Brooklyn - January 3-5, 2019
Brooklyn - January 3-5, 2019
January 3-5 2019
The Mark O’Donnell Theater
at The Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Accessible by the F train (30 minutes from City Center NYC), A, C, G, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 trains.
Offset Dance Fest, following its mission to reveal new or underexposed dance and dance artists, presents five companies:
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Performances occur in clusters of three hour-long events. Each hour will feature one or two artists. Tickets are $10/hour.
Thursday, January 3 - EVENING
7PM - performance 1.1 - YUE/GOODMAN
8PM - performance 1.2 - MCGUIRE/GREEN
9PM - performance 1.3 - MORRIS-VAN TASSEL
Friday January 4 - MORNING
9AM - performance 2.1 - MCGUIRE
10AM - performance 2.2 - GOODMAN/MORRIS-VAN TASSEL
11AM - performance 2.3 - YUE/GREEN
Friday January 4 - EVENING
7PM - performance 3.1 - GREEN/MORRIS-VAN TASSEL
8PM - performance 3.2 - MCGUIRE
9PM - performance 3.3 - YUE/GOODMAN
Saturday January 5 - AFTERNOON
2PM - performance 4.1 - YUE/GREEN
3PM - performance 4.2 - GOODMAN/MCGUIRE
4PM - performance 4.3 - MORRIS-VAN TASSEL
Note: Some performances involve partial nudity (GOODMAN), incense (MORRIS-VAN TASSEL) and haze (MCGUIRE, YUE, GREEN).
Belinda McGuire Dance Projects is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Belinda McGuire Dance Projects may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. To make a tax-deductible donation through Fractured Atlas:
Offset Dance Fest and the work presented was made possible thanks to the generous support from:
Offset Dance Fest is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
Vanessa Goodman the artistic director and choreographer of Action at a Distance dance society respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Vanessa is attracted to art that has a weight and meaning beyond the purely aesthetic and uses her choreography as an opportunity to explore the human condition. Her works and commissions have been presented throughout Canada, the United States and South America, with recent highlights including Bienal Internacional de Dança do Caerà (Brazil), On the Boards (Seattle), and The Dance Made in Canada Festival (Toronto). In 2013 Vanessa received the Iris Garland Choreographer Award from The Dance Centre, and is a participant in their inaugural Yulanda M. Faris Program. She holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and has been commissioned by Lamon Dance, Warehaus Collective, Modus Operandi and The SFU rep class.
In Fiction a new work from Action at a Distance created and performed by collaborators Vanessa Goodman and James Proudfoot. Blurring the lines between what is real and what is imagined "In Fiction" explores the sensation of the body through cognitive understanding and phantasmal imagination.
Artistic Director of Trip the Light Fantastic, Kyra Jean Green was born in France, raised in West Palm Beach FL., and obtained her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. She has set choreography on Hubbard Street II (winner of choreographic competition in 2007), Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Citydance Ensemble, Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet, Companhia Rudá, The Dancers’ Space, Ballet Florida, created two Juilliard senior solos, and she was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to present an evening of her choreography.
She has presented work at The Center of Performance Research (Brooklyn NY), CHOP SHOP dance festival (Bellevue,WA), F.A.T. (Fashion Art Toronto), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, and Dance Conference USA (Miami, FL).
Kyra worked as an artist and assistant director for Companhia Rudá in Santos, Brazil and currently resides in Montreal. From 2015-2018 she worked as assistant choreographer, teacher and dancer with Les 7 Doigts de la Main. She was one of 8 choreographers selected to present work for Copenhagen’s Choreographic Competition in August 2016, and was winner of Prix Coup de Coeur du Public at Festival Quartiers Danses September 2016. She founded “Trip The Light Fantastic” in 2017 and the company has since performed at Festival Quartiers Danses, and Quinzena de Dança de Almada, Almada Portugal.
The Man Who Travelled Nowhere in Time II - ensemble work
Producer, Dancer, Teaching Artist, Choreographer, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel is Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch!" (2018). A featured dancer with TU Dance (Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, Co-Artistic Dir.) from 2007-2017; 2015 McKnight Dance Fellowship award; and 2016 Jerome Foundation Travel/Study grant recipient to study Afro-Caribbean dance and culture in Trinidad with the New Waves! Festival (dir. Makeda Thomas).
She has developed “Yam, Potatoe an Fish!” as an Artist-In Residence with Art On Purpose (Arima, Trinidad); Brooklyn Ballet School; Creative Outlet Dance Theater (Brooklyn, NY); and Tofte Lake Center, funded by the Jerome Foundation (Ely, MN).
Through AMVTP she is producing a body of solo work in collaboration with inspiring artists through curated performances, educational programs, and community engagement.
Alanna holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School.
Yam, Potatoe an Fish! is a multi-media performance art project and solo dance exploring ideas of home and cultural loss amidst Alanna's family's stories of migration from the Caribbean to the US.
This work has been developed during a Creative Residency with Art On Purpose (dir. Jamie Philbert) in Arima, Trinidad; under a residency with the Brooklyn Ballet School (dir. Mary Ellen Beaudreau) and Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn; with support from the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad and via financial support from individual donors.
“Wherever you find her, Morris-Van Tassel embodies the power of dance to create deep and lasting connections where words cannot.”
— Camille LeFevre, Dance Magazine (2017)
Belinda McGuire is an American-Canadian dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, based in Brooklyn. Her choreography has been supported by the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and presented across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A former student of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, she completed her formal education at The Juilliard School.
Established in 2007, Belinda McGuire Dance Projects (BMDP) supports the research, development, production, and presentation of international and collaborative multidisciplinary dance performance as a means to stimulate the conscientious capacity of wide-ranging publics through exposure to creative experimentation and artistic excellence. Through BMDP, Belinda has commissioned and performed in world premieres by Kate Alton, Sylvain Émard, Andrea Miller, Sharon Moore, Idan Sharabi, Doug Varone, and Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten. In 2013, she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in The Heist Project. Additionally, Belinda has performed as a company member for Doug Varone and Dancers, Gallim Dance, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Anne Plamondon, Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY and The José Limón Dance Company, appearing on stages across Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States.
Residencies for BMDP include Centre de Création O Vertigo, Éspace Marie Chouinard, ICK Amsterdam, James Sewell Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada, New Dialect, NYSCA & CALQ Artist-in-Residence Exchange Program, ODC San Francisco, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Springboard Danse Montréal and The Yard. She has taught and choreographed for Brooklyn Ballet, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, Juilliard, The Limón Institute, Marymount Manhattan College, Canada’s National Ballet School, NJDTE, Tisch at NYU, and SUNY Purchase.
Slaughterhouse/Requiem explores the thrilling and frightening, reassuring and intimidating, grounding and unsettling proposal that “every day is a gift”.
This 34-minute solo dance work unfolds in three chapters, each shorter and more distilled than the last, the same story through a starkly alternative lens. Chapter I features music from Arvo Pärt’s Berlin Mass, Chapter II an orchestra of air raid sirens composed by Michael Gordon and Chapter III a melancholic and sweet tango waltz by Alfredo de Angelis.
Through the live dancer (and the myriad vestiges, reflections and impressions of herself which exist within and pass through the work) wrangle with connections between pre-emptive mourning, nostalgia, and the fleeting awareness that life is happening now.
“DO NOT MISS THIS PERFORMANCE…It will move you to the core!”
- Peggy Baker
“Slaughterhouse/Requiem” was highly original and impressive, and is one of my highlights of the year in dance... it was “Slaughterhouse/Requiem” that invited us in, with a vivid and creative staging of some of her journey thus far."
“There is deep meaning… great courage and melancholy here. Expansive movement, immense sounds and carefully crafted, elaborate scenic design makes the scale seem larger than life. This “bigness” has a layer of complexity.”
Artistic Director Yin Yue of YY Dance Company is internationally recognized as a versatile performer and choreographer. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she trained rigorously in technically-demanding and highly-structured Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as classical ballet technique at Shanghai Dance School. She earned her undergraduate degree at Shanghai Normal University, equipping her with performance credits that spanned festivals and showcases throughout China. After further pursuing her MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin quickly gained recognition as a unique and exceptional talent among her peers. Yin created an innovative contemporary dance technique FoCo Technique that soon caught the attention of the dance industry and was taught by Yin Yue around the world.
Yin Yue was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, winner of the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Through these high-profile successes, Yin was commissioned by all three widely-recognized companies as well as other companies and organizations namely Limon Dance Company, Alberta Ballet in Canada, Whim W’him, Bruce Wood Dance, Boston Dance Theater, 10 Hairy Legs, New Dialect,, Balletto Teatro di Torino in Italy, Backhausdance, Tisch School of The Arts. She was also awarded First Place in Choreography at National Professional Dance Competition in Shanghai, China, 92Y Harkness Dance 2016-2017 Artist In Residence, Emerging Choreographer of 2015 at Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation. Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as SummerStage, Jacob's Pillow Dance FestivalInside Out, Schrit_tmacherFestival in Aachen, Germany, Open Doors Dance Festival in Iowa City, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNOW[NYC] at Joe's Pub, Peridance Capezio Theater, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, La MaMa Moves International Festival and many more. Yin Yue’s repertoires have been re-staged by Rutgers University, George Mason University and dance studios such as MoveNYC, Dancewave, CityDance.
Yin Yue joined the BFA dance faculty of the Peabody Conservatory as artist-in-residence for the fall 2018 semester at John Hopkins University. She is also faculty at Peridance Center in NYC.
The Time Followed (excerpts)
Citizen (excerpts) - with original score by Juliane Jones and Doug Beiden