Take Root At Green Space

DeLucia Benson Dance (Photo Ben Trivett) DeLucia Benson Dance (Photo Ben Trivett) Green Space announces a diverse roster of artists for its signature programs this March. Take Root will present an evening of work by two companies: DeLucia Benson Dance and Six Degrees Dance, curated by Chris Ferris, on March 15th and 16th, and Fertile Ground showcases worksin progress by multiple dance artists on March 17th.

DeLucia Benson Dance will show a duet of works. The first set will include Crux Acclaim and Quintessence. Crux Acclaim is a work of physical dance that creates shapes and patterns that excite the mind and spirit. This work sets a tone for a larger work that explores concepts of contrast. It moves quickly and is dense in movement and visual complexity. Quintessence is a work with dynamic shifts in mood, timing, and movement quality. The movement embodies restriction and freedom, fear and confidence, loneliness and empathy. Dancers support each other with perfectly timed catches and carries. Strength is apparent as the women collide and embrace. Music will be provided by cellist Loren Dempster. The second set of works is an exploration of movement, music, sound, and materials. “We will explore the contrast of the ordinary to extraordinary. We will use different ordinary materials to create interesting movement scenarios. We explore movement using a white sheet. It creates shapes and sounds, it creates movement and hinders it. The costumes, in partnership with the movement, create sound that drives the dance and offer an unconventional musical score.”

Six Degrees Dance (Photo Allison Armfield) Six Degrees Dance (Photo Allison Armfield) Six Degrees Dance’s as yet untitled piece explores ideas of fear, aggression, anxiety, apathy and the false panacea of distraction as it relates to today’s social climate. Performers, shrouded by thin veils of complacency, separate themselves from the world around them in an attempt at safety and protection. But when they remove those veils, what do they see? And how will they respond? The piece will be performed by Shanise Dews, Eilish Henderson, Sarah Lapinsky, Hanna McClean, Cecly Placenti, and Jillian Sawyer, with music by Armand Amar, Blondie, Philip Glass, and Jon Hopkins.

(DeLucia Benson Dance and Six Degrees Dance: March 15th and 16th, 8 pm. Advance sale tickets: $17 online at www.GreenSpaceStudio.org. Tickets purchased at door: $20 cash, $22 credit card.)

Fertile Ground has supported emerging and established artists for 13 seasons, showcasing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. The non-curated program features five to six dance makers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Green Space’s Artistic Director, Valerie Green. The March 17th, 7 pm performance features Eveline Kleinjans, Erin Landers, spare/change, Benjamin Roach, Miho Ryu and Gwendolyn Knapp. (Tickets are $15 at door and online at www.GreenSpaceStudio.org.)

Dance Entropy created its company home, Green Space, in Long Island City in 2005. Housed in a former silk factory with magnificent views overlooking Manhattan, the lofty 2,000 square foot space offers an affordable venue for the creation and practice of dance. Green Space and Dance Entropy are committed to accessibility, diversity, education, and collaboration, providing dance artists and their work space to grow in New York City through monthly performance platforms, classes and rehearsal space.

Directions by subway: N, W, or the 7 to Queensboro Plaza, take the North pedestrian bridge to the street. Turn right onto Crescent and walk to 38th Ave. Turn left on 38th Ave. Walk one block to 24th street.

“Green Space is singular in providing a quality studio to create dance, while offering various simultaneous performance opportunities to share the work with peers and public,” said Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, executive director, Queens Council on the Arts.

TAKE ROOT, now in its 10th season, nurtures dance artists at established stages in their careers, pairing them in a split bill or full evening-length program. This monthly series supports dance makers’ experimentation and growth by providing our venue, Green Space, along with full technical and marketing support to present their work to the NYC public.

Green Space is located at 37-24 24th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101.

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