January 2018 | The Riverside Theater
Join us on January 19, 20, and 21, 2018 at The Riverside Theater, where Born Dancing will present four works, including two new works. In addition to re-stagings of Silver Staircase and Stems, the company of multiple generations of dancers with and without disabilities will debut Grey and Sshhh--all choreographed by Born Dancing's Founder and Executive Director, Melissa van Wijk.
The inspiration for Grey started with the piano and violin driven music of contemporary composer Ludovico Einaudi and evolved after the choreographer saw a video of dancer Ahmad Joudeh who stayed in Syria to teach dance to children who had lost their parents or families to the violence. Ahmad would also dance among the ruins in tribute to those who had lost their lives. That haunting video made its way into the heart of Grey along with other stories and images of refugees. The piece explores what it might feel like to live in fear, to flee for your life in the dead of night, to not know where your family members are or if they are safe, to hold a child who has experienced things we cannot fathom, and how--in the midst of it all--children still play and dance.
The second new work Sshhh, as well as Silver Staircase and Stems, put women front and center. This is not without reason, perhaps for obvious reasons. While in Grey the only color comes from children, in Sshhh the only voices heard in this production come from women.
Wasted Love | February 2017
Born Dancing premiered Wasted Love on February 17, 18, 19, 2017 at New York Live Arts Theater. Wasted Love is a modern dance multimedia (Not So) Fairy Tale set to the music of singer/songwriter Misty Boyce and choreographed by Born Dancing's Founder and Executive Director, Melissa van Wijk.
The one-act explores the expected and unexpected meetings and partings of differently abled people as they move through a ‘New York City meets Hogwarts’ world where a Girl and a Boy wrestle through the thrills and trappings of romance.
Misty Boyce joined the Born Dancing cast of 16 dancers with and without disabilities for the performances. Live music was under Music Direction by Scott Sharrard and the production included photography by E.M. Whiteley as well as video by Cheyenne Picardo.
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We've documented the "making-of" below so you can get a feel for what's to come.