Contemporary Dance

Showcasing major dance companies and rising stars

Major dance companies and rising stars perform at Contemporary Dance in June with curation by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, featuring Ayodele Casel, Dance Heginbotham, Aphrat Asherie, Ariel Rivka Dance, The Missing Element, Music From The Sole, EMERGE125, and a Social Latin Dance Class with Ballet Hispánico.

Bryant Park also hosts its first-ever Open Rehearsal Residencies on the stage with dance companies Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet and Athomasproject.

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2022 Schedule

Saturday, June 4: Athomasproject (Contemporary Modern)

Sunday, June 5: Ariel Rivka Dance (Contemporary Modern) and The Missing Element (Beat-boxing and Hip-Hop)

Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) is an all-female contemporary dance company based in New Jersey led by Artistic Director Ariel Grossman. ARD’s mission is to champion female creatives through original choreography, commissioned music, and curated family and educational programming. Through movement, ARD creates a community of vulnerability and acceptance, providing opportunities for hope and connection.

Fusing the music making of beatbox with street dance, The Missing Element was commissioned by Works & Process to marry the cypher, widely found in rap, beatbox, and break dance, with the circular architecture of the Guggenheim. Through a pandemic induced detour, a new collaboration took inspiration from the heart of Lincoln Center, the Revson Fountain. During their Works & Process bubble residency The Missing Element collaborators made up of members of The Beatbox House including Amit Bhowmick, Chris Celiz, Neil Meadows (NaPoM), Gene Shinozaki, and Kenny Urban, and dancers including flexer Joseph Carella (Klassic), Krumper Brian (Hallow Dreamz) Henry, and breakers Graham Reese and Anthony Rodriguez (Invertebrate) created a site-specific work, embodying wind, fire, water and earth to push the boundaries of creativity to inspire the spirit and recovery of New York.

Friday, June 10: Featuring EMERGE125 (Contemporary Modern) and Ayodele Casel (Tap)

Founded in 1981, EMERGE125 (formerly Elisa Monte Dance), bridges cultural barriers through the universal language of dance. The company’s work emphasizes three main objectives: create with and for a corps of professional dancers; educate individuals in the art of movement and in appreciation of live dance performance; and collaborate with distinguished artists across other disciplines to bring dance to new audiences and new platforms. Since 2016, Tiffany Rea-Fisher has served as the company’s Artistic Director, building on our nearly 40-year history while also expanding our scope, vision, and reach. The organization now operates dual homes in Harlem and majestic Lake Placid, New York, while continuing to serve audiences around the world with national and international tours, as well as our performances across New York City. Since assuming a leadership role, Tiffany has quickly established herself as a leader in her field, setting a new industry standard for dancer care, greatly expanding our multi-generational educational programs, and extending our legacy of cutting-edge dance performances through innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations. Ayodele Casel, an award-winning “tap dancer and choreographer of extraordinary depth” (The New York Times) and one of The New York Times’ “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019,” most recently serves as Tap Choreographer for the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Funny Girl. She also created and choreographed Chasing Magic, a dance film and concert encapsulating the wonder of collaboration and artistry. Ayodele was also a 2019-2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Artist in Residence at Harvard University. Ayodele has the privilege of being a featured tap dancer honoring the art form of tap on a 2021 US Postal Service Forever Stamp.

Saturday, June 11: Ballet Hispánico’s Social Latin Dance Class and Music From the Sole (Tap)

Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement. For fifty years Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy, and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences. Music From The Sole is a tap dance and live music company that celebrates tap’s Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like house dance and passinho (Brazilian funk). Led by Brazilian choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and by composer Gregory Richardson, their work embraces tap’s unique nature as a blend of sound and movement, incorporating wide-ranging influences like samba, passinho, Afro-Cuban, jazz, and house.