Contemporary Dance

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

Fresh and original, innovative artists showcase exhilarating works. Curated by Tiffany Rea-Fisher.

A part of our free Picnic Performances, drop in and enjoy Contemporary Dance with food and drink for purchase, blankets free to borrow, and lawn games available to all.

The New York Times says our dance series is “making dance part of a broader public conversation and providing an ideal picnic backdrop to boot,” while Dance Magazine calls Contemporary Dance “one of the best parts of summer in NYC.”

Check out the Picnic Performances page to see the full summer lineup and plan your visit!

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2019 Schedule

June 14: Jennifer Muller / The Works, Patrick O’Brien Dance Project, Talissa Bavaresco / BAVA Dance, and Steps on Broadway Conservatory

June 21: Buglisi Dance Theatre, VON HOWARD PROJECT, Beatrice Capote, and LaGuardia Dance Ensemble

June 28: LaneCoArts, SYREN Modern Dance, JOLT Dance Project, and Harlem School of the Arts

July 5: David Dorfman Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, URBAN / TRIBE, and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts


June 14

Jennifer Muller / The Works
Jennifer Muller/The Works celebrates 44 years of performing for world audiences, educating youth and serving the community. JMTW applies a multi-disciplinary technique, weaving dance and theater to create exhilarating dances that illuminate human spirit.

Patrick O’Brien Dance Project
Patrick O’Brien Dance Project is a NYC-based contemporary dance freelance ensemble that strives to create rigorous new works to expand the human experience.

Talissa Bavaresco / BAVA Dance
Choreographer Talissa Bavaresco debuts her company: BAVA Dance (Bold Alluring Virtuous Artists). This new company aims to bring a different perspective on contemporary dance through narrative-compelling choreography and bold performances.

Steps on Broadway Conservatory
A two-year program specifically designed for the dancer preparing for a professional career in the concert and commercial dance worlds. Offering intermediate-advanced dancers, (17-24) the opportunity to strengthen technique and artistry through study and performance, while providing an introduction to NYC’s professional dance community.

June 21

Buglisi Dance Theatre
NYC-based Buglisi Dance Theatre performs on the stages of The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, Ailey Citigroup, and Battery Dance Festival, and presents the Table of Silence Project 9/11 at Lincoln Center, streamed live around the world.

Founded in 2003 by Christian von Howard, VON HOWARD PROJECT is a contemporary dance company showcasing a diverse collective of artists and their sinuously athletic movements that challenge space and time.

Beatrice Capote
Beatrice Capote studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, University Of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Montclair State University. Capote has worked with INSPIRIT, a dance company as a performer and rehearsal director, Camille A. Brown and dancers, Mavericks dance company, and many more. She is currently faculty at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University.

LaGuardia Dance Ensemble
The LaGuardia Dance Ensemble was founded by Greg Sinacori, faculty member of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. The mission of the ensemble is to share with the community the passion, energy and vibrancy of some of New York City’s finest young dancers.

June 28

Lane Gifford, artistic director of LaneCoArts, has a multi-arts approach to her process and a strong collaborative sensibility, generating dance theater works that reflect the complexities of our current cultural landscape through rigorous physical story telling.

SYREN Modern Dance
SYREN Modern Dance has shared dance in classrooms, theaters, churches, temples, galleries, libraries, and museums throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Washington D.C., Texas, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Paris, France.

JOLT Dance Project
JOLT Dance Project is a New-York based dance collective under the direction of Jarred Bosch. JOLT uses athletism and theatricality to bring audiences into new worlds.

Harlem School of the Arts
Harlem School of the Arts (HAS) provides classes for students ages 2-17 in music, dance, theater and visual arts. HSA Dance Director Aubrey Lynch II, former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and former Lion King Associate Producer, has recently launched the HSA Dance Ensemble, ages 11-17 and HSA Dance Junior Ensemble, ages 8-11. These ensembles are comprised of HSA’s most talented students and HSA Dance alumni. Dorothy Maynor Singers, led by HSA Music Director Yolanda Wyns, is a special ensemble of intermediate and advanced HSA vocal students.

July 5

David Dorfman Dance
Led by visionary choreographer David Dorfman since 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) presents radically humanistic dance that hits at the heart of the human condition–creating invigorating, innovative and vibrant movement for and with everyday people.

The Francesca Harper Project
Founded in 2005, The Francesca Harper Project is a not-for-profit company dedicated to creating groundbreaking dance, music, and theater works. Embracing and celebrating the spirit of diversity and individuality, the company works are rooted in fundamental themes of creation, imperfection, love, humanity, race, sexuality, politics, and identity.

URBAN / TRIBE lead by Mathew James, a descendant of the Chumash Indians. URBAN / TRIBE strives to create inclusive opportunities for artists with diverse backgrounds in hopes of delivering meaningful ideas about our complex culture.

Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance
Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, strongly believes fully in passion, spirit, and is committed to appreciating the differences that truly make each artist unique and respected. Mr. Mosley is a Founder and Director who leads the EMDOD vision with a strong hand for all. He welcomes Diversity not only in art but the life experiences that each dancer brings to the process of creating dance that entertains, educates and heals the human spirit.

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