Anacaona by Jean Appolon. JAE Company dancer Melissa Alexis. Photo by Wayne Lake.
Four Boston-based companies showcase the diversity of dance in the region.
An exciting evening highlighting the diversity of dance in the Boston region, DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! offers the opportunity to compare four completely different contemporary dance styles born from four distinct traditions. Participating companies include: Daniel McCusker Dance Projects, Navarasa Dance Theater, Jean Appolon Expressions, and a duet by Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly. Including a 15-minute performance by each company, DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! will conclude with a discussion among the four choreographers in which they will discuss how different forms of dance informed their own work.
Pre-show talk at 7:30 PM each evening. David Henry, Bill T. Jones Director of Performing and Media Arts at the ICA, and Ruth Birnberg, past Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance and DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! advisor, will discuss the genesis of this program and provide background on each of the companies.
- Daniel McCusker Dance Projects:
“Daniel McCusker’s ravishingly pure dances might be best described as brief epics, since they tell you a whole lot in a little time.” —Boston Herald
- Navarasa Dance Theater:
Navarasa Dance Theater is a pioneering South Asian Contemporary Dance Theater company with a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary works inspired by Bharatanatyam and folk dance forms, martial arts (Kalarippayattu), diverse theater and music traditions, aerial dance, yoga, and storytelling.
- Jean Appolon Expressions:
The mission of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE) is to use dance to advance Haitian cultural expression and to empower youth. Combining Modern technique and Haitian folkloric dance, JAE inspires and educates audiences about Haitian culture, traditions, and current issues.
- Duet by Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly:
ANIKAYA, directed by choreographer Wendy Jehlen, weaves together music, dance, and storytelling to create works that pull from the full range of the body’s communicative capabilities.
First Republic Bank is proud to sponsor the ICA’s 2015–16 Performance Season.
Access for Boston’s dance community is supported in part by the Pratt-Hall Fund.