Joyce Theater

BODYTRAFFIC

MAR 1-6

With a compelling style that reflects the “invention, attitude, and urban edge” (The Boston Globe) of its Los Angeles home, BODYTRAFFIC returns to The Joyce with a program that captures the company’s audience-captivating joyfulness. Highlights include former BODYTRAFFIC dancer Micaela Taylor’s SNAP, displaying her hip-hop roots, and a world premiere by the collaborative team of Baye & Asa, fusing intricate patterns of rhythm and form. Also on the program-Fernando Hernando Magadan’s (d)elusive minds, offering the rare chance to see this theatrical duet performed by Artistic Director Tina Finkelman Berkett and Associate Artistic Director Guzmán Rosado; and Alejandro Cerrudo’s PACOPEPEPLUTO, showcasing three dancers who move with abandon to the classic voice of Dean Martin.

Sara Mearns

MAR 8-13

New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns invites new collaborators in her artistic orbit in this upcoming Joyce Theater Production. Continuing her process of creative self-discovery, Sara will challenge herself and her partners in a series of pieces that span mediums and reimagine genres. Works by Beth Gill, Jodi Melnick, Guillaume Côté, and others take center stage as this world-class ballerina reveals herself through the bold act of trying something new.

Trinity Irish Dance Company

MAR 15-20

“Sophisticated and commanding” (Los Angeles Times), the Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) is the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, an innovative movement genre that “ushered in a new era for Irish step dance” (Chicago Tribune).

Through a blend of percussive power and aerial grace, TIDC sends a clear message of female empowerment. Their St. Patrick’s Day week run celebrates Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard’s unique vision to fuse vibrant Irish traditions with ever-evolving American innovation. The program features Howard’s classics including Soles, a tribal and timeless rhythmic study; Push, an explosion of virtuosic footwork; and Johnny, the early work that altered the Irish dance landscape. New York City premieres include An Sorcas (The Circus), a colorful comment on the battle between substance and spectacle choreographed by Howard and Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy, and American Traffic, a hybrid of Irish step and American tap that plays at the intersection of rhythmic sensibilities and rebellious histories, choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Melinda Sullivan.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

MAR 22-27

Returning to The Joyce for their 2022 home season, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE offers a compelling program, bringing a spiritual awareness that touches the human heart. Acclaimed choreographer Ronald K. Brown utilizes music and movement rich in thematic content drawn from the African and African American diaspora. His works are performed with a depth of physicality that reflects Brown’s meditations on cultural legacy, community, and socio-political history. The brilliance of Ron’s blended style is revealed in works such as Upside Down and Come Ye, featuring the music of artist-activists Oumou Sangare, Fela Kuti, and Nina Simone; and the long-awaited return of the hauntingly beautiful work Ebony Magazine To A Village with original music by longtime EVIDENCE collaborator Wunmi Olaiya.

Michela Marino Lerman

MAR 29-APR 3

Conceived and led by world-renowned tap artist Michela Marino Lerman, Once Upon a Time Called Now fuses iconic tap dance improvography with live jazz and music performance, performed by the hybrid ensemble, Love Movement.

Set largely in a swirling, historic carnival atmosphere, our story depicts a heroine’s journey through life’s obstacles and lessons. Sent from the afterlife back down to earth during New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, she voyages in hopes of achieving self love and acceptance and ultimately returning to life enlightened.

Once Upon a Time Called Now smoothly melds superlative tap dance with recorded narrations performed by the incomparable Anna Deavere Smith and an all-original score by Michela and world renowned bassist, Russell Hall.

Compañía Nacional de Danza

APR 12-17

Founded in 1979, Compañía Nacional de Danza, currently under the artistic direction of former New York City Ballet principal Joaquin de Luz, makes its Joyce debut with Carmen, a new reimagining by award-winning choreographer John Inger. Set to the beloved music of Georges Bizet, arranged by Rodion Shchedrin, Inger’s Carmen strips the classic tale down to its mythic and universal elements of passion and revenge. Returning to the source novel by Prosper Mérimée for inspiration, Inger frames the action through the eyes of a child, re-examining the characters through a contemporary lens.

Limón Dance Company

APR 19-MAY 1

The Limón Dance Company celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season by sharing José Limón's inspiring life story. In two exciting programs, the company brings five world premieres to The Joyce, including never-before-seen works by Limón. The dancers travel through time with a tour of Mexican history inside the reconstruction of Limón’s first major solo, Danzas Mexicanas. Further exploring ideas of legacy, the company revisits Doris Humphrey’s glorious Air for the G String, and introduces Limón’s masterpiece Psalm with the original score, and his final work never performed by the Company, Beethoven’s "Waldstein" Sonata. Celebrating today's voices, a new commission by Burkina Faso’s Olivier Tarpaga, whose early life experiences echoes those of Limón’s and explores the strength of the marginalized, takes the stage. In a new work, Mexico’s emerging talent Raúl Taméz brings to life stories of the colonization of Mexico's Indigenous peoples. Lastly, to honor Limón as the greatest dancer of his time, the company invites today’s generation of dancers to perform his iconic solo Chaconne.

L.A. Dance Project

MAY 3-15

L.A. Dance Project returns to The Joyce Theater in 2022 with two programs specially conceived by Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied. Highlighting the work of four female choreographers, the program includes a dynamic restaging of Bella Lewitzky’s 1970 work Kinaesonata, with new set and costume design by artist Charles Gaines, and the New York premieres of Janie Taylor’s Night Bloom, Madeline Hollander’s 5 Live Calibrations, and Bobbi Jene Smith’s 2021 Solo at Dusk, choreographed in collaboration with Or Schraiber.

Stephen Petronio Company

MAY 17-22

Stephen Petronio Company offers this season as a call for connection and hope. Initially conceived as a moving meditation filmed during the Covid-19 lockdown, New New Prayer For Now bursts onto the stage as a newly completed world premiere. A bold and visceral dialogue between bodies, space and the viewer's eye, this work is a collaboration with composer/performance artist Monstah Black, creating music based on the treasured songs ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘Balm in Gilead’ performed live by The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), under the direction of Francisco Nunez. The company also brings a re-staging of Bloom (2006), a joyful and iconic collaboration with Rufus Wainwright and YPC singing compositions based on the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Rounding out the program is a Bloodlines nod to Petronio’s formidable lineage with a re-staging of Trisha Brown’s Group Primary Accumulation (1973), a quietly thrilling gestural masterpiece in Brown’s signature style.

Trisha Brown Dance Company

MAY 24-29

Trisha Brown Dance Company marks its 50th anniversary with a program celebrating Brown’s extraordinary creative partnership with visual artist Robert Rauschenberg. In Foray Forêt, with costumes and lighting by Rauschenberg, Brown employs a vocabulary of movements generated by the subconscious—what she called “delicate aberrations” —juxtaposing athleticism against subtle physical gesture, Set to the music of John Cage, the revived Astral Converted features a mobile set of lighting towers that use motion sensors to detect and respond to the dancers’ movements.

Doug Varone and Dancers

MAY 31-JUN 5

Doug Varone and Dancers returns to The Joyce celebrating its 35th year with the New York premiere of Somewhere (2019) and Varone’s masterwork from 1993, Rise. Somewhere reimagines Leonard Bernstein’s timeless West Side Story by stripping the orchestral score of its narrative connotations. The result: pure choreographic vibrancy, brimming with nuance and emotional heft generated by the musical structure. In Rise, dancers take over the stage in swirls of controlled chaos, with composer John Adam’s Fearful Symmetries underlying each step. Varone's "highly charged, physically exciting choreography" reinforces the complexity of the human spirit, deeming his inventive body of work "a rarity among his generation" (The New York Times).

Ballet Tech Kids Dance

JUN 9-12

“A New York City treasure” (The New York Times), Ballet Tech Kids Dance returns to the Joyce with a program honoring Ballet Tech Founder Eliot Feld. The troupe will present excerpts from Mr. Feld's Kids Dance classic 23 Skidoo and his audience favorite Hello Fancy!, as well as Kids Dance premieres by Ballet Tech Faculty Members Michael Snipe and Men Ca. Of course, there will be a few surprises that audiences will not want to miss. Kids Dance 2022 will have you dancing right out of your seats!

Paul Taylor Dance Company

JUN 14-19

Long have the dancers of the Paul Taylor Dance Company captivated the world with their athleticism, emotion, and fearlessness. In celebration of the Company's first appearance at The Joyce, Artistic Director Michael Novak has curated three unique programs that highlight groundbreaking early works from the master choreographer's canon, including Events II (1957), Fibers (1960), Aureole (1962), and Tracer (1962). A world premiere by Michelle Manzanales plus a New York premiere by Peter Chu round out these intimate programs, drawing a line from the Company's beginnings to its future.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

JUN 21-26

One of America’s leading flamenco companies, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents the world premiere of FRONTERAS, a new work choreographed by two of flamenco’s most exciting artists, José Maldonado and Karen Lugo. With live accompaniment and an original score by Jose Luis de la Paz, the work asks, “what is stronger: what unites us or what separates us?” Flamenco Vivo’s international cast includes Maldonado, whom The New York Times praised for “bursts of brilliance and uncommon invention,” alongside Lugo in her New York City debut.

Christopher Williams

JUN 28-JUL 3

Hailed for his ”extraordinary feats of visual imagination" (The New York Times), Christopher Williams offers a program of his own original queer versions of legendary ballets from the Ballets Russes era. In Williams's reimagining of Les Sylphides, acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer Taylor Stanley stars as the “Queen of the Sylphs” among a cast of outstanding contemporary dancers, and performs the title role in his new version of Nijinsky’s The Afternoon of a Faun. All works on the program feature signature fantastical costume designs developed with Williams's longtime collaborator Andrew Jordan and lighting by Joe Levasseur.

Black Grace

AUG 2-7

Black Grace brings its distinct style of “exhilarating, seemingly inexhaustible energy” (The New York Times) to the United States again for its international tour of 2022. Founding Artistic Director, Neil Ieremia (ONZM), who “has spread his artistic roots in several rich pasts and grown up and out into a sunlight of his own making”, has curated a program of three distinct works, including a world premiere set to a reimagining of Vivaldi’s Gloria; a piece inspired by renowned Samoan visual artist Fatu Feu’u; through to a new rendition of the iconic work Handgame (1995), which utilizes aspects of traditional fa’ataupati (Samoan slap dance) and sasa (seated dance) to create live body percussion.

Bringing together a company featuring some of New Zealand’s finest contemporary and traditional Pacific dancers, Ieremia will share his unique ability to pack the “raw visceral power of a primal communal rite into a carefully constructed form of rigor and sophistication” (The Boston Globe).

Rennie Harris

AUG 9-14

According to the gospel of hip-hop dance artist Rennie Harris, “movement is how we worship life.” In his latest work, LIFTED, spirituality and movement traditions intertwine. Inspired by the tale of Oliver Twist, this story of a young black man’s healing and redemption through community is told through live gospel music, hip-hop dance theater, and the rich movement history of house dance, celebrating how these traditions hold our histories and strengthen our reawakenings. "A master at using hip-hop vocabulary to both probe and deliver profound pain and profound joy" (The New Yorker), Harris constructs landscapes attuned to the vitality of the human spirit, and the stories that carry us through.

The Sarasota Ballet

AUG 16-21

The Sarasota Ballet returns to The Joyce Theater with a triple bill featuring two ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton and a world premiere by Jessica Lang. Under the Directorship of Iain Webb, The Sarasota Ballet has established itself as not only a company with a diverse and extensive repertoire, but also the main exponent of the choreography of Sir Frederick Ashton.

The company presents Ashton’s 1956 pièce d’occasion Birthday Offering, originally choreographed in celebration of The Royal Ballet’s 25th anniversary, and the once-lost Ashton ballet, Varii Capricci, returning to New York for the first time since its 1983 world premiere.