Association of Performing Arts Presenters
2017 Conference

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
248 West 60th Street

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2017 APAP Performance Schedule:

Sunday, January 8, 2017
5.58 pm General Mischief Dance Theatre
6:12 pm Artichoke Dance Company
6:26 pm TOSS
6:40 pm JKing Dance Company/Joyce King
6:54 pm Kinesis Project dance theatre
7:08 pm Zullo/Raw Movement
7:40 pm General Mischief Dance Theatre
7:54 pm B3W Performance Group
8:22 pm Artichoke Dance Company
8:36 pm TOSS
8:50 pm JKing Dance Company/Joyce King
9:04 pm Kinesis Project Dance theatre
9:18 pm Zullo/Raw Movement
9:30 pm Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance

DANCE portfolio information:

Artichoke Dance Company
Stephen De Las Heras

Artichoke Dance is action on stage and in communities

Known for humorous theatrical athleticism and innovative collaborations, partnerships and residencies, Artichoke Dance Company engages audiences and communities around timely contemporary issues in performances and beyond. The company’s dynamic works for the stage often illustrate scientific principles and ecological phenomena, using human movement and spatial design as modeling tools. Overflow, for example, depicts the energetic properties of water and the surge patterns of Hurricane Sandy. The dances also present images of collective action to inspire solidarity.

We’re “brave, musical, and inclined to gamble” proclaimed New York’s Village Voice. Our “beautifully choreographed movement – has the power to grab you” declares Eye on Dance.

Since 1995, the company has toured nationally and internationally and held 17 New York seasons. In addition to full-length performances, Artichoke Dance offers school shows, community engagement programs, workshops and master classes, Ted-style talks and discussions. We provide curricular materials for schools as well as seasoned teaching artists. We specialize in community-based programs focusing on local environmental issues. Examples include coalescing local movers for a participatory performance along Biscayne Bay addressing local water rights issues, and dance and drumming performances at beaches accompanying coastal clean up efforts addressing plastic pollution in the oceans. Large scale upcycling projects have gathered communities to create sets and costumes from materials including plastic six-pack holders and plastic bags.

Our local community engagement programs include: Performing Partnerships, a youth program using partnering to develop trust, respect and community as well as physical skills, the Integrative Performance Project, bringing community members from all walks of life into the creation process, and Senior Arts in Action, invigorating body, mind, and spirit.

Video Links:
Artichoke Dance Company Promotional Reel
From Behind the Caravan

Contact Information:
Callen Gosselin
917 627-8770

Sunday, January 8, 2017
6:12 pm, 8:22 pm
Additionally showcasing Friday, January 6 at 7:12pm and 7:45pm at Shelter Studios, 244 West 54th Street, Penthouse level

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B3W Performance Group

photo: Jack Kerville

B3W Performance Group makes social impact art.

Through devised intermedia performance, FORGIVENESS – Part I: Forgiving the Personal presents experiences of forgiveness through storytelling alongside consequences of when one cannot forgive.

Video Links:
-  Part I: Forgiving the Personal: Sarita's Father's Story

Needles into Silencing
"Sara's Stuff"
Performance Reel

Contact Information:
Emily Berry
347 331-6804

Sunday, January 8, 2017
7:54 pm

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General Mischief Dance Theatre
Joshua Green

General Mischief is serious about fun.

Celebrate the power of joy and laughter in communicating ideas! General Mischief’s playful works charm both new and existing dance audiences. The company is renowned for creating accessible works that include opportunities for the audience to connect directly with the action before, during, and after the show. These include the visually compelling Recreation featuring a 20-foot mobile sculpture by Kevin Reese. This new collaboration is “one-of-a-kind...Guaranteed to brighten your mood as the colorful mobile materializes before your very eyes. Don’t miss it!" [Center on the Aisle] 

The company’s incredible 2016 season saw the Mischiefs performing full-length productions, completing numerous festival commissions, teaching workshops, and moonlighting as dancers for Weird Al Yankovic at Radio City Music Hall. Brand new dances and repertory works are ready to tour in the 2017 season. Mischief is serious about fun. One adventure with this company is enough to understand how their original dance works engage audiences emotionally, socially, and physically – what BroadwayWorld declared “clever and spot-on….delightful and a charming experience.

Video Links:
Welcome to the Mischief
2016 Mischief Reel
Eastern West Trailer 2

Contact Information:
Emily Vartanian/Mia DiChiaro
(212) 714-4694

Sunday, January 8, 2017
5.58 pm, 7:40 pm
Additionally showcasing Friday, January 6 7:00pm and 7:28pm at Shelter Studios, 244 West 54th Street, Penthouse level.

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JKing Dance Company/Joyce King
Photo: Jaqi Medlock

‘...undeniably emotional, unabashedly raw, & most importantly real’

JKing Dance Company, (JKDC), NY based, is increasingly advancing in recognition as ‘ ...undeniably emotional, unabashedly raw, and most importantly real,”(Jenny Thompson). Artistic Director, Joyce King’s choreography delves into delicate topics, personal perceptions, and global events, through the ardor and athleticism of contemporary dance, striking dramatic adaptations and the use of props. JKDC, an all female ensemble, received Fiscal Sponsorship with The Field in 2010. They have presented at over 25 NY venues - Highlights include: Jazz at Lincoln Center - Booking Dance, Gibney, Salvatore Theater, mmac, Brooklyn Dance Festival, DIXON Place/NYC10 -(Top Audience Pick), NYC Children’s Museum of Art, Tribute to ‘Luigi’, DUMBO, COOL NY, with additional touring in Illinois, Massachusetts, NJ and VT; and their international debut at HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival -Armenia. King’s choreography, noted as ‘multi-nuanced abstract and literal choreographic storytelling, which seek truths that liberate’ (Bonnie Rosenstock), has been commissioned for special performances at Florence Gould Hall, Symphony Space, DNA, Pinkerton Theater, Palace Theater, Dansstage Dance Festival, Auditorio Nacional and Teatero Eugene O’Neil Theaters -Costa Rica. Commercially at NYC Fashion week for Louis Vuitton’s ‘Life is A Journey’ and Style Pointe Fashion and Dance. King has self-produced four JKDC seasons at The Ailey Citigroup Theater - The Joan Weill Center for Dance in 2012 - 2015. She is the recipient of The BUILD grant, and The Field Artist residency. As an educator in NYC, King is on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet’s professional trainee program, 13 years at Steps on Broadway, and guest faculty at BDC. Internationally she has taught master classes and workshops in Costa Rica, Japan, Paris, Belgium, Armenia and nationally throughout the U.S. King has also served on the panel of adjudicators for choreographic showcases and audition workshops.

Video Links:
Video 1
Video 2

Contact Information:
Joyce King


Sunday, January 8, 2017
6:40 pm, 8:50 pm

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Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
photo: Steve Soblick

Stunning productions merging dance and climate

Time Lapse Dance (TLD), founded by dancer-choreographer Jody Sperling, presents visually-arresting productions fusing movement, music, costuming and lighting. Following Sperling's journey to the Arctic, as the first choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard ice-breaker, the company's programs focus on merging choreography and climate science. Sperling’s signature style draws inspiration from early dance-technologist Loie Fuller. Internationally-acclaimed as the leading Fuller stylist (she choreographed “La Danseuse,” the feature film inspired by Fuller’s life), Sperling has pushed the genre into new directions. In doing so, Sperling has forged a novel and captivating technique for herself and the company’s six women dancers that distills the essence of climatic forces on stage.

Since inception in 2000, TLD has presented annual seasons in its homebase of NYC. Along with performances, the company offers community engagement programs, school and family shows, lectures and masterclasses. TLD has been in residence at many colleges and universities including, The Ailey School, Brenau University, Hunter College, Wesleyan, Vassar College, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Hofstra University, DeSales University, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Bloomfield College, University of Nebraska, University of Wyoming, and Marlboro College. The work has been presented in the US, Bahrain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia and the UK. Combining visual delight and kinetic spectacle, TLD engages audiences across generations and the globe.

“You think equally of nature and art: Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings, the luminous trajectories of jelly fish, George Balanchine’s ‘Vienna Waltzes,’ a chrysalis morphing rapidly into a butterfly.”
– Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times

“A choreographer whose integrity is clear from the first moments her dancers take the stage.”
– Natalie Axton, Hyperallergic

Video Links:
Video 1
Video 2

Contact Information:
Jody Sperling
Artistic Director

Sunday, January 8, 2017
9:30 pm

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Kinesis Project dance theatre

photo: Jonathan Cajas

Kinesis Project creates large-scale out-door dances.

Kinesis Project, lead by choreographer Melissa Riker, is pushing the boundaries of what changes space, and people, by placing movement and stillness in unusual and inspiring places. Riker creates detailed, fierce, layered, choreography. The New York Times called her work “...comically acrobatic, gracefully classical... visually arresting.” Riker and Kinesis Project are growing in notoriety for performances that are large-scale, space-changing, breath-taking experiences. Just in summer 2016 the company was seen performing on a rooftop, in Riverside Park and along the beach front. From a bright orange, 110 foot long, 32 foot-wide costume piece finale, to placing a performance in and around the broken and painted buildings of Fort Tilden in Gateway National Park the company lives up to Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s assessment: Kinesis Project is a “movable feast in more ways than one.” Audiences have said the dances invite the viewer “to experience the space in a way I never imagined.” and “helped me open my eyes after a long day of thinking.”

Purposely placing high level art in public space, Kinesis Project is at the forefront of the conversation that breaks the divide between audience and performance.

Currently available to tour to intriguing outdoor spaces are Secrets and Seawalls a collaboration with architect Lee. H. Skolnick and In Persistence of Memory, a collaboration with visual artist Celeste Cooning.

Video Link:
Secrets and Seawalls

Contact information:
Melissa Riker

Sunday, January 8, 2017
6.40 pm, 9:04 pm

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photo: Peter Wiley

A comedic romp in consumerism and compromised relationships

Your stuff, my stuff, more stuff, Die Stuff! Endless packaging, for convenience, for appearances, for a false sense of protection. And don’t we just throw most of it away? Mindless waste impacts how we treat each other. TOSS tackles this and more with tongue-in-cheek humor and sharp satirical wit. This theatrical evening-length work incorporates music, movement, dialogue, rap, visual projections, audience responses, and thousands of wayward plastic bags. Audiences roll out of their seats with laugher as they see themselves in the wasteful antics of the performers. Biting confessions of faults, revealing of failing relationships and ulterior motives, and the search to create the perfect show interweave to create an ironic comedy on consumerism and waste.

TOSS is created by Lynn Neuman with the support of a Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts. TOSS conversations and workshops are taking place in communities across North America including The Alberta College of Art and Design, Chautauqua Institution, Gibney Dance, and SUNY Fredonia with additional residencies at the Ucross Foundation. The work premieres in Fall 2017 and can come to you soon after.

Video Link:

Contact Information:
Lynn Neuman

Sunday, January 8, 2017
6:26 pm, 8:36 pm

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Zullo/Raw Movement

"Zullo awakens all of the senses through the experiential nature of The Architecture of Proximity.”

Zullo/RawMovement creates performance experiences using movement, architecture, sound, light and new media to create whole environments exploring concepts drawn from cultural and psychological points of interest leading into forms of experimentation. RawMovement shares these dances in the hopes of eliciting an emotional response to a movement-based experience in both traditional and non-traditional performance settings and environments expanding the boundaries of where and how performances are experienced. Using both set choreography and structured improvisation performance works are created and shared with as wide and diverse an audience as possible.

Zullo/RawMovement is a 2017 recipient of the CUNY Dance Initiative residency for the creation of the new evening length work “Liable to Change.” The new work will explore how architecture influences how a performance is experienced. Two separate performance worlds will unfold simultaneously separated by a physical structure. One work will occur on the main performance space and another in a separate space beyond what is visible in a more intimate space. The larger work will explore ideas of impermanence, chaos, simplicity and complexity through structural movement utilizing variation and logic. The intimate work will delve into the transformative experience revealing that which is hidden and the order and logic behind what is apparent utilizing movement, text, sound light and video projection. 

Video Links:
The Architecture of Proximity
The Architecture of Proximity, Audience Reaction

Contact Information:
John J. Zullo

Sunday, January 8, 2017
7:08 pm, 9:18 pm

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