As I write this, the Company and I are getting ready to embark on another new stage in our creative journey. After eight wonderful years as Company in Residence at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, we are closing that chapter of our lives in quest of new partnerships, transitions and explorations. Moving out of 92Y gives us a different freedom to create in new and unfamiliar spaces, which always unleashes my imagination in unexpected and vibrant ways.
As we move forward, now more than ever, we need your help. We are just $5,000 shy of our goal for this year, and your donation before June 30th can set the stage for the coming year. Your gift of $25 or more will support us as we launch the 2015-2016 season – our 29th year – with a premiere, a dynamic touring program and a new creative project.
In the next few weeks, we are readying my newest work, ReComposed, a dance inspired by the pastels of American abstract expressionist Joan Mitchell, for its premiere at the American Dance Festival next month. I can actually see my dances in Mitchell’s extraordinary work, as if the line, form and color of her drawings had fallen out of my own creative imaginings. With ReComposed, the visual component will be paramount as we attempt to build a moving canvas of color and texture. My main collaborator on the project will be lighting designer Robert Wierzel (who created the lighting design for Lux in 2006), who will work with state of the art lighting instruments to give ReComposed the look of a painting come to life.
You can help fulfill my vision for this dance, as I've been imagining it from its inception. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation before June 30th!
ReComposed also serves as the vehicle for a new touring element that we’re piloting this year, known as Immersive Engagements. Beyond the performances of this work on tour, we are partnering with museums and galleries across the US, bringing the Company’s immensely popular outreach programs directly into their venues and allowing a fertile dialogue about the creative process to unfold in both visual and visceral ways.
With your gift of $25 or more, we will be poised to end our year successfully. Please consider donating today as we embark on the next steps of our journey. You can make donations online here or by sending a check to us at 260 West Broadway, Suite 4 New York, NY 10013.
We work hard to create a community that celebrates dance beyond the studio and stage, and I’ve always thought of this Company as a family of artists and friends. You are all a very vital part of that community. Thank you, as always, for your generous support. I look forward to seeing you in the studio and the theater in the coming year.