Armitage Gone! Dance – Buglisi Dance Theatre – Carolyn Dorfman Dance – Jennifer Muller/The Works

Armitage Gone! Dance – Buglisi Dance Theatre – Carolyn Dorfman Dance – Jennifer Muller/The Works

 

ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE (AG!D)

Over the past 30 years, Karole Armitage and her dancers have shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through the creation and performance of new works. The most recent incarnation of the company, Armitage Gone! Dance, was launched in 2004 when Karole Armitage returned to the U.S. after 15 years of working abroad. The company is renowned for creating contemporary works that blend dance, music, science and art to engage in philosophical questions about the search for meaning. Having worked as a choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and on Broadway, Armitage’s interests are wide ranging, mixing the popular with the esoteric. Known for their free spirited panache, the six company members of Armitage Gone! bring unique flavors and strong personality to the stage. AG!D has created works on a wide range of subjects from African aesthetics to commedia dell’arte, and a series ‘dreamscapes’ taking the viewer on a poetic journey to evoke mysterious landscapes of reverie, dream and altered consciousness.

BUGLISI DANCE THEATRE (BDT)

The award-winning Buglisi Dance Theatre is renowned for multi-disciplinary dances that promote awareness of social issues and embolden audiences to recognize within themselves their own humanity. Now in its 25th year, BDT was co-founded in 1993 by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi, Terese Capucilli, Christine Dakin and Donlin Foreman, who performed together as principal dancers of Martha Graham Dance Co. BDT is known to NYC audiences for its seasons at The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, Ailey Citigroup Theater; and public school residencies; on tour at the Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Vail International Dance Festival and the Melbourne State Theater. Its repertoire is archived in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division/NYPL, and is performed by such companies as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Richmond Ballet. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio awarded BDT Proclamations for uniting the community through the Table of Silence Project 9/11, a performance ritual for peace at Lincoln Center seen in 129 countries via livestream.

CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE (CDD)

Carolyn Dorfman is known as a creator of evocative dances that reflect her concerns about the human condition. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, CDD connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers and collaborators. Hailed as the consummate storyteller, Dorfman, a child of Holocaust survivors, has also created a celebrated body of work that honors her Jewish legacy; its trials and triumphs and, most importantly, its universal connections.  Her interdisciplinary and intercultural approach on the stage and in the community explores the rich tapestry of human experience, tradition and stories. Touring nationally and internationally, CDD presents immersive performance and teaching residencies that take the company into diverse communities to share art and processes that build connection and understanding. Tours to Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been supported by The Trust for Mutual Understanding, U.S. Arts International and the U.S. State Department, all valuing art and programming that seeks to breakdown barriers.

JENNIFER MULLER/THE WORKS (JMTW)

JMTW celebrates 43 years of presenting Muller’s visionary approach to dance theater, incorporating the spoken word, live and commissioned music, media and unusual production elements to create multi-discipline productions that illuminate the human spirit. JMTW has electrified world audiences with passionate work and superb dancers in 39 countries on four continents, circumnavigating the globe from Buenos Aires to Toronto, Hong Kong to Moscow with 2017 appearances in Harbin, Tianjin, and Beijing. JMTW has toured 30 states, produced 26 NYC Seasons and performed in venues such as Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, The Joyce, City Center and David H. Koch Theaters; Bryant, Battery and Central Park Festivals and the United Nations. Muller has created over 116 pieces and worked with 30 international dance, theater and opera companies. Her prolific career has led to honors: Fortaleza’s Trophy of Cultural Responsibility, and the publications: Tanz-Plan Berlin’s Tanztechnik 2010 and Transformation & Continuance:Jennifer Muller and the Reshaping of American Modern Dance, 1959 to Present.