Sept 29



Acclaimed for its adventurous short-takes format, the DANCE NOW Festival, now in its 21st season, presented a diverse array of works by some of today’s most exciting dance makers. The 2016 festival featured 40 emerging and established choreographers side by side, including festival newcomers and DANCE NOW veterans, in the famed, convivial setting of Joe’s Pub.  A special encore performance featuring twelve choreographers, selected by the DANCE NOW producers and staff for having most successfully met the DANCE NOW Challenge, will be presented on Thursday, September 29, at 7pm.  

A testing ground for the development of new work, the DANCE NOW Festival is centered around a unique challenge for artists: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe’s Pub. This season, the festival producers will select ten artists whose work best meets the festival challenge to participate in the encore performance. The overall challenge winner will receive a $1,500 development stipend and a weeklong creative residency at DANCE NOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA.


The Challenge

The DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub FESTIVAL asks festival participants to create a five-minute choreographic gem, specific to the space at Joe’s Pub.  The artist that best meets the DANCE NOW Challenge, and creates a concise, clear and complete artistic statement, in five minutes or less, receives a $1,500 development fee and a free week-long residency at the DANCE NOW Silo residency facility at Kirkland Farm in Pennsylvania.


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Festival Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 at the door
Encore Tickets: $25 advance / $30 at door. 
Online at
In person at The Public Theater box office
(From 2pm to 6pm)
Joe’s Pub at the Public
425 Lafayette Street
(between East 4th Street and Astor Place)


Deb Lohse on Dancing at The Pub

Jane Comfort & Company's Clown Car by Yi-Chun Wu







Sept 29

binbin Factory Faraway


Jane Comfort and Company Amazing Grace

raja feather kelly / the feath3r theory Andy Warhol’s Rite of Spring

Jordan Isadore and Edward Sturgis  See Dick Dance

Heidi Latsky Dance  Timestamp #3

Cori Marquis + the Nines [IX] Active Listening

Amber Sloan Yma Dream

Gus Solomons Jr.  USED TO BE TALLER

Megan Williams  One Woman Show

Nicole WolcottGot it Bad

Wallie WolfgruberOnce upon a time between the heart region and the amygdala


Encore! Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-967-7555, online at, and in person at the Public Theater box office from 2pm to 6pm. Joe’s Pub at the Public is located at 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th Street and Astor Place).