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June 24, 2016

Victory Dance: The Companies of Program A


Every summer, The New Victory Theater celebrates our #LoveofDance with Victory Dance, an explosion of movement, art and learning. New York City-based choreographers come together to perform for the public as well as for New York City summer camps, schools, and youth programs. Later on this month, we’ll take a look at the exciting details of our Victory Dance educational program. But first, we’re highlighting each and every talented company coming to grace the New Vic stage this summer! 

Kicking off this series are the companies performing in Program A.
 
doug elkins choreography, etc.

Who Are They?
Founded in 2006 by Doug Elkins, their mission is “to make dances that are simultaneously complex and decipherable.” Elkins began his career touring the globe as a b-boy with breakdance groups like Magnificent Force! Doug Elkins is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award winner and a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Creative Arts Fellow.
 
doug elkins choreography
Photo: Christopher Dussan
What Will You See? 
If you were expecting a pure b-boy style from Elkins, you’re in for a surprise! Their piece, Hapless Bizarre, is comprised of a company of six dancers, actors and clowns coming together to explore the sharp intersections between physical comedy, choreography, flirtation and romance.
 
Big Dance Theater

Who Are They?
A Brooklyn-based dance company, Big Dance Theater “is known for its inspired use of dance, music, text and visual design.” Their work in multi-dimensional dance started in 1991 and has been running under the artistic leadership of Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar. They have interpreted literary geniuses such as Twain, Tanizaki, Wellman, Euripides and Flaubert through the theatricality of dance. In 2002 and 2010, Big Dance Theater received New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. Big Dance earned an Obie in 2000 and the first ever Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in 2007.
 
Big Dance Theater
Photo: Liz Lynch
What Will You See?
Big Dance Theater will be presenting both Short Ride Out (3) and Resplendent Shimmering Topaz Waterfall, a piece based on a page from Costume En Face, notations of work by Tatsumi Hijikata transcribed by his disciples.

When Did Big Dance Theater’s Co-Artistic Director Annie-B Parson’s #LoveofDance Start?
"My #LoveOfDance began when I was little and my father would take me to see the ballet whenever it came to town. Because he was a fan, we would go every night so we could see the entire repertory. Our seats were always at the top of the opera house; it was even a little scary to get to them because it was so steep.  We sat so high up, that I thought the dancers were little pieces in a kaleidoscope. It was a long time before I realized they were people, and not shapes and colors."
 
David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group

Who Are They?
David Neumann/advanced beginner group believes in making engrossing dances from nothing while highlighting the world’s contradictory nature. Two-time New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award-winners, they layer many disciplines to create complex, humorous works. Fascinated with the question of "how to make a dance" Neumann strives to create distinct pieces while letting the audience watch with a sense of freedom and discovery. 
 
advanced beginner group
Photo: Susan Cook
What Will You See?
Tough the Tough (Redux Steve) premiered as a group piece in 2006 at Danspace Project in NYC. It’s been adapted into a solo performance accompanied by Bunraku style puppetry. 
 
 

 
New Victory Thumb Interested in inspiring a #LoveofDance in your family? Make sure to check out Victory Dance this summer!
 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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