As a true post-modernist, Armitage, the “punk ballarina,” resides in both the esoteric and the popular, having choreographed works for Madonna and Michael Jackson, two Broadway productions (Passing Strange and Hair, which garnered her a TONYÂ® nomination), and a work for American Ballet Theatre by invitation from Mikhail Baryshnikov.
The renowned choreographer will bring her company Armitage Gone! Dance to The Joyce for a two-week season beginning Tuesday, Apr 26. two programs revealing her unique sensibility that at once embraces classical values and then knocks them askew. Program A is comprised of three works, Drastic-Classicism performed to Rhys Chatham’s clangorous score; the deeply-loved and lyrical Ligeti Essays; and a new collaborative work with the re-emerging Dance Theater of Harlem. Program B is devoted to the mesmerizing Three Theories, described as “brainy brilliance translate[d] into exquisite extensions of the dance vocabulary.”
Take a look at what happens when company members are unleashed on the streets of New York City to promote the Joyce season.