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2018 DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub Festival and Encore – 23rd Annual Season

Joe's Pub

September 5, 6, 7, 8, 27

Doors at 6PM
Show at 7PM

The annual DANCE NOW Festival offers a unique challenge for artists: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe’s Pub. Each year, the festival producers select ten artists whose work best meets the festival challenge to participate in an encore performance. The overall challenge winner receives a $1,500 development stipend and a weeklong creative residency at DANCE NOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA.

2018 DANCE NOW ENCORE Joes Pub Festival Lineup

Thursday, September 27:

Lipstick, 2017

Claire Porter / PORTABLES

Choreographed and Performed by Claire Porter


Bridge of Sighs (Excerpt), 2008

Kate Weare Company

Choreographed by Kate Weare


Teenage Dream, Premiere

Loni Landon Dance Project

Choreographed and Costumed by Loni Landon 


Two is You (Excerpt), 2016


Choreographed, Costumed and Performed by Chelsea Ainsworth + Doron Perk


This Man, World Premiere

Choreographed by Nicole Wolcott in collaboration with Tim Edwards


We Fear For Your Life, 2017

Subject: Matter

Choreographed by Ian Berg



Jamal Jackson Dance Company

Choreographed and Performed by Jamal Jackson


Untitled, Premiere

binbinFactory /Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa

Choreographed and Performed by Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa


Every Man (Alright), 2017

Choreographed, Costumed and Performed by Tsiambwom M. Akuchu


This is Desire part II, Premiere

Choreographed by Brendan Drake


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2018 DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub Festival Lineup and Schedule:

Wednesday, September 5

The Bang Group

Jane Comfort and Company

Dance Heginbotham

Brendan Drake

Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory

The People Movers

Amber Sloan

Gus Solomons jr

Nicole Wolcott

Kate Weare Company 


Thursday, September 6

binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa 

Chelsea Ainsworth + Doron Perk

Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works

Loni Landon Dance Project

Kyle Marshall Choreography

Schoen Movement Company

TAKE Dance 

Zvi Dance

Heidi Latsky Dance

Alexander Davis and Michael Figueroa


Friday, September 7

Tsiambwom M. Akuchu

Christal Brown/INSPIRIT

dendy/donovan projects

Jamal Jackson Dance Company

Cleo Mack/Rock Dance Collective


Claire Porter/PORTABLES

Marion Spencer

Subject: Matter

Riley Watts



Saturday, September 8

Tricia Brouk

Catie Cuan x RAD Lab

Khaleah London/LAYERS

Passion Fruit Dance Company

Dimitri Peskov

Kora Radella


Megan Williams Dance Projects

Wallie Wolfgruber

Yin Yue/YYDC


Programs subject to change.



DANCE NOW is produced by directors Robin Staff, Sydney Skybetter, and Tamara Greenfield.

For 23 years DANCE NOW has bent the rules to offer all-inclusive destination events that reveal the bustling energy and innovation of New York City dance makers. Created in 1995 as a program of the Downtown Arts Festival, DANCE NOW launched in 1996 as an independent festival. Without a performance venue, DANCE NOW learned to embrace limitation as a powerful source for creativity. Seeking creative ways to bring dance and community together, DANCE NOW developed partnerships to connect new audiences to innovative dance makers. Presenting dance in venues both traditional and not, DANCE NOW designed all-inclusive destination events for drained swimming pools, firehouses, galleries, and Joe’s Pub, where, in 2003 DANCE NOW introduced the Dance-mopolitan series. In 2005, DANCE NOW furthered its “less is more” mantra, creating a challenge initiative to encourage work marked by brevity, clarity, and effect. This inspired the commissioning of full-evening works specifically for the Pub, and the merging of all DANCE NOW programs to the Pub in 2011.


DANCE NOW’s programming at Joe’s Pub has defied the standard and encouraged artists to think outside the box and utilize the unique space, creating an inspiring new platform for dance. In the last decade, DANCE NOW has produced numerous critically acclaimed works at Joe’s Pub including Doug Elkins’ Fräulein Maria, David Parker’s ShowDown, Misters and Sisters, and Head Over Heels, Nicholas Leichter’s The Whiz and 20/20, Kyle Abraham’s Heartbreaks and Homies, Nicole Wolcott and Vanessa Walters’ Alley of the Dolls, Camille Brown’s One Second Past the Future, Monica Bill Barnes’s Snow Globes, Takehiro Ueyama’s Somewhere Familiar Melodies, Claire Porter’s Sent-ence, Mark Dendy’s NEWYORKnewyork@Astor Place, Ellis Wood’s The Juggler of Our Ladies, Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott’s Places Please!, and, most recently, Megan Williams’s One Woman Show.

From a small festival series to four distinct programs, from NYC to Pennsylvania, DANCE NOW presents young innovators and emerging and maturing artists side by side, building relationships at varying stages of development and providing comprehensive assistance to advance creativity and new career paths. DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub challenges artists to investigate new directions. DANCE NOW Raw funnels new artists into its programs. DANCE NOW Silo and DANCE NOW SteelStacks provide paid teaching, residencies, and commissioning and performing opportunities through partnerships with DeSales University, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh Valley Charter School, and ArtsQuest at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA.


DANCE NOW is supported, in part, with funds from the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

September 5 - 8: $20 advance ($16 when buying 2+ shows to Sept 5-8 only) / $25 at the door 
September 27: $25 advance / $30 at the door (Sept 27 is not available for package purchase)
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