Upcoming events, performances and publications for 2018!
January :: Follow, with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Thursday, January 25 @ Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company premieres Follow, a tightly-structured improvisation that finds all the dancers together in the space for the first time on the performance day. The process consists of each dancer separately learning a choreographic structure from a rigorously detailed written score. The stellar cast features Derek Crescenti, Daniel Gwirtzman, Madeline Hoak, Vanessa Martinez de Baños, and Simon Phillips. The musical composition is an original one by longtime collaborator Jeff Story. The cast will hear this score for the first time a few hours before the performance. Complex spatial patterns and pathways demand the dancers navigate themselves carefully and fully. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event! Tickets here.
February :: Two Birds, One Silk: an aerial partnering workshop
Sunday, February 25 @ Air Craft Aerial Arts, Somerville, MA
In Two Birds, One Silk students will learn the fundamentals of partnering on aerial fabric. The two hour workshop will begin with a partner based warm up, continue withtechniques in the air and conclude with a partner based cool down. Students will take away: duo climbs, creative transitions, stunning poses, dynamic moments, and safe ways to continue exploring and training together. No partner is necessary to register, but participants must be able to climb, invert in the air and put on foot locks. Come fly with a friend - two birds are better than one! Register here.
April :: Dance Out Loud, presented by Pace U.'s Commercial Dance Department
Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29 @ The Schimmel Center, NYC
Another aerial piece will grace the stage for this fabulous annual concert...more info coming soon!
April :: We'll Git It!, a duet with the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29th @ Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance
The New York Jazz Choreography Project is a celebration of jazz dance featuring original works by emerging and established choreographers. Audiences of all ages with be treated to dances in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary, and the chance to see the richness of this great American art form.
June 2018 :: The Missing Link (working title), an article for CircusTalk by Madeline Hoak
CircusTalk.com is helping honor Circus250, the international 250th birthday party of modern circus with a series of circus history articles. I'm honored to be included in the celebration as the author of their June installment! My article will speak to the presence/absence of circus history in American higher education. I teach the physical practice of circus, but I always incorporate circus history lessons into my curriculum. The students are fascinated by the history and dismayed at why they don't learn about circus alongside their other performing arts history courses. Observing the institutions I currently teach at and in reflecting on my own undergraduate education in dance and theater, there is a complete absence of circus academia. Watching my students' reactions has fortified my belief that there is a hole to be filled in collegiate programming. A important piece of America's performing arts history seems to be missing. I hope to uncover how and where circus history is being taught and interview those that teach it. The article will also address the question, is circus history necessary for a performer receiving a degree in a different discipline? How do the American circus schools with professional training tracks incorporate circus history in comparison to international institutions that grant degrees in circus arts?
More info about where and when to see the article coming soon!
July :: Montreal Circus Festival and seminar at Concordia University
I am honored to have been accepted to Understanding research methods in the performing arts through contemporary circus and physical theatre, an intensive graduate summer seminar at Concordia University. Led by Louis Patrick Leroux and part of the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research, days will be spent learning about creation methods of circus and physical theater and nights spent attending events at the renowned Montreal Circus Festival!
Blog articles and other publications will be shared after the course!