The Architecture of Proximity

Zullo/Raw Movement’s production The Architecture of Proximity is an immersive dance and performance experience exploring the relationship between the architecture of spaces and the physical, psychological and emotional effects of space on the body.

We asked Artistic Director of Zullo/Raw Movement, John Zullo a few questions about his new piece opening in the Theater at the 14th Street Y this Wednesday, October 28th.

Zullo Raw Movement

How would you describe this show to someone that has never experience immersive dance or theater? 

This performance is different from most other performances because there is no seating, therefore the audience is asked to stand during the duration of the performance with freedom to walk around the space. I liken the experience to being at a museum or gallery where you are moving through actively looking and engaging with the works. This allows for a more intimate experience of the work and to actually become part of the whole performance experience.

How did you first become involved with the Y?

I first heard about the Theater at the 14th Street Y when I was at the APAP conference last January.  I visited their booth, and  was able to talk to your staff to learn more about the space.  I like spaces that are unexpected.  My company has been performing mostly in the East Village, and I didn’t know that the Y had this venue.  I think this space allows for the piece to have a blank slate without the space defining the piece.  Instead, this piece is able to define the space.

What do you feel is an important theme of this piece?

In this case, it is playing with borders and boundaries that separate us and erasing them to find communality amongst individuals. It is creating an experience that forces people to deal with and negotiate the relationships that they have with each other and spaces.  Then, we are able to see how physical spaces can affect people physically, emotionally and psychologically.  In this piece, which I think more of as a movement based installation, is immersive through the convergence of movement, sound, architectural spaces, and light.  Through this, we are able to explore the possibility of it all working together– the movement is indicative of the spaces in our lives.

Is there anything else the audience should expect?

My goals for the audience are that they first, experience something that they have never experience before, and second, that they are transformed by the end of the installation.  I hope that the audience is able to find  a sense of openness, and are open to going on this journey with the performers.  The audience becomes part of the work as they are physically engaged in the piece.  Also, I encourage the audience to take photographs (no flash only) during the performance and tag @zullorawmovement on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

 

The Architecture of Proximity will be playing at the Theater at the 14th Street Y

October 28th-Nov. 1st

Buy Tickets Here

Arts & Culture Season Announcement

2015-2015 Season Launch of Arts & Culture events at the 14th Street Y

This season, the 14th Street Y is proud to present a wide variety of arts and cultural events for audiences of all ages. From dance, to wine tasting, to film, to musicals, to visual art and Shabbat experiences for the whole family, there is something for everyone this year at the 14th Street Y!

Dance Series

Our Dance Series brings diverse styles of dance including Flamenco, Ballet, Modern, Immersive, Tap and Contemporary to the downtown community.  Tickets are available at 14streety.org/dance.

Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company Sept. 9-13 — Zullo/Raw Movement Oct. 28-Nov. 1

Bare Dance Company Dec. 4-6 — of bones || hollye bynum Dec. 17-19

Joffrey Ballet School Feb. 17-21 — Sokolow Dance/Theatre Ensemble Mar. 10

From the Horse’s Mouth Apr. 1-3 —  American Tap Dance Foundation Apr. 13-17

Theater

This fall the 14th Street Y Theater will welcome two innovative productions from our resident companies, Red Fern Theater and Afterwork Theater.

Red Fern Theatre Company (readings) Sept. 14-20 — Macbeth (of the Oppressed) Oct. 8-24

Afterwork Theater Presents Urinetown Nov. 13-22

Other Israel Film Festival Nov. 5-8

The 14th Street Y is participating in the 9th annual Other Israel Film Festival. Award-winning films and engaging conversations focusing on the lives and diverse stories of Arab citizens of Israel and minority populations. Visit www.otherisrael.org for updates.

Pause/Play Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Mar. 12

Pause/Play is an innovative Saturday afternoon of Shabbat programming, once monthly at the 14th Street Y.  Activities will include New Country in the City camp programming for kids; toddler sing-a-longs; adult conversations and learning; LABA/rts sessions; meditation; music; family and adult fitness and aquatics for all ages. Free for Y members.

LABALive DRUNK Jan. 21

You’ve seen wine paired with food, but how about wine paired with texts? Join LABA fellows, ancient text scholars and a sommelier as they explore the relationship between wine and time through teachings, tastings and performances. A sensual mash-up indeed. Ticketed event.

LABALive Feb. 25, Mar. 17, Apr. 7, Jun. 2

Join us for a presentation of new works in progress by the LABA Fellows and teachings surrounding this year’s theme of Beauty. LABALive events will include dance, theater, visual art, literature and immersive performances. Ticketed event.

Tikkun Jun. 11

Into the Night a contemporary spin on Tikkun Leil Shavuout presented by Downtown Jews at the 14th Street Y. Join us for a nocturnal journey through culture, conversation, ritual and cheesecakes featuring LABA Fellows, artists, teachers, musicians, and rabbis. Free.

“Se Hace Camino al Andar” – The Road is Made as You March

sonia15The Theater at the 14th Street Y is proud to host the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, presenting two programs: Tablao Sevilla and Por Los Caminos, Wednesday September 9th to Sunday September 13th, 2015.

Sonia Olla, a native of Barcelona, is an internationally recognized dancer and choreographer, known for her impeccable technique and riveting stage presence. She, along with singer Ismael Fernandez, recently worked with Madonna on integrating flamenco into her upcoming international Rebel Heart Tour. You will be able to catch a preview of the program on September 3rd at 8:00pm on PBS’s NYC-Arts.

sonia6Of the two programs being presented, Por Los Caminos is an abstractly autobiographical piece, and will reflect the cultural blend of Latin America, the Middle East, and other dance forms that influence flamenco.

In Sonia’s words:

ESPAÑOL

POR LOS CAMINOS está dedicado al gran poeta emblemático español de la generación del 98 Antonio Machado.  Hacemos referencia  a las estrofas que pertenecen a la sección «Proverbios y cantares» del poemario Campos de Castilla (1912). CAMINANTE NO HAY CAMINO.

En POR LOS CAMINOS hay un conjunto de emociones que  se cruzan en nuestras vidas, diferentes culturas etc, con las cuales hacemos una parada en el camino para investigar y compartir ritmos, melodías, y disfrutar de la magia que se crea y que nos ayudan a crecer  pero sin olvidar de donde venimos, cual es nuestra raíz y quienes somos.

sonia5Está compuesto por 6 artistas cante más tradicional flamenco con una cantante Pakistany, una guitarra tradicional junto a otra más moderna y dos bailes flamencos capaces de conectar con otros mundos y donde se puede ver el flamenco desde el punto de vista masculino y femenino.


ENGLISH

POR LOS CAMINOS is dedicated to Antonio Machado, the great emblematic poet of Spain. Antonio Machado was one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as “La Generación del 98,” the Generation of ’98, which consisted of a group of novelists, poets, essayists, and philosophers active in Spain at the time of the Spanish–American War in 1898. Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández make reference to the stanzas that pertain to the “Songs & Proverbs” section of his great work Campos de Castilla (1912).

sonia4In POR LOS CAMINOS, there is an ensemble of emotions that connects to our own lives, and varied cultural experiences. We carry these on our path towards investigating and sharing rhythms, melodies, and enjoying the magic that is created and that we help to grow- without forgetting where we come from, our roots, or who we are.

It consists of 6 artists: a traditional flamenco singer, a Pakistani singer, a traditional flamenco guitarist side-by-side with a modern guitarist, and two flamenco dancers- able to connect to other worlds, where you can see flamenco from a male and female point of view.

Get tickets here.

Wednesday Sept. 9 – Tablao Sevilla at 8pm
Friday Sept. 11 – Por Los Caminos at 8pm
Saturday Sept. 12 – Por Los Caminos at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday Sept. 13 – Tablao Sevilla at 3pm

Caminante son tus huellas ….. The road you march, lonely wanderer
El camino, y nada mas ….. It’s just your tracks, nothing much.
Caminante no hay camino ….. There is no road, lonely wanderer
Se hace camino al andar ….. The road is made as you march

Antonio Machado, “Caminante Son Tus Huellas”

 

$14 at 14Y – Dance Series Launch

The Theater at the 14th Street Y is excited to announce our 2015-2016 Dance Subscription Series, $14 at 14Y. Join our subscription today and choose any 3 shows for $42 – that breaks down to just $14 per ticket!

Check out our eight professional companies below to create your custom series!

Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company – Flamenco

As an Internationally recognized dancer and choreographer, Sonia Olla is known for her impeccable technique and riveting  stage presence. Get a preview here.

Zullo: Raw Movement – Immersive Dance

Zullo/RawMovement is exploring ideas and concepts from our cultural landscape that are transformed into works that are expressive, imaginative and explosive. Check them out here.

BARE Dance Company – Contemporary

BARE’s versitile approach to movement has been described as “smart, effective, technically accomplished work.” – Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times. Watch now.

of bones || hollye bynum – Contemporary, Film

of bones || hollye bynum seeks to find commonalities between dance and viewer by introspectively exploring the human experience. See for yourself here.

Joffrey Ballet School – Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet School transforms passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society. Watch them here.

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble – Contemporary, Theatre

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble’s aim is to recreate works choreographed by Anna Sokolow, continue her teachings, and develop her artistic vision for the purpose of passing on for posterity. See their work here.

From the Horse’s Mouth – Various

From the Horse’s Mouth celebrates the “heart and history of dance” with outstanding dancers and choreographers of all ages and traditions, performing together and telling their extraordinary personal stories. Catch a glimpse here.

American Tap Dance Foundation – Tap

ATDF is committed to establishing and legitimizing tap dance as a vital component of American dance through creation, presentation, education and preservation. Tap along here.

The Mar Vista in The DANCE Enthusiast

The Dance Enthusiast Asks Yehuda Hyman/ Mystical Feet Company About “THE MAR VISTA” and Wartime Romance

The Dance Enthusiast Asks Yehuda Hyman/ Mystical Feet Company About “THE MAR VISTA” and Wartime Romance

Published on June 1, 2015

Photo © Paula Court

Presented by LABA, a laboratory for Jewish culture.

Creative Credits:

Artistic Director & Choreographer: Yehuda Hyman

Performers: Yehuda Hyman, Ron Kagan, Dwight Kelly and Amanda Schussel

Costume Designer: Amy Page

Performance Details:

When: June 11-14, 2015

Where: The Theater at the 14th Street Y, East 14th Street (14th St & lst Ave)

Tickets: $18 presale, $22.50 at the door. Call 646-395-4310 or buy online.

More info HERE.

THE MAR VISTA is performed in 3 parts:

I:  Hamsa, a solo performed by Hyman, deals with curses, Passover, the 10 plagues and his father.

II:  Leaning Into Moisture, a duet for Hyman and Amanda Schussel, concerns his mother and her forbidden wartime romance in Istanbul.

III:  Cincinnati takes place in Cincinnati in 1951. Specifically, on the night that Hyman’s father proposed to his mother – in a hurry.


Yehuda Hyman and Amanda Schussel in Part II – “Leaning into Moisture.” © Paula Court.

Sammi Lim for The Dance Enthusiast: Tell me about Mystical Feet Company. When was it founded? Why the endearing name?  What qualities characterize your dance troupe?

Yehuda Hyman, Artistic Director of Mystical Feet Company: This engagement marks the premiere of Yehuda Hyman/Mystical Feet as an entity, but is something I have been building for the last four years. You might say that it was officially founded in December 2014 when I gathered a small group of performing artists whom I was very interested in collaborating with. Mystical Feet is a dance/theater company, which is about making dances, telling stories and weaving spells – I think that says what we do.

Why “feet” and not Mystical Fingers or Mystical Elbows? Well, a few reasons. First: for many years, I have been working with Hasidic tales that delve into the world of Jewish mysticism. The tale “7 Beggars” told by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in 1810 concerns seven beggars, each with a disability, which is in fact their greatest gift. The seventh Beggar in the story has no feet. This beggar, appearing footless to our world, actually has the most dynamic feet.  There is an interpretation, which calls to me, that when this footless beggar dances, the entire world will be transformed and perfected. Another reason is: as a 15-year old dance student, I came to New York to audition for a scholarship to study with a dance school in Europe. I had only been studying ballet for about a year, but I had a fervent desire to dance. I entered a class taught by a very famous ballet teacher at the time (I will never say who). The class was packed with about 50 dancers. The teacher walked by me as I did my téndus and said in an extremely loud and theatrical voice: “Young man, you have the ugliest feet I have ever seen!” I laugh about it now and actually, even at the time I thought it was funny. I love the idea of what is considered the lowest being the highest. Our feet are the lowest point on our bodies, but they touch the earth and through that connection, we have the potential to turn things upside down… Mystical Feet!

Yehuda Hyman performs solo in Part I – “Hamsa.” © Paula Court.

TDE: Is this your first time working with LABA or have you collaborated prior? How is THE MAR VISTA inspired by Jewish texts?

YH: LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, which is in residence at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, has a Fellowship Program. I was a LABA Fellow for 2013/2014. It was a fabulous experience. We would meet as a group at least once a month to study ancient Jewish texts, discuss, dissect, and eat! Every LABA Fellowship year has a different theme – mine was “Mother.” As soon as I saw that on the application I knew I had to be in the “Mother” year as I had been gathering material to make a piece about my mother since 2000.  It was time to do this.

In our monthly study sessions we looked at the great, hot-blooded sexy mothers of the Jewish scriptures: Eve, Sara, et cetera. Our sessions were led by Ruby Namdar, a brilliant writer and scholar. The sessions were always provocative and sometimes more than that. Immersing myself in mythic tales of the Jewish matriarchs in a completely uncensored forum freed me to create the second part of The Mar Vista on a deeper level than I had previously been able to get to with this project.

Srul Chait (Charles Hyman) and Sara Güver Hyman: Hyman’s parents on their wedding day in 1951.

TDE: THE MAR VISTA synthesizes dance, gesture, spoken word, improvisation and ritual. Does merging various art forms help fill in the gaps in your ‘fractured memoir’?

YH: There are dances that can only be made with words, there are poems that can only be danced by the hands. Whatever it takes, whatever form it takes to tell the story, to express the emotion that must be expressed, that is the form it takes. In our process of making work, we often go along telling the tale as a dance, and then suddenly it reaches a point and must be told in words. Our stories are told backwards and forwards and sideways too. My feet are in many worlds, many different dance languages: flamenco, Bharata Natyam, Eastern-European folk dance. I am a playwright and a poet. During rehearsals, we frequently sit and write before we make our dances. I use the term, “fractured memoir” because there are many breaks in the story – parts that I actually don’t know (my father did not communicate much of his history to me) and parts that I don’t know how to tell.

TDE: The work is also a love letter to Mar Vista, your colorful childhood neighborhood in Los Angeles. How did growing up in the City of Angels inform your artistic upbringing?

YH: During my childhood summers, my mother would gather my sister and brother and me, haul us on to the bus, and we’d be at the beach, in the water, from morning till sundown. I am a child of the Pacific Ocean and it’s in my blood. Also, I was literally born in Hollywood in a hospital that used to be on Sunset Boulevard. It’s a Scientology Center now! Hollywood, illusion, Technicolor magic, big stories – this is part of who I am.

As a 12-year old, I would stand outside 20th Century Fox Studios waiting for a glimpse of Barbra Streisand (she was filming “Hello Dolly” at the time). The space, the sun, the ocean, the actual “lack” of community formed me and is probably present in my work. I don’t know if I would actually call this show a “love letter” to Mar Vista. My childhood in the West Los Angeles neighborhood was equal parts wonderment and pain. Just so you know – this piece, THE MAR VISTA, is conceived as a two-part evening. The first part, presented this June, has everything to do with the longing for the sea (you will know why when you come), but is only briefly set in the actual neighborhood of Mar Vista. Most of Part I of THE MAR VISTA is about the separate stories of my parents – as witnessed by the adult me – and how they came together in a most unlikely romance.

13-year old Sara Güver Hyman (Yehuda Hyman’s mother) with a tambourine in Istanbul.

TDE: Part II of THE MAR VISTA addresses your mother’s forbidden wartime romance in Istanbul. When my grandparents fell in love, their romance too, was verboten. I believe that falling in love under complicated circumstances can often result in stronger relationships. Do you?

YH: Ooh – I’d love to hear about your grandparent’s verboten romance. I love stories, always have – I can sit and listen to people’s stories for a very long time. My mother’s two-year affair during World War II in Istanbul was the strongest and most lasting romantic connection of her entire life (this was according to her – and relayed to me after my father’s death). It was a romance that could not possibly continue, for reasons that will be obvious to the audience of THE MAR VISTA. I can’t tell you about my mother’s romance because I don’t want to ruin the experience of discovering it when you see the show. My mother was “romantic” from the tips of her Gypsy feet to the ends of her expressive dancing fingers. Romantic, alas, almost always implies a complication, a longing for something that can’t be.

TDE: Which is your favorite part of the performance? I know it’s diplomatic to say you like a show in its entirety, but there’s always a part you’re particularly pleased with or proud of.

YH: Oh… the hard question. It changes every day and we are still very much in the process making the third part of our show, “Cincinnati, 1951.” Right now, there’s a part where the performers, Amanda Schussel, Ron Kagan and Dwight Richardson Kelly, are telling-dancing the history of my mother’s pre-marriage romances. There were a few! The music in the background is an extraordinarily beautiful rendition of the song, “Historia de un Amor” in a 1950s recording by Luis Alberto del Paraná and the group Los Paraguayos. There is a moment where Amanda, playing my mother at age 32, is dancing an erotic duet with Dwight who is playing a Rumanian Furrier. Ron, playing my father, a Polish tailor is taking my mother’s measurements with a tailor’s measuring tape as she’s dancing with the Furrier. I (as myself) am observing the whole thing. I think it’s simultaneously beautiful, hot, funny, sad, and probably inappropriate. I like it.

From Elvis to The East Village

At the 14th Street Y, we like to offer fitness experiences that are fun, energetic, and addictive.  

Because you don’t always have time to try all the classes that interest you, we offer additional fitness intensives every month to give you a chance to try something different.  In April (this Saturday, in fact!) we’re excited to offer NIA, a great combination of energy, dance, flexibility and strength training that also happens to be very, very fun.  Especially when it’s taught by Yvonne!

 

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1.  How did you get into Nia?
I was waiting to take a Body Sculpt class at a Fitness Club and was amazed to see the members dancing like no-one was watching. Being a dancer, I knew that class was for me. And so…byebye Body Sculpt.

 

2.  What do you love about teaching Nia?

I love teaching the Joy of Movement. (Nia motto) and spreading the joy through dance arts, martial arts and healing arts.

 

3.  What do you find special about teaching at the 14th Street Y?

I find the members of the 14th Street Y a uniquely joyful bunch. I sense them anticipating the fun of the routine we’re going to share every Tuesday. I can see them thinking…’wonder what she’s going to teach us tonight?’

 

4.  Is there anything you would say to people who may be interested in trying NIA but haven’t yet?

I have much to say to people who may be interested in trying Nia but haven’t yet. First, many people say to me, they can’t dance and have two left feet. I say to them, come in and bring both your left feet! I tell them, Nia means, No Inhibitions Allowed and to leave their inhibitions at the door. There’s no right or wrong. I encourage them to move ‘their body’s way’ I am there for guidance. “Life’s a Dance You Learn As You go…sometimes you lead…sometimes you follow…That’s my slogan. 

 

5. I heard you had a hip surgery and that you were back to teach very quickly. Tell me more. I had a hip replacement in December. Osteoarthritis. Dance was not the issue. I was given the okay to teach 4 weeks later by my doctor. And so I did. I recovered quickly because I was in good physical condition from the get-go. Also have taken good care of my health throughout my life.

 

6. You had a brush with Elvis, yes? I danced in 2 films with Elvis. ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ and ‘Roustabout”. I did not date him. I dated his cousin. I became a professional dancer when I was 18. I lived in Hollywood, CA and was very lucky to work constantly during those years. I danced/acted in films, on television, in night clubs and musical theatre. I was fortunate to be cast with a group of entertainers by USO and traveled to Europe, and Southeast Asia, landing in Vietnam just after the bombing of Pleiku. I am also an award-winning playwright and have written a play about the journey to Vietnam. At 76, I will continue to ‘dance through life’.

 

Yvonne teaches NIA   every Tuesday night at 6:15pm at the 14th Street Y.

Joy, Frustration, and Complete Satisfaction! Conversation with Jacobs Campbell Dance

Jacobs Campbell Dance is debuting 2 new works in commemoration of their 5 year anniversary as a part of the 1st Dance Series here at the 14th Street Y! The company is presenting 5 on December 12-15, 2013. Click Here for tickets!

See what the co-founders, Christopher Campbell and Whitney Jacobs, have to say about their number filled performances and their movement packed Family Fitness Class.

Q: Five years, Congratulations! What was the beginning of the companies journey and how has the company grown since its inception?
Thank you! Whitney and I met through my partner about 7 years ago and easily became friends. We are both 
Personal Trainers with sports and dance backgrounds and began collaborating on dance within our own independent projects. It was Whitney’s idea that we present our choreography together and share a showing. Then we were both like, “Hell, lets just form a company! ” Our first show was at The Tank in 2008. In terms of production, we didn’t know what we were doing, but we had a strong work ethic and knew how to complete a project. Everything about the company has grown; marketing, dancers, grants, contributions, ideas, creative output/input, our volunteers and audience. It has been 5 years of joy, frustration and complete satisfaction! We are blessed by having a wonderful a volunteer staff, an amazing photographer/designer, and beautiful dancers.

Q: What inspires you to create the work you present?
We have various inspiration. In general, I get my inspiration from visual artists, films and music. Currently, Whitney is in Grad-School and delving into the comedic side of dance. Both of us are very physical and like big aggressive movements.

Q: What do you look for in dancers?
JCD is an eclectic company made up of dancers and non-dancers. We look for dancers or athletes who are willing to learn, take risk, collaborate, have a strong work ethic and above all, enjoy the process as much as the results.

Q: Christopher is teaching Family Fitness Class here at the 14th Street Y. How important is physical fitness to your company? What do you do as a company to stay fit?
Physical fitness is of utmost importance to the company. Almost all of the company members work in the fitness industry or have a pre-professional sports background. We all workout, train and take classes (yoga, Muay Thai, track & field, etc.), participate in events, or even coach.
We are really excited about our upcoming show at The 14th Street Y Theater and honored to be presented alongside the companies in this seasons itinerary. 

See the company in action December 12-15th at the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Click Here for tickets. Want to dance along with Co-founder Christopher Campbell and your family at the Family Fitness Class on Saturday December 14th from 11-12PM? Click Here for more information!