DANCE NOW Boston, now in its fifth season, is an annual platform for Boston choreographers to create work for cabaret spaces, in this case the transformed Studio 7 at Dance Complex in Cambridge's Central Square which becomes a cabaret for these performances. DANCE NOW Boston artists perform alongside colleagues from New York who have been commissioned by DANCE NOW. This is the first step in creating a national touring circuit for a new genre of adventurous performance created specifically for cabaret settings. The first performances took place in 2014 with commissioned works by Lorraine Chapman, Kelli Edwards and Nicole Pierce, along with David Parker's "Head Over Heels" and "ShowDown," both DANCE NOW commissions. This year, Parker has commissioned Boston-area artists Chavi Bansal, Alex Davis, Bill Evans, Paula Josa Jones and Riley Watts to create for the festival. DANCE NOW NYC artists Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis and Donnell Oakley of LMnO3 will return this year as well. The series will continue in the spring of 2019 in an expanded format, with more artists and performances bringing rigorous, playful and intrepid dance to Boston audiences.
"DANCE NOW BOSTON David Parker (The Bang Group) curates this four-performance festival, which is seeded with newly commissioned works from a range of choreographers, including Peter DiMuro, Cathy Young, Courtney Peix, and Parker himself, whose lively cabaret-style performances are always a hoot."
Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe