew Neenan. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

BalletX dances in “Show Me” by Matthew Neenan. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

The piece is at times silly and playful and then not…as if it could not make up its mind as to which of the three it should be, silly, playful or not. The women are en pointe and the work is filled with some dazzling pointe work and exquisite arabesques that hang suspended in time for the briefest of moments.

Christine Darch’s much be commended, for her costumes were exquisite. There are reminiscent of bathing suits circa 1920. A jewel-toned blue predominated and on some of the dancers would occasionally ombré into red. Now, combined with Drew Billau’s lighting design, the two made this work, despite a flaw or two, visually appealing.

Jorma Elo’s Gran Partita had its premiere in 2014 at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. (BalletX is the Wilma Theater’s resident dance company.) Using taped music of Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart and Bach the piece has Mr. Elo’s signature style of blending contemporary movement with the classical vocabulary. His work is noted for being almost but not quite post-classical which is what gives him the freshness so noted in his work.

BalletX dancers Richard Villaverde & Chloe Felesina in "Gran Partita" by Jorma Elo. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

BalletX dancers Richard Villaverde & Chloe Felesina in “Gran Partita” by Jorma Elo. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

I have seen several of Mr. Elo’s work and sadly Gran Partita does not seem destined to be one of my favorites. I thought it paled in comparison to his Plan to B or ONE/end/ONE and then there is that wonderful performance given by Marcelo Gomes’ of Mr. Elo’s Still of Kings. Perhaps if I see  Gran Partita again my perspective will change…

But it was Trey McIntyre Big Ones that saved the evening. Set to songs by late Amy Winehouse in combination with Reed Bartleme and Harriet Jung’s strange buy very sexy costumes…I set there fascinated from the moment the curtain went up till it came down.

There is genius to be found in this work, it’s not just in the originality of the concept but also in how Mr. McIntyre portrayed the production as a whole. I must admit, when I heard that BalletX and Trey McIntyre had plans to use Amy Winehouse’s music in a new work…I was skeptical to say the least….

The work was a little zany…but that’s what I found so fascinating, because nothing, absolutely nothing about the piece should have worked…but worked it did….The ten dancers come on stage and don these black headpieces with what looks like two foot tall rabbit ears…I was told they were an homage of sorts to Ms. Winehouse signature hair-do….

Mr. McIntyre’s choreography is capricious and a tad unorthodox. It is the dancers, who are totally engrossed in the piece, that sales the work. Chloe Felesina was wonderful and took us, the audience, with her as she danced. I have never seen Edgar Anido dancing better, during Jorma Elo’s Gran Partita his Cuban school of classical training was in strong evidence and great to see.

Trey McIntyre’s Big One was everything I had hoped it would be and more…

Now, please do not misunderstand me….it’s not that the performances given by BalletX  during this year’s Joyce engagement were bad, just the opposite…Frankly, I do not think Ballet X could give a bad performance even if they tried. It’s just that BalletX has set such a high bar for itself that when I see them in performance I am prepared to be dazzled…the only piece that made me sit up and take notice was Trey McIntyre’s Big Ones…and for me….that piece alone was well worth the piece of a ticket….


Sundance Select Present “DANCER” Opening in Theaters and On Demand September 16th, 2016….

Sundance Select LogoPresents

Dancer_White Poster

“The James Dean of the ballet world.” 

Daily Telegraph

Opening in Theaters and On Demand September 16th, 2016

“Without question, the most naturally gifted male ballet dancer of his generation.” 

The Observer


Directed by: Steven Cantor

Starring: Sergei Polunin

Producer: Gabrielle Tana

Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal ballet’s youngest ever principal. At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom – his talent more a burden than a gift. Here is an unprecedented look into the life of a complex young man who has made ballet go viral. Urban rebel, iconoclast, airborne angel, Sergei is transforming the shape of ballet as we know it. But virtuosity comes with a high price. How can you be free to be yourself when you are ballet’s ‘hottest property’?