2017 Dance Now Festival at Joe’s Pub, NYC

The People Movers. Photo by Keira Chang.Known for its adventurous short-takes format, the annual Dance Now Festival presents a diverse array of works by some of today’s most exciting dance makers. The 22nd season of this eclectic showcase will feature 40 emerging and established choreographers side by side, including Dance Now veterans and festival newcomers. The amazing “TruDee” (a.k.a. Deborah Lohse) will emcee.


The 2017 festival will take place Wednesday to Saturday, September 6–9 at 7 p.m. at Joe’s Pub at The Public. A special encore performance will be presented on Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m.


A testing ground for the development of new work, the Dance Now Festival offers a unique challenge for artists: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe’s Pub. The festival producers will select 10 artists whose work best meets the festival challenge to participate in the encore performance.


Kyle Marshall Choreography. Photo by David Gonsier.The overall challenge winner will receive a $1,500 development stipend and a weeklong creative residency at Dance Now Silo on Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA.


Dance Now Festival tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Encore tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at door. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-967-7555, online at joespub.com, and in person at The Public Theater Box Office from 2- 6 p.m. Joe’s Pub at The Public is located at 425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th Street and Astor Place).


See the festival schedule listed below. For more information, visit www.dancenownyc.org.


Megan Williams in performance. Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.2017 Dance Now Festival Schedule:


Wednesday, September 6 

binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa  

Jane Comfort and Company

Lawrence Goldhuber/BIGMANARTS

Loni Landon Dance Project

Heidi Latsky Dance 

Cleo Mack Dance Project

Kyle Marshall Choreography

Amber Sloan 

Subject: Matter  

TAKE Dance   


Thursday, September 7 

Christal Brown/INSPIRIT 

Shaina & Bryan/BAIRA 

Gregory Dolbashian/The Dash Ensemble

Jamal Jackson Dance Company

Donnell Oakley Makes Dances

The People Movers

Claire Porter/PORTABLES 

Nicole Wolcott 

Wallie Wolfgruber 



Friday, September 8 


The Dance Cartel

Gibney Dance Company

RG Dance Projects – Rubén Graciani 

Jordan Isadore

Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works 

Raja Feather Kelly/The Feath3r Theory 

Jessy Smith

Kate Weare Company

Ellis Wood Dance 


Saturday, September 9 

The Bang Group 

Danté Brown

Tricia Brouk 

Brendan Drake  

Katherine Helen Fisher 


Magda San Millan

Schoen Movement Company

Gus Solomons jr

Megan Williams


Photo (top): Kristin Yancy, Shannon Spicer, Anna Reyes and Bre Short perform as part of The People Movers. Photo by Keira Chang. Photo (left): Kyle Marshall Choreography. Photo by David Gonsier. Photo (right): Megan Williams in performance. Photo by Yi-Chun Wu.