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Award-winning contemporary choreographer Ariel Grossman and her company of seven female dancers will celebrate the 12th Anniversary of ARIEL RIVKA DANCE (ARD) with two premieres, repertory and guest artists at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street) in New York City. The program will take place in four performances, Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm, with a family matinee on March 30 at 11:30am. The two ARD works in premiere, Mossy and Rhapsody in K, will feature newly commissioned scores by composers David Homan and Stefania de Kenessey. Live music will be included at all performances. *The full ARD lineup below.
Founded in 2008, Ariel Rivka Dance is a critically acclaimed all-female contemporary dance company led by married choreographer/composer team Ariel Grossman (Artistic Director/Choreographer) and David Homan (Executive Director/Composer). Ms. Grossman’s choreography emanates from a female worldview, often using the lens of motherhood, nursing and child rearing as a platform for emotional yet organized thematic contexts. Inspiration is drawn from the struggles and joys of the human experience. She and the dancers work together to transform these emotions into shapes and stories.
The dance world has been full of male choreographers, for centuries… choreography is yet another lens of expression that has been influenced mainly by men. But I have a lot to say and so do many other women,” said Ms. Grossman. “I am inspired by the juxtaposition of grace and strength, and I choreograph to capture those seemingly opposite qualities. My dancers embody that spirit,” she said.
The ARD guest artist program has returned for the company’s 2019 season, with eight choreographers selected via a guest artist application process. Two guest companies will appear at each performance, representing emerging, mid-career and established artists. Season 2019 guests this year include Alison Cook Beatty Dance (former Paul Taylor Dance Company member), slowdanger (one of Dance Magazine’s 2018 ‘25 to Watch’), 277 Dance Project, Tina Croll & Co., Mignolo Dance, Beth and Artist, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy and Amma. Past ARD seasons have included Seán Curran Company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, RIOULT Dance NY, Taylor 2, Amy Marshall, Chanel DaSilva, Michael Spencer Phillips and more.
Along with presenting accessible, beautiful dance, Ariel Rivka Dance continues to engage new audiences through education and community initiatives. Ariel Grossman holds Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and has curated programs that successfully expose all audiences to dance. Using common ARD themes of strength, community, and resolve, the dancers and original music provide unique and palpable power to families, students, and new audiences alike.
An impeccable sense of flow…” – Theater Scene
“Strong women are the hallmark of this modern dance program” – NY Arts
“…More intelligent, more contemplative, and persuasive than pieces with similar motivations that are more literal.” – Critical Dance
“Ariel’s work is thoughtful and provocative without being preachy. She is a true contemporary master who not only understands dance-making, but storytelling” – Adam Schnell, Ballet Vero Beach Artistic Director/CEO