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We here at The Joyce are committed to bringing you Closer to Dance, even from a distance. While you can't be here with us, we invite you to our digital stage with a selection of international and homegrown performances available for streaming. After you tune in to the show, join our Artist Talkback, a discussion series bringing choreographers and collaborators together to share more about their creative processes, moderated by Joyce staff. 

Now Streaming

Shantala Shivalingappa Bhairava and Discussing Bhairava

Streaming Thursday, July 30 at 7pm Eastern Time through Friday, August 28 at 10am Eastern Time

Approximate Run Time: 20 minutes

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Bhairava, a site-specific dance for camera film featuring dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa, captures the multifaceted nature of Shiva, the Lord of Dance. As both the destructor of evil and the guardian of time, Shiva is fierce and at times drives terrible deeds, yet he is also the Divine Protector and Supreme Guardian. In all things, his intentions spring from pure compassion. 

Carried by an evocative musical score and by the special energy of the ancient site of Hampi in South India, Shantala embodies the presence and energy of Bhairava. With her technical mastery and refined expressivity, she alternates between moments of precise gestures and abstract body language surging from the Lord of Dance’s powerful persona. With deep concentration, her movements manifest a vivid incarnation of the deity. Bhairava was directed and produced by veteran dance-filmmakers Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer (Mouvement Perpétuel, Montréal) with cinematography by Kes Tagney. 

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Also Streaming

A.I.M Meditation: A Silent Prayer

Streaming Thursday, July 16 at 7pm Eastern Time through Friday, August 14 at 10am Eastern Time

Approximate Run Time: 10 minutes

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Our latest JoyceStream features A.I.M performing Meditation: A Silent Prayer, an ensemble work featuring voice-over recording by Carrie Mae Weems and visual artwork by Titus Kaphar, which premiered at The Joyce Theater in 2018. Kyle Abraham and his choreography have been featured in O Magazine, Ebony, Vogue, Kinfolk and several other publications. In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled him as the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama”. He is the proud recipient of a 2017-18 Joyce Creative Residency, 2016 Doris Duke Award, 2012 United States Fellowship, and several coveted Princess Grace awards including the 2018 Statue Award. In 2013, Abraham was named MacArthur Fellow. 

Choreography: Kyle Abraham in collaboration with A.I.M

Music: Craig Harris

Text & Voice Over: Carrie Mae Weems

Visual Art: Titus Kaphar

Lighting Design: Dan Scully

Costume Design: Karen Young

Dancers: Kayla Farrish, Tamisha Guy, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Catherine Ellis Kirk, Marcella Lewis, Jae Neal

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Programs of The Joyce Theater Foundation are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Major support has also been provided by Ford Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and The SHS Foundation.