Two festivals of dance and theater this month in NYC

This month, two NYC festivals – one in dance and one in theater – will offer audiences the excitement of being among the first to experience original works by emerging and returning artists.

Founded in 1988, with a mission to act as a potent stimulus to expand the horizons of dance by producing dance concerts, festivals, residencies, and educational activities, WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (WHITE WAVE Dance) provides dancemakers an opportunity to congregate, to create, and to present new works on stage to NYC audiences, and to inspire through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies that are both modern and timeless.

On Sunday, February 6-Monday, February 7, the company will present its 6th Annual SoloDuo Dance Festival, featuring 30 dancemakers from the New York Metropolitan area and across the country, selected by a panel of distinguished presenters and dance artists. The three-part program celebrates the unique art of the solo and duet – formats often favored by early-stage choreographers as their companies begin to find their paths within the dance world – creating new opportunities to display the latest work of both emerging and mid-career choreographers, while offering new experiences to audiences, with the goal of discovering and nurturing young talent.

Photo courtesy of WHITE WAVE Dance.

The festival will be held at Dixon Place – an intimate venue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that is particularly well-suited to showcasing the artistry of solo and duet performances. The schedule is as follows:

Program One, Sunday, February 6, 6 pm – CoreDance Contemporary, NY; Corian Ellisor Dance, GA; Scott Autry, NY; Yu.S.Artistry, NY; THE MARK dance company, NC; sk|dancers, IN; Santiago Rivera, CA; Kevin Toyo, NY; Li Chiao-Ping Dance, WI; and Obremski/Works, NY;

Program Two, Sunday, February 6, 8 pm – Elizabeth Shea Dance, IN; New York Theatre Ballet, NY; FUSE Dance Company, CA; East by North Dance Theatre, NY; John Beasant III, TX; University of Arizona School of Dance, AZ; Metanoia Dance, NY; Constance Nicolas Vellozzi, NY; Koin & Co, NY; Charlotte Adams & Dancers, AZ; WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company, NY;

Program Three, Monday, February 7, 7:30 pm – ZINC Movement Co., NH; Quianna Simpson, OH; Smutek Dance, MI; Amos Pinhasi, NY; DiMauro Dance, NY; HR Dance, NY; Alison Cook Beatty Dance, NY; Lindsey Bramham Howie, NC; Elise Knudson, NY; WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company, NY.

The 6th Annual SoloDuo Dance Festival plays February 6-7, 2022, at WHITE WAVE Dance, performing at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., NYC. Tickets (priced at $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students and seniors for each program, and $50 for all three programs), go online. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a photo ID are required to enter the building and a mask must be worn when inside.

The 16th Annual FRIGID Festival, presented by FRIGID New York from February 16-March 6, will be performed live and in-person at The Kraine Theater and Under St. Marks in the East Village, and will also be available to livestream at home. The open and uncensored theater festival gives artists of the Indie Theater Community an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination, with 100% of box-office proceeds going directly to the artists whose work is being presented.

This year’s 23 offerings feature everything from a seasoned dog actress retrospective and a play performed completely in the dark to improvised Shakespeare, clowning, dancing Japanese businessmen, and personal heartfelt stories about 9/11, autism, sex and dating, breakups and divorce, death and funerals, and more.

The shows, in alphabetical order, are:

A Play for Voices, presented by Dragonfire Makers Collective, written by Melody Bates, in collaboration with Julia Cavagna, Fumio Tashiro, and Miho Morita, co-directed by David Bennett and Gulshan Mia;

A Public Private Prayer, written and performed by Grant Bowen, directed by Amanda Pinto;

And Toto Too, presented by Diva Dog Theater Company, written and performed by Megan Quick;

Are You Lovin’ It?, written and presented by Theatre Group GUMBO, directed by Kayo Tamura;

As You Will, created by Conor D. Mullen, David Brummer, and George Hider;

Bathroom of a Bar on Bleecker, written and directed by Mike Lemme, starring Emil Ferzola;

Blockbuster Guy, presented by Hub Theatricals, written by Mark Levy, directed by Kristen Keim;

Driver’s Seat, presented by A Student Driver Production, written and performed by Ellie Brelis, directed by Skye Murie;

Eleanor Conway: Vaxxed & Waxxed, presented by Rebellious Productions, written and performed by Eleanor Conway;

Human Flailings, presented by Lifestage, Inc., written and performed by Jude Treder-Wolff;

Love & Sex on the Spectrum, presented by Spectrum Love Productions, written by George Steeves, directed by Megan Ford Miller;

My Grandmother’s Eye Patch, presented by Clowns Can Dance, written and performed by Julia VanderVeen, directed by Aitor Basauri;

Portly Lutheran Know-It-All, written and performed by Matt Storrs;

Pueblo Revolt, presented by No Peeking Theatre, written By Dillon Chitto;

Smile All The Time, written and performed by Amanda Erin Miller;

StarSweeper, presented by TeamTheatre, written by Mikaela Duffy, directed by Gwendolyn Snow;

That sh$t don’t work! Does it?, written and performed by Howie Jones;

The Last To Know, written and performed by Jean Ann Le Bec, directed by David Lawson;

The Lonely Road, written and performed by Will Clegg, directed by David Crabb;

The Pleasure’s Mine, written and performed by Molly Brenner, directed by Elizabeth Bennett;

The Story of Falling Don, presented by Brooklyn Culture Jam, written and performed by Daniel Kinch;

Three Funerals and a Chimp, written and performed by Brian Schiller;

Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life, presented by Quivering Dendrites, written and performed by Keith Alessi, and directed by Erika Conway.

FRIGID Festival plays from February 16-March 6, 2022, at FRIGID New York, performing at The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street, NYC, and Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place, NYC. Performances will also be available to livestream from home. For tickets (with prices beginning below $10), go online. Proof of full vaccination and a photo ID will be required for all in-person audience members and masks must be worn inside.


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