Company Curated is an outlet for diverse choreographers who share the values of the Company’s unique model, viewing dance artists as innovators, generators, and activists.
From 2017-2020, Gibney Company Directors curated this series, prioritizing artists working with an aesthetic of physical rigor, uncompromising tenacity, and a drive to move the dance field forward. Company Curated aimed to “make space” for entrepreneurial artists who are using their craft to amplify the relevancy of the dance community and position dancers as influential citizens in our world.
PAST COMPANY CURATED ARTISTS
2020 Company Curated Program
With heavy hearts, Gibney Company suspended the June 2020 Company Curated series due to Covid-19. The program was scheduled to feature:
Check out these brief looks at the works that would have been shared by AntonioBrownDance and The DASH Ensemble:
SHADOWS OF HEAVEN: THE BRONX BLUES
Maleek Washington investigates approaches to anecdotal archiving of blackness, manhood, and collective action. These investigations challenge him to create beyond his experiential understandings by working with artists to create this performance work that enacts personal reflection and social change.
Through a series of serendipitous events, two very different people from two very different places find themselves on a similar journey. As the story unravels we watch the two navigate through life and the surprises it has in store. LAJAMARTIN looks into their different cultures and what complexities that brings to the many layers of our lives.
BLACK BOX: LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF RED
Buoyed by his trademark expressive movement, Pitts employs spoken word, evocative lighting (created by Israeli Art Director Tom Love), and video to construct a personal, poetic narrative about the search for identity and striving for survival amidst impermanence. Performed in a confined space in nearly pitch-black darkness, the work features recordings of Pitts’ ruminations jotted down during his travels with Batsheva. Obliquely referencing the flight data recorder, BLACK BOX transcends traditional travel journal format, becoming instead a record of a life as – in a nod to Nina Simone – a “young, gifted and Black” artist, thriving in constant motion.
BLACK BOX was first performed at Shamel’s apartment in Tel Aviv, for an intimate audience of friends. It was first premiered for the general public as part of Batsheva Dance Company’s “Batsheva Host” in Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, 2016.
dance-mobile is a series of free outdoor performances & classes in parks throughout New York City.
By ‘making space for dance’ in outdoor public spaces through dance-mobile, Gibney Company hopes to make the power of movement accessible to all members of our community.