Joyce Theater

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
FEBRUARY 18-MARCH 4

Continuing its 35th anniversary celebration, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE returns to The Joyce with a bill of the company’s most iconic solos and duets, seamlessly blending contemporary, African, Caribbean, and social dance forms. An excerpt from the now-classic "Grace," originally choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, headlines an evening that also includes "Mercy," originally commissioned by The Joyce and Fisher Center at Bard; "For You," a tribute to the late American Dance Festival co-founder Stephanie Reinhart; "She Is Here," a solo work that celebrates the self-determination and perseverance of mothers and teachers; “Palo y Machete,” a solo excerpt from "One Shot"; and "March," an extraordinary duet set to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Israel Galván

Israel Galván
"Maestro de Barra"
MARCH 25-APRIL 7

While theatres remain closed, world-renowned flamenco artist Israel Galván has turned his attention from the structure of formal presentation to the more spontaneous music and dance culture found in cafes and bars around the world. In his newest work, "Maestro de Barra," Galván “hears” the air of these public spaces, using their internal rhythms and silences as his score. With his trademark lightning-fast and passion-fueled dance, he proves that any sound can be translated into movement and anything a person hears can provide the unique soundtrack to “seguir bailando,” or keep on dancing.

Step Afrika!

Step Afrika!
"STONO"
APRIL 1-14

The first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, Step Afrika! honors the spirit of resistance and activism of their enslaved ancestors in "STONO." Although ultimately suppressed, the Stono Rebellion of 1739 was an extraordinary act of rebellion and the largest insurrection of enslaved African Americans in North America. Using their unique blend of percussive, traditional African, and contemporary dance, Step Afrika! ensures that this little-known yet history-altering movement is recognized for its transformation of African American life and culture.

Ephrat Asherie Dance

Ephrat Asherie Dance
"Odeon"
APRIL 15-28

Choreographer Ephrat Asherie brings a high-energy, hybrid work that layers breaking, hip-hop, house, and vogue. In their second collaboration together, the choreographer teams up with her brother, jazz pianist Ehud Asherie. In a command encore performance of "Odeon," the duo reimagines signature compositions of 20th-century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, noted for melding classical music with Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Featuring a group of dynamic dancers accompanied by live music, "Odeon" creates an entirely original world.

Trisha Brown Dance Company

Trisha Brown Dance Company
APRIL 29-MAY 12

Returning to The Joyce’s virtual stage in 2021, the Trisha Brown Dance Company presents a digital program featuring works from Brown’s initial explorations with movement invention. Featuring an encore presentation of the 2017 Joyce performance of "Geometry of Quiet" (2002), the program will also include newly recorded performances of "Locus Trio" (1980), "Watermotor" (1978) and "The Decoy Project"—a unique arrangement of "Glacial Decoy" (1979) for video that incorporates guest artists from the New York dance community.

Limón Dance Company

Limón Dance Company
MAY 6-19

Founded in 1946 by José Limón and Doris Humphrey, Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American modern dance since its inception. The company continues to honor the legacy of its co-founder with revivals of his works—this digital program featuring "The Moor’s Pavane" (1949) and "There Is a Time" (1956)—while also continuing to break new ground in dance. Their 2020 co-commission from American Dance Festival, Chafin Seymour’s "Suite Donuts," rounds out their 2021 Joyce digital season.

Stephen Petronio Company

Stephen Petronio Company
MAY 13-26

Stephen Petronio Company is proud to present five dance works newly created or reimagined in the wake of the global pandemic. All works were filmed on site at the Petronio Residency Center and Hudson Hall in upstate New York. These works express a longing for human connection and highlight the unique ways a body in motion can transcend our current moment. The program features two versions of a new duet, "Are You Lonesome Tonight," and a Petronio solo from 1993 titled "Love Me Tender," all set to the homonymous songs performed by Elvis Presley. Petronio will also debut a new work-in-progress, "New Prayer For Now," with music by Monstah Black. Completing the program is Trisha Brown’s 1973 work, "Group Primary Accumulation," which marks the 12th restaged work of Bloodlines, an autobiographical project honoring the lineage of American postmodern dance.

Tap Family Reunion

Tap Family Reunion
"The Mayor of Harlem"
Dormeshia, Jason Samuels Smith, and Derick K. Grant
May 21-25

The unmatched trio of tap titans—Dormeshia, Jason Samuels Smith, and Derick K. Grant—come together once more to present the 4th annual Tap Family Reunion featuring the original production: "The Mayor of Harlem." A simultaneous celebration of National Tap Dance Day and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday, these undisputed modern masters of tap collaborate once more to celebrate the cultural history of tap dance and invite the next generation of artists to carry their heritage into the future. 

Batsheva Dance Company

Batsheva Dance Company
"YAG"
MAY 27-JUNE 2

In "YAG," Batsheva’s first production adapted especially for the screen, Ohad Naharin uses cinematic language to communicate his work both as director and choreographer. The disappearance of the stage, now replaced by the cinematic frame, creates a direct encounter with the dancers. In collaboration with video artist Roee Shalti, the cast of six dancers convey a love of dancing, longing, and transformation of emotions into pure movement in this intimate, impactful hybrid work.

RUBBERBAND

RUBBERBAND
"Vic’s Mix"
JUNE 3-16

In this “best-of” remix of his own work, RUBBERBAND founder and choreographer Victor Quijada reflects on the immense creative territory explored during the company’s nearly 20-year history. "Vic’s Mix" orchestrates the clash between urban pop and classical composition, delving further into Quijada’s experiments in defying notions of theatricality and audience expectations through a reimagining of his own repertoire, all embodied by the signature athleticism of RUBBERBAND’s dancers.

Ballez

Ballez
"Giselle of Loneliness"
JUNE 10-23

Ballez reinvents the classical ballet canon with storytelling that champions the expression of queer, lesbian, transgender, and gender-nonconforming identities within ballet. "Giselle of Loneliness," inspired by the tragic, romantic story-ballet "Giselle," dives into themes of despair and madness. This reimagining of a classic tale reveals the experience of dancers tortured by ballet itself, and asks, “What parts of ourselves do we have to give up in order to belong in ballet, and how do audiences participate in this demand?”