Carnival of the Animals (Work-in-Progress Excerpt) with Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph / Film – Restless Creature: Wen

August 21, 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm

with Choreography by Francesca Harper

Wendy Whelan- once called “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina” by the NY Times—brings an excerpt of a new work-in-progress inspired by Saint-Saëns’ composition to SummerStage. She’s joined by acclaimed spoken-word artist and playwright, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who will open the show with a solo poetry performance followed by the Whelan collaboration. The evening will continue with a screening of the 2013 documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, which follows Whelan as she struggles to recover from a potentially career-ending injury and reinvent herself as a dancer beyond the world of ballet.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

The Clark Center 60th Anniversary Tribute: George Faison Universal Dance Experience / 5Plus Ensemble / Dyane Harvey / Juel D. Lane / Amy Hall Garner Dancers / HSA Dance Ensemble

August 15, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

In celebration of the Clark Center’s 60th anniversary, the showcase upholds the mission of a space to cultivate emerging artists, with room for dancers and choreographers from every demographic to feel comfortable to create the work they want to make. It has long served as an incubator for young talent and many of the choreographers who worked at the center have gone on to create their own companies. Much of the all-star lineup has been around since the center first opened. Tony-Award winner, George Faison, will be creating a new work for his Universal Dance Experience ; 5Plus Ensemble features dancers 50 years of age and older, including former Ailey dancers, Hope Clarke and Michael Thomas; Dyane Harvey (an alumni of George Faison’s company) is a founding member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre) and award recipient, including multiple AUDELCO Awards as well as a recent nomination for Outstanding Revival for “HEX”, by Eleo Pomare at the 2019 Bessie Awards; Juel D. Lane has been a featured choreographer for Ailey II and had work commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet; Amy Hall Garner has choreographed, coached, and worked as a creative consultant on projects such as Law & Order, and Chappelle’s Show, and teaches at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts; and The HSA Dance Ensemble features young dancers from the Harlem School of The Arts, and led by former Ailey dancer, Aubrey Lynch.

Free dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

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Location
Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027 US

A Celebration of Brazilian Dance

August 17, 2019 11:30am – 4:00pm

Join Ninoska M’bewe Escobar, Michelle Summers, original members of Capoeiras of Bahia, and friends for a Celebration of Brazilian dance.

11:30am – 1pm  M’bewe Escobar and Michelle Summers welcome everyone as they co-lead a class of samba and Orixa dance in Loremil Machado’s honor and style.

1 – 2pm    Brazilian/Capoiera dance on film  with Q&A

2:15-3:15 Capoiera Demonstration

Cost: Free

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Location
El Barrio Artspace
215 East 99th Street
New York New York 10029 USA

The First Ailey Dancers: Ella Thompson, Nat Horne & Dorene Richardson

August 14, 2019 6:00pm – 7:30pm

On Sunday, March 30th, 1958 Alvin Ailey gave his first NYC concert at the 92nd St. Y where he debuted one of his signature pieces, ‘Blues Suite’.  Many of the best dancers in the city performed that day.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear three of these amazing artists – Ella Thompson Moore, Nat Horne and Dorene Richardson  – share memories of this auspicious (incredible) performance.  

Ella Thompson Moore appeared in Alvin Ailey’s first concert at the 92nd Street Y, NYC in 1958. She began her dance training in Washington, D.C. While attending Howard University and received a scholarship to the Katherine Dunham School in New York City where she studied dance with Syvilla Fort, Walter Nicks, where she met and married Charles Moore in 1960.

She appeared in ten Broadway shows. As a member of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, she performed in the U.S., the Far East, and Australia.  Ella later performed with Dances and Drums of Africa, her husband’s company, in addition to assuming teaching and management duties and holding company rehearsals.

Nat Horne was one of the original members of Alvin Ailey’s company when Alvin choreographed “Blues Suite” (Premiering 1958) and “Revelations” (1960). Rehearsals were in the basement at Clark Center for the Performing Arts. Inspired by a Gene Kelly movie, as a boy Nat knew he was born to dance and dreamed of going to New York and being in the chorus of a Broadway show (not a star, but a chorus boy). In the Army, Nat became the first African-American to become an official member of Special Services (the military entertainment corps). Nat’s greatest influences were Jack Cole & Matt Mattox. He performed in 9 Broadway shows, and has appeared on TV and in film. In the 1970’s, Nat taught at the Ailey School as well as his namesake The Nat Horne Musical Theatre and School. Nat has taught & choreographed in countries around the world. To preserve his legacy, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Library has requested his personal archives.

Dorene Richardson, a New York native, began studying dance at the age of 13 at the New Dance Group. Her teachers included Donald McKayle, Muriel Manning and Jane Dudley, for whom she demonstrated.  She went on to study at Juilliard and danced with small companies including Natanya Newman and Donald McKayle. She was the only dancer who performed in Alvin Ailey’s two concerts at the 92nd Street Y, the first in 1958 and the next in 1960.  Dorene taught at the Ailey school, and for 30 years, she taught at the New Dance Group.

Jill Williams was affiliated with the Clark Center for over 15 years; first as a student and then as a member of the esteemed faculty. She studied with Thelma Hill, James Truitte, Charles Moore, Pepsi Bethel, Lenore Latimore and Betram Ross. She was also trained by and worked with Kathy Stanford Grant in Pilates. For the past six years, she has been immersed in extensive research at the NYPL, and conducting oral histories for the project, Clark Center NYC.

Cost: Free

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Location
El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109
215 East 99th Street
New York New York 10029 USA

Elisa Monte Dance

August 9, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The New York-based company playing their first-ever SummerStage festival, Elisa Monte Dance is distinguished by physically demanding choreography performed by a talented, diverse corps of dancers and successful collaborations across disciplines. Founder Elisa Monte got her start with Agnes DeMille, was later mentored by Alvin Ailey, and has since collaborated with a myriad of artists over the years, including the experimental composer Glenn Branca, the architect Billie Tsien, and the visual artist Philip Tsiaras. The evening will include a 20th Anniversary performance of Monte’s famed duet, “Treading,” with music by minimalist composer Steve Reich, and danced by former company member and new artistic director Tiffany Rea-Fisher.

Free dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

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Location
East River Park
420 FDR Drive
New York NY 10019 US

Cunningham Dance Workshop

July 17, 2019 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Join Bessie Award winner and former leading Cunningham dancer, Melissa Toogood, for a workshop featuring the choreographer’s signature movement.

Cost: Free

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York NY 10021 US

Merce Cunningham: Summercool feat Stephen Petronio Company / Melissa Toogood / Calvin Royal III / A-Y / Dancers with guest curation by Catherine Tharin

July 17, 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Were he still alive, Merce Cunningham would have turned 100 in 2019; To honor the groundbreaking choreographer’s centennial, the Merce Cunningham Trust has facilitated the Cunningham Centennial Celebrations, a globe-spanning array of events featuring his work. As part of these celebrations, SummerStage will host, Merce Cunningham: SummerCool, an evening of performances guest curated by 92nd Street Y’s Catherine Tharin, featuring the Stephen Petronio Company, which has incorporated several of Cunningham’s radical theater work into its repertoire; Melissa Toogood, a Bessie Award winning, former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Calvin Royal III, the star soloist at the American Ballet Theater; and the A-Y/dancers, a repertory dance company from the Hudson Valley.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York NY 10021 US

Uptown Bounce

July 24 – August 14, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Free! This summer, the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio present our annual series of free summer block parties at 104th Street and Fifth Avenue. On four consecutive Wednesday evenings, join us as we feature top New York DJs, live performances, gallery talks, summer drinks, and more.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Lineups to be announced; check back for updates.

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

A Palo Seco

July 12, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Named after a stripped-down style of Flamenco often sung a capella or with percussion alone, the New York-based Flamenco dance company, A Palo Seco, combines traditional techniques with a modern, metropolitan flair. Returning to SummerStage for the first time since opening for Ballet Hispanico in 2014, the company will perform with a live band, and hold a free 45-minute dance class led by artistic director Rebecca Tomas before the show, sharing their expertise in Flamenco with the Queensbridge community.

+ Flamenco Dance Workshop with A Palo Seco

Friday, July 12, 7PM

Queensbridge Park, QNS

Free dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

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Location
Queensbridge Park
Queensbridge Park
Long Island City NY 11101 USA

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

June 19, 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm

As part of SummerStage’s Pride celebrations, and aligning with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots-the all-male comedy ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, perform classic works (such as “The Dying Swan” ) from a modern and unique perspective. Subverting ballet’s strict gender roles, the troupe performs both male and female roles, imbuing contemporary and classic ballets with humor and provocation. The performance will mark the company’s first time gracing SummerStage, as well as the 45th anniversary of its formation in 1974. It follows two free screenings of a documentary in which they’re featured, Rebels on Pointe— Washington Square Park on June 13th, followed by another at the Greenwich House Music School on June 18th.

This performance will be filmed for “American Masters” on PBS.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York NY 10021 US