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Dance Now Boston/NYC

June 16 at 8:00pm AND June 18 at 7:00pm

$25.00/General admission; $20.00 BDA, Student, Senior, Military; BUY TICKETS ONLINE

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THE BANG GROUP & DANCE NOW BOSTON/NYC
CELEBRATE A WEEKEND OF CABARET-INSPIRED DANCE
AT THE DANCE COMPLEX
TWO PERFORMANCES
Friday, June 16 & Sunday, June 18
SNAP•CRACKLE•BANG!--Free Celebration--Saturday, June 17

CAMBRIDGE, MA--June 2017-- Dance Now Boston/NYC, David Parker’s vision, now in its 4th season, to foster a choreographic bridge between Boston and New York, returns to The Dance Complex, June 16-18, 2017 for a showcase of performance and celebration. Friday will feature Dance Now commissions by four Boston choreographers: Jimena Bermejo, Carey McKinley, McKersin Previlus, and Subject:Matter with Ian Berg, and Sunday will offer works by New York's LMnO3 (Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis and Donnell Oakley). Saturday night presents Snap•Crackle•BANG!, a free reception/performances to celebrate The Bang Group, featuring all groups and honoring PFLAG trustee and social activist Stanley N. Griffith. For Snap•Crackle•BANG! celebration information, visit www.thebanggroup.com; For Dance Now Boston/NYC Friday and Sunday performances information, visit http://dancenowbostonnyc.bpt.me/.

Snap•Crackle•BANG!
In its inaugural Boston celebration (reimagined from gala to include the dance community) at the Dance Complex on Saturday, June 17, The Bang Group (TBG) will host an evening featuring Boston choreographers--Ian Berg, Jimena Bermejo, Carey McKinley, and McKersin Previlus--performing with New York choreographers LMnO3 (Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis and Donnell Oakley). Gala proceeds will support Dance Now Boston/NYC and its commissioning of local dance artists and choreographers between the two cities. A general reception begins at 7:30 PM; Performances at 8 PM. Registration and Sponsorship opportunities are available at www.thebanggroup.com.

David Parker, co-founder of TBG, created three evening length works through Dance Now/NYC and found himself invigorated and transformed creating dance for these relaxed settings associated with food, drink and festive entertainment. "When I first made work in New York for cabaret rather than formal theater--it allowed me to cut loose in ways I'd never dared. In giving full voice to my ideas, moves and impulses, I saw the chance to do this for others as well," says Parker.

Saturday’s celebration inaugurates a new tradition with the presentation of the first "Robert B. and Joan H. Parker Compassionate Action Award". Through the award, Parker seeks to honor his parents’ legacy as politically motivated philanthropists who combined a love of dance and theater with a passion for social justice in their charitable works. The first award will honor Stanley N. Griffith. According to Parker, "Stan has been a champion for civil and LGBTQ rights, fair and affordable housing and efforts that raise up the human spirit. My parents loved and admired him for his steadfast commitment to our greater good, and his continued efforts make him well deserving of this recognition in their memory."

Dance Now Boston/NYC Performances
Inspired by the supper clubs of a bygone era, Dance Now Boston/NYC commissions diverse Boston dance artists to create exciting new works for the city's cabaret stages. Dance Now NYC has been commissioning contemporary choreographers to create work especially for the cabaret stage at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater for more than a decade. TBG launched Dance Now Boston in 2013 at the American Repertory Theater’s Oberon, and more recently at The Dance Complex Studio 7-creating a lively audience experience in an intimate and high energy cabaret-style environment.

"These performances reflect the explosion of dance, especially in Boston, and the power of bridging and sharing the incredible energy at play between the two cities. The goal is to foster this exciting transformation for Boston artists and audiences, taking their commissioned work to New York and bringing artists commissioned by Dance Now NYC to Boston," says Parker.

Performing Friday, June 16, (8 PM) will feature Dance Now commissions by four Boston choreographers: Jimena Bermejo, Carey McKinley, McKersin Previlus, and Subject:Matter with Ian Berg.

Performing Sunday, June 18, (7 PM), LMnO3 (Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis and Donnell Oakley) met in 2010 while working with Doug Elkins in Fräulein Maria, and launched a choreographic partnership in 2014. Their first evening-length piece, B.A.N.G.S.: made in america, was commissioned by Dance Now NYC and premiered in Feb 2016 at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. LMnO3 took B.A.N.G.S. to American Dance Festival, SUNY Brockport's Summer Dance Festival, MusikFest in PA, and Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL, with excerpts performed in NY at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, and Gibney Dance Center, at New Haven's Elm City Dance Collective, and at The Yard as part of Follies: Women Dance the Comic. LMnO3 has been granted residencies through Dance Now’s Silo, American Dance Institute/Lumberyard, SUNY Brockport, and Fourth Arts Block.

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About The Bang Group (TBG)
THE BANG GROUP was founded in 1995 by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker. It is dedicated to Parker's love of rhythmic form and is known for its commitment to craftsmanship, creative liberty and aesthetic diversity. The company has toured and performed in 24 states and appears internationally at festivals and venues in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, The Netherlands, Scotland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Canada. It has enjoyed four seasons presented by New York Live Arts and six by its predecessor, Dance Theater Workshop, three by Danspace Project as well as several by DanceNow /NYC, Symphony Space, Harkness Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and others.

TBG has a second home in Boston developed during 15 seasons in residence at Summer Stages Dance and through long-term partnerships with The Institute for Contemporary Art, Dance Complex and The Theater Offensive. Recently Parker and Kazin have launched DanceNow Boston/NYC a choreographic exchange serving artists in both cities. TBG is also company-in-residence at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard having appeared there for the last 7 seasons and will return in 2018. The company's comic/subversive production of The Nutcracker entitled Nut/Cracked which will enjoy its 15th consecutive season in 2017 with a New England tour and performances at The Flea in New York City.

ABOUT THE DANCE NOW BOSTON/NYC 2017 ARTISTS

Jimena Bermejo is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on movement and performance. She sees her body as a tool to create a dynamic and intimate relationship with an audience. She elicits a combination of physical and emotional engagement in pieces woven from memories, music, social issues, and human relationships. Recently, Jimena has shown her work at Le Lieu in Quebec, 808 Gallery in Boston, Mobius Gallery, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex in Cambridge. She has also shown at the ArtBeat and SomDance Festivals in Somerville. Jimena is currently a member of Mobius Artists Group and Caitlin Corbett Dance She holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory and currently, she is faculty at Berklee College of Music, The College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Boston Arts Academy and The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

McKersin Previlus Growing up without the means for dance classes, McKersin overcame his troubled environment, persevered and became the dancer that he is today; With Ethnic-Haitian dance already in his vocabulary, he started building a bigger arsenal with Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Tap. In college, he started trading work hours for classes and started studying ballet and modern intensively. Now, he is leading workshops throughout various parts of the country orientated towards social justice and, the roots of African American culture and movement. Out of his many projects and goals, his main and current project involves building up men in the inner city to become emotionally intelligent while being agents of social change within their community with the creation of a program called, Bridge 4 my Brothers.

Subject:Matter is a Boston based tap dance company, under the direction of choreographer Ian Berg, with the aim of presenting new, cutting-edge tap dance work primarily in the Boston area.

Our goals are:
To make music/dance
To celebrate the individual subject
To pay respect to the form and its masters
To ask questions
To make others ask questions
To blur the line between choreography and improvisation
To blur the line between audience and performer
To challenge inherited structures
To push the edges of the form
To push forward and glance back

Carey McKinley & Ula Gaffea are working together for the first time after years of standing across from each other at the ballet barre. It's been a wonderful pleasure to collaboratively create this piece for you and The Bang Group.

LMnO3 The collaborative trio LMnO3 (Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis and Donnell Oakley) met in 2010 while working with Doug Elkins in Fräulein Maria, and joyfully launched into a choreographic partnership in 2014. Their first evening-length piece, B.A.N.G.S.: made in america, was commissioned by Dance Now NYC and premiered in Feb 2016 at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. LMnO3 took B.A.N.G.S. on the road to American Dance Festival, SUNY Brockport's Summer Dance Festival, MusikFest in PA, and Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, FL, Dancenow Boston, Denver’s Clocktower Cabaret with excerpts performed in NY at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, and Gibney Dance Center, as well as in New Haven's Elm City Dance Collective, and at The Yard as part of Follies: Women Dance the Comic. LMnO3 has been granted residencies through Dance Now’s Silo, American Dance Institute/Lumberyard, SUNY Brockport, and Fourth Arts Block. LMnO3’s latest work, More Like Your Mom, premiered at Triskelion Arts last month. Upcoming shows; DC’s Dance Place and an encore engagement at NYC’s Joe’s Pub.

B.A.N.G.S. : made in america - B.A.N.G.S. is a kaleidoscopic pageant of status, attention, categorization, and femininity. In its first evening- length work, LMnO3 shape-shift in style and identity donning everything from velvet evening wear, to ripstop jumpsuits, to snack-filled purses, to sensible bathing suits as the dancers explore what they are—and aren’t— qualified to do. Serious play and creative instincts rule as the trio obsesses over the ideas behind B.A.N.G.S., a mnemonic acronym frequently used by French-language learners to know which adjectives go in front of the nouns Beauty, Age, Number, Goodness, and Size. Utilizing hard rap, body percussion, headlamps, a game show, and the power of female relationships, this comedic trio sets aside its own fear and doubt, beginning to repurpose how we can unapologetically wear our own B.A.N.G.S.

WHAT: Dance Now Boston/NYC
WHEN: Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8:00pm, Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:30pm AND Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 7:00pm
WHERE: The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave Cambridge MA 02139
TICKETS/COST: $25.00/General admission; $20.00 BDA, Student, Senior, Military; BUY TICKETS ONLINE
INFORMATION: dancecomplex.org or call (617) 547-9363.

 

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