Juilliard Dance announces 2016-17 Season

Juilliard presents Jerome Robbins's MovesJuilliard Dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, will open its season in December with New Dances: Edition 2016, featuring four world-premiere dances by innovative choreographers John Heginbotham, an alumnus of Juilliard who will be working with the first-year class; Katarzyna Skarpetowska, an alumna of Juilliard who will be working with the second-year class; Pam Tanowitz, who is returning to New Dances and will be working with the third-year class; and Matthew Neenan, also a returning choreographer, who will be working with the fourth-year class. All 96 students in Juilliard’s Dance Division will participate in New Dances.


New Dances: Edition 2016 will take place December 7-10 at 7:30 pm and December 11 at 3 pm in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets range from free to $30.


In the spring semester, Juilliard Dances Repertory features repertory works by acclaimed choreographers. They are Richard Alston’s Sheer Bravado; Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero; and Mark Morris’s V.


British choreographer Richard Alston is the artistic director of the London-based Richard Alston Dance Company. His neo-classical and balletic Sheer Bravado (2006) was commissioned for Ballet Theatre Munich for 10 dancers, and it will be performed to Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, as played by the Juilliard Orchestra.


Nacho Duato’s haunting Por Vos Muero (1996) evokes 16th-century Spain through contemporary ballet, using Spanish guitar music and the poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega to capture the essence of Spain’s artistic revival during that period.


Mark Morris’s compelling (2001) was premiered by Dance Umbrella at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre. It will be performed to Robert Schumann’s Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 44, as played by Juilliard musicians.


Juilliard Dances Repertory performances will take place on March 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm and then March 25 at 2 and 7:30 pm in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Once again, tickets range from free to $30.


Additional events in the Juilliard Dance season include: Choreographers and Composers 2016, featuring Juilliard dancers performing new works set to original music by Juilliard composers on Friday, November 18 (6 and 9 pm) and Saturday, November 19 (2 and 8 pm) in the Willson Theater; Senior Dance Production, which is completely produced by the senior class, on Friday, April 21 (8 pm), Saturday, April 22 (2:30 and 8 pm) and Sunday, April 23 (2:30 and 8 pm) in the Willson Theater; Choreographic Honors, a sampling of works by Juilliard dancers curated from workshops and performances, on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 pm in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater; and the popular Senior Dance Showcase, featuring the “Class of 2017” on Monday, May 15 at 7:30 pm in the Sharp Theater.


For more information, visit events.juilliard.edu.


Photo: Juilliard dancers perform Jerome Robbins’s Moves for Juilliard Dances Repertory in March 2016. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.