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Agenda Cultural: 10 October, 2020


By Roger Costa

The Joyce Theater kicks off New Season with Live Performances, the first Since March

In March, The Joyce Theater Foundation (Linda Shelton, Executive Director), along with other New York City performing arts venues, shut its doors to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Since then, The Joyce has presented scores of recorded performances by the world’s most acclaimed artists – both established and emerging – available to dance audiences all over the globe. In a thrilling announcement today, The Joyce will present the first live performances from its iconic Chelsea home since the mandated shut-down began alongside its popular Choreographers & Cocktails series of events, celebrated for bringing together dance lovers and artists. Although there will be no on-site audience, from October 24 – November 1, seven remarkable dancers — Jared Brown, Lloyd Knight, Sara Mearns, Shamel Pitts, Annique Roberts, Cassandra Trenary, Michael Trusnovec – will each separately perform State of Darkness, the dynamic and exhilarating 1988 work by Molissa Fenley, live from The Joyce stage.

Tickets for the full Choreographers & Cocktails experience – all seven live performances with access to view them through November 7; a special interview with choreographer Molissa Fenley and dancers, moderated by Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and an past performer of the work; a live Q&A discussion with dancers about the creation of this spectacular event; and a signature cocktail recipe created by celebrity chef Peter Kelly on Saturday, October 24 at 7pm – are $150 per household; tickets for individual performances with viewing access through November 7 – are each $12 per household. Tickets are available for purchase through November 6. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit

“It has been truly inspiring and uplifting to see the dancers and Molissa tackle State of Darkness during this difficult and unprecedented interruption to our lives,” said Executive Director Linda Shelton. “To me, this piece is about emerging from the darkness we have been coping with since March.”

“In 1988, environmental, political, and social unrest inspired me to create State of Darkness. Today, a response to similar influences affecting us feels even more urgent and necessary,” said choreographer Molissa Fenley. “Revisiting the work thirty-two years later at The Joyce, amidst a worldwide pandemic, with this wonderful group of dancers, to embody the movement again myself in order to teach them, to observe them take the dance within their own sensibilities – from their training, with their humanity, with their beliefs – has been profoundly rewarding.”


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