Digital access to dance June 2020

Charmaine Patricia Warren | 6/18/2020, midnight
Since the pause in April due to COVID-19 which crippled the dance world, many dancers, choreographers and presenters have pledged ...
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in Ulysses Dove's "Vespers." Andrew Eccles

Since the pause in April due to COVID-19 which crippled the dance world, many dancers, choreographers and presenters have pledged to keep dance present. Since April, many venues have turned to digital ways of gathering to support the artists that were programmed into the summer. Performers and some companies have also moved to the virtual platform to share their work. Most online presentations are free, but some ask for financial support. Below, we continue our list of venues, performers and companies that keep their online programming updated, but there are also new additions that include Zoom-inspired performances. Finally, the annual “Drums Along The Hudson” is scheduled for a live event on June 28.

Featured this month is The Dance Union Podcast, developed by hosts J. Bouey and Melanie Greene, Black artists whose mission it is to “…support transparent discourse about a variety of topics including pay inequality, sexual harassment, abuse of power, and tokenism. The Dance Union podcast was born from the need to unify and amplify marginalized voices within the United States dance communities.”  The Dance Union hosted their first ever Zoom Town Hall for Collective Action aimed at “dismantling White Supremacy within Dance Institutions” on June 1st.  Watch the livestream event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2roJLe4AOv0  A follow up: (Part 2 - Responses) happened on June 15, 2020. Get access here: https://www.facebook.com/TheDanceUnion/

STILL GOING (VENUES):

Abrons Arts Center is streaming full-length performances from past seasons. Get access here: https://vimeo.com/abronsartsctr

All Arts, a streaming site through WNET, the partner company of New York’s PBS, offers a mix of dance and other events. Get access here: https://allarts.org/genre/dance/

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is offering “Ailey All Access” featuring a weekly series that broadcasts full-length works from their expansive repertory, Ailey Extension dance and fitness classes, original short films created by the Ailey dancers and more. Get access here: https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/ailey-all-access

The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance’s “Virtually BAAD!” series aims to re-imagine programming and have charged artists to present work on a virtual platform so audiences can experience it on their computers or phones. Get access here: http://www.baadbronx.org/virtually-baad-.html

Baryshnikov Art Center is offering “PlayBAC” featuring a weekly video series from their 15-year archive of live performances and so much more. Get access here:

https://bacnyc.org/performances/performance/playbac

The Chocolate Factory is sharing full performances of past presentations on their website. Get access here: www.chocolatefactorytheater.org

The Guggenheim is offering “Works & Process,” a series that takes a new look online, giving access to past presentations in the Rotunda and new virtual commissions created at home by artists. Get access here: https://www.guggenheim.org/event/event_series/works-process

At the Invisible Dog, choreographer/director Raja Feather Kelly has curated and produced a Pride Music Video Festival where 10 artists will premiere 10 videos along with interviews released each weekend in June. Get access here: https://www.theinvisibledog.org/

The Joyce Theatre’s “Bring Dance Home” and their “JoyceStream” invites audiences to view their “…selection of international and homegrown performances available for streaming. After you tune in to the show, join our Artist Talkback, a discussion series bringing choreographers and collaborators together to share more about their creative processes, moderated by Joyce staff,” according to the release. Get access here: https://www.joyce.org/engage/joycestream

LaMama partners with CultureHub for livestream events of select productions on Howlround Theatre Commons. Get access here: http://lamama.org/livestreams/

New York Live Arts is sharing “(RE) Live Arts Streaming” featuring a new batch of content from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s Live Arts archives every Thursday. Get access here: https://newyorklivearts.org/programs/streaming/

2020 LIVE EVENT:

June 28––The 18th annual Drums Along The Hudson: A Native American Festival and Multicultural Celebration which features Manhattan’s only open air pow wow is set to happen in Upper Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park. This free event is presented by Lotus Music & Dance in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, sponsored in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council. This celebratory gathering of Native American people will be led by Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers with Host Drums Heyna Second Sons and Silver Cloud. The co-hosts will be Sandra Bookman and Patrick Riley. For more information visit www.drumsalongthehudson.org