23RD Annual Season
Our Vision: Sparking Creativity Through Limitation
We create inclusive, destination events that bustle with innovation and the boundless imaginations of a community of multi-generational dance artists. Embracing limitation as a catalyst for creativity, we kick off our third decade of producing dance with our ringing mantra of ‘less is more.’ From New York City to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania we are generating new and enthusiastic audiences for dance. We seek out the new and the nontraditional as a means to challenge, sustain and move the careers of today’s dance innovators forward.
Programs and Partnerships
Our 15 year partnership with Joe’s Pub at The Public has provided vital creative stimulus to our artist base, resulting in the development of numerous new and acclaimed works. In 2011, and in sync with the The Public's stature an unrivaled development theater, Joe’s Pub became our home base.
Our DANCE NOW Joe's Pub programming, including our signature FESTIVAL series and Dance-mopolitan Commissioned Artist Series challenges artists to investigate new directions through the unique limitations of the pub’s intimate cabaret setting.
Our 10 year partnership with the Gibney Dance Center greatly contributes to DANCE NOW's ability to identify and mentor new and young artists through our DANCE NOW Raw Studio Show.
Through DANCE NOW Silo, we have fostered dynamic relationships with the Dance Departments of DeSales University, Muhlenberg College and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offering paid teaching, residency and commissioning opportunities for more than a dozen of our roster artists each year.
DANCE NOW SteelStacks, our presenting partnership with the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, advances opportunities for New York City artists and new audiences in Bucks County, Lehigh Valley.
Our newest programmatic initiative, DANCE NOW Boston, extends from a partnership with native Bostonian David Parker of The Bang Group and OBERON at the American Repertory Theater.
Through these unique programs and partnerships areas, our mission is to provide across-the-board assistance to support and encourage the creative process and develop new work.
Created as a pilot program of the Downtown Arts Festival in 1995, DANCE NOW quickly launched as an independent festival in 1996. During our first decade we built vital partnerships, presenting dance in venues, traditional and not, designing inclusive destination events for drained swimming pools, firehouses, galleries, and Joe's Pub, where in 2003, we introduced Dance-mopolitan. With a mantra of ‘less is more’ we encouraged work marked by brevity and clarity and in 2005 created the DANCE NOW ‘challenge initiative’ - inspiring the creation of more than a dozen full evening works for the specifics and intimacy of the pub and a home base for DANCE NOW on NYC’s hottest tiny stage – Joe’s Pub.
Evolving from a showcase festival series, more than two decades ago, to five distinct programs from New York City to Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania to Boston, Massachusetts, DANCE NOW serves a diverse and full spectrum of dance makers at varying stages of development, presenting young innovators, along side of emerging and maturing artists, building relationships with our artist base and offering comprehensive assistance to support the creative process and new career opportunities.
Image: Tricia Brouk by Yi-Chun Wu