Discovering Your Next Artistic Crush
First presented as our Upclose series at DTW from 2005-2010, and then at the Gibney Dance Center until 2017, The Raw Series has been where DN artists got their first break. Now in its 15th year, Raw provides emerging artists with a platform to show new work and develop crucial relationships with other curators, choreographers, and producers to help sustain their careers in New York City and beyond.
Our partnership with Joe's Pub at The Public enables us to use the pub stage during off hours to mimic the DANCE NOW Festival atmosphere. Selected artists show a short work, receive feedback from some of New York's most influential artists and curators, and network with the community. From there, the artists may be selected to perform at The DANCE NOW Festival, and through our partnerships with DANCE NOW Boston and Arts on Site.
One third of the hundreds of artists presented in DN mainstage productions got their start through Raw...
...a testament to the program's success in locating, cultivating, and promoting emerging talent. Some recent artists to graduate from Raw to main stage programming include Brendan Drake, Tiny Trip, Nicole Vaughan-Diaz, Subject:Matter Tap, and HUMA among others.