Joyce Theater

Ragamala Dance Company

SEP 22-26
Rooted in the expansive South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, Ragamala Dance Company manifests a kindred relationship between the ancient and the contemporary. In their latest evening-length performance, "Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim", eleven dancers conjure a realm where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. Award-winning creators Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy imagine a metaphorical crossing place that enters into a ritualistic world of immortality, evoking the birth-death-rebirth continuum in Hindu thought to honor immigrant experiences of life and death in the diaspora.

Lucinda Childs: DANCE

OCT 19-24
Lucinda Childs, hailed as a master of minimalism and one of America’s greatest modern choreographers, returns with her evening-length American Masterpiece, "DANCE", a 1979 collaboration between three seminal artists. Described by The Guardian as “close to stage heaven,” "DANCE" features original music by Philip Glass and film décor by Sol LeWitt. This enduring work layers repetitious and geometric patterns as nine dancers perform in synchronicity with Lewitt’s ethereal projections of the company’s original dancers. The thrilling choreography cascades through time and space, elevated by the intricacy of Glass’s commissioned score. After 40 years, this work still captivates.

Martha Graham Dance Company

OCT 26-31
The Martha Graham Dance Company takes the stage with two joyous programs celebrating the exhilarating return to live theater. The world premiere of "Umbra" by Andrea Miller provides a high-energy launch to the season. Inspired by the rhythms, speeds, and surges of nonhuman life, "Umbra" is performed by eight dancers to a soundscape by Miller’s longtime collaborator Will Epstein.

The wondrous classics "Appalachian Spring" and "Diversion of Angels", with scores created by composers Aaron Copland and Norman Dello Joio, set the stage for an array of rare offerings and premieres. "Untitled (Souvenir)" by Pam Tanowitz with a score by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw returns to the repertory. The company will perform "Treading", Elisa Monte’s signature duet, "Lorenzo" by Sir Robert Cohan, and the newly recovered Graham solo "Immediate Tragedy" onstage for the first time. These dances are enhanced with notable compositions by Steve Reich, Nils Frahm, and Christopher Rountree. Lastly, Graham’s unmissable homage to the power of women, "Steps in the Street", rounds out the stellar program.

Gibney Company

NOV 2-7
The reimagined Gibney Company expands the definition of what a contemporary repertory company can be. The new collective of 12 powerhouse performers takes the stage with three moving, technically stunning world premieres. Nominated for a Tony Award in 2020 for her outstanding choreography for Broadway’s Moulin Rouge, Sonya Tayeh shares a powerful and timely new work celebrating change, truth, and resilience, featuring a commissioned score and live music by The Bengsons. Norwegian choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen, renowned in Europe for his theatrical and visceral style, makes his New York City debut with a work featuring collaborations with Martin Flack (Lighting & Set Design) and Victoria Bek (Costumes). Recently named Gibney Company’s inaugural Choreographic Associate, Rena Butler is a celebrated performer and in-demand choreographer. This program marks her first theatrical work for the Company.

Indigenous Enterprise

NOV 9-14
The beat of the drum continues in the 21st century with Indigenous Enterprise, a Native American and Canadian collective that first stunned crowds at the Sydney Opera House in 2018 with their explosively jubilant dance and colorful regalia honoring the legacies of their elders. Indigenous Liberation is an intertribal production featuring songs, stories, and dances from all over Turtle Island, led by champion pow wow dancers. This new work will highlight traditional pow wow categories such as Men’s Fancy War Dance (Ponca), Jingle Dress (Ojibwa), Hoop (Taos Pueblo), Chicken Dance (Blackfoot), Flute (Cree) and Grass Dance (Omaha), in a celebration of what lies at the heart of these powerful traditions.

COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet

NOV 16-28
“A matchless American dance company” (Philadelphia Inquirer), COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet in its 28th season is thrilled to return to The Joyce with its signature boundary breaking style. The evening features the world premiere of "SNATCHED BACK from the EDGES", a stirring testament to the indelible human spirit set to a diverse soundtrack of spoken word from the film “Black is Beautiful,” and music ranging from Beethoven and Jessye Norman to Aloe Blac and gospel legends Shirley Cesar and Yolanda Adams. The company will present last season's retro-style ballet, "LOVE ROCKS", with music by the iconic Lenny Kravitz. The roster also includes "Truly, Madly, Deeply", a compilation of short vignettes and audience favorites that capture the infinite beauty and grit of the heart.

Parsons Dance

NOV 30-DEC 12
Parsons Dance returns to The Joyce with four dazzling new works highlighting the company’s 36-year history of delighting audiences. Highlighting the two-week run are two David Parsons premieres: "The Road", set to "Peace Train, Trouble", and more iconic songs by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Yusuf/Cat Stevens; and "Balance of Power", a solo created for the “near perfect” (The New York Times) Parsons dancer Zoey Anderson, in collaboration with percussionist Giancarlo de Trizio, who performs live. Also on tap are two world premieres: "Past Tense", an evocative full company work by BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan, and Chanel DaSilva’s "On The Other Side", performed live to a bold score composed by Cristina Spinei. Rounding out the roster are signature Parsons pieces like the always amazing Caught.

AXIS Dance Company

DEC 7-12 (Virtual Performance)
AXIS Dance Company makes its premiere on our digital stage with "Roots Above Ground", a physically integrated dance performance that explores the multiple meanings of home as it peels back the layers to uncover the human need for belonging. In this signature work, Choreographer & AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew delves deep into his own emotional journey as an immigrant, a disabled gay man, a dancer - always moving to follow ambition while longing to belong. Joined by the six disabled and non-disabled AXIS Company Dancers, this piece taps into our essential human need to be accepted, which is so deeply connected to our perceptions and definitions of home.

Composer Miles Lassi sets the soundtrack to this production, and is joined by Set & Costume Designer Emma Kingsbury, Projection Specialist Jaco Strydom, and Lightning Designer Walter Holden. The piece honors AXIS’ commitment to full accessibility with Audio Description by Gravity Access Services and ASL Consultation.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

DEC 14-JAN 2
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the beloved troupe of male dancers, returns to The Joyce for another uproarious holiday season. Fresh from its June 2021 episode on American Masters, the acclaimed PBS documentary series, the company takes the stage for three weeks of nonstop skilled pointe work and hilarious parodying of classical ballet, highlighted by the New York premiere of "Nightcrawlers", a parody of Jerome Robbins' "In the Night", set to nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin.

Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic

JAN 4-9
“A tap dancer and choreographer of extraordinary depth” (The New York Times), Ayodele Casel captures the spark of connection and creation in her latest work, "Chasing Magic". Directed by Torya Beard, a long-time collaborator and Creative Director for Casel’s 2019 unanimously-praised Joyce debut, "Chasing Magic" explores the magic of both tap dance and daily life.

Welcoming old and new musical collaborators into the mix, "Chasing Magic" is “a celebratory display of artistic encounters: How, after a lost year, they remain right where you left them.” Returning to The Joyce for in-person performances after a successful virtual run, the work features performances by acclaimed jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill, singer/songwriter Crystal Monee Hall, percussionist Senfu Stoney, and tap artists John Manzari, Naomi Funaki, Anthony Morigerato, and more!

American Dance Platform

JAN 11-16
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.

The American Dance Platform will feature two companies per program selected by a guest curator, and each program will be performed twice during the course of the week. For the sixth edition of ADP, The Joyce has selected Renae Williams Niles, the Chief Content and Engagement Officer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as the curator.

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca

JAN 25-FEB 6
Anticipating their return to the stage, Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca have spent the time away in the studio, discovering fresh techniques and subject matter to create new work for the new year. Drawing from New York’s cultural landscape, Artistic Director Martín Santangelo and lead dancer and choreographer Soledad Barrio have shaped this program to celebrate life together again, as the dance world resumes its place before audiences. Joined by the masterful artistry of its company members, Noche Flamenca brings the heart of flamenco back into the spotlight! Recognized by The New York Times as “one of today’s great dancers of any genre,” Soledad Barrio leads a cast of the artform’s greatest performers to the Joyce stage for a night of pure grandeur.

Botis Seva | Far From The Norm

FEB 8-13
Vital and gripping, "BLKDOG" is choreographer Botis Seva’s haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a childlike artist. A genre-defying blend of hip hop dance and free form antics, the Olivier Award-winning production explores the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth. With music from long standing collaborator Torben Lars Sylvest and performed by Botis’ powerhouse company Far From The Norm, "BLKDOG" searches for coping mechanisms in the ultimate hunt for acceptance.

Sankofa Danzafro

FEB 15-20
Showcasing powerful Afro-Colombian and Afro-contemporary dance with live music and singing, Colombia-based Sankofa Danzafro presents "Accommodating Lie", a full-length work by Rafael Palacios that seeks to dismantle stereotypes and beliefs about the Black body and what it means to be of African descent. Through a series of emotional dances, the Sankofa performers embody decades of slavery and racism, challenging the “exotic” label western colonizing culture has assigned Black bodies. Accommodating Lie continues Sankofa Danzafro’s mission “to dance to be heard, rather than to be seen.”

L-E-V

FEB 22-27
In "Chapter Three: The Brutal Journey of the Heart", the final installment of a trilogy on love, acclaimed choreographer Sharon Eyal explores the unexpected, yet wonderful ways we heal from wounds of the heart. Propelled by Ori Lichtik’s original soundscape, L-E-V creates a dreamlike atmosphere with pulsating and sensual movement that demonstrates the power of human sensitivity. The intricate costumes of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s creative director, heighten this journey into the depths of emotion.