The Encounter (2021-ongoing)

The Encounter is a new intergenerational dance-theatre project being developed in NYC and with diverse communities around the world merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers. Current The Encounter projects are being created in Italy, Buffalo, and NYC

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The Encounter pulls from what we are currently carrying in our bodies–grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power- and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time, as we dig our lives out of the pandemics of this age. The burgeoning result is a cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body as a form of communication and the potency of movement as a connective language.

Watch The Encounter (film), about the process of seeding the work, by artist Caroline Haidet:

Upcoming:

The Encounter, commissioned and presented as part of French Institute/Alliance Francaise's Crossing the Line Festival, featuring performers and designers from NYC and Torn Space Theater in Buffalo. October 6-8, 2022, FIAF's Le Skyroom. 

 

2022 Projects:

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The Encounter: Italia, supported by Jacob's Pillow in collaboration with American Dance Abroad as a part of WomanMade, a project of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Touring in Europe Summer-Fall 2022

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The Encounter: Buffalo created in partnership with Torn Space Theater.

Watch the trailer.

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The Encounter is supported, in part, by a Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance at the Center for Ballet & the Arts @ NYU where it was seeded in summer 2021. The project will continue to be developed through 2024. Crossing the Line performances of The Encounter are made possible, in part, through FIAF’s commissioning funds;; a generous grant from the Nathan M. Clark Foundation; residencies at Tremper Arts; a generative partnership and residency with Torn Space Theater; and individual donations from John Robinson and other patrons