Joyce Theater

Dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance.


Quickly gaining critical acclaim, Embodiment Project is an award-winning San Francisco based company that intersects street dance traditions like house dance, b-girling, hip hop, and more with poetic theatrical elements and live music. Artistic director Nicole Klaymoon’s signature approach to dance emphasizes the sacred practice of voicing stories of trauma to reclaim power. In this engagement, the company presents Ancient Children, an original work of hip hop dance theater that engages a critical conversation around childhood trauma, race, and healing. “[T]he performers are charismatic, the hip-hop dance commanding, the truths delivered unflinching” (Ford Review).  


Founded in 1971 by Brenda Way, San Francisco’s ODC/Dance is prized for its “full-bodied and expansive” (The New Yorker) contemporary work. The company presents co-artistic director KT Nelson’s Dead Reckoning, a spellbinding dance that explores a world altered by climate change, featuring original music by celebrated Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. The work’s title refers to a method of navigation in which one’s position is determined without the predictable reference points of stars, increasing the likelihood of accumulative error. As the dance progresses, lime green snow begins to fall from the dancers’ hands. Bit by bit, our world is transformed. 


The American Dance Platform showcases some of the most captivating American companies performing today. Created as a way to celebrate and promote companies from across the United States, each platform is programmed by a different curator appointed by The Joyce. This year’s offerings have been selected by Christy Bolingbroke, founding executive/artistic director at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. The program will include performances by Rennie Harris Puremovement, Urban Bush Women, Limón Dance Company, Bruce Wood Dance, Embodiment Project, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and ODC/Dance.

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Funding Credits

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform was provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Additional support provided by a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Ticket Prices

Tickets start at $10!

Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Running Time

Approximately 1 hour and 37 minutes with one intermission. Late seating will be at the discretion of house management and latecomers are not guaranteed they will be seated in their purchased seats.

January 9—11 American Dance Platform

Embodiment Project and ODC/Dance

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