Center Line is a series of action-oriented town hall-style gatherings on issues concerning the dance community. Each year Gibney Dance selects fresh topics and curates moderators based on ideas and concerns of the field.

    Upcoming Events

  • Center Line: Casting About: About Casting
    Wednesday, September 27 / 6:30 – 8:00 pm

    Initiated by Yanira Castro, Casting About: About Casting will explore dynamics of cast, audience, and choreographer. What does a cast represent? How does access to resources affect the composition of a cast, and does this change the relationships between the performers, the work, and the choreographer? Invited participants include Kyle Bukhari, Yanira Castro, Leslie Cuyjet, Judy Hussie-Taylor, and Aaron Mattocks.

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  • Center Line: Moving Into Writing with Eva Yaa Asantewaa
    Wednesday, November 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Moving into Writing considers approaches to the written word as response to, collaboration with, and documentation of dance and performance. What can writers and dancers learn from each other? What role do writers play within local, national, and international dance ecosystems? Invited participants include Maura Donohue, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Paloma McGregor, Marissa Perel, and Tara Sheena.

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    Past Events

  • Center Line: The State of the Dance Field for Mid-Career Female Artists
    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    In this Long Table conversation initiated by Donna Uchizono, inspired by Lois Weaver, participants discussed the challenges facing mid-career female choreographers today.

  • Center Line with Donna Uchizono
    November 10, 2016

    Gibney Dance hosted a discussion of the challenges facing mid-career female choreographers today, with facilitator Eva Yaa Asantewaa and a panel of mid-career female artists and those who work to support and sustain their careers, including Donna Uchizono, RoseAnne Spradlin, and Moira Brennan.

  • The Future of 280 Broadway
    December 16, 2015

    A town hall gathering was held to discuss the state of our field and how we at Gibney Dance can expand our studio capacity at 280 Broadway through the potential development of new studio spaces.

  • Not the Master’s Tools: Dance Artists Create Alternatives, Part II
    December 7th, 2015

    Artists shared alternative philosophies and strategies for working in the dance profession – from making to marketing to surviving in a difficult economy and competitive city.

  • Protecting Your Passion: Surviving the Negative Review
    October 6, 2015

    A panel discussion between dancers and choreographers who have faced negative reviews and moved beyond them, moderated by Wendy Perron.

  • Rethinking the Audition
    September 8, 2015

    Kyle Abraham, Brian Brooks, Anna Sperber and Kate Weare hosted a roundtable discussion on casting, auditions, and labor practices in the dance field.

  • Dance Criticism in New York
    May 12, 2015

    A discussion of whether dance critics play a useful, integrated role within New York’s dance community, their effectiveness in serving the field and its audiences, and how dance writing and its presentation can evolve to make the most of changed and challenging economic, social and technological environments.

    Insights provided by writers A. Nia Austin-Edwards, Charmaine Warren, Jaime Shearn Coan, Marissa Perel, Rose Anne Thom and Siobhan Burke, with moderator Eva Yaa Asantewaa, followed by an open discussion.

  • Meet the Publicists
    March 3, 2015

    A discussion with Amber Henrie, Fatima Kafele, Chris Schimpf, and John Wyszniewski — four publicists representing some of New York’s most celebrated dance and performance artists and institutions. Topics included how they help clients address the challenge of decreased arts funding and the decline of mainstream media coverage in the world’s most competitive market for the arts, as well as how artists can work effectively with publicists to take advantage of new opportunities in marketing and social media.

  • Making Space for Dance: Presenting at 280
    October 7, 2014

    Craig Peterson discussed his programmatic vision for Gibney Dance’s new presenting season. Topics included plans for Studio C and the Agnes Varis Performance Lab, the iterative nature of programming for adaptive performance spaces, and Gibney Dance’s commitment to supporting artists at all stages of their career.