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This outdoor, socially distanced event will a feature a digital/live hybrid performance of Sarah Chien’s A Year Without Studios, a new work-in-progress from Dual Rivet (Chelsea Ainsworth and Jess Smith) that will be a part of the 2021–2022 season, Jamal Jackson’s 846, a nine-dancer ensemble piece that is a response to the murder of George Floyd, and Amber Sloan’s Yma Dream, a collaborative work created with and performed by Sy Lu. Four films/digital works that premiered as part of The DANCE NOW Story will also be presented, including Jasmine Hearn’s a l o n g s i d e, a collaborative work between Hearn and 15 dance artists, Alice Sheppard’s The Marvelous Ones Live Here, which will be presented in a fully accessible format, Nicole Vaughn-Diaz’s Folie a Deux, and Maleek Washington’s Staying Home.

For $30.00, you’ll receive a seated viewing of one performance and a guaranteed seat indoors in the event of inclement weather.
For $15.00, you'll receive a standing room viewing of one performance and a guaranteed refund of your ticket in the event of inclement weather. 
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Two people lie on the floor with knees and elbows bent in a pool of orange light.
LIVE

DUAL RIVET

Chelsea Ainsworth and Jess Smith
DUAL RIVET’s Chelsea Ainsworth and Jess Smith are two up and coming artists that we are very pleased to continue to promote and share with our audiences. Their highly energized movement, unique sense of athletic abandonment, and emotional connection through partnering, offers a highly visceral and breath-taking experience. Set to be featured in our 2021-2022 season, Dual Rivet will be presenting a new work-in-progress live on stage.
DIGITAL

MALEEK WASHINGTON

IN COLLABORATION WITH Brittany-Laurelle AND SARAH REICH
DN was thrilled to welcome MALEEK WASHINGTON into the DN family in 2019. His diverse training and work with choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, Kyle Abraham, and Camille A. Brown & Dancers, brings an accomplished new voice onto our digital stage with his work “Staying Home.” His unique and genuine multidisciplinary, experiential performance works examine the people, practices, and spaces that have shaped and continue to shape his Black identity.
Maleek Washington stares into the camera with a knowing expression.
Sarah Chien, an freckled woman of Asian descent, , stretches her foor towards the camera looking up and to the left, while dressed in blue warm up clothes.
LIVE

SARAH CHIEN

SARAH CHIEN brings her second work with DN, “A Year Without Studios” to the DN/AOS stage, based on a year long process of dancing everywhere BUT a studio. This version of the work will feature a simultaneous digital screening and hybrid live performance with live cello and composition by Kirin McElwain. Sarah’s continuous questioning via improvisational practices explores thought-provoking notions of humanity, community, and sense of self.
DIGITAL

NICOLE VAUGHAN-DIAZ

NICOLE VAUGHN-DIAZ joined the DN family in 2018, and was our ‘challenge winner’ for the 2019 Festival at Joe’s Pub for her moving and powerful duet, “A Portrait of Them.” A young artist offering a powerful new voice, we were thrilled to present Nicole’s newly commissioned digital work “Folie a Deux,”. As Choreographer Kate Weare, notes Nicole has “a deep-sea diver’s courage and a poet’s eye for detail.”
Two light-skinned women in a field bend backwards, hips touching. Their matching dresses make it seem as if their bodies meld together.
Jamal Jackson writes at a desk in the forefront of an image, while a woman in a crop top and grass skirt dances behind him.
LIVE

JAMAL JACKSON

JAMAL JACKSON has presented with DN since 2008. As one of the artists that we were looking forward to creating a new work for our May 2020 Shared Artist series, cancelled due to COVID-19, we were thrilled to present a live performance of Jamal’s poignant and relevant “846.”  Jamal’s work fuses various traditional African dance styles with contemporary music styles to establish relevance to a multifarious community of Americans, provokes important, pertinent and meaningful discussion.
DIGITAL

ALICE SHEPPARD

ALICE SHEPPARD joined the DN family in 2019, bringing her critically acclaimed work to Joe’s Pub for the first time. Working at the intersection of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology, Alice’s transformative art advances the disability arts movement - challenging conventional understandings of ability and dancing bodies. Her digital presentation of “The Marvellous Ones Live Here” will be presented in a fully accessible format.
Alice Sheppard stands on her hands with her body curving up into her wheelchair forming a U.
Amber Sloan, a white woman with strawberry-blonde hair, smiles at the camera.
LIVE

AMBER SLOAN

WITH SY LU
AMBER SLOAN joined the DN family in 2003. As an artist that is not afraid of exploring new directions, we have enjoyed watching her uniquely quirky choreographic style develop over the years, and her gift of always keeping us wondering. A live presentation of work, “Yma Dream is just one of many memorable works that Amber has presented throughout the DN Story over the years.
DIGITAL

JASMINE HEARN

IN COLLABORATION WITH 15 ARTISTS
JASMINE HEARN is new to the DN family! They create solo and collaborative dance theater performances “rooted in identity, memory, and the facilitation of creative space for feelings and fantasy.” Jasmine has dazzled audiences with their deep, rich, and personal expressions of body, self, and space. We are thrilled to welcome them to our digital stage with their collaborative piece “a l o n g s i d e.”
Jasmine Hearn, a Black woman in a white tank top, undulates her arms in front of an aqua background.

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