Experience some of the best dance across the country with The Joyce Theater's sixth annual American Dance Platform, dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Theodore S. Bartwink was a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014.
Curated by Renae Williams Niles, the Chief Content and Engagement Officer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this year’s American Dance Platform program features performances by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Collage Dance Collective, Robert Moses’ KIN, COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet, The TL Collective, and DIAVOLO.
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“Powerful, razor-sharp, and exciting to watch” (Triangle Arts & Entertainment), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRDE) is a world-class modern dance company rooted in African American traditions, dedicated to excellence and empowering all through the universal language of movement. Celebrating its 51st Anniversary Season, the company brings three dynamic pieces to American Dance Platform. Choreographed by Garfield Lemonius, Catharsis is a phenomenal work that intertwines solo and group performances and is set to the highly evocative music of David Lang, Ezio Bosso, and Arvo Pärt. Fresh off it’s world premiere, Dépouillé (Bare) is a moving meditation choreographed by Winifred R. Harris. Lastly, Mary Don’t You Weep, an excerpt from Cleo Parker Robinson’s masterwork Spiritual Suite, is set to the evocative spiritual-based jazz and blues music of Eric Gale. Prefaced by renowned poet Nikki Giovanni, Mary Don’t You Weep is reflective of the weight of sorrow and loss carried, endured, and overcome.
"Ballet made utterly, gorgeously human" (Times Union), Collage Dance Collective captivates in its twelfth highly anticipated performance season. The international touring company makes its Joyce debut with a roster of virtuosic dancers who reflect the artistic excellence of the African Diaspora, embody the essence of one of the nation’s fastest growing dance companies, and earn the bold acclaim "relevant, relatable and rooted" (Pointe Magazine).
In its return to live performances in New York City, Collage Dance Collective is set to showcase a diverse range of world-class dance carefully selected to embrace the moment and invite audiences to "witness hope take human form" (High Ground News).
Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform was provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.