Past Festivals – 2016

2016 MYTH AND MODERN DANCE honoring JEAN ERDMAN

 

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THE AMERICAN DANCE GUILD

FALL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

92Y HARKNESS DANCE CENTER – OCT. 14-16

92Y Fridays at Noon and DIG DANCE – Weekend Series

 

American Dance Guild Celebrates 60 Years

Dance and Myth: Honoring Jean Erdman at 100

Twenty-four Works Shown Over Three Days

 

Erdman Celebration Weekend Opens with 92Y “Fridays at Noon”

Tickets – from $20.

Phone: 212-415-5500

The American Dance Guild Fall Performance Festival will return October 14-16 to the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, 1395 Lexington Avenue, NYC, in a weekend tribute to legendary modern dancer, choreographer and avant-garde theater director Jean Erdman in honor of her centenary. Jean Erdman explored archetypal themes in dance and theater in collaboration with her husband, mythologist Joseph Campbell, forming one of the dance world’s most inspiring artistic relationships. Twenty-four dance pieces will be shown over the three-day ADG Festival, in collaboration with 92Y Fridays at Noon, 92Y DIG DANCE – Weekend Series and Jean Erdman Dance. The ADG Festival will kick off the Guild’s yearlong 60th anniversary celebration.

The ADG weekend showcase will include a multi-disciplinary program of rare dance works, contemporary performances and archival footage. The program will begin with 92Y Fridays at Noon “Myth and Modern Dance” (Friday, October 14 at 12PM) with artists, designers and educators who worked with Erdman over six decades, in a panel discussion exploring the idea of the mythic dimension. Select performances will spark the conversation, including a special guest appearance by former Graham principal dancer Christine Dakin in a reconstruction of Jean Erdman’s “The Transformations of Medusa.” Dakin’s performance will repeat on Friday and Saturday night, and on Sunday afternoon.

The Fridays at Noon program ushers in the 3-day Dig Dance /ADG Festival  “Dance and Myth” Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at 8pm, and Sunday afternoon at 3pm *Program details below.

We are pleased to initiate our celebration of the American Dance Guild’s 60th year at the 92nd Street Y, where the Guild was conceived in 1956 by dance educators dedicated to promoting the development of American Modern Dance as an art form,” said Gloria McLean, president of the American Dance Guild. “Jean Erdman was an early and lifetime member of the Guild. In 1986 she was honored with an ADG Award for Arts in Collaboration.

 

“The theme Myth and Modern Dance has evoked a lively response from the dance community, and we anticipate an exciting event, the highlight of our 2016 season,” she said.

“FRIDAYS AT NOON” – “Myth and Modern Dance”

PANEL DISCUSSION AND PERFORMANCES

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT 12PM – 92Y

TicketsFridays at Noon tickets are $10 online or in advance at the 92Y Box Office in the lobby /$15 at the 92Y Box Office on the day of the performance.

Phone: 212-415-5500

The American Dance Guild Festival ’16 weekend tribute to Jean Erdman will begin with “Fridays at Noon” on Friday, October 14 at 12pm. The program invites the audience to ponder the question “What do we mean by the mythic dimension?” opening with

a hula blessing honoring Ms. Erdman’s Hawaiian roots and highlighting two of her works: the rarely seen 1942 solo “The Transformations of Medusa” performed by Christine Dakin, former Graham principal dancer and Festival special guest artist (repeated Fri-Sun); and the 1946 solo “Passage” performed by Miki Orihara, also a former Graham principal. Also featured is an excerpt from “Diagnosis of a Faun” by Tamar Rogoff who was deeply influenced by Erdman and Campbell. It concludes with a panel discussion led by Nancy Allison, Artistic Director of Jean Erdman Dance who directed the reconstructions, and includes Gladys Bailin, who assisted Erdman in establishing the original NYU School of the Arts Dance Program; Dr. Miriam Berger, Director, 92Y Harkness Dance Center Dance Therapy Program; Diana Byer, Artistic Director, New York Theater Ballet; designer and director, Ralph Lee; choreographers Tamar Rogoff and Laurel Jenkins; and Robert Walter, President of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, all of whom participated in Ms. Erdman’s work over six decades.  http://www.92y.org/Event/FAN-ADG-Jean-Erdman

 

The documentary, “Dancing with Jean Erdman,” will be shown in the lobby at 11:30am, one half hour prior to Friday, Oct. 14 “Fridays at Noon.”

 

THE AMERICAN DANCE GUILD PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL AT 92Y

DIG DANCE – Weekend Series

“Dance and Myth: American Dance Guild honors Jean Erdman at 100”

FRIDAY, OCT. 14 AND SATURDAY, OCT. 15 AT 8PM; SUNDAY, OCT. 16 AT 3PM

Tickets – from $20.

Phone: 212-415-5500

 

The American Dance Guild Fall Festival, Dance and Myth, features: Jean Erdman’s rarely seen 1942 solo The Transformations of Medusa (commissioned score by Louis Horst, played live by pianist Amir Khosrowpour) performed by special guest artist Christine Dakin on each program; a stage-to-screen adaptation of Erdman’s 1948 work, Hamadryad, by Nancy Allison and Paul Allman featuring Miki Orihara; Gloria McLean in a rare performance of Erick Hawkins’ Sun Setting from his master work Black Lake; Jose Limon’s Maenad performed by Limon company member Ryoko Kudo; plus selected new contemporary works inspired by myth, including an excerpt from Diagnosis of a Faun by Tamar Rogoff, and Witches Disco, an excerpt from IMAGE, ACTION, TEXT by former Trisha Brown dancer Laurel Jenkins, recipient of the 2015 Opus Archives’ Joseph Campbell/Jean Erdman Marriage of Mythology and Dance Scholarship. Twenty-four works will be shown over the three-day Festival weekend. http://www.92y.org/Event/American-Dance-Guild.aspx

 

The documentary, “Dancing with Jean Erdman,” will be shown in the lobby one half hour prior to each show (Fri & Sat. at 7:30pm; Sun at 2:30)

 

THE AMERICAN DANCE GUILD FESTIVAL AT 92Y

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128

(Lexington Avenue at 92nd St)

 

 

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**Photo credits: Jean Erdman teaching master class in Tokyo, 1954 – photo Nippon Times;Jean Erdman in Creature on a Journey, Photo by Daniel Entin.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN DANCE GUILD:

The American Dance Guild has served the dance field in many capacities over the past 60 years, including sponsoring conferences, festivals & publications. Festival 2016 continues the Guild tradition of bringing together artists from across the nation and internationally for performances and master classes.  ADG offers performance opportunities that range from gala productions to bare-bones choreography showcases.  In June 2014, ADG participated in Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out program. In addition, ADG sponsors an annual Student Scholarship for summer study at Jacob’s Pillow, and provides scholarly resources through its New Dance Group Gala Video and its publications such as Branching Out: Oral Histories of Six National Dance Organizations and Dance Scope.

 

ABOUT JEAN ERDMAN:

 

Jean Erdman made a significant contribution to American arts as a dancer, choreographer and avant-garde theater director. Beginning with her work as a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1938-42 in which she originated many roles in Graham’s groundbreaking repertory of that time, Erdman established herself as a leading artist of the post-pioneering period of American modern dance.  In 1962 her production, The Coach with the Six Insides, an adaptation of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, captivated the New York theater world winning OBIE and Vernon Rice Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Off-Broadway Theater before taking off on a world tour including engagements in Italy at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds and in Dublin, Tokyo and Paris. Her 1971 Tony-nominated choreography for Joseph Papp’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lincoln Center production of Jean Giraudoux’s The Enchanted, along with the more than fifty dances and total-theater works she choreographed for her company all demonstrate her sensitive musicality and the intricate blending of world dance and theater styles that is the hallmark of her aesthetic vision.

Erdman’s early dance training in Hawaii in the first part of the 20th century included ancient hula, tap and Isadora Duncan technique. As a student at Sarah Lawrence College she encountered the two other major influences of her life: Martha Graham and the scholar, Joseph Campbell. In 1938 she married Campbell and began rehearsals with the Graham Company the following day. Throughout her career she continued to study and champion world dance both as a source of individual creativity and an important expression of the human spirit. Her guiding belief that a choreographer should create for each new dance a style of movement intrinsic to its subject led her to develop a varied and exciting repertory, collaborating with some of the most innovative artists of the time, including Louis Horst, John Cage, Lou Harrison, Merce Cunningham and Maya Deren. Her deep, creative interchange with Campbell, contributed to the embrace of the mythological dimension in her work. This coupled with her widely recognized genius for distilling human experience into abstract form give her work a particularly poetic and enduring quality.

Read more: www.jeanerdmandance.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

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AMERICAN DANCE GUILD 2015 PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

35 ARTISTS FEATURED OVER FOUR NIGHTS

 

LIZ LERMAN, DOUG VARONE AND ALICE TEIRSTEIN HONORED

Dec. 3 through Dec 6 – Ailey Citigroup Theater

 

 

L-R – ADG ‘15 Honorees Liz Lerman, Doug Varone, Alice Teirstein *

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AMERICAN DANCE GUILD 2015 PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

35 ARTISTS FEATURED OVER FOUR NIGHTS

 

LIZ LERMAN, DOUG VARONE AND ALICE TEIRSTEIN HONORED

Dec. 3 through Dec 6 – Ailey Citigroup Theater

 

 

L-R – ADG ‘15 Honorees Liz Lerman, Doug Varone, Alice Teirstein *

New York, NY, Sept. 29, 2015 – The rich diversity of contemporary dance will be on view for four nights, Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6 at this year’s Annual Performance Festival of the American Dance Guild at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Joan Weill Center for Dance. Thirty-five artists/companies will present their work, with three living legends of modern dance – Liz Lerman, founder of the Dance Exchange, Doug Varone, Artistic Director of Doug Varone Dance Company and Alice Teirstein, founder of Young Dancemakers – receiving ADG’s 2015 honors and tributes.

The Festival, at 8pm Thurs. /Fri./Sat. and at 7pm on Sunday, will feature Doug Varone and Dancers performing his much acclaimed ensemble work Lux with music of Philip Glass (Dec. 3 and 5); Alice Teirstein’s 2015 Young Dancemakers performing Journey, a short group piece emblematic of her process (Dec. 3 and 6); and Liz Lerman presenting a video capsule history of her career.

Other Festival highlights include former ADG Award winner Jacqulyn Buglisi’s duet Sospiri (Dec. 4) and Merce Cunningham’s Suite for Two (Dec. 5), a Cunningham/Cage/Rauschenberg collaboration staged by Andrea Weber for dancers from the Merce Cunningham Trust’s Fellowship Program. Dance Exchange alums Martha Wittman and Adrienne Clancy from D.C., Jin-Wen Yu from Wisconsin, Imana Gunawan from Seattle, Gesel Mason from Colorado and a host of New York artists including Mimi Garrard, Tina Croll, Daniel Gwirtzman, Amy Marshall and Nancy Zendora add to the mix.

An awards presentation for Festival honorees will be included on opening night, Dec. 3, in which Ms. Lerman, Mr. Varone and Ms. Teirstein will receive ADG’s awards for “Distinguished Artistry and Lifetime Achievement.” The evening will be followed by a gala reception. (Full ADG Festival ‘15 program below).

“The American Dance Guild holds a unique position as both a promoter of the new and preserver of the living history of modern dance as an art form,” said Gloria McLean, president of ADG. “Each American Dance Guild Festival honors at least two master choreographers from the past, and includes performances of their work along with emerging choreographers ranging from modern to post-modern to performance art to cultural hybrids,” she said.

 

About the ADG Festival ‘15 Honorees:

 

  • Liz Lerman (Dec. 3 and Dec. 4) founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. Her many honors recognize her innovations in dance research, including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant.”
  • Doug Varone (Dec. 3 and Dec. 5) Artistic Director of Doug Varone and Dancers, established in 1986, received the Doris Duke Award this summer at the American Dance Festival where his company was in residence.  At his peak as a contemporary choreographer for the concert stage, Mr. Varone also choreographs for opera, Broadway, regional theater, and film. He is performing with his company of eight dancers in Lux, (2006) on both evenings.
  • Alice Teirstein, (Dec. 3 and Dec 6) a New York dancer, choreographer and award-winning dance educator, received a  “Bessie” for distinguished service to the field of dance in 2012. She is best known as the founding director of Young Dancemakers company, now in its 20th season, a free summer dance ensemble of NYC teens, dedicated to nurturing the creation of original teen choreography and providing free touring concerts citywide. She’s bringing the 2015 Young Dancemakers to the stage on Thursday and Sunday to demonstrate some of their creative process.

 

 

 

THE 2015 AMERICAN DANCE GUILD PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

35 ARTISTS OVER FOUR DAYS – DEC. 3-6

The Ailey Citigroup Theater

The Joan Weill Center for Dance

405 W. 55th Street at 9th Avenue

New York, NY 10019

Subways: C, E to 50th St; 1, A, D to 59th St.; R, N, Q to 57th St., use exit at 55th St.

 

TICKETS:

Tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets and will also be available at the box office one hour prior to curtain.

Prices range from $15 to $50.  Discounts are available for students, seniors, ADG members, and groups.

Online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2354520

By Phone: 800-838-3006 ext. #1

 

 

COMPLETE FESTIVAL PROGRAM (not in performance order and subject to change):

 

Program 1 – THURSDAY December 3 at 8pm:

Award Presentation and Gala Reception to Follow Performance

Liz Lerman, Doug Varone, Alice Teirstein, Imana Gunawan, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Nathan Madden, Amy Marshall, Gesel Mason

Program 2FRIDAY December 4 at 8pm:

Liz Lerman, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Dominic Duong, Ara Fitzgerald, Daniel Gwirtzman, Gloria McLean, Mary Seidman, Sasha Spielvogel, Nancy Zendora

Program 3 – SATURDAY December 5 at 8pm:

Doug Varone, Sue Bernhard, Adrienne Clancy/ClancyWorks, Tina Croll, Merce Cunningham’s Suite for Two, Erin Dillon, Mimi Garrard (on film), Kaoru Ikeda, Fadi Khoury, Molly McSherry

Program 4 – SUNDAY December 6 at 7pm:

Alice Teirstein, Jessica Gaynor, Anthony Gongora, JoiLynn Hopkins, Samuel Kunzman, Lindsey Miller, Mari Meade Montoya, Rebecca Rice, Sabatino Verlezza, Martha Wittman, Jin-Wen Yu

 

 

 

*Photo credit: Liz Lerman – photo: Mike Ciesielski; Doug Varone – photo: Phil Knott; Alice Teirstein – photo: Nel Shelby

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2014

ADGFEST 2014 at ALVIN AILEY CITIGROUP THEATER

December 4-7, 2014

33 Artists and Tributes to Joan Myers Brown, Douglas Dunn, & Bill Evans

VENUE: The Ailey Citigroup Theater/The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W. 55th Street at 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Subways: C, E to 50th St; 1, A, D to 59th St.; R, N, Q to 57th St., use exit at 55th St.

 

TICKETS:  Call 800-838-3006 ext. #1 and/or purchase online  at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/875322

 

 

COMPLETE FESTIVAL PROGRAM (not in performance order and subject to change):

 

Program 1 – THURSDAY December 4 at 8pm:

Gala Reception to Follow Performance

Joan Myers Brown/Hope Boykin*, Douglas Dunn, Bill Evans, John Pennington/Daniel Nagrin, Sun Ock Lee, Sarah Skaggs, Jody Oberfelder, Chad Michael Hall, Catherine Gallant, Eye on Dance/Celia Ipiotis

*Former Philadanco member appearing courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Program 2FRIDAY December 5 at 8pm:

Joan Myers Brown, Juri Nishio, Kyla Barkin, Gloria McLean, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Loretta Fois & Sabatino Verlezza, Aaron Atkins, Zach Ingram, Sue Bernhard

Program 3 – SATURDAY December 6 at 8pm:

 

Douglas Dunn, Amy Pivar, Indah M. Walsh, Chien Ying Wang & Paul Ocampo, Gesel Mason/Donald McKayle, Maxine Steinman, Mary Seidman, Azul Dance Theater

 

Program 4 – SUNDAY December 7 at 7pm:

 

Bill Evans Dance Company, Tina Croll, Elizabeth Shea, Kanon Sapp, Janet Charleston/Douglas Dunn, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Ara Fitzgerald & Clare Byrne, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Kaoru Ikeda

PHOTO:  John Pennington in Daniel Nagrin’s “Man of Action” from 1948.

Credit: Frances Chee.

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