This summer, on Friday evenings from June 16-July 14, Bryant Park will showcase a series of performances highlighting fresh, original and innovative artists in the contemporary dance realm. The modern dance performances are curated by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, and ballet by Donna Salgado.
The two styles will alternate each week, beginning with an evening of ballet on Friday, June 16, with performances by David Fernandez’s Some Dance Company, Da’Von Doane and Artists of the Shift, Bennyroyce Dance and more. Other companies featured throughout the month include HopeBoykinDance, The Ashley Bouder Project, Limón Dance Company, CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Kate Weare Company and more. A full schedule is below. Performances are free, open to the public and run 6-8pm.
“There’s a rich community of artists in New York who are so dedicated to their craft, and I want to give them exposure in this beautiful space in the center of the dance capital of the world,” Salgado says.
On how ballet can be contemporary, she adds, “Indie ballet makers are creative, risk-taking and inherently contemporary by taking things into their own hands and creating works that reflect the world today.”
June 16: Ballet
David Fernandez’s Some Dance Company, Gabrielle Lamb’s Pigeonwing Dance, Da’ Von Doane & Artists of the Shift, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, and Bennyroyce Dance
June 23: Modern
HopeBoykinDance, KineticArchitecture Dance, Bryn Cohn + Artists and LaGuardia Dance Ensemble
June 30: Ballet
The Ashley Bouder Project, CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet, Island Moving Company and Thomas/Ortiz Dance
July 7: Modern
Limón Dance Company, The Moving Architects, Black Boys Dance Too, and Harlem School of the Arts Dance Ensemble and Junior Dance Ensemble
July 14: Modern
Kate Weare Company, Now Dance, Monteleone Dance, and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts Dance
Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park in New York City. The midtown Manhattan park is visited by more than six million people each year and is one of the busiest public spaces in the world.
For more information on Bryant Park Presents: Contemporary Dance, visit bryantpark.org/programs/contemporary_dance.