Hudson River Dance Festival
Subway & Bus Lines
A,C,E at 34 St.
Pier 63 Lawn Bowl at W 23 St.
June 6 & 7
Hudson River Park and The Joyce Theater are proud to bring you the fifth annual Hudson River Dance Festival, bringing five of today’s most exciting companies together for two spectacular shows. Presented by SHS Foundation, this year’s festival celebrates the vibrant and diverse voices and styles our city has to offer, set against the backdrop of the Hudson River sunset. Free for all!
Presented by SHS Foundation
In association with The Joyce Theatre Foundation, Inc.
Dormeshia is a two-time Bessie Award, Princess Grace Statue Award and Astaire Award winner for Best Female Performer in Broadway’s After Midnight. Additional Broadway credits include “Black and Blue” and “Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk”. Dormeshia was integral to Noise/Funk’s International Tour as dance captain and lead principal, and performed as special guest for Grammy artist Fantasia, as well as International Jazz Day with Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Film credits include “TAP” with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled”, and “The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang”. Choreography credits include Michael Jackson’s “Rock My World”, The Cotton Club’s Sophisticated Ladies, The Blues Project, And Still You Must Swing. Dormeshia is a long-standing spokesperson for Capezio Tap shoes, and one of the directors of the Bi-annual Jacobs Pillow Tap Program. With over 30 years touring the world, she also spent 11 years as Michael Jackson’s tap instructor.
Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen worldwide, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. The ensemble performs in smaller venues with more modest budgets than the larger Paul Taylor Dance Company. Engagements are customized to meet the needs of each community and often consist of master classes and lecture demonstrations in addition to performances, which may take place in such non-traditional venues as office buildings, parks and public plazas as well as theaters. Its repertoire includes large-scale Taylor classics that have been reworked for the smaller troupe.
DOUG ELKINS CHOREOGRAPHY, ETC.
doug elkins choreography, etc. was established in summer 2009 as a way to brand independent dance, theater, and teaching projects for Doug Elkins. The umbrella has allowed for the creation of award-winning works including Fräulein Maria, a loving deconstruction of The Sound of Music (co-directed by Barbara Karger and Michael Preston); Mo(or)town/Redux, a movement conversation with Shakespeare’s Othello and Jose Limon’s seminal The Moor’s Pavane set to a Motown-inspired score; and Hapless Bizarre, a 2013 National Dance Project selection. The original Doug Elkins Dance Company debuted at Dance Theater Workshop's 11 O'Clock News series in 1988 and disbanded after 15 years of national and international touring.
Ballet Hispánico, America’s leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground. The organization’s founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all drives its programs. Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.
CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS
Founded in 2006, Camille A. Brown & Dancers is a Bessie Award-winning, NYC-based dance company that soars through history like a whirlwind. Recognized for an introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues, the work contains high theatricality, gutsy moves, and virtuosic musicality, connecting excavations of ancestral stories and history with contemporary culture.