Performances and Workshops are Free and Open To All!
Washington Square Dances 2019
Saturday, September 14 at 6 PM
Garibaldi Plaza (east of the Fountain), Washington Square Park
Directions: #1 train to Christopher Street, Walk to 3 blocks east to Washington Square South, Enter park; #6 train to Astor Place, Walk three blocks west to Washington Square North, Enter park; N/R local train in 8th Street, Walk two block west to Washington Square East, Enter park
ALL TOGETHER DANCE following show at: 5 PM
CLAREMONT PARK BRONX DANCES
Saturday, Sept 21 at 3PM
Handball Court on Clay Ave, Claremont Park
Directions: 2 train to the Bronx, Exit at 149 St/3rd Ave; BX 41 bus to Webster Ave/Claremont Pkwy, Walk south on Webster Ave toward Claremont Parkway to Claremont Park
Performance is on the handball court (on Clay Ave across from McDonald’s parking lot)
ALL TOGETHER DANCE following performance: 4PM
Celebrating women, dance and the beauty of age, Dances For A Variable Population (DVP) will present two performances and two interactive workshops of WASHINGTON SQUARE DANCES 2019 and CLAREMONT PARK BRONX DANCES. The performances will feature highlights from REVIVAL 3: It’s About Time, an outdoor public dance project featuring 10 legendary dance artists and 50 non-professional senior dancers, who, in some ways, allow us to become time-travelers. Through their memories and dancing bodies, we can journey to the dance traditions of other times. REVIVAL 3: It’s About Time, connects a multi-generational dance company with female choreographers in their 60s, 70s and 80s.
For both these events, Dances For A Variable Population welcomes choreographers Shirley Black Brown Coward (Universal Dance Theater, Broadway), Tina Bush (Forces of Nature), Ara Fitzgerald (Daniel Nagrin’s Workgroup), Ellen Graff (Martha Graham Company), Elizabeth Keen (Paul Taylor Dance Company, Helen Tamiris), Myna Majors (The WNBA N.Y. Liberty Timeless Torches), Sandra Rivera (founding member of Ballet Hispanico), Alice Teirstein (Young Dancemakers Company), Marnie Thomas Wood (Martha Graham Company) along with artistic director of DVP Naomi Goldberg Haas. Washington Square Dances 2019 and Claremont Park Bronx Dances will also feature over 50 seniors from DVP’s free MOVEMENT SPEAKS® programs which take place at over 19 sites across the city.
Ten legendary dance artists and seventy -five non-professional senior dancers, who in some ways allow us to become time-travelers. Through their memories and dancing bodies, we can journey to the dance traditions of other times. Featuring Tina Bush, Ara Fitzgerald, Ellen Graff, Elizabeth Keen, Audrey Madison, Myna Majors, Sandra Rivera, Alice Teirstein, Marnie Thomas Wood, along with artistic director of DVP Naomi Goldberg Haas. REVIVAL 3: It’s About Time, will also feature older adults from Harlem, Queens, the Bronx, the Upper West Side and the Village.
Performances and public workshops are free and open to all!
Saturday, June 15th at 5PM & 7PM
Grant’s Memorial Tomb
122nd St. and Riverside Drive, West Harlem
with ALL TOGETHER DANCE workshop at 3PM
Directions– #1 train to 125th or 116th; M5 to 122nd/Riverside Drive; M4 or M104 to Broadway/122nd and walk to 2 blocks west to Riverside Dr.
Saturday, June 22nd at 4PM
41st Ave & Vernon Blvd, LIC
with ALL TOGETHER DANCE workshop at 5PM
Directions– F train to 21st St/Queensbridge; (first stop in Queens from Manhattan) and walk 3 blocks on 41st Ave towards Vernon Blvd.
DVP creates site related performances in iconic NYC spaces, urban renewal spots and transportation hubs. We have created dances in Prospect Park/Brooklyn, the New York Botanical Garden, in Times Square, on the High Line, Washington Square Park, Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park in the Meatpacking District, West Harlem Piers Park and the Whitehall Terminal for the Staten Island Ferry.
June 2018 marked our tenth large scale public site related performances of REVIVAL in Queensbridge Park, LIC and Grants Memorial Tomb. In June 2017 we began this project which celebrates legendary choreographers and dancers at Prospect Park, Brooklyn at The Lincoln Statue and at Grants Tomb in West Harlem. This year, we will take REVIVAL to four NYC locations including for the first time in the Bronx and in our annual Washington Square Park.
In June 2016, we premiered “The Phoenix Project” set in three locations in three different boroughs: Bronx, Queens and Harlem—over three Saturdays, June 4, 11 and 18. The Phoenix Project made its Bronx debut at the New York Botanical Garden’s award-winning and picturesque Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden on June 4. In the subsequent weekends, the piece moved with excerpts of the full work to Queens at the Queensbridge Riis Senior Center on June 11, and closed their performances as part of the Summer on the Hudson Festival at the West Harlem Piers Park on June 18 as part of a Family Day event. Last June 2018, we premiered the LES Citizens Parade in collaboration with the Lower Manhattan Arts Council and NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs.
The mission of these performances is to inspire individuals to move, collaborate with fellow artists and unleash the power of communities in action.