Association of Performing Arts Presenters
2018 Conference

Friday, January 12
Sunday, January 14

Alvin Ailey American Dance Center - Studio Theatre
405 West 55th Street (at 9th Avenue)

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2018 APAP Performance Schedule:

  - Friday, January 12 2018 -
6:45 pm Mark DeGarmo Dance
7:00 pm JKing Dance Company
7:15 pm Syren Modern Dance
7:30 pm Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre
7:45 pm Artichoke Dance Company
8:30 pm Mark DeGarmo Dance
8:45 pm JKing Dance Company
9:00 pm Syren Modern Dance
9:15 pm Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre

  - Sunday, January 14 2018 -
2:30 pm General Mischief Dance Theatre
2:45 pm The Flute on its Feet/Lawler + Fadoul
3:00 pm The Fourth Wall
3:29 pm The Flute on its Feet/Lawler + Fadoul
3:44 pm General Mischief Dance Theatre
4:13 pm Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
4:42 pm Artichoke Dance Company
5:11 pm Spector Dance

DANCE portfolio information:

Artichoke Dance Company
Barry Butterfield

Arts Activists Who Entertain, Engage and Empower

Artichoke Dance Company is a national leader in creating arts events married with environmental activism. Known for theatrical athleticism and innovative collaborations, partnerships and residencies, Artichoke Dance Company engages audiences and communities around timely contemporary issues in performances and beyond.

Artichoke Dance specializes in creating performances for public spaces such as parks, play grounds, festivals, parades, and even canals, as well as the stage. Our work excites and enthralls wildly diverse audiences, drawing people in and spurring joyful curiosity. Your Planet calls attention to water and Liberate the Earth guides audiences through an environment, highlighting our relationship to and responsibility for the planet.

Our dynamic works for the stage illustrate scientific principles and ecological phenomena, using human movement and spatial design as modeling tools. Overflow depicts the energetic properties of water and the surge patterns of Hurricane Sandy. Plastic People of the Universe poignantly addresses the health hazards of plastics with humor and wit.

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.

Artichoke Dance is more than a performance company, we organize communities, bringing people together to have fun, learn, and take action! From beach clean ups to recycled craft nights, parades to call-ins, our offerings are diverse and far-reaching. We believe that changing the world starts with changing peoples' minds. Our educational arts activism programs incite inquiry, engender transformation, generate growth and produce positive change in individuals and communities. 

Video Links:
Artichoke Dance Company Promotional Reel
Global Water Dances Community Day
Liberate the Earth

Contact Information:
Lynn Neuman
917 627-8770

Friday, January 12, 2018
7:45 pm

Sunday, January 14, 2018
4:42 pm

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B3W Performance Group
photo: Jack Kerville

B3W Performance Group makes social impact art.

B3W Performance Group (B3W) is a social impact arts organization committed to collaboration, reflecting and revealing the world we live in through community-building workshops and multi-disciplinary performances. B3W believes that art has the power to create change in any community. The current focus of the company is The Forgiveness Project - a trilogy of evening length devised intermedia performances with original script by Sarita Covington, musical composition by Daniel Bernard Roumain, movement created collectively by the company, and interactive set design by Eamonn Farrell (who received a Bessie Nomination for his set and projections in Forgiveness Part I). Part I: Forgiving the Personal premiered at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in May 2016. Part II - Forgiveness: Resisting Racism will premiere in Fall 2018/Spring 2019. Part III: Self-Forgiveness will premiere in 2021. “FORGIVENESS - Part I highlights personal accounts from B3W artistic collaborators, in addition to inspiration from the FORGIVENESS Community Workshops implemented globally across six continents and within 11 countries including China, India, Australia, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, Scotland, England, and Denmark; as well as in Michigan, and New York in the United States. Part II digs deeper into the complexities of life experience: this evening length work sheds light on issues relating to racial inequality, racism, and oppression.

Video Links:
Forgiveness 1
Forgiveness 2
Forgiveness 3
Forgiveness 4
Forgiveness 5

Contact Information:
Emily Berry
347 331-6804

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Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre (DT)² Group
photo: Ian Douglas

Highly acclaimed touring NYC contemporary dance company

Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre (DT)² is a Brooklyn-based contemporary company known for its striking blend of theatricality and musicality in formally structured modern dance. Since its debut performances in 2003, (DT)² has garnered much critical acclaim and built an impressive reputation for productions of high level of innovation, sophistication, expert craftsmanship and exceptional level of artistry from its dancers, live musicians, and other designers.

The founder and the artistic director Dušan Týnek has been lauded “an undoubted talent” by the NY Times and other press. Critics and audiences alike have praised his imagination, command of structure, and genuine ability to convey emotion and atmosphere through an original dance vocabulary that naturally bonds classical and modern techniques. 

The company has held home performance seasons at many leading dance venues in NYC including BAM Fisher, the Joyce Theater, and NYLA and has been recognized with many commissioning grants and fellowships and residencies.  The work has garnered consistently exceptional reviews and has been named one of the highlights of the year in the NY Times and Huffington Post.

The company has toured and participated in festivals around the US and in Europe and Russia. 

In addition to stage work, (DT)² has generated a devoted following for its site-specific pieces in museums (e.g. Metropolitan Museum of Art), Skyspaces by James Turrell (Sarasota, FL and Houston, TX) and granite quarries of Cape Ann, MA.

Video Links:
Tethered Light
Romanesco Suite
Camera Illuminata

Contact Information:

Dwayne Linville
718 249-7708

Friday, January 12, 2018
7:30 pm and 9:15 pm

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General Mischief Dance Theatre
photo: Joshua Green

   Playful, accessible, original dance works

General Mischief Dance Theatre is dedicated to reinforcing the power that joy and laughter have in communicating ideas. The company creates dance adventures that are playful, accessible, and often interactive. Their original works combine high-level storytelling with high-quality movement, to remind audiences that dance is both visual and visceral. These works engage audiences emotionally, socially, and physically by providing opportunities for the audience to connect directly with the action both during and after the performance. Mischief is serious about fun.

Based in New York City, the company has been commissioned for a wide range of events locally and nationally ranging from a debut collaboration with sculptor Kevin Reese of SchoolSculptures and composer Donna Viscuso of the VNote Ensemble to a performance with Weird Al Yankovic at Radio City Music Hall. Mischief's work over the last two seasons has focused on developing multidisciplinary collaborations with a wide range of artists, resulting in two distinct touring productions up to 90 minutes in length: Conjunctions (designed primarily for adult audiences) and Up and Away (designed as family programming).  Both productions can include a component of aerial work if the venue permits.

Come discover why the company is renowned for work that is "delightful and a charming experience" (Broadway World) and "guaranteed to brighten your mood!" (Center on the Aisle)

Video Links:
General Mischief highlight reel
Excerpts from "Recreation"
Mischief at RadioCity
Mischief and Dancing Kochari
Suite Shel

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018
2:30 pm and 3:44 pm

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JKing Dance Company(JKDC)/JKDramatiCreations, LLC
photo: Jan La Salle

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

JKing Dance Company, (JKDC), NY, established by Artistic Director Joyce King, is continually advancing in recognition as “…undeniably emotional, unabashedly raw, and most importantly real,” (Jenny Thompson). JKDC’s repertory engages audience’s minds and emotions; delving into delicate topics, personal perceptions, and global events, through the ardor and athleticism of contemporary dance and striking dramatic adaptations. JKDC values imagination and individuality.

An all female ensemble of highly trained artists and differing backgrounds, offers King the canvas for creating works that are theatrical, technical, and intricate. Her choreography is noted as "...multi-nuanced abstract and literal choreographic storytelling, which seek truths that liberate", (Bonnie Rosenstock), and has been presented at over 25 NY venues and 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: NYC Fashion week for Louis Vuitton’s ‘Life is A Journey’ and Style Pointe Fashion and Dance.

JKDC highlights include self-produced seasons at The Ailey Citigroup Theater (2012-2015), APAP Jazz at Lincoln Center-Booking Dance, Gibney, Salvatore Theater, mmac, Brooklyn Dance Festival, The TANK, DIXON Place, NYC Children’s Museum, DUMBO, COOL NY; Touring: IL, MA, NJ, VT; Abroad-HIGH FEST International.

As an educator in NYC, King has taught on faculty for Joffrey Ballet’s professional programs, Steps on Broadway (13 years), 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. She is a recipient of The BUILD grant, and The Field Artist Residency. Awarded Fiscal Sponsorship with The Field in 2010.

Contact Information:
Joyce King
347 451-5393

Friday, January 12, 2018
7:00 pm and 8:45 pm

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Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance

Stunning productions merging dance and climate

A dancer-choreographer from NYC, Jody Sperling is the Founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. She has created 40+ works including many expanding on the legacy of modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller (1862-1928). Considered the preeminent Fuller stylist, Sperling has reimagined the genre for the 21st century, deploying it in the context of contemporary performance forms for herself and her company of six women. She was nominated for a 2017 World Choreography Award for her work on the French feature film “The Dancer” (premiere 2016 Cannes Film Festival) which was inspired by Fuller’s life. 

Years of working in Fuller’s idiom, which involves kinesphere-expanding costumes, has influenced Sperling’s awareness of the body’s relationship with the larger environment. In 2014, she participated in a polar science mission to the Arctic as the first, and to date only, choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker. During the expedition, she danced on sea ice and made the short dance film “Ice Floe.” (winner of a Creative Climate Award). From that experience, Sperling developed the program "Bringing the Arctic Home," a dance-theater work for the company transporting the icescape to the stage and incorporating climate literacy outreach. 

Sperling’s current work focuses on using visual-kinetic narratives to connect choreography and climate science. 

“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, New York Times

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

Video Links:
Ice Flow
Bringing the Arctic Home
Book Of Clouds
The Dancer

Contact Information:
Jody Sperling
917 653-1852

Sunday, January 14, 2018
4:13 pm

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Mark DeGarmo Dance

photo: Leon Anthony James

“Las Fridas” is a transcultural movement installation

Mark DeGarmo Dance is a New York-based transcultural transdisciplinary dance-theater- performance-art company with an international corps of accomplished performers. Passionate and innovative, DeGarmo’s work doesn’t recognize borders, crosses and breaks boundaries among performance forms. His work startles with its emotional immediacy and theatrical images revealing the inner lives of its subjects while resonating viscerally with audience members. New York critics heralded “Las Fridas,” his full evening movement installation inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s life and work as “brilliant” and “mesmerizing.” New York critics and audiences called DeGarmo’s work “fearless,” “not your grandmother’s modern dance.” Audience members noted that his finely crafted, meticulously detailed works “do nothing, while doing everything.”

“Las Fridas: A Movement Installation and Offering” (“Las Fridas”) is a 60-minute 16-section duet. The work’s two parts are “Innocence: The Blue House” and “Experience: Ribbon around a Bomb.” This work evinces a transcultural, transdisciplinary form. In development for six years and dealing with a subject who died 60 years ago, “Las Fridas” is relevant and timely. “Las Fridas” does not recognize boundaries, barriers, borders, and disciplinary walls between dance, theater, visual arts, music, performance art, video, and nationalities. Rather, it meshes them. The work invites audience members to imagine themselves as a multiplicity of “Fridas.” The living installation presents a retablo (a miniature household icon ubiquitous in Latin America). It is an intimate, emotionally charged portrait of a great artist’s internal and external struggles, pain, creative explosions/implosions, and life story.

Currently, three casts perform–female/female, female/male, and male/male. European- and Mexican-American performers encourage multiple Rashomon-like re-interpretations of the actions, images, characters, history, explanations and stories.

Video Link:
Las Fridas” 5 Minute Promo

Contact information:
Jan Hanvik
347 393-4257

Friday, January 12, 2018
6:45 pm and 8:30 pm

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Spector Dance
photo: William Roden

“Ocean Trilogy” is a performance about ocean health.

“Ocean Trilogy” is a multidisciplinary performance piece and educational outreach program inspired by filmed interviews with a wide variety of ocean science experts. Based on a partnership between choreographer Fran Spector Atkins, media artist William Roden, rap artist Baba Brinkman, and scientist Kyra Schlining from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, “Ocean Trilogy” looks at the challenges confronting our ocean and hopeful possibilities from cutting-edge ocean science research. “Ocean Trilogy” weaves together audio sound bites from interviews with scientists, underwater film footage, contemporary classical and rap music, staging elements, and a variety of dance styles including contemporary, ballet, and urban. Science informs us that human activity is resulting in changes to our ocean, a key factor in global climate change. Information from our most respected scientists has become politically controversial and makes Ocean Trilogy particularly timely. As ocean health is compromised, "Ocean Trilogy" is founded on the belief that artists have an opportunity and a responsibility to weigh in, to take part of the broad conversation to raise public awareness. “Ocean Trilogy” will communicate the urgency of the problem on a level that reaches people’s hearts. “Ocean Trilogy” aims to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards!

Contact Information:
Fran Spector Atkins
831 601-8510

Sunday, January 14, 2018
5:11 pm

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Syren Modern Dance

photo: Eric March

"Red and Blue, Bitter and Sweet" Premiere, Gibney Dance

“Red and Blue, Bitter and Sweet” is a dance inspired by Quantum Mechanics. Blending SYREN’s highly physical work with intricate scientific ideas blossoms into a piece that is at once investigative and emotive. The work premiered in 2016 in New York City and was created in collaboration with Physicist and NYU professor Dr. Allen Mincer.  Theories such as entanglement, superposition, and uncertainty principle are explored through a lens of human connection. Two people represent both love and entangled particles, a group of dancers jump and land with rhythmic uncertainty, and a soloist experiences superposition through the experience of being lifted throughout the space while in constant motion by the other dancers.  Investigating the place where science and art connect is at the heart of this work and SYREN’s current Repertory. SYREN Modern Dance believes all people should feel welcome to ponder and learn, even subjects that are scientifically complex. The company aims to awaken curiosity, and to empower everyone to wonder and seek knowledge. “Red and Blue, Bitter and Sweet” involves five dancers and has a running time of thirty minutes. This dance has been performed at Gibney Dance Center, New York University, Yale University, IONA College, University of Rhode Island, The Chapin School, and at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Now in its 15th Season, highlights from SYREN’s history include sharing dance at Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Green Space, Riverside Theatre, Symphony Space, 92ND Street Y, Dance Theater Workshop, Queens Theatre in the Park, St. Mark's Church, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, University Settlement, Ballet Tech, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, Mark Morris Dance Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Cité Universitaire-Paris, Purchase College, Bach Society of Houston, Sacred Music at the Red Door, as well as with schools in Texas, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. 

Video Links:
Red and Blue, Bitter and Sweet
The Art of Fugue

Wayside Sacrament
The Last Of The Leaves

Contact Info:
Lynn Peterson
212 300-7839

Friday, January 12, 2018
7:15 pm and 9:00 pm

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The Flute on its Feet/Lawler + Fadoul

photo: Julia Lemberger

Flute Percussion Dance Theater Artfully Interwoven

The Flute on its Feet/Lawler + Fadoul play their instruments while dancing and acting, weaving poetry and theatre directly into the music, to create a new genre that defies definition, yet never fails to engage and delight audiences.  Dance and story create new entry points for the uninitiated; for experienced audiences, they illuminate the music in profound and moving ways.  At once ground breaking and inviting, sophisticated and invigorating, they offer a new performance standard for the 21st century.

Perfect for adventurous music series, intimate dance venues, forward-thinking universities and innovative multi-arts centers. The Flute on its Feet/Lawler + Fadoul bridge the gaps between new and classic, high art and pop culture, formal and informal.

The Flute on its Feet will showcase “Like Dancing About Architecture”, a one-woman show exploring the relationships between time, space, music, and the structures we build to make sense of the world. Featured is TimeFrame: Luciano Berio’s Sequenza, choreographed by Neil Parsons, in which Lawler plays this complex and compelling work all while dancing in and with a frame on wheels, liberating her to daring feats of balance and speed.

Lawler + Fadoul’s “Clickable: The Art of Persuasion” blurs the line between high and pop culture, sing-along elements merging seamlessly with abstract art and instrumental virtuosity, including lullabies, protest songs, musical settings of dust jacket texts and custom-made commercial jingles. Staged by director Rachel Peake, Clickable deals with timely issues of persuasion and propaganda, self-promotion and social media, and the power of music to create community.

The Flute on its Feet/Lawler + Fadoul studied at Juilliard and Yale, and have performed at the Kennedy Center, the Guggenheim Museum, Merkin Concert Hall, Edmonton Recital Society.  L+F has been awarded a 2017 Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program grant to perform 19 school concerts in Western Massachusetts.

Video Links:
The Flute on its Feet: TimeFrame
The Flute on its Feet: Fantasies, final movement
Lawler + Fadoul: Clickable
Lawler + Fadoul: Gershwin Prelude 1
Lawler + Fadoul: Break It Down Intro
(outreach performance)

Contact Information:
Zara Lawler
812 604-5363

Sunday, January 14, 2018
2:45 pm and 3:29 pm

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The Fourth Wall
photo: Andy Batt

Music that leaps off the stage.

It’s not until someone presents you with classical musicians on synchronized hoverboards that you realized that you needed to see it.” - Edmonton Journal

The Fourth Wall pioneers a new hybrid of the performing arts in which musicians are also dancers and actors. Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, the multi-talented trio commissions new interdisciplinary works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps off the stage.

Few musical ensembles earn top marks for their "deft choreography" (The Wall Street Journal), but this is no ordinary ensemble. Part vaudeville troupe, part dance theatre company, part chamber music group, The Fourth Wall brings an unprecedented physicality to its stellar musicianship.

“Serious music by seriously talented musicians in a show that doesn't take itself seriously at all.” - CBC

“Fruit Flies Like a Banana” is The Fourth Wall's signature variety show, in which the trio performs dozens of short works in an order chosen by the audience. With an array of instruments and circus-style props at the ready, the next moment is as likely to bring Chopin played on fast-moving hoverboards as it is an elegy staged atop elegant rocking “boats” or a tightly-coordinated performance using plastic tubes called boomwhackers. The Fourth Wall employs endlessly inventive choreography to stage uniquely beautiful interpretations of music of our time and to playfully reimagine timeless classics.

Winner of the 2014 Savvy Musician in Action Chamber Competition, the Massachusetts-based ensemble has toured extensively across North America and is a perennial favorite on the Fringe Theatre Festival circuit. “Fruit Flies Like a Banana” made its Off-Broadway debut at the SoHo Playhouse in October 2017.

“This show made me weep, it was so beautiful and fun.” - NUVO

Video Links:
Fruit Flies Like a Banana Preview
Gymnopédie No. 1
Sinfonia Antarctica
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
L'Histoire du Soldat Jouet

Contact Info:
C. Neil Parsons
518 322-6816

Sunday, January 14, 2018
3:00 pm

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