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New York City Center Presents 2006 Fall for Dance Festival
30 Companies from across the country and around the world
New York City -- Jul 19, 2006 -- NEW YORK CITY CENTER PRESENTS 2006 FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL September 28 – October 8 30 COMPANIES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD 10 NIGHTS, 6 UNIQUE PROGRAMS Four Additional Performances Added to Meet Audience Demand ALL TICKETS $10 Tickets on Sale September 10 Leadership Support for the New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and Time Warner; New York City Center ’s 2006/2007 Dance Season Sponsored by Altria Group, Inc. New York City, July 19, 2006 – New York City Center ’s President and CEO Arlene Shuler announced today the third annual Fall for Dance Festival, running September 28 to October 8. The 2006 season has been expanded to ten performances and will continue to maintain its low $10 ticket price. “The four additional performances are necessary in order to accommodate the many dance lovers and dance newcomers who were unable to buy tickets to previous Festivals,” explained Ms. Shuler. Once again, the Festival at New York City Center ( West 55 th Street between 6th & 7th Aves) will showcase 30 companies from across the country and around the world; five companies will perform on each night offering four repeated programs and two single programs, which will expand the Festival from six to ten nights. “The Fall for Dance Festival was launched with the goal of building new audiences for dance and by adding four performances this year and offering more than 11,000 additional tickets during the Festival, we are making more seats available to all those who were disappointed in the past because tickets sold out so quickly,’’ stated Shuler. “Also new this year will be two matinee performances. The earlier curtain time will make performances more accessible to families who might not be able to attend an evening performance.” “Time Warner is proud to continue our support of New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival,” said Lisa Quiroz, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. “Broadening access to the arts is a core component of our arts giving, which is why we jumped at the opportunity to help launch Fall for Dance in 2004. Since its inception, this groundbreaking festival has helped bring the enriching experience of the performing arts to new audiences throughout New York.” FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD The 2006 Festival features a range of international companies, including Dutch National Ballet; Honvéd Dance Company from Hungary; and Ballet Boyz and Random Dance from London. Appearing for the first time in New York will be Yi-Jo Lim Sun Dance Company from Korea; Coleman Lemieux& Compagnie from Montreal; flamenco dancer FARRUCO from Spain;and from France, making their U.S. debuts, Compagnie La BARAKA/Abou LAGRAA ; contemporaryhip-hop group CompagnieFranck II Louise; and Odile Duboc - Contre Jour / CCN de Franche-Comté à Belfort. Acclaimed American companies include Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet from Seattle, Robert Moses’ Kin and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet from San Francisco, and Nikolais Dance Theatre Performed by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company from Utah. New York-based artists and companies include Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Stephen Petronio Company, nathantrice/RITUALS, The Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, The Parsons Dance Company, Maureen Fleming Company, Christopher Williams, Bridgman/Packer Dance, STREB Extreme Action, ASzURe & Artists, and Jason Samuels Smith ’s A.C.G.I. The Festival also features two of New York City Center’s resident companies: Paul Taylor Dance Company and American Ballet Theatre. The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and Time Warner have provided leadership support for the New York City CenterFall for Dance Festival. New York City Center’s 2006/2007 dance season, including the Fall for Dance Festival, is sponsored by Altria Group, Inc., with major support from Frederic and Robin Seegal. "Altria Group firmly believes that dance sparks the creative spirit and inspires innovation. We are thrilled to join Time Warner and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation in supporting our long-term partner, New York City Center, as they captivate audiences in the Fall for Dance Festival," says Jennifer Goodale, Vice President, Contributions. SIX PROGRAMS/THIRTY COMPANIES The Festival will open on Thursday, September 28 (program repeated Friday, September 29)with a performance by the Yi-Jo Lim Sun Dance Company, making their New York debut with Heaven and Earth, a combination of Korean traditional and modern dance, followed by the U.S. premiere of Before After, a contemporary pas de deux by Dutch National Ballet. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to City Centerwith excerpts from the moving Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an exploration of history, spirituality and slavery, with live music by the Julius Hemphill Sextet, followed by Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Set and Reset, with sets and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg and music by Laurie Anderson. The evening ends with Pennsylvania Ballet, making their first New York appearance in twenty years with the New York premiere of 11:11, choreographed by Matthew Neenan to the music of Rufus Wainwright. Saturday, September 30 (repeated Sunday, October 1) opens with Stephen Petronio Company’s Lareigne, followed by Nathan Trice’s Prophet & Betrayer, created with the artistic collaboration of nathantrice/RITUALS. From Montreal comes Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie in their New York debut, presenting excerpts from James Kudelka’s Fifteen Heterosexual Duets set to Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. Making his U.S. debut is acclaimed French hip-hop artist Franck II Louise and his companyperformingDROP IT!,followed by Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Syzygy,with a score by Donald York. Tuesday, October 1 opens with San Francisco’s Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, presenting excerpts from The MOROCCAN Project, set to traditional music of Morocco. TheMartha Graham Dance Company presents the legendary choreographer’s Satyric Festival Song, inspired by American Indian Pueblo culture, followed by the acclaimed New York City Ballet performing Jerome Robbins’ In the Night. Making their U.S. debut, Compagnie LA BARAKA/Abou LAGRAA from France presents Ou Transe, choreographer Abou LAGRAA’s solo hymn to the body in movement. The Parsons Dance Company will end the evening with Swing Shift , as nine dancers showcase the modern artistry of David Parsons to music by Kenji Bunch . The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, committed to keeping the genius of Alwin Nikolais alive, opens Wednesday, October 4 with Nikolais’ Tensile Involvement from 1955, followed by choreographer and performance artist Maureen Fleming’s The Stairs(an excerpt of After Eros), a multimedia piece with original music by Philip Glass performed live by pianist Peter Phillips. On the same program, American Ballet Theatre presents two classic pas de deux: White Swan/Black SwanPas de deux from Swan Lake. From San Francisco comes Robert Moses’ Kin, a modern company that explores race, class, culture and gender in dance, performing Cause, a work choreographed by Moses and his dancers in response to poems of rage and hope by Youth Speaks, an Oakland, California-based organization devoted to the spoken word. The evening ends with the Honvéd Dance Company from Hungary, presenting Black Pearls , gypsy dances of the Carpathian Basin. On Thursday, October 5 (repeated Friday, October 6), Pacific Northwest Ballet returns after a ten-year absence with the New York premiere of The Piano Dance, choreographed by Balletmaster Paul Gibson. The program is followed by the young choreographer Christopher Williams , with excerpts from The Portuguese Suite .The Sadler’s Wells Theatre’s resident company, Random Dance, will perform Wayne McGregor’s signature work, Polar Sequences , demonstrating limit-defying physical prowess. Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer’s Bridgman/Packer Dance Company presents excerpts from Under the Skin, a visually arresting, densely layered integration of live performance and video that will feature composer/saxophonist Ken Field playing his score of resounding horns and intricate rhythms. The evening ends with one of Spain’s most renowned young flamenco dancers, FARRUCO, a member of the legendary Farruquito family of flamenco performers. The final program on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, begins with STREB Extreme Action, with excerpts from Streb vs. Gravity, followed by contemporary choreographer Aszure Barton’s company, ASzURe & Artists, performing excerpts from Mais We. London ’s George Piper Dances, best known as Ballet Boyz, presents their signature work, Torsion, choreographed by Russell Maliphant. The evening ends with the U.S. debut of French choreographer Odile Duboc and her company Odile Duboc - Contre Jour / CCN de Franche-Comtè á Belfort in bolero, one, followed by tap-dance wizard Jason Samuels Smith’s A.C.G.I. in the New York premiere of his Peace of Mind, performed by a quintet of tap dancers. Elise Bernhardt serves as Artistic Advisor and Ellen Dennis as Associate Producer to the New York City CenterFall For Dance Festival. OUTREACH CONTINUES Reinforcing its commitment to building new dance audiences and helping dance-goers discover new companies, styles and forms of dance, New York City Center is once again offering New York DanceLink, its popular e-mail club. All Fall For Dance Festival ticket buyers will have the opportunity to join New York DanceLink and receive discount offers for a wide variety of dance events throughout the season from 14 dance venues throughout New York City, ranging from the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen to Harlem Stages/Aaron Davis Hall and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. EDUCATION New York City Center and the New York City Department of Education will host a Fall for Dance Seminar that will link the Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Dance, PreK-12 with the Fall For Dance Festival. The Seminar will provide training for 100 dance teachers and teaching artists who work with a wide range of students in the New York City public schools. It will take place in the City Center Studios on Saturday, September 16, 2006, from 9:30am-4:00pm. Festival performers will teach morning master classes in which participants will learn about the companies’ unique aesthetics and styles of dance through pieces of repertoire that will be performed in the Fall for Dance Festival. An experienced teaching artist and a DOE teacher will then co-facilitate an afternoon workshop that uses the Blueprint to explore responses to the morning material and draw connections between professional performances and classroom material. The Fall for Dance Festival will also offer three pre-performance panel discussions in the New York City Center studios. All three discussions will be free and open to the public. Educational groups may make advanced reservations. The panels will take place Friday, September 29 at 6:30pm, Sunday, October 1 at 12:30pm, and Friday, October 6 at 6:30pm. Panelists will address many topics, including the impact of gender-identification, ballet traditions, and technology on their craft. Hunter College will present a day of Fall for Dance-related events on Saturday, September 24, 2006. Master classes will take place on the Hunter College campus from 10:00-11:30am and from 2:30-4:00pm. A panel discussion, focusing on intergenerational concerns, will also be held on campus from 12:00-2:00pm. FESTIVAL LOUNGE Lounge FFD emerges only once a year, during the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center! For each Fall for Dance performance, the public atrium between 55 th and 56 th Streets (immediately west of the theater’s main entrance) is transformed into a vibrant gathering place for audience members and artists. Pulsatingwith the rhythms of a rotating roster of DJ’s, Lounge FFD offers Festival attendees, performers and neighborhood friends a place to relax and mingle, share a cocktail and snack on samplings from neighborhood restaurants, before and after the show – as well as during intermission – while video monitors throughout the Lounge follow the action onstage. Lounge FFD is open to the general public as well as to Festival artists and attendees – no tickets are required, and everyone is welcome! NEW YORK CITY CENTER FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL runs Thursday, September 28 through Sunday, October 8, 2006 at New York City Center ( West 55 th Street between 6 th and 7 th Avenues). All evening performances are at 8pm; Sunday afternoon performances are at 2:00pm. All tickets for the Fall for Dance Festival are $10 and go on sale on September 10 at 11:00am. Tickets can be purchased by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, online at www.nycitycenter.org or at the City Center Box Office ( West 55 th Street between 6 th and 7 th Avenues). NEW YORK CITY CENTER The landmark not-for-profit New York City Center was founded in 1943 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia as Manhattan's first performing arts center, and is now the annual New York City home to Alvin Ailey ® American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre's fall season, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Manhattan Theatre Club. New York City Center is host to some of America's and the world's most acclaimed performers and productions, and the producer of the Tony-honored Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert ® series and the annual Fall for Dance Festival. Media Contact: Helene Davis/Gwin Joh Chin Helene Davis Public Relations 212.354.7436 helene@helenedavispr.com Gwinchin@helenedavispr.com