This year marks the Festival’s farewell to the treasured Merce Cunningham Studio Theater. The Festival, now in its third year, will present four nights of performance by 21 mid and advanced career choreographers in this magical space.
WestFest Dance Festival
December 8th and 9th, 2011 at 9PM
December 10th and 11th, 2011 at 8PM
Cunningham Studio Theater
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10014
$20 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors
online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/210497
December 8th & 10th
Alexis Convento, Eve Chan, Nicole Roerick Collective, Diane Cahill Bedford and the San Jac Dance PAC, Indelible Dance, Kirstin Kapustik & Dancers, Karen Schupp, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Claire Porter, Gibney Dance (12/8) and TAKE Dance (12/10)
December 9th & 11th
Jiwon Lee, Carol Nolte, Theodora Boguszewski, Chris Ferris & Dancers, Megan Harrold (12/9), Amos Pinasi (12/11), Bryn Cohn, I-Ling Liu, Treeline Dance, Julie B. Johnson/Evolve Dance, Urban Bush Women (12/9), David Parker and the Bang Group (12/11)
Photo Credit: Christopher Duggan
Supported by The Westbeth Artists’ Residence Council and The Puffin Foundation Inc.
WestFest is produced by Carol Nolte and Kirstin Kapustik with support from the Westbeth Artisits’ Residence Council. Past WestFest events at Westbeth have included a free site specific performance at various sites within the cavernous Westbeth Artists Facility, a free day-long Dance for Film Festival, which included an array of creative films from all over the world and, of course, the WestFest Dance Festival at the Cunningham Studio Theater.
Kirstin Kapustik joins Carol Nolte this year as co-producer of WestFest. Their rare partnership spans generations, bringing fresh concepts to dance history and the future of WestFest as a presenting organization. Carol Nolte, a choreographer and dance producer for nearly 40 years, is a Westbeth resident and member of the Westbeth Artists’ Residence Council. Kirstin Kapustik is a choreographer, producer, and arts administrator at both Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn and Gibney Dance Center. Their hope is that WestFest will help to inspire the continuation of the Cunningham Studio Theater as an iconic downtown performance space. WestFest is a celebration of the historic nature not only of Westbeth and Merce Cunningham, but the entirety of Manhattan’s West Village, which has been home to many of the early famous modern dance choreographers and dancers, and continues to attract the brightest lights of contemporary dance, music, art, theater and literature.
WestFest will continue in the Spring of 2012 with a free dance event sponsored by the Westbeth Artists’ Residence Council.
More information on this year’s WestFest choreographers can be found at www.westbeth.org