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Juilliard presents New Dances: Edition 2023 with four world premieres

Juilliard's 'New Dances'. Photo courtesy of Juilliard.
Juilliard's 'New Dances'. Photo courtesy of Juilliard.

Juilliard presents New Dances: Edition 2023, the cornerstone of Juilliard Dance’s fall season, from December 6-10. The annual program features the world premieres of works by four preeminent choreographers: Lauren Lovette, Hope Boykin, Raja Feather Kelly and Omar Román De Jesús. Each has created original pieces for each undergraduate dance class set to music by living composers including Philip Glass (Diploma ’60, MS ’62, composition) and student Alberta Khoury (BM ’18, MM ’19, guitar), performed live by Juilliard music students and alumni. New Dances: Edition 2023 celebrates an amalgamation of contemporary creative voices in dance and music and provides students with the unique opportunity to work and collaborate directly with today’s leading artists.

“It’s always exciting to see how the choreographers work with the students to bring their ideas into fruition,” Juilliard Dance Dean and Director Alicia Graf Mack said. “The diversity of our dancers’ skills allows the choreographers to step into the space and really tap into their imaginations.”

This ambitious program represents a range of movement, styles, and ideas. Choreographers include former New York City Ballet principal dancer and Paul Taylor resident choreographer Lovette; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater alum, educator and choreographer Boykin; Juilliard Arnhold Creative Associate and founder of the feath3r theory Kelly; and 2023 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award winner and artistic director of Boca Tuya, De Jesús. All have presented major new works with leading companies and at performance venues across New York or received distinguished awards throughout 2023.

The four new works also highlight new and recent music by composers working today, including a Juilliard student and an alum. Lovette’s Pangaea Calling (first-year class) features music by Juilliard guitar doctoral student Alberta Khoury. Boykin’s I Dare … You. (second-year class) is set to music by Terence Blanchard as part of Lincoln Center’s year-long, campus-wide celebration of the composer. Kelly set his MUD | LOTUS (third-year class) to “Fanfare for the Unimpressed” and “Ecstatic Science” by Missy Mazzoli coached by Arnhold Creative Associate at Large Nadia Sirota (BM ’04, MM ’06, viola; Academy ’08); and Omar Román De Jesús’ EROICA (fourth-year class) features Etudes for Solo Piano, Book 2: Etude No. 15 and “Wichita Vortex Sutra” by Juilliard Alum Philip Glass. The full program celebrates interdisciplinary creative exchange, exploration, and mentorship by bringing together Juilliard dancers and musicians with these distinguished choreographers and composers.

New Dances: Edition 2023 will also offer Juilliard’s first relaxed performance with a special presentation on December 8, at 11am. A relaxed performance is one that anybody can attend but that has been specifically designed for people with autism or sensory, communication, or learning difficulties along with neurodivergent patrons as well as families with small children. The first two of the four world-premiere works — by choreographers Lovette and Boykin — will be presented during the New Dances relaxed performance.

Performances of New Dances: Edition 2023 take place in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater from December 6-10, with two performances on December 9. The performance on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm will be livestreamed at www.juilliard.edu/event/163306/new-dances-edition-2023 via Juilliard LIVE, the school’s new, free digital platform that provides access to both performance livestreams and a curated selection of programming from the music, dance, drama, and preparatory divisions. Juilliard LIVE is available on a web browser or on a TV, tablet or smartphone through the Apple iOS, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV apps; Android and AndroidTV are coming soon.

Tickets are $30 and $17.50 (members) and can be purchased online or at the Juilliard box office.

For tickets and further information, visit www.juilliard.edu/event/163281/new-dances-edition-2023.

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