xyz nyc is a new approach to dance-making in New York City. A cross between a choreographic laboratory and a reality tv game show, every month dancers and choreographers are randomly grouped together, and within a week create new dances that are performed before an audience. A guest judge gives feedback to each of the choreographers, and the audience votes on their favorite dance. A winner is crowned at the end of the show, winning fame and glory and the chance of developing their new dance into a 2 night run at The Tank.
Theme: Lost in Translation
Guest Judge: Michael Burke
Guest Artist: Lisa Fagan Dance Problems, showing a work-in-progress of POTATO CHIP BAG/PLEASE EAT YOURSELF with Lisa Fagan, Milo Cramer, and Hannah Mitchell
Choreographers: Erin Carlisle Norton, Annalisa Ledson, Caitlin Cullen, and Jimmy Nataraj Burgio
Dancers: Maggie Savoie, Laura Bailey, Annie McGlenchy, Dana Marie, Barbara Montero, Amber Patee Adams, Samari Jackson-Preston, Asya Jefferson, Candice Segarra, Magdalena Lelito, Kiana Feaster
About the Guest Artist
Lisa Fagan is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and dancer who wears many hats. Dance-based but undeniably acts of theater, her work plays within the modalities of dance, theater, improvisation, and radical physical nonsense. Originally from Philadelphia, Fagan’s work has been presented in New York City at HERE Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The 92nd St Y, Triskelion Arts, and The Theater at St Pauls. While living on the west coast, Fagan's work was produced in the San Francisco Bay Area at ODC/San Francisco, The Garage SF and Kunst-Stoff Arts. As a dancer she has performed the work of Jo Kreiter's Flyaway Productions, Jodi Melnick, Bandaloop, Rachael Lincoln, Christy Funsch, Maria Simpson, Peggy Florin, and many other artists across disciplines. She has also worked in film, dancing in music videos for artists such as Jim James (ATO Records) and Johanna Warren (Team Love Records), and will appear in an upcoming science fiction short film by Encyclopedia Pictura's Daren Rabinovitch called "Smartware." She is also the creator and director of CAMP: Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, an experimental artist residency program for working artists across disciplines. Fagan gradated from Bard College in 2011. Lisafagandanceproblems.com
about the work:
Lisa Fagan Dance Problems, a fancy fresh performance-generating algorithm typically operated by choreographer/performer Lisa Fagan, embarks on a new collaborative work alongside playwright/performer Milo Cramer and actor/performer Hannah Mitchell. The work, in its early stages, is called POTATO CHIP BAG/PLEASE EAT YOURSELF and it examines inanimate objects and their animate personalities, enacting the future, toys with prerecorded responses, and winning awards. Fagan/Cramer/Mitchell are working with clear, decisive narrative that is filled in with radical expressive action. The three met and began collaborating at Bard College. Visit Lisafagandanceproblems.com for upcoming shows.
About the Guest Judge
MICHAEL BURKE is an award-winning NYC-based performance artist. He has been a member of Trinity College’s Theater & Dance Department since 2001. A recipient of All Out Arts & New Village Productions’ “Best Performance Artist of 2003” Award, Burke juxtaposes spoken text, dance, visual imagery, video, music and sound score. His solo performance works have been presented nationally and throughout NYC at venues including Dixon Place, HOT! The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture, HERE Arts Center, New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Series/The Joyce Soho, Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Single File Series (Chicago, IL), The Lit Lite Series, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival (Columbus, OH), Chashama, The Howl Festival, The SEEN+HEARD Festival (Atlanta, GA), The Fresh Fruit Festival, The Meeting House Theater (Philadelphia, PA), SVCS Theater (Hailey, Idaho), Ragged Blade Productions (St. Louis, MO), Brooklyn Arts Exchange among others. In 1999, Burke performed in the New York premiere of “NEA 4” performance artist Holly Hughes, in her show “Preaching to the Perverted.” Other performance credits include the legendary Penny Arcade Spiegelworld production and“Off Stage: The East Village Fragments” by the OBIE Award-winning Peculiar Works Project, among others.
Burke is a member of New Dance Alliance’s Artist Advisory Panel, a resident artist at Dixon Place, and recipient of a 2003 Harkness Choreographer’s Grant at SUNY Purchase. He is the curator of the Moving Men series at Dixon Place. Burke has been a guest artist at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and taught performance workshops while touring his shows across the U.S.