The FESTIVAL 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.

Doors Open at 6pm for Dinner and / or Cocktails.

Shows Start Promptly at 7pm.
Tickets $20, $25 at the door for the festival, $16 festival discount when you buy more than one show.  Encore tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

212-967-7555,, The Public Theater (1pm to 6pm)
Joe’s Pub at The Public / 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place, New York City


with support, in part, with public funds from
The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council,The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and The New York State Legislature and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Deb Lohse on Dancing at The Pub

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







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HOSTED BY TruDee (aka: Deborah Lohse)

DANCE NOW announces the lineup for the 2017 Festival ENCORE! The one-night-only performance will feature the 12 choreographers/companies selected by the DANCE NOW producers for having most successfully met the 2017 DANCE NOW Challenge: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe’s Pub.

This year’s Challenge winner is Christal Brown. As the Challenge winner, Brown will receive a $1,500 stipend and a weeklong creative residency at DANCE NOW Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA. The ENCORE! will be hosted by Deborah Lohse (aka TruDee).

The encore performance will take place on Thursday, September 28, at 7pm, at Joe’s Pub. 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).

The ENCORE! Program:

The Bang Group

Song & Dance

Choreographed and performed by David Parker

Music by W.A. Mozart

Tricia Brouk

I Stand Up

Choreographed by Tricia Brouk

Performed by Heather Hamilton

Christal Brown

At This Point (Final Work in The Life Cycle Series)
Performed by Christal Brown

Music by Tracy Chapman

Jane Comfort and Company

Four Screaming Women (1982)

Choreographed by Jane Comfort

Performed by Nancy Alfaro, Jane Comfort, Leslie Cuyjet, and Peter Sciscioli

Gregory Dolbashian/The DASH Ensemble

Bro Code

Choreographed by Gregory Dolbashian

Performed by Christopher Ralph and Isaies Santamaria Perez

Music by Levenia Lewis, with original text by Gregory Dolbashian

Brendan Drake

This is Desire

Choreographed by Brendan Drake

Performed by Quentin Burley, Brendan Drake, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Shannon Nash

the feath3r theory

WEDNESDAY (working title, excerpt)

Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly

Performed by Amy Gernux, Rachel Pritzlaff, Collin Ranf, Aaron Moses Robin

Music by Phillip Kraft

Jordan Isadore

Feelings Solo

Choreographed and performed by Jordan Isadore

Music by Natalie Imbruglia

Jamal Jackson Dance Company

Rob Day

Choreographed by Jamal Jackson and Dana Thomas

Performed by Dana Thomas

Music by JJDC with vocals by Lynnette Freeman

Megan Williams

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Choreographed by Megan Williams

Performed by Esmé Boyce, Robert Mark Burke, Derek Crescenti, John Eirich, Courtney Lopes, 

Sabatino A. Verlezza, Megan Williams

Sound Design by Sam Crawford

Nicole Wolcott

Una Furtiva Abbracciare

Choreographed by Nicole Wolcott with the dancers

Performed by Kristina Diaz and Isaac Spector

Music by Gaetano Donizetti


On The Road (Excerpt)

Choreographed by Zvi Gotheiner with the dancers

Performed by Chelsea Ainsworth and Doron Perk

Music by Jukka Rintamaki

And a sneak peek at LMnO3’s upcoming performance in November as part of DANCE NOW’s new ENCORE! series.