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Soaking WET

Soaking WET

Soaking WET is a series of choreographic evenings curated by David Parker, whose company, David Parker and The Bang Group has been the first and only resident-dance company of the West End Theatre since January 2003. Parker is committed to bringing together artists of varied backgrounds and levels of experience in order to break down aesthetic barriers and achieve mutual inspiration. The artists are united by their commitment to movement and their understanding that vigorous experimentation can take many forms. Soaking WET has received generous support from The Jerome Robbins Foundation and New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs

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Upcoming Performances

May 10-13, 2018

• Vicky Shick

• Women in Motion (Rebecca Lazier, Garnet Henderson, Joya Powell)


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Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 7 PM

     Shick will premiere her new Wash/A Variety Show.  For years, the choreographer has been enthralled by both the making of and the mini-portraits inherent in solos and duets.  On her return to the Soaking WET series, she will unabashedly present an evening of just these "little secret dances," in which she will be joined by Donna Costello, Meg Harper, Jon Kinzel, Jennifer Lafferty, Marilyn Mayward Yahel, Omagbitse Omagbemi, and Gabrielle Revlock
 Set piece is by Swiss artist Seline Baumgartner; the film is by photographer Anjola Toro.

In her very personal style, called "poetic and quirky" by The New Yorker, and "a scrupulous architect of movement for its own sake" by The New York Times, Vicky Shick's passion continues to hover around a thicket of nuanced physicality revealing both the fragility and grit of the performer.

A program of works by Rebecca Lazier, Garnet Henderson, and Joya Powell
Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 8:30 PM; Sunday at 2 PM

      REBECCA LAZIER returns to solo form for the first time in 15 years to create Conditions, asking how to confront, interpret and accept bodily limitations.  The dance resulted from the choreographer's recent life-threatening boating accident which revealed what happens when the body fails.
      Rebecca Lazier's most recent group work, There Might be Others, was commissioned by NYLA and received a Bessie for Outstanding Score. Her previous work, Coming Together/Attica, was named one of New York's 2013 most memorable experiences by Eva Yaa Asantewaa and subsequently toured to Canada, Turkey and Greece, and was featured in the 2014 Vencie Biennale.  The Brooklyn-based choreographer and dance educator has been an artist-in-residence at The Joyce Theater Foundation, Movement Research, The Yard, and others.

       GARNET HENDERSON will dance her new Address, a solo that embodies and challenges assumptions about women, their bodies, and what they should do with their bodies. She explores the consequences of living and performing under these expectations, and the difference between being looked at and being seen.
        A native of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Garnet's work has been presented in New York at the West End Theater, 92nd Street Y, Triskelion Arts, and Gibney Dance.  As a performer, she has appeared in dances by Ori Flomin, Kyle Abraham, David Parker, Larry Keigwin, Mark Dendy, and others.  Garnet holds a BA cum laude in Dance and English Literature from Columbia University.   Also known as a dance writer, she is a regular contributor to Dance Magazine, and her articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Dance Enthusiast, and other publications.

        JOYA POWELL, choreographer, and Zoë Aqua, violinist, have collaborated on A Life of Many Seasons.  Aqua will accompany live for this autobiographical dance/theater work that peers into stories of tradition, ritual and fortitude of a typical New York Jewish family.
        Joya Powell's work reflects her passion for community, activism, and dances of the African Diaspora.  The native Harlemite has been recognized with a 2016 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Bessie Award, a 2016-17 Dancing White Black Fellow, and a 2017 SDC Observership Program.  As a dancer, she has been hailed as a "radiant performer" in The New York Times, and her choreography has been performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, SummerStage, Bronx Museum of Arts, and other major venues.
         Brooklyn native Zoe Aqua recently performed with the Klezmatics' in the Broadway production of Indecent, and is a co-founder of Tsibele, an all-woman Klezmer quintet.  The versatile violinist also performs music that ranges from French-infused reggae with the Blue Dahlia to Mexican folkloric music with the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.  She previously collaborated with Joya Powell in the 2016 
Song and Dance You, a dance piece about Black Lives matter and minstrelsy.

September 27-30

• Deborah Lohse*

• Beyond The Bang Group (Chelsea Ainsworth*, Tommy Seibold* and Louise Benkelman*, Ben Freedman*, Jason Collins* & Lindsay Harwell, Alison Manning*, Sara Hook*)

*denotes current or former members of The Bang Group 




The West End Theatre is located on the second floor of the Church of St. Paul & St. Anthony at 263 West 86th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue).  Take the 1 train to 86th Street.  Use the ramp on the north side of the street to enter the church.  The theater is located on the second floor.  An elevator is available.

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Chelsea Ainsworth, Chase Angier, Dylan Baker, Eleanor Barisser, Barkin/Selissen Project*, Mary Barnett, Patricia Beaman, Ian Spencer Bell*, Louise Benkelman, Karen Bernard, Brynne Billingsley, Robert Bingham, Josh Bisset, Boink! Dance & Film, Wendy Blum, Lorene Bouboushian, Racy Brand, Lise Brenner, Tricia Brouk*, Marsi Burns, Christopher Caines, Darrah Carr, John Carrafa, Gerald Casel, Ryan Casey, Colleen Cavanaugh, Lorraine Chapman*, Janet Charleston, Tze, Chun, Mary Cochran, Rachel Cohen, Ellen Cornfield*, Tina Croll, Angharad Davies, Eva Dean, Alberto Denis, Kate Digby, Chris Dohse, Fiona Dolenga*, Maura Donohue*, Doppelgänger Dance Collective*, Carlye Eckert, Jennifer Edwards, Kelli Edwards, Ara Fitzgerald, Ashley A. Friend, Keely Garfield*, Leigh Garret, Aviva Geismar*, Lawrence Goldhuber/BigManArts, Alan Good, Erin Gottwald, Groundworks Dance Theater*, Luke Gutgsell, Daniel Gwirtzman, Remi Harris, Johanna Hegenscheidt*, Garnet Henderson, HEWMAN (Jason Collins & Lindsay Harwell), Sue Hogan, Sara Hook, Jordan Isadore (Sara du Jour), Risa Jaroslow, Elizabeth Johnson, Elizabeth Keen, Jesse Keller, Kai Kleinbard, Annie Kloppenberg, Alice Klugherz, Sarah Konner, Tennille Lambert, Amy Larimer*, Heidi Latsky, Rachel List, Deborah Lohse*, Khaleah, London, Katherine Longstreth*, Victor Lozano, Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson/Hanna Q Dance Company, Rachel Lynch-John, Bronwen MacArthur, Aislinn MacMaster, MADboots Dance Company (Jonathan Campbell & Austin Diaz), Angela Maffia, Barbara Mahler, Alison Manning, Cori Marquis, Paul Matteson, Amy Miller, Marta Miller, Joseph Mills, Tiffany Mills, Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance, Cassandra Motta, Jessica Morgan, Ben Munisteri, Adele Myers & Dancers*, Gregory Nuber, Donnell Oakley, Katy Orthwein Dance Projects, Joshua Palmer, Doron Park, David Parker, Peggy Peloquin, Nicole Pierce, Molly Rabinowitz, Zoe Rabinowitz, Erin Reck, Jonathan Reidel, Marta Renzi, Amy Rosen, Janice Rosario*, Tommy Seibold, Austin Selden, Laura Shapiro, Vicky Shick*, Shua Group, Dixie Shulman, Silva Dance Company, Megan Sipe, Amber Sloan*, John Sorensen-Jolink, Jody Sperling, Kristi Spessard, Rebecca Stenn*, Kristin Swiat, Alice Teirstein, 10 Hairy Legs, Catherine Tharin*, Emily Tschifelly, Jordana Toback, Deirdre Towers, Kathryn Tufano, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Diane Vivona, Cat Wagner, Debra Wanner*, Christopher Williams, Megan Williams, Zack Winokur, Katie Workham, Anne Zuerner

*denotes Full Production

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