By Walter Rutledge
Chen Dance Center presents its spring emerging choreographers series newsteps, May 7 through 9, 7:30 pm at the Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Sreet, 2nd floor (corner Mulberry & Bayard in Chinatown). Founded in 1994 the bi-annual showcase, (held in the spring and fall) provides young dance makers the opportunity to present original works at different stages of development. The five choreographers were selected for the spring concerts are: Jonathan Breton, Hannah Cohen, Bree Nasby, Janice Rosario, and Ashley Carter & Vanessa Martinez de Banos.
Each choreographer brings a unique individualism to the series. Jonathan Breton’s solo is inspired by nature and its complexities, and the other solo presented by Bree Nasby investigates how tension and suspension build and dissolve. Collaborators Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martinez de Banos address society’s mistrust of variance form the norm, while Janice Rosario’s “Unlea(she)d” explores how women find anguish and strength in their identity. Hannah Cohen has created a duet “Genesis,” which, through movement, explores word as material.
Over the series’ 21 year history newsteps has presented over 250 new and emerging artists.They are selected through an open audition by a panel of dance leaders including H.T. Chen, Sarah Skaggs and Walter Rutledge. Each choreographer receive feedback from the panelists, a rehearsal space grant, an honorarium, and one on one mentoring with an adviser. The process culminates in three public performances at the Center.
The Thursday night performance will feature a post-performance Meet the Artist Reception. On Friday night there will be a post-performance discussion. Tickets are $12; $10 for students & seniors and make reservations at 212-349-0438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Photo: Bree Nasby
Photo Credit KRG Photography