Gibney Dance was founded as a performing and social action dance company. Studio 5-2 at 890 Broadway became the Company’s artistic home.
In response to Artistic Director Gina Gibney’s growing concern that women in professional dance were losing artistic and financial ground, the Company was reconceived as an all-female troupe. Over the following ten years, Gibney Dance Company developed seven evening-length works that explored the humanity and physicality of women. Today, the Company explores the artistry of both male and female dancers.
Gibney Dance founded the Domestic Violence Project, known today as Community Action. It remains the only program in the U.S. dedicated to using dance and creativity to help domestic abuse survivors and their families take back control of their lives.
Gibney Dance was named to the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame for “making art and taking action.”
After a strategic planning process, Gibney Dance Center opened its doors as a greatly expanded, seven-studio facility designed to serve as an artistic home and creative hub for the professional dance field in New York City.
The Center continued to grow and innovate with the introduction of a robust roster of Programs. Our programming now supports hundreds of New York City artists and audience members every year.
With support from Agnes Varis Trust, Community Action committed to offering 365 workshops per year to survivors of domestic violence. In October, the program hosted a series of advocacy and wellness events in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Center began offering a new program, DiP (Dance in Process), which offers extended space grants and other resources to mid-career artists.
In January, Community Action hosted the first Institute for Community Action Training (ICAT). Studio 8 was added to the Center in March. In April, Gibney Dance Company traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to conduct a Community Action Residency (CAR), during which the dancers shared both their artistic and outreach work with Turkish dancers and social service providers. In September, the Center launched a new program, DANCentricity, designed to connect young people to the medium of dance.
In January, Gibney Dance announced that the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs had named it the successor tenant to the 280 Broadway space. Dance/NYC hosted a Welcome Session that shared with the dance community Gibney Dance’s vision for 280 Broadway: to establish a preeminent training facility, a tripartite performance complex, and a springboard for social action.
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