2012 is off to a great start! Last weekend I was part of a wonderful performance series in NYC and got my first taste of APAP. The firsts continue, as I head to the West Coast this weekend for a week long residency with the XT Danscollective. I started working with artistic director Christy Williams last May, and have since had the opportunity to do several performances in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. I am glad that our adventures continue and are now taking us to even more distant lands. I find working vacations such as this one, extremely valuable and refreshing. While you are still "working", it is a time when you are able to forget about supplemental jobs two, three, and five and just do what you love; dance, explore, create. I am excited to see what we come up with next week with so much creative time together. The change of scenery is bound to spark all of our imaginations! Check us out at www.xtdanscollective.com or Click here for our event on Facebook!
I am particularly excited about a performance I have coming up this weekend at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. The space has quite a history, as several of our favorite dance pioneers have performed there. It is always exciting to work and/or perform in a beautiful space. When the beautiful space however, is specifically for dance, you walk a little taller with a certain pride knowing that the space is for you. As you enter the second floor lobby of the Y, among others, there are pictures of Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, and Doris Humphrey, that remind us of the courage and hard work they put into doing what they believed, as well as creating a new path for dance. It is easy to see them as surrogate parents who made the dance world a better place for our generation. The performance space itself is spacious with high ceilings that are painted in a colorfully ornate design.
This weekend's performance is part of Out Of Israel, a weekend of free programs featuring Israeli choreographers. Each choreographer gets a half an hour slot, and the audience may attend all, or as few of the presentations as they wish. I am performing in a piece titled Sea Song choreographed by Lior Shneior. This is my first time performing with Lior, and I have to say the process has been most fulfilling. It has a fantastic cast, and I can't wait to share the stage with them all. We go on Saturday January 7th at 5pm, with other choreographers starting that day as early as 3pm. If you are a dancer or dance fan, you should definitely take advantage of as much of this FREE event as possible. Click here to check out our event on Facebook!
JENNIFER D. YACKEL