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This fall, The Joyce returns to our iconic Chelsea home with a collection of seven separate livestreamed solo performances.
Choreographer Molissa Fenley’s celebrated solo work, State of Darkness, finds new life at The Joyce Theater this fall, performed by a new generation of New York’s acclaimed dancers. Our audiences are virtually invited to watch this unique collection of solo performances of Fenley’s tour de force work, broadcast live each weekend from The Joyce stage.
Originally commissioned by the American Dance Festival in 1988, State of Darkness challenges Stravinsky’s cacophonous “Le Sacre du Printemps” (The Rite of Spring) with an intense 35-minute solo performance of relentless fervency, technical precision, and fearless abandon. Fenley reimagined the commanding score as the sonic landscape for a solo journey, rather than the usual ensemble interpretations.
Adapting her creative process to our emergent world of social distance, Fenley restaged her solo individually with seven dancers: 2020 Juilliard grad Jared Brown; Lloyd Knight of Martha Graham Dance Company; Sara Mearns of the New York City Ballet; Shamel Pitts, former Batsheva Dance Company member; Annique Roberts of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE; Cassandra Trenary of American Ballet Theatre; and Michael Trusnovec of Paul Taylor American Dance Company. State of Darkness features original lighting design by David Moodey, and costume design by Marc Happel.
Encore streaming of Far From the Norm
Streaming: Tuesday, September 22 at 5pm ET through Sunday, November 8 at 11:59 ET
Based in London, Far From the Norm’s burning scrutiny of public preoccupations, politics, and the contemporary world fuels its work and demands a response. Its aim is to continuously reinvent ways of deconstructing hip-hop and street dance vocabularies through collaboration. As part of our JoyceStream Digital Fall Season, Far From the Norm offers four short films, including a documentary about the troupe's magnetic artistic director Botis Seva. CAN’T KILL US ALL, a collaboration with filmmaker Ben Williams and composer Torben Lars Sylvest, unravels one man’s unrest while navigating the turbulence of two global pandemics; Reach, by director Billy Boyd Cape, explores themes of love, abandonment, and fatherhood through a journey towards independence; and B.R.E.A.T.H.E. is a searing response to the countless deaths of Black people at the hands of the police. The documentary film Botis Seva: Air features an exclusive, rare solo dance performance by Seva.
CAN'T KILL US ALL
Approximate Run Time: 8 minutes
CAN’T KILL US ALL, a collaboration between experimental dance artist Botis Seva, filmmaker Ben Williams, and composer Torben Lars Sylvest, unravels one man’s unrest while navigating the turbulence of two global pandemics. From reflecting on childhood memories and life in lockdown to reliving Black trauma, CAN’T KILL US ALL is a theatrical experience pushing through the darkness to seek light, humility, and peace. Produced by the experimental collective Far From the Norm, the work combines hip hop theatre with film to explore the deterioration of our semblance of sanity and stability in this time. CAN’T KILL US ALL was commissioned by The Space and BBC Arts, supported by Arts Council England and Sadler’s Wells.
Approximate Run Time: 4 minutes
In Reach, director Billy Boyd Cape collaborates with dance artist, choreographer, and director Botis Seva and his experimental hip-hop theatre collective, Far From the Norm, to explore the themes of love, abandonment, and fatherhood. The film follows one man’s journey towards independence, revealing the inner struggle between his mind and soul.
Approximate Run Time: 2 minutes
Far From the Norm’s B.R.E.A.T.H.E is a searing response to the countless deaths of Black people at the hands of the police.
Botis Seva: Air
Approximate Run Time: 4 minutes
Botis Seva: Air is a documentary film featuring an exclusive, rare solo dance performance by Far From the Norm director and acclaimed choreographer Botis Seva.
This engagement of Far From The Norm is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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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.