Joyce Theater


CONTRA-TIEMPO is a Los Angeles based Activist Dance Theater company founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez. For over 15 years, the company has been dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Through their unique and dynamic dance-theater work, both on and off stage, CONTRA-TIEMPO builds community, facilitates dialogue, and moves us to imagine what is possible in the world. CONTRA-TIEMPO's work exists in the 'in-between' and boldly embodies a complex palate including Salsa, Afro-Cuban, improvisation, contemporary and abstract dance theater, to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre's mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures, reach diverse communities, and encompass ever-expanding global audiences. The company’s key initiatives include dance concert performances (including three home seasons in Dallas), national and international touring, arts-in-education programs, community outreach activities, and dance training classes. Designated an American Masterpiece Touring Artist by the NEA, DBDT has performed for more than 4 million arts patrons and 2.6 million students in 31 states and in 16 countries on five continents, including two Cultural Olympiad engagements.

Davalois Fearon Dance

Davalois Fearon Dance was founded in 2016 by Davalois Fearon, with the mission to push artistic and social boundaries and cultivate the next generation of dance artists by creating collaborative dance works that confront difficult issues and prompt contemplation. Fearon’s thought-provoking choreography “holds audiences in the moment” and is often complemented by educational or interactive elements. Her diverse movement vocabulary, hailed by critics for its “tenacious virtuosity,” has found form in collaborations with diverse creators including poet Patricia Smith, multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, fashion photographer Nigel HoSang, interdisciplinary artist Andre Zachery, and visual artist Jasmine Murrell. A Bessie Award winner, Fearon’s critically acclaimed choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, including on Broadway at the Victory Theater and at prestigious New York City venues such as The Joyce Theater and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre (DT)2 is known for its striking blend of theatricality and musicality in formally structured modern dance. Its founder and choreographer, Dušan Týnek, has been called “an undoubted talent” by The New York Times and in numerous other press. He has created over 30 dances, numerous site-specific works (for James Turrell Skyspaces, granite quarries, the Met), choreographed for opera, film, music videos, runway and held 13 critically-acclaimed seasons in NYC (e.g.BAM Fisher, The Kitchen, Joyce Theater, NYLA) two of which were named as one of the best NYC dance performances of the year by The New York Times and Huffington Post. (DT)2 and its founder have been recognized with many commissioning grants, fellowships and residencies. The company regularly tours and participates in festivals around the US, Europe, and Russia.

Lucky Plush Productions

Lucky Plush Productions is an ensemble dance-theater company based in Chicago, led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. The company is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence—a palpable live-ness—shared by performers in real time with audiences. A unique hybrid of high-level dance and theater, Lucky Plush’s work is recognized for its layered choreography, nuanced dialogue, surprising humor, and socially relevant content. Lucky Plush is equally dedicated to engaging students and community members with the company’s ensemble practices through tailored arts education programming.


RAWdance is an award-winning contemporary dance company known for transforming theaters and public spaces through a mix of performance, curation, and collaboration. Under the artistic direction of Ryan T. Smith, Wendy Rein, and Katerina Wong, the company’s nuanced, charged dances pose questions ranging from the broadly social to the intimately personal. SF Chronicle described the company as ”witty, whip-smart, and beautiful to watch.” Critical Dance called RAWdance a “rare treasure” that “combines choreographic excellence, innovative structures, groundbreaking concepts and impeccable performances.” Founded in San Francisco in 2004 by Smith and Rein, the company grew to include Wong as a third Artistic Director in 2019, while also expanding to two locations — New York’s Hudson Valley as well as its home base in San Francisco.