92Y Harkness Dance Center Future Dance Festival 2022 Finalists

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92Y announces 21 finalists for the 2022 Future Dance Festival. Created by Harkness Dance Center director Taryn Kaschock Russell, the Future Dance Festival is a choreographic competition aiming to give new creators an opportunity to showcase their work. Conceived as a virtual showcase in 2021 when 92Y's building was closed due to the pandemic, this year's festival includes two virtual-only programs streaming May 20-22, 2022 and an in-person program on the stage of Kaufmann Concert Hall on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8pm, streaming May 27-29, as part of the Harkness Dance Center's 2021-22 Mainstage Series. Each program includes seven works, with panelists Kyle Abraham, Janet Eilber, Jennifer Stahl, Jessica Tong, Michelle Manzanales, Melanie Person and Duke Dang choosing three finalists apiece. https://www.92y.org/dance/future-dance-festival.aspx

"This year's Festival retains virtual-only programs to continue providing platforms, connections and community for creators outside of New York City. 2022's finalists stretch across the globe, representing choreographic voices, visions and vocabularies from South Africa, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Mexico and Brazil in addition to the United States," comments Russell. "We are also thrilled that a diverse and inspiring in-person program of primarily New York City creators will have their works performed live on our stage with the 2022 Future Dance Festival part of the Harkness Mainstage Series. It feels especially meaningful to provide the opportunity for a new generation of choreographers to add their names to the historic roster of luminaries who first debuted their own creative voices on our Kaufmann Concert Hall stage."

Russell continues, "as a direct result of participation in our inaugural Future Dance Festival, choreographic finalists had the opportunity to perform their works at the Joyce Theater as part of Martha Graham Dance Company's fall season, were selected for Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," received new commissions from major dance companies, were offered residencies from major organizations, and found future collaborators and community through fellow participating choreographers. Our investment in the alumni of this festival continues as we name new the choreographers as our 2022 finalists."

Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham 
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company 
Jennifer Stahl, former Editor in Chief, Dance Magazine 
Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Michelle Manzanales, Director of Ballet Hispánico's School of Dance and of the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance
Melanie Person, Co-Director, The Ailey School
Duke Dang, Executive Director, Works & Process at the Guggenheim


Two Virtual-Only Programs Stream Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22

Streams Friday May 20 - Sunday May 22 

Selected by Panelist

Demi Remick 
Radio Days (excerpt)
Jennifer Stahl 

Jamal Jackson 
ROB DAY (excerpt)            
Kyle Abraham 

Marla Phelan 
The Fell of Dark
Melanie Person 

Quaba Venza Ernest 
A.Self.Study. - Excerpt of A(Void 
Jessica Tong 

Luis Resendiz Hernandez 
El vuelo del cóndor 
Michelle Manzanales 

Hannah Garner 
Duke Dang 

Kaldi Makutike 
Tea & Bea 
Janet Eilber 

Streams Friday May 20 - Sunday May 22

Selected by Panelist

Claude CJ Johnson
$ensational TrapHou$e
Jennifer Stahl

Javier Ubell
Open Window
Kyle Abraham

Noemi Emanuela Martone
Leave the light on
Melanie Person

Dual Rivet
From The Outside
Jessica Tong

Maria Clara Laet
Michelle Manzanales

Kristina Bermudez
UnMapped and Dislocated
Janet Eilber

Catriona Anne Robertson
Bone as soft, Skin as concrete
Duke Dang

In-Person Program at the 92nd Street Y as part of the Harkness Mainstage Series
Thursday, May 26, 8 pm
Streaming Friday, May 27- Sunday, May 29

Khensani Mathebula
Kyle Abraham

Kelly Ashton Todd
Nest, act II
Jessica Tong

Lindy Fines
Janet Eilber

Thryn Saxon
Melanie Person

Nicole Vaughan-Diaz
A Portrait of Them
Michelle Manzanales

Aaron Choate
One Hundred People in a Line
Duke Dang

Sameena Mitta
Alternative (f)Acts (excerpt)
Jennifer Stahl
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