Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jamal Story partners with Capezio for book + dancewear sale event in NYC


Toss in the Ether Pop Up Book Shop
&
Capezio Dancewear End of Summer Sale!


Sunday, August 17th 2014


Save the date!

Toss in the Ether Pop-up BOOK SHOP and CAPEZIO Dancewear End of Summer Sale kicks off on August 17th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. 1650 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY is our meeting spot for a day of fun and excitement.  

 Meet Jamal Story (highly acclaimed dancer - BROADWAY, CHER, MADONNA) and purchase a signed copy of his latest novel Toss in the Ether!  



BONUS - Receive 15% OFF of your CAPEZIO PURCHASES!! 


WHEN

Sunday, August 17th 2014
2:00PM-5:00PM

WHERE
1650 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Monday, May 19, 2014

William Isaac on Kymera Dance, Artistic Influence and The Color Green


thatgirl recently caught up with William Isaac, a dancer/choreographer who has had quite a career thus far and shows no sign of slowing down. He has performed with Armitage Gone! Dance, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Philandanco, appeared as guest soloist with Ballet de Lorraine in France, and was assistant choreographer for the Broadway production of Passing Strange. Imagine our excitement when we learned that he is now Artistic Director and choreographer for his own company, the New York City based Kymera Dance! The company is preparing for performances Sunday, May 25th and Monday May 26th in NYC so naturally, we thought this would be the perfect time to sit down with him to discuss dance, his influences, and this new endeavor. 

William Isaac, Artistic Director, Kymera Dance

thatgirl: Name one thing that you do very well but enjoy the luxury of having someone do for you.
William Isaac: The life I've been able to lead as an artist in New York city amazes me and I wouldn't trade it for anything or anyone else. At this stage of my life I can't say I have any luxuries or responsibilities that I would ask anyone to undertake, but I am always open to help in advancing my business and creating a better quality of life for my loved ones.

TG: What is the most natural aspect of directing Kymera Dance? The most challenging?
WI:  The most natural aspect of running Kymera Dance for me is the creative part. I love getting into a studio with my dancers and watching an idea manifest right before my eyes. It's truly exhilarating. The most difficult part would be running a dance company in New York City. There is a saturation of dance companies here and we are all pushing for the same pot of artistic funding.

TG: You have always choreographed while performing as a dancer in companies. Have you now decided to shift your focus completely from performing to choreographing or will you continue to perform? If so, will you perform with your company? 
WI: At this stage I enjoy watching my dancers perform in my works and works by the other artists that I have commissioned and will commission. I have had a full and wonderful career dancing for amazing choreographers and companies but I am fully committed now to the development of those dancers and the company. I would like for people to see me in this light now. As for the future, I will leave that door open as far as my performing with Kymera Dance.

TG: How would you describe your choreographic style/energy of your company? If it were a color what would it be?
WI: My choreographic style depends on my artistic mood and what I feel I can give the artists to further their and my artistic growth. I am always in search of new creative challenges. Having had the opportunity to work under so many wonderful artists, I am now in the process of filtering that information with newly acquired knowledge to paint and sculpt new landscapes. The color I would associate with my choreography is green. I have always found inspiration from nature and the processes that allow continuity while having so many variations.

TG: What was the event in your personal history that has influenced your work the most?
WI: Death has been a large part of my journey and influence. Coming from that generation that saw the tail end of waves of deaths from HIV/AIDS, I lost quite a few mentors. A good part of my journey is to carry on the torch that was passed to me. Along with this, the passing of my mother. Her motto was "If you're going to do it, do it right." She was a very detail oriented woman and she created this opportunity for me to meet my fullest potential by moving to America from the island of Antigua.

TG: Share something that you believed when you were very young that you have found to be true now that you're older and wiser?
WI: No matter what anyone tells you if you believe and work for what you think you are capable of doing, it will happen. The older and wiser part is, it just might not happen when you think or want it to happen.

TG: How do you feel about the term "contemporary dance" as commonly used today?
WI: "Contemporary dance" is a loose term now that gives you a wide area to play in. I am not opposed to it but I believe society has a branding problem. Someone somewhere is always looking to put people and things into nice neat categories or niches. Right now, for myself personally, I would say I'm an artist working in the medium of dance.

TG: A dance you wish you had choreographed?
WI: My appreciation for other choreographer's works has never extended to coveting their work. If anything, I would simply like to know the idea that spawned a great work like (Ailey's) Revelations or (Balanchine's) Serenade or (Forsythe's) One flat thing reproduced.

TG: Twitter or Instagram?
WI: Twitter, real time information I am all for that.

TG: Mountains or the Beach?
WI: Beach, I'm from a Caribbean Island.

TG: Hip Hop or House?
WI: House Music all day. Let me know where Dj Honey Dijon is spinning and I'm there.


More about William Isaac and Kymera Dance...




Kymera Dance New York City Season Spring 2014
World Premieres by William Isaac and Amy Hall Garner 
Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium JCC in Manhattan
New York City, NY

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Evidence, A Dance Company, Garth Fagan Dance - 3 outstanding dance performances this weekend!

"People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did

But people will never forget how you made them feel." 
                                                                                -Maya Angelou

This weekend there are 3 opportunities to experience unforgettable dance. Evidence, A Dance Company,  Garth Fagan Dance, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater are all presenting works in New York and all are not to be missed!

Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Presents - GENERATIONS



Generations underscores the company's impact on dance and highlights the work of artists who have been part of the company's continuum. These artists include emerging choreographers mentored by experienced artistic leaders in the process of discovering their voices; established choreographers who have gained recognition and national and international acclaim; and legendary choreographers who have created a body of groundbreaking work and, as master teachers and choreographers, have trained and inspired others as well.



Remaining performances: Nov. 16 & 17 in the James & Martha Duffy Performance Space located in the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY  Click here for tickets
(Sales will close online prior to each performance but tickets may still be available at the theater.)


Ron Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company presents - ON EARTH TOGETHER





On Earth Together, Evidence’s celebrated work set to the music of Stevie Wonder, brings Brown’s signature humanity, grace and generosity to BRIC House. This newest iteration of the piece, developed while the company is in residence at BRIC House, will feature local community members of all ages sharing the stage with the company.



Remaining  performances: Nov. 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 at BRIC House 647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place) Brooklyn, NY 11217 Tel: 718.683.5600 (2/3/4/5 to Nevins St | Brooklyn, NY Click here for tickets


Garth Fagan Dance



For its 43rd season, Fagan’s revered company performs a season of premieres and revivals, featuring two world premieres, one by Garth Fagan and one by long-time company member, the superb Norwood Pennewell. Also on the program-Lighthouse/Lightning Rod, performed to an original score by Wynton Marsalis with sets by acclaimed American artist Alison Saar.




Remaining performances: Nov 16, 17 at The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011 (212) 691-9740




Tuesday, October 29, 2013

For Your (Grammy) Consideration... B.O.S.S. Music

R&B RECORDING ARTISTS B.O.S.S. present their 56th Grammy Awards Entry
"MAJOR LOVE"









Enjoy (& vote!) darlings, 

xo,
thatgirl

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Evidence, A Dance Company wants you!

This Saturday Evidence, A Dance Company will hold an audition to find dancers (ages 6-80) to perform "On Earth Together" with the company.

Audition Details: Saturday, September 28th, 2013 3:00pm Ingersoll Community Center 177 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY11201
Rehearsals (if selected) Mondays 7:30pm-9:00pm & Fridays 6:00pm-8:30pm
Performances November 13-24 at BRIC HOUSE Brooklyn, NY


 Then, join the company for a FREE performance 
Sunday, September 29th, 2:00pm at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza


Enjoy Darlings!
xo,
thatgirl