31 October 2019
Dance Lab New York (DLNY) is halfway through its Lab Cycle in collaboration with The
Joyce Theater Foundation supporting female choreographers of color in ballet. Over the past two weeks, Amy Hall Garner and Preeti Vasudevan, have been exploring the classical and neoclassical ballet idioms with a company of eight professional dancers, supported by the DLNY Lab Cycle grant in space provided by The Joyce Theater Foundation. DLNY provided each of them with 30 hours of incubation, a stipend, eight paid professional dancers, a rehearsal director, insurances, and administrative support from DLNY staff and Founding Artistic Director, Josh Prince.
“I am a dancer with bare feet and bells, and I’m working with ballet dancers en pointe,” said Preeti Vasudevan. “It was an incredible experience, taking what’s in my mind and what I could imagine and trying it out for two weeks with dancers who are wonderful collaborators. It opened a massive door.”
Amy Hall Garner added, “As a choreographer, you don’t have these opportunities unless you’re commissioned. It’s not easy to get professional dancers in a studio who are so willing to investigate, with the right floor and insurance, but DLNY gave me the opportunity to do this and to explore. This experience gave me time. It may sound simple, but it’s not.”
Read the full article on Broadway World.