WESTFEST is an annual dance festival presented in the historic Westbeth Artists’ Residence building. The festival aims to open the Westbeth building to dance artists and audiences and engage the resident artist population with a broader community of artistic stewards of Westbeth and its legacy.
The festival has two distinct programs. WestFest Top Floor, at the Martha Graham Studio Theater, presents visionary artists in a traditional theater setting. All Over Westbeth is the site-specific program showing a variety of unconventional and unique approaches to dance and space.
WESTFEST | TOP FLOOR
April 27-30, 8PM (Thursday-Sunday)
Four shared evenings of dance in the Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune,
11th floor. $20 admission.
The starlit Martha Graham Studio at Westbeth offers two performance programs over four nights. All artists will present up to 10 minutes of original dance, in a shared evening format. Estimate run time: 1hr / no intermission
On Thursday April 27 and Saturday April 29, WestFest Top Floor will feature works by Amos Pinhasi, Madison Hicks, B.U.M.P. (Button Universal Movement Project), MMDC/Mari Meade Dance Collective, ChristinaNoel & the Creature, NSquared Dance Company, Carol Nolte/Dance Collective and Amanda Hameline Dance
On Friday April 28, and Sunday April 30, WestFest Top Floor will feature works by Jeff Sykes, Dance Traveler by Young Hoon Oh, Donnell Oakley Makes Dances, Jerica Niehoff, Alethea Pace and Trezon Dancy.
The Friday and Sunday performances will also include Guest Artist David Parker/The Bang Group.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and can be purchased via credit/debit card online at westfestdance.com or with cash at the door.
The Box Office will open at
7:30PM each evening.
WESTFEST | ALL OVER WESTBETH April 29 and 30 at 2 pm.
Two days of site-specific performances.
Guided Tours Every 15 Minutes. All tours start in Westbeth Courtyard, 155 Bank
Street. Last Tour departs at 3:30PM. FREE EVENT
This walking tour, led by Westbeth residents, will share a series of short, site-specific live performances in spaces located all over the iconic artists’ residence—courtyard, basement, rooftop, studios and stairwells.
Dance makers showing site-specific work in All Over Westbeth are BOINK! Dance & Film, Ambika Raina & Michael Parmelee, Erica Saucedo/vis-a-vis, Ashley McQueen/Smashworks Dance Collective, Quinn Dixon & Bree Nasby/Private Parts, Deborah Lohse/ TruDee, Emily Craver/The Little Streams, Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross/ Urban Humans, Molly Mingey/ MollyMingey Projects.
All Over Westbeth Guest choreographers are Virginie Mécène and Jelon Vieira/ Dance/Brazil.
WESTFEST 2017 TEASER
ABOUT THE CURATORS / PRODUCTION TEAM
CAROL NOLTE/DANCE COLLECTIVE (Artistic Director) founded WestFest 7 years ago as a response to the financial strain of the Recession, offering choreographers free performance opportunities at the Westbeth Artisits’ Residence, her home for the last 26 years. She has also created over 50 dances for her award-winning company Dance Collective. www.dancecollectiveny.com.
AMANDA HAMELINE (Production Manager / Top Floor Curator) Amanda Hameline is a choreographer, producer and arts administrator. Her choreography works with movement and text to create comical, dark, strongly narrative experiences, and has premiered at Pace Gallery, Triskelion Arts, the Hotel Chelsea, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, CPR and more. Amanda is also a founding director of the non-profit production company, Amanda + James.
LAUREN HAFNER ADDISON & DYLAN BAKER/BOINK! DANCE & FILM (All Over Coordinators) BOINK! is a modern dance company that explores the infinite possibilities in the world of film and live performance. Founded in 2013, artistic directors Dylan Baker, Lauren Hafner Addison, Kate Bishop and Cassandra Motta have been creating together for the past ten years. From the company’s inception, video editor Christopher Huth continues to be an essential part of our aim to combine dance and film. http://www.boinkdance.com
Lighting Designer: Nick Hung
Producer: Westbeth Artists Residents’ Council (WARC). George Cominskie, President
WestFest is made possilbe in part with public funds from Creative Engagement/ Creative Learning, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legistlature and administerd by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net
WestFest is made possible by a generous grant from NYC Councilmember Corey