HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARK
César Brodermann and Sebastian Abarbanell
New York-based artists César Brodermann and Sebastian Abarbanell combine elements of dance, film, photography, music, and costume in their collaborative work. Both have previously worked and performed with Gallim Dance/Andrea Miller and Sebastian is currently a member of Sidra Bell Dance New York.
Alice Gosti is an award-winning Italian-American choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator, DJ and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since 2008. Dance Magazine has described Gosti’s work as “unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous."
N E 1 4 Dance
N E 1 4 Dance is a collective, founded by NYC native Michael Greenberg, that explores choreography to the most collaborative extent. Intended to be an explorative workshop, each choreographic work is deeply rooted in the transference of ideas and thoughts passed from member to member. Familiar vocabulary is juxtaposed by outlandish and seemingly out of the ordinary scenery. The created worlds challenge the perception of "normalcy" invite audiences to investigate the relationship between movement and fantasy.
Quilan ‘Cue’ Arnold
Quilan ‘Cue’ Arnold is a Brooklyn-based dance professional with a BA from Penn State University and an MFA from Ohio State University. His work has been showcased internationally with his most recent work presented at Laguardia Performing Arts Center in Queens. Quilan has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadanco, and Rennie Harris's hip-hop companies. Pedagogically, he has served at Towson University (2016-2017), and teaches at Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center.
Melissa Riker/Kinesis Project dance theatre
Kinesis Project dance theatre is a non-profit organization that creates site-specific dance performances and facilitates educational programs. The company, founded and directed by choreographer Melissa Riker, is dedicated to creating large-scale, site-specific, and unexpectedly intimate dance performances.
COMMUNITY DANCE WITH MELISSA RIKER: In Breathing With Strangers, Melissa Riker will guide audiences in a quickly creative, narrative experience on the historic railway ties. The choreographer asks you to consider the quiet of a subway car, music in your ears. Now, think of the best moment you’ve witnessed between New Yorkers. Whether in an audience, on a bus, or in a quick conversation on the street, our time with strangers is how urban lives move forward.
GANTRY PLAZA STATE PARK
House Of Ninja
House of Ninja is a collective of movement artists known for their stellar contributions to the style of Vogue. The house was created in the 1980s by William “Willi Ninja” Leake as a “safe-house” for members of the LGBT+ community. Through the House of Ninja, vogue moved from the underground dance scene to appearances in mainstream media. House of Ninja has had a fruitful history in the ballroom community as well as the entertainment and fashion industries. The House of Ninja is - through dance, music and fashion - designed to educate about ballroom, the LGBT+ community and HIV. We are celebrating the life of our late pioneer Mother Willi Ninja, by always showing up and working it out!
Renegade Performance Group
Renegade Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based dance company founded in 2007 exploring Black artistic aesthetics and expressions through dance theatre, visual performance, and film/media. RPG collaborates with artists of all genres on projects that stretch performance presentation. Our work is designed to engage new audiences to performance, media, and culture. The company was formed as an artistic outlet to foster dialogue compelled by the human experience. Since the company's inception, RPG has performed throughout NYC, domestically, and internationally.
Donofrio Dance Company
Donofrio Dance Company, a contemporary dance company established in 2009 by choreographer Taylor Donofrio, seeks to build work that challenges viewers to examine today’s shifting experience of the present and our understanding of the human experience. DDC’s work builds upon a heightened awareness for how audiences have evolved according to technology’s ability to deliver an immediate, transient experience.
Sarah Chien is a dancer and world traveler who creates improvised works with collaborators from dance, music, circus and theatre. Her work has been shown at BKSD, Center for Performance Research, Triskelion, The Brick, and Chez Bushwick. She has been a company member of Andre Zachery/Renegade Performance Group, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance. Influential training experiences include living in Ecuador, studying at Barnard College, working with Elia Mrak, and practicing qigong with Daria Fain.
Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow
Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow paints site, stage, and screen with color, singular visual imagery, and visceral movement drawn from the quotidian human experience. SE | AE is committed to engaging audiences with performances that approach questions of scale, distance, and gravity, and inviting them to both feel new possibility and see with new eyes. “Elgart has engaged audiences with site-specific projects that have transformed bus terminals, airports, and museums into veritable action paintings”. The Fjord Review, Victoria Looseleaf
Cecilia Fontanesi/Parcon NYC
Cecilia Fontanesi is the co-founder of Parcon NYC, a collective of dancers and movers dedicated to challenging our connection to the environment and social relationships through play, movement, touch, and reflection. Parcon NYC has been practiced and performed in public spaces open and available to everyone. As a collective, Parcon NYC is committed to engaging people across gender, ethnicity, age, and ability.
COMMUNITY DANCE WITH CECILIA FONTANESI: In Space Pillars the audience will be invited to explore the space around the dazzling Pepsi-Cola sign facing the East River. Participants will be encouraged to move in different ways , walking, running, jumping, rolling, and crawling. They will be (literally) in touch with each other and with the sign's pillars, through hands, forearms, heads, shoulders, backs, hips, and feet. Together we will reflect on what it means to be given space, to hold it, and to intersect the space of others.