The Dance Gallery Festival in NYC

The Dance Gallery Festival returns for their 12th annual New York performance showcase, Friday, November 2 at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay St in Brooklyn, and on November 3 and 4 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W 55th Street, NYC with more than 25 artists in a weekend of groundbreaking work performed in three distinct and separate programs.

The Dance Gallery Festival was established in 2007 to mentor upcoming national and international choreographic talent with performance opportunities and residencies. Under the guidance of Astrid von Ussar, Festival Artistic Director and co-founder, The Dance Gallery Festival has mentored hundreds of artists seeking to establish a foothold in a business with few resources and much competition.

Over 320 emerging and established choreographers have participated in The Dance Gallery Festival since its founding in 2007, with more than twenty-five works commissioned. Many Festival alumni have gone on to perform at Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, international venues and national television. Eleven choreographers in this year’s Festival are new to Dance Gallery, with fourteen participants showing in New York for the first time including OcampoWang Dance Co-Artistic Director Chien-Ying Wang who will present (K)Not Tied at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center on November 2nd and at Ailey Citigroup Theater on November 4th. The choreography will be performed by JueDai Contemporary Dance Theatre from Taiwan.

The Festival’s Level UP program on Saturday, November 3 (7:30pm) at Ailey Citigroup Theater will showcase dance companies/choreographers ready to advance to the next level in development and promotion of their work. Each company will receive 25 minutes of performance time and a commission fee. Level UP artists are judged qualified by the selection committee to present at the national level. Featured Artists for the Dance Gallery Level Up performances this year are Cameron McKinney and Victoria DeRenzo/Jared Doster. The Level UP evening will also include excerpt performances by Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions NYC and Joshua L. Peugh/Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (Tx), 2016 Level Up alumni.

The “Main Event” on Sunday, November 4 (3pm), also at Ailey, will feature eleven artists. The Sunday program will also include an AUDIENCE CHOICE vote for next year’s Level Up artist.​

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