Dancers from 25-85 as part of Dances for a Variable Population will present a free performance this Friday, September 19th at 6 p.m. on the Garibaldi stage just east of the Fountain!
Using the power of dance to create community, Dances For a Variable Population (DVP), will present its annual performance of Washington Square Dances celebrating the final phase of the renovation of Washington Square Park. Performed by a multi-generational cast of dancers, spanning ages 25-85, the performance highlights DVP’s mission to promote strong and creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities. The fourth year of Washington Square Dances will take place at Garibaldi Plaza. This performance features choreography by DVP’s Founder and Artistic Director Naomi Goldberg Haas, guest artists Sandra Genter, Dyane Harvey, Margaret Yuen and The Red Silk Dancers and performances by Walter Rutledge, Gus Solomons jr. and members of DVP’s multi-generational company.
“Since our founding in 2005, DVP has lovingly held classes and events in the Washington Square Park community. With the initial phase of the renovation of Washington Square Park in 2011, we initiated Washington Square Dances performances. This year, we held weekly summer movement classes and are excited to celebrate the completion of the project and herald forth more dancing in the park!,” says Naomi Goldberg Haas, DVP’s Artistic Director
Audiences will have the privilege of spotting notable guest artists—Gus Solomons jr. (NYU/Tisch arts professor, retired), Walter Rutledge (Writer, Choreographer and Performer), Sandra Genter (Barnard College, Professor Emeritus) and Margaret Yuen (Artistic Director of the Red Silk Dancers), who will also perform alongside an impressive collection of dancers of all levels and training backgrounds in the blossoming park. Senior community members performing in Washington Square Dances are drawn from DVP’s free and low cost program dance classes held in Washington Square Park, University Settlement and the Rod Rodgers Dance Studio.
Presented by Dances For A Variable Population in partnership with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Washington Square Dances is a unique collaboration about age and celebrating the maximum expression found in dance, despite limited movement ability. Technical movement structure, filtered through a conduit of contemporary modernism, will work to weave stories in this lively and imaginative collective.
The musical score to accompany this creation will mimic the diversity of its movers, incorporating works by Ludovico Einaudi, Glen Kotche, Zoe Keating and Daniel Freeman, as well as samplings of classical, alternative, R&B and pop music.
Dances For A Variable Population will present Washington Square Dances in Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Admission is Free