Exploring the Intersection between Dance & Social Justice
Hard Times Require Furious Dancing
– Alice Walker
For the high school assembly on March 5th, 2018, dancers explored the intersection between Dance and Social Justice. Their work addressed the ways in which the Arts in general, and Dance, in particular, can be used as a powerful vehicle for revealing, resisting, and rectifying different forms of abuse and injustice. One of the ways this is achieved is through intentionally choreographed work; dances that tell larger stories and take risks; dances that make us want to jump out of our seats; and dances that force us to pause, catch our breath, and reflect.
At the beginning of the school year, the Dance II class began to study the work of American choreographer Bill T. Jones. They went to BAM to see Jone’s newest work, A Letter to My Nephew. Back in the studio they viewed, discussed, and reinterpreted Jones’ 1989 masterpiece, D-Man in the Waters. Even though these 10th grade students did not live through the AIDS crisis of the 80’s and 90’s, they asked themselves what issues give them the same sense of urgency. This urgency fueled their performance.
To see more pics from the Dance + Social Justice Assembly, see the Gallery page.
NACHMO (National Choreography Month)
In February 2016, members of the Choreolab I and Choreolab II classes performed solos as part of the NACHMO studio showing at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. NACHMO gives dancers at all stages of their careers the challenge to create a dance in one month’s time. As the youngest dancers at the event, performing with NACHMO gave GCS students the opportunity to perform alongside professionals and to share their choreography with a larger audience. For information on NACHMO, visit www. nachmo.org.
To see more pics from the NACHMO, see the Gallery page.
Astor Alive Ceremony
The GCS Dance Ensemble, Grace Theater Company, and the GCS Jazz Ensemble performed as part of the Astor Alive Ceremony in September 2016 to celebrate the opening of the new green space in front of our school at 46 Cooper Sq., and the return of the Astor Place cube!