Friday, August 1, 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 2, 8:00 pm

Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Lionel Popkin, who is half-Jewish/half-Indian, explores how our origins define who we are. His dances are simultaneously low-tech and lush, questioning and funny. His latest work Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore considers the paradoxical legacy of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, co-founder of the famed Denishawn Company, who brought “Orientalism” to Western dance. Was the iconic “Miss Ruth” a trailblazer, a thief, or something in between? Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore features a live performance of an original score by Guy Klucevsek for accordion and violin that evokes both Klezmer and Indian music. Currently Popkin is an Associate Professor of Choreography and Performance at UCLA.

“delightfully mercurial” ... “fabulous actions” ... “I enjoy seeing Popkin’s shifting from solid to liquid to gas and then to just a flash of wide smile.” -Lisa Kraus, The Philadelphia Inquirer?

Tickets: $30/$25 members/$18 students


Choreographer’s Choice: Lionel Popkin will present an evening of George Méliès fantastical films from 1902 – 1905 and talk about why they interest him on Tuesday, July 29 at 8:30 pm. Click here to find out more.

Just for Fun, Modern Dance for Kids: Lionel Popkin will give a special performance for kids as part of the PS21 Just for Fun series on Friday, August 1 at 1pm. Click here to find out more.

Dance Master Class with Lionel Popkin. Click here to find out more.

Lionel Popkin’s website:

This performance is made possible in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.




Friday, August 15, 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 16, 8:00 pm
Bask in the Shade
Bask in The Shade is a piece that explores the “benchmark” for certain levels of acceptance and inclusion into various social circles. This work, takes an in-depth look at the influence of the surroundings on the individual while also challenging external and internal physical boundaries. Bask in The Shade investigates the layers and complexities of intra and interracial cohesion. The use of traditional Malian movement combined with an evolved contemporary African technique helps show the tug of war between more traditional and modern values. Bask in The Shade, highlights, the individual’s differences, celebrates those differences, and shows how those independent traits help create a larger community.

Performed by Dianna Anderson, Rebecca Greenbaum, Karina Ikezoe, Jamal Jackson, Sydnie Liggett, Alyssa Maksym, Dana Thomas, and Gabriel Wilson is composed by Frank Malloy IV.

Tickets: $30/$25 members/$18 students


Choreographer’s Choice: Jamal Jackson will introduce a screening of Bill T. Jones: A Good Man and talk about why the film interests him on Tuesday, August 12 at 8:00 pm. Click here to find out more.

Just for Fun, West African Dance: Youth participating in Jamal Jackson Dance Company’s week-long intensive workshop will give a performance for kids as part of the PS21 Just for Fun series on Friday, August 15 at 1pm. Click here to find out more.

Jamal Jackson Dance Company website:



Sunday, August 17, 2:00 pm
Dance Omi Alumni Works in Progress
Dance Omi Director Christopher K. Morgan will facilitate a showing of works-in-progress by dance artists who are alumni of Dance Omi including Marie France Forcier, Canada (2007 alumna), Lynn Neuman, New York (2006 alumna, 2008 guest mentor), and Melissa Riker, New York (2008 alumna).

Marie France Forcier will show Little Guidebook for Using your Suffering Wisely. She is the Artistic Director of Forcier Stage Works. Lynn Neuman will present Trio. She serves as Artistic Director of Artichoke Dance Company based in New York. Melissa Riker will present Secrets and Seawalls. She is Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kinesis Project dance theatre. The New York Times called Riker’s choreography “...comically acrobatic, gracefully classical... visually arresting.” Using his extensive experience with the Liz Lehrman’s Critical Response Process, Morgan will facilitate an exchange between the artists and the audience.

PS21 is delighted to be collaborating for a second year in a row on this program with a fellow arts organization in Columbia County. Since 2005, the Dance Omi International Dance Collective has brought together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. The emphasis is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration. Christopher Morgan is the Artistic Director of Christopher K. Morgan and Artists, a contemporary dance company in residence at City Dance in Bethesda, MD and the Alden in McLean, VA.

A reception for the dance artists will follow the showing.

Admission is FREE.

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Friday,, August 22, 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 23, 8:00 pm

Somewhere Familiar Melodies and two premiere dance pieces
TAKE Dance returns to PS21 with Somewhere Familiar Melodies, a memory piece by Takehiro Ueyama, and other works including the world premiere of a piece which will be developed at PS21 in June. Take and co-director Jill Echo will work with Chatham area residents to collect memories and verbal images of what this landscape and place means to them. Take will then choreograph a piece set to these recorded Chatham voices.

“After the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, I felt that my heart was torn apart by the tragedy and devastation to my country and my people. Wanting to reflect back on all my childhood memories in Japan that gave me joy, I found myself listening to the music that flooded my ears through records, radio and television during the 70′s and 80′s, creating a window back into my childhood in Tokyo. Nostalgic memories of time spent with friends and family in my country came rushing back with each song. Using these popular Japanese songs, In Somewhere Familiar Melodies, I am taking a moment to dream of the past for a little while and remember the Japan I grew up in.” – Takehiro Ueyama

“…never count on Take Ueyama to do the expected! He takes movement and sculpts it into unique statements of expression; they are never cliché and always original.” - NYC Dance Stuff

Tickets: $30/$25 members/$18 students


Choreographer’s Choice: Takehiro Ueyama will introduce a screening of Frances Ha and talk about why the film interests him on Tuesday, August 19 at 8:00 pm. Click here to find out more.

Dance Master Class with Jill Echo of TAKE Dance. Click here to find out more

TAKE Dance website:


This event is part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New york state Legislature.

Additional underwriting for these TAKE Dance performances provided by Metz Wood Insurance."






Friday, August 29, 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 30, 8:00 pm
Ninth Season at the Tent
PS21 is delighted to once again welcome Parsons Dance back to the Tent. This season Parsons will present new works including Introduction as well as Bachiana, Caught and other work. Parsons Dance, an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons, tours nationally and internationally and maintains a repertory of more than 80 works choreographed by David Parsons.

Parsons … continues to consistently create some of the best modern dance pieces around. … Parsons and his top-notch dancers make it all look so easy - and so much fun. – Ken Ross, MassLive

Tickets: $40/$35 members/$25 students

Dance Master Class with a member of Parsons Dance. Click here to find out more

Parsons website:


Tuesday, August 5 – Saturday, August 9, 8:00 pm
Five nights of films celebrating the artists who make dance, from George Balanchine to Pina Bausch to young Cuban triplets with their hearts set on becoming great ballet dancers. Click here to find out more


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