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Two Dance Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Weekend – the Joyce Theatre Ballet Festival

Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2015

The Joyce Theatre, located in Chelsea, and formerly known as the Elgin Theatre, was previously a 1941 movie house and was transformed in the 80’s into one of the premiere dance venues in New York City. A theatre created by dancers for dance, the theatre is now well-known for its intimate setting and elegance, providing an excellent view from every seat.

After its creation in 2013, The Joyce Theatre Ballet Festival has been taking place annually. Each summer features new works by choreographers and dancers alike looking to expand repertoire beyond the traditional company performances. The festival runs from August 4th to 16th this year, and the conclusion of the event during the next few days will include several exciting and original performances.

August 13th and 14th will feature a work from rising star choreographer Emery LeCrone. After creating over fifty works so far, the young LeCrone will be making her debut at the Joyce Festival, with an ambitious program which will include a mixture of past repertory and new creations. Performances will take place on Thursday, August 13th and Friday, August 14th, at 8:00pm.

Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm Amy Seiwart‘s contemporary ballet company Imagery will be in the spotlight to conclude the festival. Known for bringing an edge to classical ballet, Seiwart’s program will include the New York premiere of three pieces, Traveling Alone, Starting Again, and Back To. Seiwart comes from a 19-year career, much of which was spent with San Francisco’s Smuin Ballet as a dancer and choreographer.

This unique and unmissable Festival promises to provide exciting and riveting performances, full of creative valour, and bound to thrill dance enthusiasts and lovers of the arts alike.

Tickets begin at $10, and can be purchased at JoyceCharge by calling 212-242-0800, or online. The Joyce Theatre is located in Chelsea at 175 Eighth Avenue, on the corner of 19th Street.


Caitlin Leonard


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