Historically, Dance Block has consisted of spaces solely on our block, East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery; as of 2016, we are excited to activate new space opportunities – this time, off the block! These “extra blocks” will continue to provide greater access and foster deeper relationships between studio owners and dancemakers in the Lower East Side. These paid-for residencies mean that Dance Blockers rehearse within a space at an agreed upon, predetermined schedule for an extended period of time, and in so doing, cultivating a consistent and reliable rapport.
Note: these paid-for residencies are in no way assigned in terms of artistic work quality or any formal application process; to express interest in participating in one of these paid residencies, please get in touch with Director of Programs, Nadia Tykulsker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rental hours are still subject to space availability and these residencies may not be available at the time of your inquiry.
Resident Dance Blockers:
Avenue C. Studio Resident Dance Blocker: CHRISTINANOEL & the CREATURE
ChristinaNoel & The Creature is a Brooklyn based dance company comprised of dancers, musicians, and visual artists that focuses on creating a hybrid performance medium utilizing the dancers’ voices, bodies, as well as drawing from their perspectives. The resulting medium envelopes viewers visually and aurally in multi-textured environments derived from human connections and encounters. The Creature is dedicated to creating a space that facilitates dialogue and educational outreach by striving to expand conventional ideas of dance performance. The Creature is driven by Artistic Director & Choreographer, ChristinaNoel Reaves in collaboration with Visual Director & Composer Aeric Meredith-Goujon who participates actively in the creative process by generating original music for The Creature pieces.
ChristinaNoel & The Creature debuted in New York City at The Bessie Schoenberg Workshop in 2011 and has presented work at The Flamboyan at The Clemente, Judson Memorial Church, GAP Series, ITE Festival, The Irondale Theater, Teatro LaTEA, Triskelion Arts, Dance Theater of Ireland, Shawbrook School Ireland, the DanceNOW Festival Joe’s PUB, LaMama Theater, The Tank, Legros Women in Dance Studio Series, Fete de L’Hurricaine Festival, Dixon Placeʼs Crossing Boundaries Festivals, Home Audio, and The Hoover Dam Collective Performances. ChristinaNoel originated “Rapture Of The Heroine (guurrrl)” on Zoetic Dance Ensemble of Atlanta in 2012/2013. May 2013 brought The Creature’s inaugural independent concert at Teatro La Tea followed by a successful sophomore season at The Irondale Theater in May 2014. The Creature was invited to present a TedX performance at Martha’s Vineyard in August 2014 on the theme “Insanity, Genius, and The Creative Process”. May 2015 and 2016 held successful third and fourth independent concerts at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Soto Velez Center.
The dance/theater piece, entitled Belly, is a panoptic review of our treatment of others. ChristinaNoel & The Creature are working on re-staging the piece during their Extra Block residency. Through forced interactions and reactions The Creature’s fluctuating proximity reflects a closeness and camaraderie while juxtaposing an inability to fully realize empathy for another human being. All this is done through the lens of comedy and tragedy, and the depths of white privilege and institutional racism. In the end the question becomes; how can we continue to reorganize our own perceptions and differences to continually strive toward mutual understanding?
2×2 Resident Dance Blocker: REBECCA MCCORMAC
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Ms. McCormac completed her Masters in Dance at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006. In 2008, Ms. McCormac moved to New York City to join Barry Blumenfeld’s Tap Fusion, Ellen Stokes-Shadle’s Dance Works and the faculty at Perfect Pointe Performing Arts Studio. In 2011, Ms McCormac founded CoreDance Contemporary, an Australian Modern Dance Company, which holds residence in New York City. McCormac has an interdisciplinary approach to her work drawing ideas both contextually and visually to create work that is engaging for herself and her audience. Her work has been shown at APAP, Your Move NJ, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, DANY Studios, PMT, Dixon Place, White Wave, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Arts Center and Green Space
During her Extra Block Residency, Rebecca McCormac will be working on three projects. The first an iteration of previously finished work “Strait-waistcoat”, which will be presented in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 5, as part of Nacre Dances’ “So You Think You Can Choreograph”. The second, the reiteration of an older work, “Of Loss: Grief’s Transitions”, to be presented at Dixon Place on November 30 and the third, a new evening length work (yet to be titled), which will premiere at The Actors Fund Arts Center on April 28, 2017 as part of CoreDance Contemporary’s Spring Season.