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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 16-19, 2019

• Ellis Wood — "Earthbound"

Thursday/Friday/Saturday @ 7:00pm; Sunday @ 2:00pm

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• Erika Batdorf / Kate Digby — "The Red Horse is Leaving"

Thursday/Friday/Saturday @ 8:30pm

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Program A:  ELLIS WOOD and Dancers
Thursday/Friday/Saturday @ 7:00pm; Sunday @ 2:00pm

Premiere of Earthbound, created by Wood and dancers Chelsea Hecht, Alexandra Lockhart, and Emily McDaniel, three graduates from SUNY Purchase.  The work is the first in a new initiative designed by Wood to support emerging female choreographer/dancers. Participants are provided with rehearsal space, rehearsal pay, choreographers' fees, music, costumes, set, performance venue, lighting and tech, allowing the artists to focus solely on their craft. Earthbound, set to a music collage, has dancers creating various spaces by moving structures to form pathways, rooms and surfaces. Within these boundaries, they explore physical and emotional states of being, such as heaviness, ecstasy, and confusion.

Ellis wood graduated from U.C. Berkeley in Dramatic Art/Dance, where she studied with her parents Marni and David Wood, former celebrated Graham dancers.  Her many grants include a NYFA Fellowship for choreography and a BUILD grant. Prior to founding Ellis Wood Dance, Wood performed in the companies of Stephen Petronio, Dan Waggoner, Bay Area Repertory Dance, and in the works of various NYC choreographers.

Thursday/Friday/Saturday @ 8:30pm

Directed and choreographed by Kate Digby and written by Erika Batdorf, The Red Horse is Leaving is inspired by the journals of Thaya Whitten, a Nova Scotian painter, performance artist and musician. The work gives the audience an intimate view of someone who is plagued (or blessed) by visions, and struggles to distinguish inspiration from delusion. Along this journey we watch and intensely painful and joyful battle with drugs, addition, isolation, and manic-depression in the pursuit of something beautiful. A "gargoyle," played by Kate Gordon, haunts the painter's studio wearing a spine with lighting responding to Batdorf's breathing and heart rate. 

Kate Digby (choreographer) is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kansas State University.  During her years in NYC and Boston, she danced with The Bang Group, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., and the Boston Dance Collective. She led her own Digby Dance from 2000-2010, choreographing over 30 works for the Company and presenting them across the U.S., Canada and India.

Erika Batdorf (writer), daughter of Thaya Whitten, is a solo performer who works in a number of mediums, as well as a deviser of theater and installation projects, singer, writer and director. She has also created the performance training technique called The Batdorf Technique, taught in annual intensives in Toronto.


Oct 3-6, 2019

• Keely Garfield

• Beyond 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, Rebecca Lazier, 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, Joya Powell, 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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