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Ariel Rivka Dance presents 2022 Spring Season


originally published: 05/14/2022

Ariel Rivka Dance presents 2022 Spring Season

(NEW YORK, NY) -- Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) presents their Spring Season from May 19-21, 2022 at 7:30pm, with an additional family matinee performance featuring ARD students and company on May 21, 2022 at 2:00pm, at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street, NYC. The finale performance on May 21, 2022 at 7:30pm will also be livestreamed on YouTube. All ticket buyers will receive a link to the livestream after the final performance, available for ten days only.

Tickets are $35 (General), $60 (Supporter), $75 (Supporter and reception on Thursday and Saturday night), $20 (Equity Artists), and for the family matinee performance, $10 (Children 12 and under), and are available for purchase online, by phone at (212) 787-1178. RSVP for the livestream at https://bit.ly/38aC1ed

It is not always easy to determine what you want. Ariel Rivka Dance opens up space for self-reflection in the company's expansive 2022 Spring Season program, featuring the World Premiere of What You Want, and beloved company repertoire. 

Ariel Rivka Dance presents 2022 Spring Season

From moments of stillness and solitude to bursts of energy and passion, the company's new work showcases the vulnerability needed to fly, even at the risk of falling. Choreographer Ariel Grossman seeks out the true self—uncovering layers imposed by others and ones we use to protect ourselves—through expressive duets, lingering solos and powerful collective displays. Each repertory work highlights the strength in desire and honesty in perseverance. With live music by new company collaborator Summer Dregs, this Spring Season asks audiences to probe deeper to find what they truly want.

“After many virtual performances, I am thrilled to bring some of my favorite pieces back in front of a live audience,” said Ariel Grossman, Artistic Director and Executive Director, Ariel Rivka Dance. “We have been choreographing this season’s world premiere, a piece called What You Want, now for several months. The work feels like a real culmination of the vulnerability, passion, and spirit of collaboration that we have been experiencing during the last few years. Throughout this season, my dancers pointed out that I’ve been sharing more freely than before, tapping into a newfound bravery and sense of self, which allows them to do the same.”



 
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Program Details:

What You Want (World Premiere); Choreographed by Ariel Grossman; Costumes by Natasha Rinis; Original Composition by Summer Dregs, with Stefania de Kenessey; Arranged and performed by Summer Dregs; Performed by Amy Ashley, Asia Bonilla, Caitlyn Casson, Kristin Licata, Casie O'Kane, Maria Gracia Perez, Kyleigh Sackandy, Hana Ginsburg Tirosh. Emerging from a year of isolation, we have started to uncover the layered identities that inform our lives. Like thoughts on a page leading to a discovery, this work questions what it is we want when we are left with ourselves. This is the beginning of the piece, not the beginning of the story.

Mossy (2019); Choreographed by Ariel Grossman; Music by Stefania de Kenessey; Costumes by Marianna Tsartolia; Performed by Caitlyn Casson & Casie O'Kane. Mossy is a duet that reflects the physical, emotional and intellectual consequences of constant interruption. Created from a mother's perspective, familial love evokes positive and negative impulses where frustration and desire compete with the need for space and independence. Composer Stefania de Kenessey incorporates her own experience as a mother in the creation of the electronic and melodic score.

Lead Me (2020); Choreographed by Ariel Grossman; Music by Stefania de Kenessey; Costumes by deborah@arielrivkadance.com they use their own clothes…; Originally Commissioned by Dance Lab NY. Performed by Amy Ashley, Asia Bonilla, Caitlyn Casson, Abriona Cherry, Kristin Licata, Casie O’Kane, Maria Gracia Perez, Kyleigh Sackandy, Hana Ginsburg Tirosh

Lead Me has now been adapted from the barriers of online rehearsal of four dancers to an in-person performance with the full company of nine dancers. Through the embodiment and exploration of what it means to be a leader, Lead Me shows the inner turmoil and struggle that comes with power.

Ariel Rivka Dance presents 2022 Spring Season

Ori (2015); Choreographed by Ariel Grossman; Music by David Homan; Costumes by Mondo Morales and reimagined by Marianna Tsartolia; Performed by Amy Ashley, Caitlyn Casson, Kristin Licata, Casie O’Kane, Maria Gracia Perez, Kyleigh Sackandy, Hana Ginsburg Tirosh. Ori is a contemporary exploration of light and athleticism accompanied by four amplified cellos.

“Ori is by far one of the most well crafted and layered, yet accessible contemporary dance work I have encountered in years. The depth and nuance in the choreography is staggering and yet it perfectly pairs with David Homan's score. Which itself is nothing short of musical genius. Ariel's work in general is thoughtful and provocative without being at all preachy. She is a true contemporary master who not only understands dancemaking but storytelling. The company is a wonderful example to us all of what we all can accomplish despite our gender, sex, religion, body type, or background. The artists are some of the finest examples of both dancers and human beings I have ever had the privilege of presenting.” - Adam Schnell, Ballet Vero Beach Artistic Director / CEO

Converge (2021); Choreographed by Ariel Grossman; Music by David Homan; Costumes by Marianna Tsartolia; Originally Commissioned by Konverdans. Cast A: Abriona Cherry, Kyleigh Sackandy, Hana Ginsburg Tirosh; Cast B: Amy Ashley, Abriona Cherry, Asia Bonilla. Shifting between the frantic and the calm, Converge emerged from an improvisation using gestures of loneliness, frustration, and connectivity. The piece explores the internal, intimate space of the dancers and how that sometimes conflicts with how they are perceived externally.

The family matinee program on May 21, 2022 at 2:00pm will include What You Want, Lead Me, Converge, as well as a student piece, a mini workshop, and:

Excerpt from No Words (2017); Choreographed by Ariel Grossman; Music by David Homan; Costumes by Mondo Morales; Performed by ARD students. In the spring of 2016 ARD began collaborating on No Words, a new work in reaction to a particularly charged moment in our country. Instead of leaving current events at the rehearsal door, we processed uncertainty and frustration through dance—finding a movement dialogue that helps us channel fear, frustration and confusion into something impactful.

Ariel Rivka Dance presents 2022 Spring Season

COVID-19 Protocols: All audience members over the age of five will need to be fully vaccinated, and wear masks while indoors. Performers will be required to be vaccinated and will perform unmasked.



 
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Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) is an all-female contemporary dance company based in New Jersey led by Artistic/Executive Director Ariel Grossman. ARD’s mission is to champion female creatives through original choreography, commissioned music, and curated family and educational programming. Through movement, ARD creates a community of vulnerability and acceptance, providing opportunities for hope and connection.

Ariel Rivka Dance is committed to creating work that explores emotionally driven movement with technique and structure. Collaboration and accessibility are the heart of ARD, and they produce shows that incorporate various styles of dance and newly commissioned music from living composers, exposing our audiences to quality artistry in an inviting way.

ARD has been presented at prestigious venues around the nation, including New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Rutgers University, BAM Fisher, New York Live Arts, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College, Nimbus Arts Center, Oklahoma International Dance Festival, Detroit City Dance Festival, Dixon Place and in California, Arkansas, Memphis, Houston, Ohio and more. In spring 2022, ARD will be presented internationally at the Istanbul Fringe Festival and lead a workshop at a local art school with the support of Mid-Atlantic Arts. 

Photos by Whitney Browne






EVENT CALENDAR

ART | COMEDY | DANCE | MUSIC | THEATRE | COMMUNITY

Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

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GPAA Freshman & Sophomore Vocal Showcase

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: music

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Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

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George Street Playhouse presents "A Walk on the Moon"

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 8:00pm
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: theatre

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PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON AND PUDDLES PITY PARTY: MISERY LOVES COMPANY TOUR

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: music

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Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

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An Evening with Philippe Cousteau

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: community

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Your Stage At Any Stage: Open Mic Hosted By Michelle Klein

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 7:00pm
Hopewell Theater
5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525
category: community

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George Street Playhouse presents "A Walk on the Moon"

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC)
11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: theatre

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Into The Woods

Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 8:00pm
Algonquin Arts Theatre
60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
category: theatre

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