Contemporary Dance: Ballet

Friday, June 16, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Bryant Park Stage

Exciting dance companies perform back-to-back on five summer Fridays.

Friday, June 16 at 6pm: Ballet

David Fernandez’s Some Dance Company
Gabrielle Lamb’s Pigeonwing Dance
Da’ Von Doane & Artists of the Shift
Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance
and Bennyroyce Dance

Some Dance Company brings together choreographer David Fernandez‘s favorite dancers, including artists from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and creates neoclassical ballets that are playful, jazzy, and full of personality. Fernandez’s acclaimed choreography, Five Variations on a Theme, was performed as part of the internationally touring Kings of the Dance program, and he’s participated in the distinguished National Choreographers Initiative.

Under the direction of Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Gabrielle Lamb, Pigeonwing Dance integrates the rigor of classical training into a contemporary movement language with precision and curiosity. In Lamb’s choreography, bodies combine into moving sculptures, forming strange angles, then they dissolve quickly to spirals and arcs, like puzzles assembling and disassembling themselves in seconds.

Da’ Von Doane & the Artists of the Shift is a new choreography project that explores changes in paradigm in both life and ballet. Doane is a leading member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, frequently in soloist and principal roles, and has been choreographing and teaching for the Dance Theatre of Harlem lecture/demonstration series touring throughout the US. Doane was named one of the “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2014.

Cherylyn Lavagnino merges the aesthetics of her background as a soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet and the downtown stylings of her artistic home as a professor at NYU’s Tisch Dance in her company, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, which she formed in 2000. Her work has been presented both nationally and internationally, including residencies at the renowned Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and most recently for The New Beijing International Contemporary Dance Festival in 2016.

From concert dance to Broadway, Juilliard graduate Bennyroyce Royon is a two-time awardee of the prestigious CUNY Dance Initiative Residency, and is showcasing works by three Filipino-American choreographers, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish (former Alvin Ailey principal dancer), Norbert De La Cruz III (Princess Grace Award recipient), and his own pieces. Performed by a group of multicultural, broad-minded dancers, Bennyroyce Dance delivers energetic and physical contemporary works with glimmers of ballet vocabulary and lots of edge.

Part of the Bryant Park Presents program.