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April 24, 2009
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nicholas leichter dance
The Joyce Theater
June 24, 26 & 28, 2009
New York, NY - nicholas leichter dance makes its Joyce Theater debut with a
program featuring the world premiere of Killa, Leichter's homage to dance
music as a cultural movement, and a deluxe version of Free the Angels [new
galactic dawn edition].
In Killa, Nicholas Leichter-known for mixing popular and modern dance
vocabularies-celebrates the underground dance music scene and its emergence
into mainstream culture. Killa explores how dance music, from B-boy to
House, Punk-Funk to Reggaeton, functions as both a social and political
force, reshaping the English language through its creative use of spoken
word, text, rap, and vocalization. Leichter's movement reflects the music's
tribal and militaristic rhythms, and Killa includes music by Basement Jaxx,
M.I.A, Lionrock, plus a live performance by guest artist Monstah Black. The
company's eight dancers will be joined by four guest performers sponsored by
Sacramento State University (CA) and Wayne State University (MI).
The company will also present its "2012 edition" of Leichter's acclaimed and
exuberant Free the Angels (2001), danced to tracks from Stevie Wonder's
"Songs in the Key of Life." Originally a work for six, this expanded
restaging features twelve dancers, including five from the original cast.
When it premiered at The Flea Theater, Jennifer Dunning wrote in The New
York Times, that with Free the Angels, "Mr. Leichter establishes himself as
a choreographer exploring the fusion of concert and popular dance forms with
imagination and authority."
The program will be performed by company dancers Lauren Basco, Clare Byrne,
Daniel Clifton, Wendell Cooper, Aaron Draper, Holly Handman, Mathew Heggem,
Jared Kaplan, Amy Larimer, Nicholas Leichter, Stephanie Liapis, Will Rawls,
Dawn Robinson, Naima Bigby Sullivan, and Laurie Taylor, with Leandro Damasco
Jr. (Sacramento State, CA), Alex Martin (Wayne State, MI), Bryan Strimpel
(Wayne State, MI), and
Kate Vincek (Wayne State, MI).
Performances are Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30pm; Friday, June 26 at 8:00pm;
and Sunday, June 28 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. The performance week at The Joyce
is shared with Keigwin + Company.
The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), in New
York City. Tickets range from $19-39 and can be purchased by calling
JOYCECHARGE at (212) 242-0800, or online at www.joyce.org
. Note: ticket
prices are subject to change.
Nicholas Leichter choreographs cultural narratives in which movement tells
the story. Drawing from traditional, contemporary, folk, and popular dance
and music forms, he and his company fuse style and substance into a dialogue
among cultures. Founded in 1996, nicholas leichter dance has performed all
over the world at venues of all sizes, including: BAM Howard Gilman Opera
House with the Brooklyn Philharmonic; Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville;
the Dorothy Baker Theater in Allentown; the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach
Community College; the John Wright Theater at CSU Fresno; The Modlin Center
for the Performing Arts, Richmond; Reynolds Industries Theater in Durham;
the L.E. & Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center; Tangente in Montreal;
and Wesleyan University. Leichter has taught throughout the United States
and at festivals in Europe, Asia, and Canada, and he has been on the faculty
of Tisch School of the Arts and the American Dance Festival. Recent
commissions include the Brooklyn Philharmonic ("Carmina Burana" and "The
Rite of Spring"), and the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach Community College in
Florida ("Sweetwash" with Eisa Davis.) Leichter has been an
artist-in-residence/guest artist at many institutions including Sarah
Lawrence College; University of Iowa; Wayne State University; George
Washington University; University of Houston; CSU Sacramento, CA; Velocity
Dance Center in Seattle; Muhlenberg College, PA; and Idaho State University.
For more information about the company, please visit:
Killa was commissioned, in part, by the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance
at Wayne State. Creative residency provided by Sacramento State with funding
from the National Performance Network Communities of Color. Additional
support provided by Evolve Dance Inc., Connecticut College, 651 Arts, Abrons
Arts Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the
creation of Free the Angels was provided by generous grants from Jerome
Foundation and The Greenwall Foundation. Originally commissioned by Virginia
Commonwealth University; Pomona College, CA; and Manhattanville College, NY;
Free the Angels was developed during a creative residency at The Pomfret
School in Connecticut.
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