As summer draws to a close this month, two New York-based dance companies are offering free outdoor performances over the coming weekend, as the weather is still pleasant and the COVID protocol. -19 is still in place.
Edited by Emily Smyth Vartanian, General Mischief Dance Theater combines high-level storytelling, high-quality movement and a playful attitude, with the aim of reminding audiences that dance is as much visceral as it is visual. The company has performed accessible and often interactive dance adventures throughout New York, Washington, DC, and virtually during the pandemic, to reinforce the power that joy and laughter have in communicating ideas, and to uphold their motto, “We’re serious about having fun.
The last two Saturdays of this month – September 18 at 3:00 p.m. and September 25 at 1:00 p.m. – the troupe will present Let’s go / Vamos outside in Plaza de las Americas (175e street and Broadway). The hour-long family show features an all-new collaboration with the Los Angeles Taiko Project titled To stroll; a new piece called happy, created by members of the company, with music from the Venezuelan-inspired VNote Ensemble; Circle route by resident guest choreographer Karen Gayle; and extracts from An Eastern West, a collaboration with contemporary Armenian folk trio YY Sisters. In addition, there will also be a pop quiz for the performers (Jane Abbott, Maiko Harada, Ellen Henry, Wendy Lechuga, Saki Masuda, Allyson Ross, Richard Sayama, Kierstyn Sharrow, Emily Smyth Vartanian and JP Viernes).
Lechuga, a native of Toluca, Mexico, and a member of the company since 2014, said audiences can expect “a mix of Armenian folk dance, jazz, modern, contemporary theater, dance and lots of stories. through movement ”. She added that she was “thrilled to be back on stage with General Mischief” in front of a live audience, after expanding her acting career in the upcoming animated television series. Alma Road. Created by Sonia Manzano and produced by Fred Rogers Productions for PBS Kids, with an original theme song written and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bill Sherman, the TV episodes, starting in October, will feature different aspects of Latino culture and are available in both English and Spanish.
Wendy also told me that she was very excited to play Circle route excerpts from Shel Suite (inspired by Shel Silverstein’s poems) in General Mischief’s weekend program. “Every time I play this lead role, I find myself at a different time in life, but interpreting the same idea, so it makes me understand where I was and where I’m going; it’s like the character evolves with me as a person and as an artist. The article deals with the “demands” that life gives us, such as finishing school, finding a job, a car, a partner, a marriage, children, a better car, a better house, and the list goes on as a. endless circle – until my character chooses to be herself, to select the people around her and, most importantly, to be proud of her own accomplishments.
Let’s go / Vamos by General Mischief is free, but Reservations are recommended. The show is wheelchair accessible; ASL interpretation by Hands On will be provided on September 18. COVID protocols are in place and an appropriate mask is required for all members of the public.
On Sunday, September 19, from 6.30 p.m., the large outdoor dance company Kinesis project dance theater, known for creating dances that are both expansive and intimate, will present Projector) on the lawn of the Riverside Park locomotives (Hudson River Greenway and W. 62sd Street) as part of the annual NYC Parks Arts and Culture Festival Summer on the Hudson. The company’s latest work combines high-energy, light-refracting dance costumes designed by Rebecca Kanach, and live music by solo violin Doori Na, in a compelling 45-minute performance that crosses bridges to peaks. from the hills to the banks of the Hudson River, inspiring viewers to contemplate the power of human relationships from great distances.
According to Kinesis artistic director and choreographer Melissa Riker, “the dancers [company members Claudia-Lynn Rightmire, Therese Ronco, David L. Parker, and Nicole Truzzi] and I’m delighted to bring another performance of our free dances to Riverside Park South. . . to reveal the scale of the landscape superimposed on the intimacy of the individual connection.
Be prepared to be mobile, as the audience follows the dancers through the park; a verbal description will be available. For everyone’s safety, all participants should maintain a social distance of six feet during programming, regardless of their immunization status, wear a mask if they are not vaccinated. and stay home if you are sick. For more information and to book a free ticket, go to in line
In keeping with the company’s process of using varied environments to explore a single piece of dance, Projector), which was performed in Seattle and Vashon Island, WA, during the summer of 2021, will also be featured on NYC’s Small island September 25.