RECENT PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
 
2013 DUMBO Arts Festival
Water Dances was presented by the DUMBO Arts Festival. This action based performance addresses the constant yet volatile resource of water as a fundamental element, environmental issue, symbol of life and wonderland. The layered and percussive sounds of Grace Drums accompany dynamic movements as the dancers interact with the structural environment leading audience members on a journey through Brooklyn Bridge Park.
View clips of Water Dances
 
This event was made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings Count by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) and the Puffin Foundation.
 
 
Stage 6 Dance Festival
House of Cards and From Behind the Caravan, Songs of Hâfez were featured in the Stage SIx Dance Festival in Manhattan in August 2013.
 
View clips of From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez,
a work from the Poetry in Motion Project
 
 
 
1, 2, 3 at the International Screendance Festival
Our film collaboration with Five Words in a Line Productions was selected for the 2013 International Screendance Festival held at the American Dance Festival.
 
View 1, 2, 3 here.
 
 
Water Dances at the Harbor Lore Festival
This new site-specific work addressing water, its nature and our interactions with and reliance upon it, was presented during the culminating events of the Harbor Lore Festival, a Brooklyn Arts Council sponsored event exploring the role of water in artistic traditions. The performance, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, began at the Tobacco Warehouse with additional community members joining the company for this opening section. The performance then traveled through the park to end at Pebble Beach. Live music was by Grace Drums. Read more about the work and our process creating this piece here.
 
Watch the video stream from our June 15 performance for Global Water Dances Day.
 
 
Repeat/Return at the Spring Dance Festival
Artichoke Dance Company’s Director Lynn Neuman premiered a fast and furious solo, Repeat/Return, at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society’s spring dance festival.
 
 
 
 
House of Cards at the Comedy in Dance Festival
Our duet, House of Cards, was selected for and presented in Triskelion’s 4th Comedy in Dance Festival held in April 2013.  
Lynn offers thoughts about the role of comedy in the performing arts in this Brooklyn Paper article.
 
 
Poetry in Motion
This joint project with Bella Voce SIngers brings performance and educational programming in dance and music. to communities. The first public components of the project were held in December 2012, providing workshops and performances in Brooklyn and featuring new choreography to musical works composed by the most promising young composers. Read about it in The Buzz.
 
Order a DVD of Poetry in Motion here,
DVD’s include the full works of Be Like the Bird, From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez, Rules and Regulations, Let the Beauty We Love, Will the Circle and more. Read more about Poetry in Motion here.
 
 
Earth Day in Roanoke, VA
We celebrated Earth Day (April 22) by performing Plastic People of the Universe at Roanoke College’s Olin Theater. We were thrilled to find environmentally conscious folks across the campus, which has won green awards for campus renovations.
 
 
Burdened Bodies at Dixon Place
Continuing our investigation into the relationship between people and the environment, Burdened Bodies addresses chemical toxicity making real and fantastical connections between seafood and metrosexuality, bottled water and obesity, hydrofracturing and the sudden disappearance of unleashed pets and more through movement, image, text and video with humor and wit. This initial showing in April was presented by Dixon Place.
 
Arts Day in Chatham, NJ
Recession Dances was the featured performance for Arts Day in Chatham, NJ in February. Following workshops for students in visual art, dance and music, the auditorium at Washington Elementary packed for this engaging show. Hats off to the PTA for the great work you do to bring the arts to your students and community.
 
 
Fall for Dance workshop at City Center
A diverse group of dancers and dance curious observers gathered in the Fall for Dance lounge at City Center to interact with Artichoke Dance Company’s workshop as part of the festival and to learn about and experience our dance making and partnering methods.
 
 
 
 
Your Planet: The Human Mapping Project
featured in the New York Times
 
Our performance and environmental work was recognized by a large color photo and preview in the Spare TImes Weekend Section of the New York TImes. Following the American LIttoral Society’s 26th annual coastal clean up, we performed on the beach to the beat of live drums.View more photos here.
 
 
 
PUBLIC premiered under the Manhattan Bridge Archway in Brooklyn
 
The 45 foot vaulted arch, which reopened in 2009 after years of being barred from public use, provided a dramatic backdrop for PUBLIC, which skirts lines between public and private places and moments with dances erupting within and around the audience.
This free performance was presented by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) and the DUMBO Improvement District and is made possible, in part, by support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
ADC at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
 
The Company performed and held a series of master classes for students and the dance community at the University of Nevada in April 2011. Plastic People of the Universe was featured as well as Commuter Connection: A Rush Hour Romance, which included university dignitaries and local community members, as well as  several section of Recession Dances. Local press writes, “Animated personalities from the dancers and incredible choreographic breadth from Neuman exemplified the versatility of this little company”. Read the entire review here.
 
 
 
Performing Partners at PS133
First through fifth grade students at PS133 in Brooklyn were immersed in contemporary dance and dance making for three months in the spring 2011 during our after school program, which culminated in a free student performance for parents, teachers and peers.
 
This program was made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by the Brooklyn Arts Council with additional funding  by the Brooklyn Community Foundation and was held in partnership with University Settlement.
 
Plastic People of the Universe premiered at the Irondale Center
Investigating the exponential growth of single use plastics, and the repercussions that plastics are being discovered to have on the environment and in the human body, Plastic People of the Universe features dance, film, text and design to create a world propelled by cycles of creation and destruction. Upcycled plastic six-pack holders collected from New York pizzarias serve as the base element for the costumes and set. Premiered January 2011 at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, NY as part of the inaugural season of FLICfest.
 
Your Planet: The Human Mapping Project
The Human Mapping Project is designed to bring awareness to the impact of careless human activity, primarily littering, on one of New York CIty’s greatest natural resources, it’s shoreline, of which there is over 600 miles. The work premiered in September 2010 on Brooklyn shorelines in conjunction with Coastal Clean Up days. Volunteers gathered three hours prior to performances to clean the beaches and joined hands with the company at the end of the performances in a ritual walk to the water. Community members were also invited to join a drum circle playing found and recycled objects which accompanied the performances. Olek designed the costumes, fashioned out of recycled materials, which were create in part by an Assembly Line Project. The work was featured in Dancing Perfectly Free and was reviewed by the Columbia Spectator,
This project is sponsored, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC). The Assembly Line Project was sponsored by the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
 
ORPHEO, EURYDICE and The SERPENT premiered at Theatre 80 St. Marks
Powerful voices combine with formally stylized to wildly chaotic movement to produce a new twist on this myth. Orpheo, long past his prime, pursues the philandering Eurydice, who is determined to climb the social ladder one husband at a time. The Serpent takes a bite out of Eurydice and lures both down to the underworld for an extended stay. Produced by Five Words in a Line, April 9-11, 2010. Directed by Artichoke Dance Company’s Artistic Director Lynn Neuman. See clips on YouTube.
 
Commuter Connection gets a new score
This comedic narrative work, that had its premiere at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in 2004, has a new sound and a new look. Composer Dag Gabrielsen composed a score for this work introducing live musicians into the subway car scene. It re-premiered February 20, 2010 at Theatre 80 St. Mark’s. Video excerpts are on
 
 
 
Dance and Acrobatics Showcase
Sections of Recession Dances, and so can you! were presented on this showcase at Brooklyn Arts Exchange February 12-13, 2010.
 
Senior Art in Action
From October through December, 35 seniors gather weekly at the Fort Greene Senior Action Center in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn to dance. Swing was a hit and many recalled the dance from their younger years. Waltz, salsa and hustle are additional favorites.
 
Recession Dances, and so can you! showings
Audiences from a diversity of backgrounds and ages gathered for free performances and workshops on September 12 at Washington Park in Brooklyn, Sept 29 at The Houston Street Center and October 9 at The Greenwich House, both in Manhattan.
 
Recession Dances, and so can you!
Escapism meets reality. You’ve lost your job. The savings you’ve put away aren’t worth what you invested. You’re forced to find your third career. Hold on tight to the ones you love or just let loose and dance the night away. Recession Dances, and so can you! draws from dance styles of previous U.S. 20th Century recession eras, such as the Lindy Hop (Great Depression) and Hustle (70’s oil crisis), refashioned with humor and irony. Premiered May 28-30 at University Settlement.
 
American Dancer II
Contestants faced off with challenges such as Hustle Your Buns and Austin Powers Freeze Dance (won by an audience member) and audiences voted. Eugene Dunkelberg (played by George Hirsch) was victorious. We continued to dance the night away at the 92YTriBeCa.
 
 
 
U R HERE
This multi-site specific work premiered in Park Slope Brooklyn June 14 and 22, 2008. The audience traveled to six different locations, selecting the accompanying music from the work of 12 composers off an iPod or mP3 player. Check out the music, some photos, and a review from the performance.
 
International Cultural Day
We performed sections of the interactive I Am Nothing (without you) for  the culminating event of our ten week residency at the Fort Green Senior Action Center. Members of the center also performed work created with them during this residency, including dances and songs.
This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department for the Aging.
 
DANSPACE PROJECT’S OUT OF SPACE @ BRICSTUDIO
Vic and Dee, the infamous duo of the mall and cabaret stage, made a guest appearance on this series.  
 
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING...
premiered at Dixon Place March 20-29, 2008. Inspired by the New York CIty transit slogan “If you see something, say something”, this edgy work hit home with many of New Yorkers. Check out an interview with arts journalist and critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa following the opening night of this work. Also check out video excerpts from the show. A preview of the work was performed on the Fridays at Noon series at the 92nd Street Y on March 27.
If You See Something.. was a Dixon Place Mondo Cane! Commission made possible, in part, with generous support from The Peg Sandvoord Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
 
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