For a comprehensive immersion in improv dance, look to Triskelion Arts.
Beginning January 29, the performing arts center with a location in Williamsburg and now in Greenpoint as well, will host “Never Before, Never Again,” a four-day dance series.
Abby Bender, artistic director and co-founder of Triskelion, said the group recognized that a large number of its artists were doing dance improv, so they organized a festival for a wide range of performing artists to showcase their work.
Triskelion has traditionally put on three annual performing arts festivals from different disciplines, including one involving circus theatrics. When that ended, Triskelion sought a replacement, and dance improv seemed like the perfect fit considering the artists who work in their space.
Another aspect that makes “Never Before, Never Again” all the more exciting, according to Bender, is that unlike other improv shows which tend to be genre specific – i.e. comedic, dramatic or another variety, Triskelion’s series will feature multi-genre improv from the 30 or so companies expected to perform over the course of the event.
Among the festival’s featured performers is Regina Nejman and Company. The group will perform, “Beautiful Figure,” in which two dancers express beauty inspired by the late renaissance period, follow how it has developed in contemporary times, and see how it relates to the objectification of women.
Cameron Mckiney/Kizuna Dance will showcase “Monogatari,” a dance performance based on Japanese folklore with the audience selecting the music. The performers will then enact the story simply through movements, reacting to the music.
Carly Czach and Justin Vahala’s piece, “Something Like It,” examines the duo’s quest to reach Utopia. Through dance, spoken word, and live music, the duo will create vignettes, which start and finish in the process of the duo trying to find its Utopia.
Each day, five to seven groups will put on from five to fifteen different performances, with dozens expected to attend. The Triskelion’s Aldous Theater, where the festival takes place, only has a capacity of 74, and in previous years, tickets have quickly sold out.
The festival might also be their last at their Williamsburg space, as the group expects to make its long-awaited move to Greenpoint sometime next month.
Triskelion Arts Presents Never Before Never Again, January 29-February 1, event starts at 8 p.m. each night, Triskelion’s Aldous Theater, 118 North 11th Street, for more information visit http://www.triskelionarts.org/the-never-before-never-again-festival and for tickets visit http://nbna2015.brownpapertickets.com/.