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New Jersey's Top Emerging Female Choreographers Premiere New Works at NJPAC
Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Showcases Today’s Top Emerging
Choreographers of New Jersey as part of the 2022 Jersey New Moves
Fellowship Program sponsored by M&T Bank a world of dance just minutes from home
When: Friday, June 10,
2022, @ 7:00 p.m. EST
is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk
from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or
Tickets: $34. To
purchase, contact NJPAC at 1.888.GO.NJPAC/1.888.466.5722
or visit NJPAC.org/dance.
Health + Safety Protocols: NJPAC regularly
updates its COVID protocols and procedures based on CDC, federal,
state, city, and other scientific data.
Visit NJPAC.org for the most updated
In association with Dance New Jersey, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents a one-night only showcase, featuring world premiere works by five, young female New Jersey-based choreographers. After a year-long mentorship with modern dance professionals including Carolyn Dorfman (Carolyn Dorfman Dance), Sam Pott (Nimbus Dance Works), and Andy Chiang (Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company), these talented dancers/choreographers will premiere and perform their new original works on the NJPAC stage. This marks the third Jersey New Moves presentation at NJPAC (hiatus during COVID 2020-21).
Winners of the Jersey (New) Moves Fellowship Program are five New Jersey-based dancers/choreographers: tap dance artist and founder of Jersey Tap Fest Hillary-Marie (Wanaque), artistic director of dance-theatre company MeenMoves Sameena Mitta (Jersey City), multidisciplinary artist Katelyn Halpern (Jersey City), Montclair State University alumnus Kristilee Maiella (Landing), and Mason Gross School of the Arts teacher Kiana Rosa Fischer (Robbinsville).
All works are
world premieres. Program is subject to change. In the Pocket
Pocket transforms the void of silence into a world
brimming with music and movement. Hillary-Marie, playing the role of a
Trickster with a secret in her pocket, indelibly weaves together the
languages of music and dance as she harnesses the powerful pulse of
rhythmic performance with Tap Dance, Body Percussion, and other
surprises along the way. Will her tricks catch you, or will you catch
Choreographer: Sameena Mitta
Music: Name TBA by SlowPitchSound
Dancers: Jasminn Johnson, Chelsea Hecht, Mark Willis, Stephanie
Terasaki, Chase & Tessa (92Y Harkness Dance Center Students)
Costume Designer: Sarah Timberlake
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, the uprisings for racial
justice reverberating, and the nation more politically divided than
ever, the events from the week preceding election day 2020 through
inauguration day in 2021 had a profound effect upon all Americans.
Throughout this period, Recanati-Kaplan Scholarship students at the
92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center and company members from dance
company MeenMoves recorded their reactions to these intensely charged
historic events. These interviews were the source material for an
intergenerational dance film that highlights the excitement, anxiety,
mourning, shock and hope this diverse set of people experienced during
one of the most divisive times in recent memory. My Quadrennia brings
this dance film to the stage as a dance-theater work, intensified by a
telling of one family’s historical and current relationship with voting
in the United States. It is a timely reminder of both the importance
and fragility of the most fundamental of democratic institutions.
Being Here Is
What We Are Doing
Choreographer: Katelyn Halpern
Dancer: Katelyn Halpern
This site-specific work is a contemporary-performance-slash-status-report
on the two intervening years between the original Jersey New Moves
performance date, June 19, 2020, and the present moment.
Soloist-choreographer Katelyn Halpern presents at the growth edge of
vulnerability (read: oversharing) with cupcakes, a raincoat, and a
microphone for company. The inspiration is the mother of necessity — in
spite of all that has happened and all that continues to happen,
commitments will be kept and the deliverables informed by what we have
learned about presence, grief, and the body.
Choreographer: Kristilee Maiella
Music: “Rubber Head” by Cliff Martinez, “5 115” by Michael Wall, “Under
Pressure” by David Bowie and Queen
Dancers: Alexa Agesen, Elysia Carrasca, Kierstyn Edore, Maddie
McGovern, Isabella Porreca, Riley Rienert, and Ellie Sharpe
a contemporary work combining elements of both concert and commercial
dance— beginning in silence and ending with Queen and David Bowie’s
“Under Pressure.” Costumed in bold prints and bright colors, seven
dancers demonstrate strong technique and artistry as they work together
to cultivate an overall emotional, relatable, and entertaining
performance. Inspired by song lyrics as well as real life
experiences, LOVE follows
a journey from a state of fear into love, questioning; how does
choosing love over fear change who we are, how we see the world around
us, and how we care about ourselves and others?
Choreographer: Kiana Rosa Fischer
Music: End of
Summer part 4 by Johan Johansson, Seiden Still by
of Our Lord by Sufjan Stevens
Dancers: Jannah Schwarz, Kiana Rosa Fischer
Visual Artist: Leah Rosa
Don’t explores the thoughts, desires, and confusions
of motherhood, as well as the complexities entailed by such
relationships. Utilizing both text and visual art, Kiana Rosa Fischer
seeks to blend a collage of images that can be seen, heard, and felt.
Strained relationships, regrets, and conflicted desires weigh on the
dancers as they navigate both the history and connectivity of their
bodies, memories of the past, and questions for the future.
About NJPAC New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey—where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.7 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.