How'd it get to be August? Curse you, Summer, and your incessant need to fly by! Don't get us wrong: We know it ain't over yet (despite the recent influx of back-to-school commercials). Nevertheless, August always seems to bring a sense of nostalgia—anticipation of the end, reflection on memories made...
But today, on this second day of August, we're nipping the sentimental melancholia in the bud, because we're seriously excited for Fall. Fall for Dance, that is.
Here's a quick overview for FFD newbs: Fall for Dance is an annual NYC festival that brings together renowned dance companies from across the globe. It's basically a goodie bag of dance: Each program is so varied—ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, you name it—that there's truly something for everyone. Plus, with tickets at only $15, it's kind of the perfect opportunity to get a sense of which styles and companies you love, and which aren't so much your faves.
The festival kicks off with two free (yes, free!) performances at The Public Theater's Delacorte Theater in Central Park, September 13 and 14 at 8 pm. Then, tickets for the remainder of the festival, which will take place at New York City Center from October 8–18, will go on sale the following Monday, September 14, at 11 am. Check out the program lineup below, featuring 27 (!) different companies and artists.
Delacorte Theater Performances
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: D-Man in the Waters (Part 1) by Bill T. Jones
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Gnawa by Nacho Duato
Lil Buck: Bend in the Road (world premiere)
*Additional Company TBA
Program 1 (October 8 and 9 at 8 pm)
Black Grace: Minoi and Pati Pati by Neil leremia
San Francisco Ballet: Variations for Two Couples by Hans van Manen
Russell Maliphant/Sadler's Wells London: Two x Two by Russell Maliphant
Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble: Words (festival commission) by Mark Morris
Program 2 (October 10 and 11 at 8 pm)
Lucinda Childs Dance Company: Concerto by Lucinda Childs
Semperoper Ballett Dresden: Neue Suite by William Forsythe
Sara Mearns & Company: Stairway to Paradise by Joshua Bergasse
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin
Program 3 (October 14 and 15 at 8 pm)
Trisha Brown Dance Company: Son of Gone Fishin' by Trisha Brown
Company Sébastien Ramirez & Honji Wang: AP15 by Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang
Vuyani Dance Theatre: Umnikelo by Luyanda Sidiya
*Additional Company TBA
Program 4 (October 16 and 17 at 8 pm)
Brian Brooks Moving Company with Juilliard Dance: Torrent by Brian Brooks
The Australian Ballet: Ostinato (world premiere) by Tim Harbour
BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal: Closer by Benjamin Millepied
Rennie Harris Puremovement: Students of the Asphalt Jungle by Dr. Rennie Harris
Program 5 (October 18 at 8 pm)
Wayne McGregor|Random Dance: FAR by Wayne McGregor in collaboration with the dancers
Pontus Lidberg Dance: New Lidberg (festival commission) by Pontus Lidberg
Aakash Odedra Company: Nritta by Aakash Odedra
The Sarasota Ballet: Les Patineurs by Sir Frederick Ashton
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
There's a story Kate Walker, director of dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, loves to tell about Emma Sutherland, who just graduated from the program. "We were watching the students run a really long, challenging piece," Walker recalls. "Several kids couldn't quite make it through. But Emma did make it all the way to the end, which is when she walked up to us faculty and very politely asked, 'May I please go throw up?' "