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Leesaar: The Company Artists Saar Harari and Lee Sher arrived in NYC from Tel Aviv five years ago with little more than a dream of forming a company that would make a splash on the NYC dance world. Five years later, their company had garnered outstanding reviews in The New York Times, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and performed all over the world. The physicality and explosive tempos synonymous with LeeSaar's award-winning choreography matured and ripened in Prima, created while in residence at the JCC in the fall of 2009.


Heidi Latsky Dance Dedicated to creating provocative, highly technical and physically adventurous works, Heidi Latsky, former member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, created IF, a dynamic new piece, which mixes members of her company with disabled artists while in residence at the JCC in the fall of 2010. Through open rehearsals, movement instillations in the lobby, and the premiere of IF, the JCC community had the chance to see how Latsky's work "beautifully resets the preconceptions about bodies and movement" (The New York Times).

andrea miller and gallim dance After dancing with Israeli's renowned Bat Sheva Dance Company, Miller started her own company in NYC in 2006. Miller's quirky, energetic and aggressive choreographic style immediately impressed audiences, and her company was invited to perform at Jacob's Pillow, the Joyce, and many other venues, including performances at the JCC in 2009 and 2010. We are thrilled to have provided her company a home base in 2011 to further its artistic development. This residency concluded with performances of Mama Call, a collection of dances that address Miller's Sephardic story and examine how the displaced can reclaim an idea of "home" and Miller's new work Seven Circles, an experiment about intimacy that explores the exposure of limitations and vulnerabilities as an act of trust and love.

daniel bernard roumain Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (known as DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination. DBR has impressed audiences around the country, including his performance on the JCC's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event in 2010. DBR has worked with a wide range of artists and venues ranging from Bill T. Jones to BAM to Seattle school kids. During his residency at the JCC in 2011-2012, DBR interacted with many different areas of the JCC community and created a musical version of the Haggadah, The Order of an Empty Place, a re-setting of Rabbis Joy Levitt and Michael Strassfeld’s haggadah, scored for 33-piece wind orchestra, solo violin, and rabbi.

daniel bernard roumain The JCC is thrilled to have provided a home to Rachel Dickstein to adapt Gertrude Stein's little-known children’s book, The World is Round, and to have offered our entire community the opportunity to spend a year with Ripe Time.

Rachel is a writer, director, teacher, and founding artistic director of Ripe Time, a company devoted to new ensemble-based performance works infused with rich language, visual power, and physical rigor.

For Ripe Time, Rachel has devised, choreographed, and directed the world premieres of Fire Throws (based on Sophocles’ Antigone), Betrothed (based on texts by Jhumpa Lahiri, Chekhov, and Ansky) and Innocents (based on Wharton’s The House of Mirth and adapted with Emily Morse). Most recently, her breathtaking production of Septimus and Clarissa (an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway) was chosen as one of the "best of 2011" by New York Magazine. Rachel has also created and directed other new works for New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges, New York Shakespeare Festival/Joe's Pub, and Seattle's Annex Theatre.

liz lerman, jawole willa jo zollar, and urban bush women

Colleagues for over 25 years, these multi-award-winning choreographers and movers and shakers of the dance world collaborated for the first time to make dances, launch a lecture series, and animate questions about wealth and poverty in the US. Their developing work, BLOOD, MUSCLE, BONE: A Story of Wealth and Poverty, was in residence at The JCC in Manhattan throughout the winter and spring of 2013. Between them, Lerman and Zollar have garnered two Bessie Awards, one MacArthur Genius Fellowship, one Guggenheim Fellowship, two USA Artist Fellowships, and countless NEA grants. More information.
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