Festival Details - "ARTS ALIVE"...
Start: Thursday, November 19, 2020 6:30PM
Please note: this event has changed from Arts On THE ROOF to ARTS ALIVE. Performances are no longer happening on the roof and have been moved to a large indoor studio with lots of windows, lots of space and good ventilation. In response to the ongoing pandemic, Arts On Site presents a low risk indoor performance series at 12 Saint Marks Place. ARTS ALIVE features a collection of NYC artists from music and dance with each artist individually showcased on a separate date. This performance series has been created to adhere to current COVID-19 restrictions. Each performance is located in a large open studio with proper ventilation and there's a maximum of 16 guests per performance to allow for social distancing. Each artist performs a 30 to 45 minute piece with two performances on each specified date. PERFORMANCES: 6:30 & 8:30PM 9/24 SPARK MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE & ROVACO (dance) 9/27 DUAL RIVET (dance) 10/2 THE BANG GROUP (dance) 10/3 THE BANG GROUP (dance) 10/9 SIMONA SMIRNOVA QUARTET (music) 10/10 SIMONA SMIRNOVA QUARTET (music) 10/16 KAYLA FARRISH/DECENT STRUCTURE ARTS (dance) 10/17 KAYLA FARRISH/DECENT STRUCTURE ARTS (dance) 10/23 BREAKTIME (dance) 10/24 BREAKTIME (dance) 10/29 AL BLACKSTONE (dance) **7pm & 9pm performances** 10/30 AL BLACKSTONE (dance) **7pm & 9pm performances** ARTISTS Since its inception in 2009, SPARK MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE ("Spark") has flourished into a force on the independent and contemporary dance scene with Artistic Director and Founder Chelsea Koenig at the helm. Spark's mission is to create an accessible dance experience for audience members, dancers, and choreographers alike. Spark captures the discrete elements of dance to deliver performances comprised of athletic yet fluid choreography and a brand of signature honesty intrinsic in the execution of pieces. This approach is bound together with a narrative that results in fresh, innovative, and meaningful pieces that uniquely connect with both audience members and the community at large. In 2012, Spark self-produced its first solo show, Push to Play, at University Settlement’s Speyer Hall on the Lower East Side. Since then, Spark has produced a number of highly acclaimed performances for adults and families including most recently, The Velveteen Rabbit at The Town School and 21 Dates at the Actors Fund Arts Center in Downtown Brooklyn. ROVACO DANCE COMPANY was founded in New York City in 2015 by Artistic Director Rohan Bhargava. Over the years, the company has produced a unique form of contemporary dance-theater, which blends floorwork, release, and partnering into one fluid whole, in multimedia collaboration with designers and composers. Repertory has been presented by Provincetown Dance Festival, Tamasha NYC, and Create:Art. The company has been a Resident Artist at Dancewave, the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, and the CUNY Dance Initiative at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Commissions have come from Mannes School of Music, Mare Nostrum Elements, Making Moves Dance Festival, and the Dance Gallery Festival. Rovaco provides outreach opportunities through masterclasses, lecture demonstrations, open rehearsals, and post-show discussions. DUAL RIVET is a women-led dance company focused on creating highly physical contemporary dance for a wide audience. Based in NYC, Dual Rivet produces work for stage and film that exchanges a cinematic and visceral language to influence both platforms. The company teaches a myriad of classes, throughout the United States, with an emphasis on contemporary partnering and floorwork. Led by Jessica Smith and Chelsea Ainsworth, Dual Rivet exemplifies what it means to be female leaders in the arts. THE BANG GROUP is a rhythm-driven, New York-based dance company which spans contemporary and percussive forms. The company, founded and directed by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker celebrates its 24th anniversary this season. TBG has toured and performed widely throughout North America and Europe appearing at The Holland Dance Festival, Konfrontace in Prague, Tanzsprache in Vienna, Dance Week in Zagreb, Monte Carlo Dance Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2006, 2009 and 2014,) Biennale Charleroi in Belgium, Tanzemesse in Essen, Germany (2000 and 2016,) Fondation Cartier in Paris, OT 301 in Amsterdam, Divadelna Nitra in Slovakia, Belluard Bollwerk in Switzerland and numerous cities in Italy. The company has been generously supported by The Jerome Robbins Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Doris Duke Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Harkness Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Fund, Greenwall Foundation, Arts International, Fund for Mutual Understanding, Netherland- America Foundation, Pentacle's ARC Fund, Frederick Loewe Foundation and several private donors. It is presented regularly in New York City by New York Live Arts and its predecessor Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Dance Now NYC, Symphony Space, The Harkness Dance Festival and the 92nd Street Y, among many others. The Bang Group has made its second home in Boston through sustained partnerships with Summer Stages Dance (13 seasons), The ICA, and The Dance Complex. The company is also in residence annually at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard and at The West End Theater on Manhattan's upper west side and has recently become an Anchor Partner at the new Flea Theater in Manhattan. It supports and presents the work of a wide range of artists through its thrice-yearly series called Soaking WET at the West End Theater and its Dance Now Boston initiative which commissions new work created for cabaret spaces and enters its fifth annual season in June 2018. Next month, TBG will reprise its much-praised program of dances by Parker, James Waring and Aileen Passloff reflecting on Parker's artistic forebears at the 92nd Street Y, and is creating a new music/dance work composed by Pauline Kim Harris to premiere at The Stone in NYC in July. www.thebanggroup.com or follow us on FaceBook. SIMONA SMIRNOVA is a Lithuanian born jazz vocalist, composer and zitherist based in New York City. Her style is known for its unique theatrical flavor, genre-bending, and virtuosic vocal improvisation. Simona’s current show ‘Bird Language’ blends bird sounds and uncanny vocal techniques into one intriguing performance. Her new concert explores an eclectic mix of ethnic scales, zither sounds, and improvisation colliding with the artist’s foundation in jazz and rock. A 2015 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Simona is now a full-time musician in New York. In NYC she performs with her quartet in local jazz venues, as well as touring in different parts of the world, such as Australia, New Zealand and Europe. For Arts On THE ROOF Simona will be performing with local jazz talents, Rinat Tregerman on piano, Maksim Perepelica on double bass, and Andres Fonseca on drums. KAYLA FARRISH/DECENT STRUCTURE ARTS is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. Farrish is a NY based director with a vision for intimate storytelling. With urgency, power, and transparency, the work delves into socio political structures, and the liberation of people. She co-choreographed Gods and Accepting Darkness with Nik Owens (2015). Studying photography and film with Yara Travesio, Benjamin Heller, and Brooklyn Central, she formed portraiture and improvisation studies Beloved Loveless, and premiered With Delicacy and Permanence live solo and film at B.A.A.D! In Summer 2017, granted the Chez Bushwick residency, she created 5 short films and a cinema-inspired photograph gallery. These films screened at Bushwick Open Studios, Triskelion Film Festival, Deconstructed:Dance Films Festival, Mouthfull Presents/Of Bones Dance, and Detroit Women in Film Festival. In 2018, With grit From, Grace, Black Bodies Sonata, and Why I Can’t Hold Strangers premiered at Judson Church, Danspace, Pepatian APAP, BAAD!, and beyond. She created Spectacle Film and Live Performance through Pepatian DYF Residency (2018) with Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. In 2019, she created The New Frontier Film at White Sands National Monument and The New Frontier (My Dear America) pt.1 live production. Both developed through Keshet MSE Residency (NM), BAX Summer Space Grant, Petronio Residency Center, NYS Dance Force, and Danspace Project Commission.Following, Farrish shared Bojangles’ Variations on Liberation at Helen Simoneau Moving Landmarks (NC). New Martyr’s Fiction dream landscape forms in Gibney’s commission and Baryshnikov Arts Center Space Residency 2020. Beyond, her work was selected for Jacob’s Pillow, EDANCO International Festival, Armstrong Now!, and Joe’s Pub DANCE NOW(2020). She continues envisioning work in cinematic landscapes of humanism and rebellion creating film, portraiture, and choreography. BREAKTIME is a site-fluid reservoir for bad ideas, generated and performed by Holly Sass and Jonathan Matthews. Classmates in NYU Tisch Dance’s class of 2014, they were often cast together in a diverse array of work until joining forces in 2017 for Tisch Dance’s Alumni Choreographic Mentorship, under the guidance of Gus Solomons, Jr. Since then, they have performed in and around NYC, hosted by such kind folks as UNA Projects, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Create:ART, Arts On Site, Triskelion Arts, Spoke the Hub, Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, and the Tisch Dance Summer Residency Festival. The pair has been greatly nourished by residencies through the Jonah Boaker Arts Foundation, Create:ART, and The Croft. Interested in independent, community-based initiatives, BREAKTIME participated in the first annual Land Falls residency, founded by Jemila MacEwan, for artists of all backgrounds to share performance practices, and helped to convert Bridget Struthers’ Brattleboro barn into a shared performance space. Drawing from a varied collective skillset, and always on the prowl for new and unusual creative relationships, BREAKTIME has enjoyed multimedia collaborations with director Julia Barrett-Mitchell on a music video for Star Rover, choreographer-costumer Maddie Schimmel, installation artist Dave Hannon, and brass quartet, The Westerlies. Their quarantine piece, "This Meeting is Being Recorded," was featured by Dance Magazine, as well as Colin Thomas’ Fresh Sheet. To learn more, www.clickonbreaktime.com. AL BLACKSTONE is an Emmy-nominated director, choreographer, and educator. His passion for bringing people together to experience something meaningful drives him to make dances, tell stories, and encourage joyful connection. Born in New Jersey and raised in a dance studio, he has called New York City home for more than a decade. In that time he has created emotional work for the stage and screen, thrown dance parties for charity, and introduced hundreds of people to one another. He believes deeply in the power of dance, community, and kindness. AL BLACKSTONE - $30.00
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