GIG performs in the Periapsis Open Series, May 2016.

Since the beginning of Periapsis Music and Dance, we’ve found ways to help other artists come together and create or show their own collaborations.  Here are the main ways we’ve accomplished this:

Performance invitations and the Periapsis Open Series:

In our early seasons, before our company had settled into its current configuration, we’d invite other choreographers to perform new work on our series and help them discover music by living, mostly emerging composers.  They’d work with their own dancers but use our musicians, gaining a sort of performance opportunity that was extremely rare in New York City.  We also did some small commissioning through competitive processes and worked with The Juilliard School’s “ChoreoComp” program to present a student collaboration.

In the spring of 2016, we initiated the Periapsis Open Series, a paid performance opportunity for New York-based choreographers who are creating work with composers and/or performing with live music.  Curated by Jonathan Howard Katz, artists are chosen by invitation and through open application.  Through dedicated programs and programs mixed with our company work, we’re able to showcase a huge range of talent, covering an impressive variety of artistic styles and ways in which the music and dance worlds can be brought together.  This is a unique and valuable platform for artists who are creating their own innovative collaborations.

Between the early performance opportunities and the Periapsis Open Series, we’ve presented work by the following artists to date:

Choreographers/companies: Company Stefanie Batten Bland, Ananda Bena-Weber, Giorgia Bovo, Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martinez de Baños (DoubleTake Dance), Ian RT Colless (Untitled|Collective), Mira Cook, Shanna Daly and Sean Hoskins, Tucker Davis, Barbie Diewald, Erin Dillon, Da’ Von Doane, Kristin Draucker, Lorena Egan, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, Alisa Fendley (Fendley’s Fingerprints), Sarah Foster and Christian Serrano (MoveWorks), Whitney G-Bowley (GIG), Rebecca Gual (gual + moves), Rachel M. Hettinger (metaphors&similesDANCE), Madison Hicks, Ruth Howard, Coco Karol, Zara Lawler: The Flute on its Feet, Emery LeCrone, Yesid Lopez (DeMa Dance Company), Miro Magloire (New Chamber Ballet), *Sarah Mettin, Leigh Schanfein, Hala Shah, *Bradley Shelver (Steps Repertory Ensemble), Ursula Verduzco (Benjamin Briones Ballet), Hee Ra Yoo (Yoo and Dancers), Royce Zackery

Composers/ensembles: Samuel Adler, Joachim Andersen, J. S. Bach, Marcos Balter, Armondo Bayolo, Francesco Beccaro, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, Francesca Caccini, Robert S. Cohen, Mira Cook, Whitney E. George, JC Gonzalez (One Truth), Zachary Green, Trevor Gureckis, James Holt, Jonathan Howard Katz, Pawel Knapik, *Tonia Ko, Pascal Le Boeuf, Matt McBane (Build), Tom Morrison, Tristan Murail, Peter Michael von der Nahmer, Jenna Nicholls, Piotr Nowotnik, Felipe Perez Santiago, Kala Pierson, Tim Prepscius, Daniel J. Reyes, Dana Dimitri Richardson, Frederic Rzewski, Jeri Silverman, Alexander Sovronsky, Haralabos Stafylakis, Georg Philipp Telemann, John Yannelli

*Denotes competition winner.

For announcements on current performance opportunities, please visit our opportunities page.

Online resources:

We’ve found that there are many ways to help facilitate choreographer/composer collaborations even when we’re not directly producing a performance opportunity, and we’ve been addressing these through our informational resources.  They’re free to access but require a login on our site.

The Composer List is a way for choreographers to find composers who are looking for dance collaborations.  It’s free, uncurated, and organized by city.  Just click on a name to visit that composer’s website, listen to their music, and get in touch with the composer if you so choose.  So far, over 350 composers have signed up from 39 different US states/territories and 40 other countries.

We’re also making FAQ-style guides to all aspects of music/dance collaborations, including Working with Musicians, Working with Composers, Licensing Music and Recordings, and For Composers: Working with Dance.  These are under construction, but there’s already a wealth of information posted.

Other programs:

Artistic director Jonathan Howard Katz has been finding ways to help choreographers and dancers engage more deeply with music as listeners and when approaching music in artistic dialogue.  Visit our calendar page to find out about upcoming workshops and classes, and our education page to learn more about these programs and what we could offer at your school, studio, or through one-on-one consulting.

We plan to host networking events for composers and choreographers from time to time.  Look for upcoming programs on our calendar page.

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New works by Ursula Verduzco (top) and Da’ Von Doane, with Periapsis musicians, February 2014.  Photos by Rachel Neville.