DANCE NOW is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2018 DANCE NOW Festival. Acclaimed for its adventurous short-takes format, the DANCE NOW Festival presents a diverse array of works by some of today’s most exciting dance makers. The 23rd season of this lively fall festival will feature 40 emerging and established choreographers, including DANCE NOW veterans and festival newcomers. The Festival’s zany host is TruDee (aka Deborah Lohse). The 2018 festival will take place Wednesday to Saturday, September 5–8, at 7pm, at Joe’s Pub at The Public. A special encore performance will be presented on Thursday, September 27, at 7pm.  

The annual DANCE NOW Festival offers 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. Each year, the festival producers select ten artists whose work best meets the festival challenge to participate in an encore performance. The overall challenge winner receives a $1,500 development stipend and a weeklong creative residency at DANCE NOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA.

DANCE NOW Festival tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Festival Discount Package: Buy two or more shows at $16 each. 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).

2018 DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub Festival Lineup and Schedule:

Wednesday, September 5

The Bang Group

Jane Comfort and Company

Dance Heginbotham

Brendan Drake

Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory

The People Movers

Amber Sloan

Gus Solomons jr

Nicole Wolcott

Kate Weare Company

Thursday, September 6

binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa 

Chelsea Ainsworth + Doron Perk

Alexander Davis and Michael Figueroa

Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works

Loni Landon Dance Project

Heidi Latsky Dance

Kyle Marshall Choreography

Schoen Movement Company

TAKE Dance 

Zvi Dance

Friday, September 7

Tsiambwom M. Akuchu

Christal Brown/INSPIRIT

dendy/donovan projects

Jamal Jackson Dance Company

Cleo Mack/Rock Dance Collective


Claire Porter/PORTABLES

Marion Spencer

Subject: Matter

Riley Watts

Saturday, September 8

Tricia Brouk

Catie Cuan x RAD Lab

Khaleah London/LAYERS

Passion Fruit Dance Company

Dimitri Peskov

Kora Radella


Megan Williams Dance Projects

Wallie Wolfgruber

Yin Yue/YYDC


Programs subject to change.


Deb Lohse on Dancing at The Pub