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GIBNEY DANCE OBSERVES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH THROUGHOUT OCTOBER WITH PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
SUPPORTED BY LEAD SPONSOR NEW YORK HEALTH AND RACQUET CLUB
Through October 28, 2017
Gibney Dance, in partnership with lead sponsor New York Health and Racquet Club, furthers its annual commitment to observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month with an array of public events and initiatives throughout October, including:
an Arts & Social Justice Breakfast bringing together interested individuals and leaders in the field to explore the role of art in raising awareness, enacting policy change and facilitating healing around intimate partner violence (October 17)
Strength in Motion, a full day of open-to-the-public fitness classes at New York Health and Racquet Club in support of Gibney Dance’s work addressing intimate partner violence (October 28) a Pop-Up Performance in City Hall Park in partnership with the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, choreographed by Melissa Riker and open to anyone who would like to participate (rehearsal October 11, event October 12)
Cracks of Light, three evenings of performance that bears witness to survivors of gender-based violence, featuring works by Lexie Bean, Kimberleigh Costanzo and Sanctuary for Families Mentors (October 19–21)
an open-to-the-public Community Action Workshop conducted by Gibney Dance Company, showcasing the movement workshop model regularly offered throughout the year in domestic violence shelters in New York City (October 10)
See below for full details on the above and more to be held throughout the month.
“Being a part of the fitness community, we know the importance of physical movement and how it has the ability to transform lives in the most powerful way,” says Kim Manocherian, owner of New York Health & Racquet Club. “The impactful work that Gibney Dance is doing with their Community Action program, including preventing violence before it happens and educating people on what a healthy relationship looks like, really resonates with us, which is why partnering with them to raise awareness around these important issues is a natural fit.”
“Gibney Dance is thrilled to work with New York Health & Racquet Club to amplify the reach of our work during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this year,” adds Gina Gibney, Artistic Director & CEO of Gibney Dance. “This partnership will enable us to reach more New Yorkers, provide more support to survivors, and make a greater impact on our community.”
“Dance is a universal way to connect people in a shared experience, and I can think of no better way to raise awareness about domestic violence than through dance,” says Commissioner Cecile Noel of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. “Through our partnership with Gibney Dance, scores of people are receiving information about resources for survivors of domestic violence in a way that is fun, and accessible.”
Gibney Dance Community Action raises awareness of domestic violence year-round through Movement Workshops (365 annually) that bring the transformative power of dance to survivors of intimate partner violence; in-school assemblies that work to promote healthy relationships and prevent violence for youth; biannual Institute for Community Action Trainings for artists interested in social justice work; robust social justice programming at the Community Action Hub at Gibney Dance 280 Broadway; and internationally as part of Gibney Dance’s Global Community Action Residency program (most recently in Istanbul, Turkey, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Gisenyi, Rwanda).
Formed in 1991 by Gina Gibney, Gibney Dance boasts over 25 years of international performance through Gibney Dance Company; forward-thinking service to the dance community through the two-venue Gibney Dance Center at 890 and 280 Broadway; and social justice and humanitarian work on a global scale through Gibney Dance Community Action.
As always, the season includes a full slate of public performances and events at Lower Manhattan’s Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway, plus a wealth of dance classes and professional development and educational programs for the dance community.
GIBNEY DANCE—DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Community Action Workshop with Gibney Dance Company
Tuesday, October 10, 4–6 p.m.
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway (enter at 53A Chambers Street)
Gibney Dance Community Action shares its social action model with the public through this free workshop. Led by Gibney Dance Company, the dancers will facilitate a movement workshop similar to one regularly conducted in domestic violence shelters throughout New York City. Community Action’s evidence-informed program model draws from artistic practices to address issues of choice, self-care and self-expression. No dance experience necessary.
Pop-Up Performance: Take a Stand!
Thursday, October 12, 1–2 p.m.
Fountain Plaza, City Hall Park
Rehearsal: Wednesday, October 11, 4–6 p.m.
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway (enter at 53A Chambers Street)
Gibney Dance and the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence are partnering on this Pop-Up Performance to promote intimate partner violence awareness and share resources and services for New Yorkers. Choreographed and led by dancer, activist and Artistic Director of Kinesis Project, Melissa Riker, the event is open to movers of all abilities and skill levels. Participants will also each receive one free class at Gibney Dance.
An instructional video will be released in advance, so that participants may learn the movement prior to the rehearsal and performance. Rehearsal attendance is highly recommended.
Arts & Social Justice Breakfast: Eliminating Gender-Based Violence
Tuesday, October 17, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway (enter at 53A Chambers Street)
Early Bird Tickets: $75 (available until September 29)
Regular Price Tickets: $100
Arts & Social Justice Breakfast: Eliminating Gender-Based Violence examines the role of the arts in raising awareness, enacting policy change and facilitating healing around intimate partner violence.
A panel discussion will offer diverse perspectives from leaders in the field focused on the utilization of the arts to address intimate partner violence, why the arts are important in this context, what role change-makers in the field play and what next steps must be taken—tomorrow, in one year, in five years—to decrease the rate of intimate partner violence in the community.
Panelists Include: Lukas Haynes, Executive Director, David Rockefeller Fund; Cecile Noel, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence; and Samara Gaev, New York-based activist, educator, facilitator, theater director, and performer
Host Committee Co-Chairs: Anna Connolly, Beth Silverman-Yam, Joan Hutton-Mills
Go Purple Day
Thursday, October 19
Volunteer Slot 1, 7–9 a.m.
Volunteer Slot 2, 4–6 p.m.
Gibney Dance is mobilizing the dance community for Go Purple Day, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Go Purple Day is a citywide outreach and awareness event organized by Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo to raise awareness about domestic violence and to stand in solidarity with survivors.
Cracks of Light
Featuring works by Lexie Bean, Kimberleigh Costanzo and
Sanctuary for Families Mentors
Thursday, October 19–Saturday, October 21 at 8 p.m.
Studio A at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers)
Cracks of Light, part of Gibney Dance’s observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, bears witness to survivors of intimate partner and gender-based violence in a series of performance works created during the journey from struggle to survival. Bringing forward stories once held in silence, the series gives voice to the power of art and community.
This year Cracks of Light presents a new work by Kimberleigh Costanzo titled dissecting a baby bird; readings by Lexie Bean and other writers from an upcoming anthology of letters from trans and non-binary survivors directed to their body parts; and a piece created by Amy Miller with a group of survivors from the Sanctuary for Families Mentors Program, utilizing the mentors’ stories of rebuilding their lives as a way to raise awareness of intimate partner violence.
Strength in Motion
Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
New York Health & Racquet Club, 39 Whitehall Street
$20 Per Class
In support of Gibney Dance and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, New York Health & Racquet Club hosts a full day of open-to-the-public exercise classes at their Whitehall Street location featuring their most popular instructors—offering the opportunity to work out at the club while combatting domestic violence! 100% of the proceeds will support Gibney Dance Community Action’s domestic violence programs.
ABOUT NEW YORK HEALTH & RACQUET CLUB
New York Health and Racquet Club (NYHRC), an iconic health club founded in 1973, offers tailored fitness with an inclusive community feel. NYHRC, a family owned business, operates nine Manhattan locations that reflect the energy and culture of NYC, emphasizing fitness as a lifestyle. In addition to elite personal training, more than 650 weekly classes and state of the art exercise equipment, NYHRC offers high-end amenities such as saltwater pools and whirlpools, spa-like saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms and massage, racquet sports, basketball courts, outdoor programming, and a member yacht. For further information, visit us at nyhrc.com.
ABOUT GIBNEY DANCE
Gibney Dance, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization that brings the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Through its Center, Company and Community Action, Gibney Dance is “Making Space for Dance” in studios, on stages and in partnership with underserved shelters and schools:
Gibney Dance Centers are a powerhouse of cultural support for the performing arts community and New York City itself. In 1991, Gibney Dance began leasing a studio in the historic 890 Broadway building to house Company rehearsals, and by 2011 the organization’s presence at that location had expanded to comprise an expansive eight-studio creative center. Today, with the addition of 280 Broadway, the organization directs a performing arts complex with two facilities: the Choreographic Center at 890 Broadway and the Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway. These remarkable spaces enable a robust roster of events designed to meet the needs of the dance field and audiences by fostering the creative process, encouraging dialogue and providing professional development opportunities.
Gibney Dance Company is the Center’s acclaimed resident dance ensemble, led by choreographer Gina Gibney. Since its founding in 1991, the Company has steadily developed its reputation for excellence, building a repertory of over thirty works. Gibney Dance re-envisioned the Company in 2016, empowering its dancers as both artists and activists. Known as Artistic Associates, these dedicated partners advance the quality of the organization’s artistry through performance, and deepen its community engagement through administrative fellowships, serving as advocates for pressing issues in the dance field.
Gibney Dance Community Action is on the leading edge of mobilizing the arts to address social justice issues. This highly respected program uses dance to help heal and empower survivors of violence through multiple platforms, including Movement Workshops for domestic violence survivors; Global Community Action Residencies that share the program’s model and practices internationally; the Community Action Hub at 280 Broadway and its resources for social change-minded artists; and Advocacy Initiatives that spread awareness and mobilize artists to respond to social issues.
Gibney Dance’s Community Action is generously supported by The New York Community Trust, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Spectrum, The David Rockefeller Fund, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, EILEEN FISHER, Jody and John Arnhold, The RYL Charitable Fund, Embassy of the United States, Dar es Salaam, Bloomingdale’s, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Honorable Tom Finkelpearl, The Honorable City Council Member Margaret Chin, Dancers Responding to AIDS/Broadway Cares, Inc., NYU Community Fund, the Here to Tell Fund, Aspiriant LLC, and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
Altman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, The Bay & Paul Foundations, Booth Ferris Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Dancers Responding to AIDS/Broadway Cares, Inc., The David Rockefeller Fund, Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold, John H. Grace Foundation, Joseph & Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Lambent Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Morgan Stanley Foundation, The New York Community Trust, New York University Community Fund, The Ready Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The RYL Charitable Fund, The Scherman Foundation's Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, The SHS Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation. Gibney Dance receives additional support through the matching gift programs of The Benevity Community Impact Fund - A Fund of the American Online Giving Foundation, Pfizer Foundation, Societe Generale, Sony Corporation, and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation.
Aspiriant LLC, BoardLead, Con Edison, EILEEN FISHER, Fram Realty LLC/Abro Management Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Kennedy Berg LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Macy’s Merchandising Group, MG & Company, Mini Circuits, Morgan Stanley, New York Health & Racquet Club, Spectrum, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Gibney Dance has received generous support from The City of New York & The Honorable Mayor Bill De Blasio, The New York City Council & The Honorable Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, The Honorable City Council Member Margaret Chin, The Honorable Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Honorable Tom Finkelpearl, Materials for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Délégation du Québec à Générale New York, and the Consulate General of Israel.