From the very beginning, we’ve found ways to serve the larger community at the intersection of music and dance with unique service programs that fill a void in the arts scene in New York City and beyond. Here’s what we’ve been doing:
The Periapsis Open Series
In our early seasons, we’d invite other choreographers to perform new work on our season performances and help them discover music by living, mostly emerging composers. They’d work with their own dancers but use our musicians (and often be in touch with the composers), gaining a collaborative opportunity that was extremely rare in New York City. This program has been discontinued, but it planted the seeds for a new program that has become a major presence in New York.
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 through an open application process. Through dedicated Open Series programs and by incorporating Open Series guests in our company’s programs, 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 Periapsis Open Series and the early performance invitations, we’ve presented a staggering amount of work, including:
Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Julia Bengtsson, 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, Samuel Asher Kunzman, Zara Lawler: The Flute on its Feet, Emery LeCrone, Yesid Lopez (DeMa Dance Company), Miro Magloire (New Chamber Ballet), Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, Sarah Mettin, Barbara Gail Montero (Logos Dance Collective), Leigh Schanfein, Hala Shah, Bradley Shelver (Steps Repertory Ensemble), Ursula Verduzco (Benjamin Briones Ballet), Maleek Washington, Hee Ra Yoo (Yoo and Dancers), Royce Zackery
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, Jack Fuller (GypjaQ), Whitney E. George, JC Gonzalez (One Truth), Zachary Green, Trevor Gureckis, James Holt, Jonathan Howard Katz, Pawel Knapik, Tonia Ko, Steve Kunzman, Pascal Le Boeuf, Eugene Marlow, Matt McBane (Build), Tom Morrison, Charlotte Mundy, Tristan Murail, Peter Michael von der Nahmer, Jenna Nicholls, Piotr Nowotnik, Felipe Perez Santiago, Kala Pierson, Tim Prepscius, Steve Reich, Daniel J. Reyes, Dana Dimitri Richardson, Frederic Rzewski, Jeri Silverman, Alexander Sovronsky, Haralabos Stafylakis, Georg Philipp Telemann, Dmitri Tymoczko, Dorian Wallace, John Yannelli
The Periapsis Open Series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Emerging Artist Residencies
In June, 2017, at the end of our fifth season, we launched the pilot program of our Emerging Artist Residencies. Over two weeks, two pairs of choreographers and composers created new work on our company members (dancers and musicians), receiving valuable feedback along the way from guest artist Janis Brenner. A culminating works-in-progress showing, with audience discussion, completed the program.
Selection was extremely competitive, with over fifty artists applying for only four spots. The selected artists for our inaugural residencies were choreographers Wendell Gray II and Angie Moon, and composers Anne Lanzilotti and Kevin McCarter.
To our knowledge, no other program currently exists that brings the music/dance collaborative creative process into a workshop process like this, with all artists participating for the full process (composers and musicians were there every day!) and with the feedback and performance components. It is a powerful example of the need within the artistic community for organizations like Periapsis Music and Dance.
The Emerging Artist Residencies program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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 425 composers have signed up from 39 different US states/territories and over 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.
Artistic director Jonathan Howard Katz is offering a low-cost, online workshop for choreographers and dancers with an interest in developing a deeper relationship with music. For more information, please see our education page.
In addition to the above, we’ve hosted networking events for composers and choreographers, produced occasional live music workshops for choreographers, and offer a variety of educational programs as well. Please see our education page and calendar page, and connect with us to learn about new programs and opportunities!