Take Root is a monthly curated series that supports dance makers by helping them to present a paired evening of work, find new audiences and network with other choreographers, dancers and collaborators.
For Take Root, the 30-minute “Earth Trilogy” will consist of three sections exploring the human impact upon the natural world.
The first section will be based on Isadora Duncan dances, the dancer that can be credited with inventing Modern Dance.
The dances have rhythms and celebrates the wonders of water, earth and air. It also emphasizes the beauty that can be lost in the natural world.
Also featured will be the dance entitled “Delicate Web.” “Delicate Web” began in January as a collaborative experience between dancers. Artists Kyra and Beth Jucovy, artistic director of Dance Visions NY, thought of the idea for the dance based on their concerns that society isn’t taking global warming and its drastic effect on humans seriously enough.
The dance depicts how humankind might have destroyed the natural world and that our own waste products have destroyed us.
“If humanity wishes to mitigate the dangers to itself, and to life on Earth in general, we must take radical action, starting now,” said Beth in a statement. “‘Delicate Web’ was created with a multi-generational and multi-cultural cast, reflecting that this issue affects everyone. The piece depicts how the dramas of our personal lives take precedence over the concern about a collective future and the implications of this.”
The final performance will be the new work entitled “Hymn,” which is embodied in music and movement to honor the earth, and will be accompanied by the Willow Interfaith Women’s Choir.
“Earth Trilogy” will be presented in a double-billed program along with Edgar Cortes Dance Theater's "Circopia" for Take Root. "Circopia" is a playful, comedic, dramatic and often exaggerated view of the circus of the past.
Beyond Take Root, Dance Visions NY will participate in the Sans Limites 2019 Movement's "Two One Night Stands" dance series on Friday, May 31 in Chelsea, Manhattan. The series showcases an eclectic group of movement artists who are preserving the choreographers of the early modern dance movement, as well as artists who are translating the choreography of the past into the present.
Dance Visions NY will present Isadora Duncan's Russian repertory, including "Russian Workers Songs" and “Three Scriabin Etudes.”
The group has also been presenting a program entitled "I hear America Singing, I see America Dancing" at various sites on Long Island. The next performance will be held on Sunday, June 9 at The Amsterdam at Harborside in Port Washington.
This program honors the 200th birthday anniversary of iconic American poet Walt Whitman and also the 141st birthday anniversary of Duncan.
According to Dance Visions NY, their mission is to “enable audiences to experience an emotional, spiritual and intellectual connection to the world of dance and to inspire audiences to engage with the challenges we face in today's world.
“Through the Isadora Duncan aesthetic and original works inspired by the principles, the company will continually explore and express their shared humanity.”
Tickets to Take Root at Green Space can be purchased at www.greenspacestudio.org/may and tickets are $17 online or $20-22 at the door.