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City Center announced the dates for this year's Fall for Dance Festival:


September 26 – October 6, 2007

10 Performances

28 Companies

1 Stage

All Tickets $10 – Tickets On Sale September 9 at 11am

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Since I could find no official published news about Fall for Dance, even through individual companies, I took this picture of a displayed poster outside of City Center that lists (some?) the companies/organizations that will be involved!

They include:

Manhattan Theater Club

National Theater of Greece

Pennsylvania Ballet

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Morphoses the Wheeldon Company

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

American Ballet Theater

New York Flamenco Festival

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players

Sadler's Wells

The Kirov Ballet & Orchestra


Fall for Dance

I can't imagine that these are the only companies involved, as there aren't 28, as stated on the website. But at least we get a little idea!

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Figurante, this is a list of City Center's 2007-2008 presentations. See the calendar.

I don't think they've announced the F4D schedule yet. Tempus fugit, especially since a F4D purchase carries a discount to other dance performances through the year.

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Here's the release:


September 26 - October 6, 2007

Ten Nights, Six Unique Programs






Arlene Shuler, President and CEO of New York City Center, today announced the schedule for the fourth annual Fall for Dance Festival, which will run from September 26 - October 6, 2007, and will showcase 28 national and international companies. The Festival will once again feature $10 tickets for all performances and run for ten nights, presenting six unique programs (four programs will be repeated). Tickets will go on sale Sunday, September 9 at 11:00am.

City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival has received national and international recognition for its quality, innovation, and success in introducing new and younger audiences to the world of dance. The 2007 Festival will feature a wide range of dance styles and traditions, from ballet, modern and tap dance to Indian Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dances, South African Pantsula, hip-hop, and tango.

Arlene Shuler also announced that Fall for Dance-inspired festivals are being presented in other cities across the United States, beginning at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California in October 2007, and in St. Louis in March 2008. “Our Fall for Dance Festival continues to attract new audiences to dance, and many have been returning to City Center each year, telling us how the Festival introduced them to new companies and choreographers,” said Ms. Shuler. “We’re glad our experience is helping other institutions build their dance audiences. It has been a pleasure to share what we have learned over the past four years with others and we wish them the same success with their festivals that we have enjoyed.”

"When City Center first asked us to help launch Fall for Dance in 2004, we were excited about its promise to broaden access to the arts, a core goal of our arts giving," said Lisa Quiroz, Time Warner's Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. "We are proud to continue our support of this important initiative."


The 2007 Festival will feature a range of international companies and artists, including Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia, Lyon Opera Ballet and Compagnie Käfig from France, Mariela Franganillo from Argentina, Mats Ek from Sweden, Noche Flamenca from Spain, Shantala Shivalingappa from India, and Johan Kobborg from the U.K. Appearing for the first time in the United States will be Belgium’s Royal Ballet of Flanders, Via Katlehong Dance from South Africa, and Srishti–Nina Rajarani Dance Creations from the U.K.

Acclaimed American companies and choreographers will include Armitage Gone! Dance; Ballet Hispanico; Boston Ballet; Carmen deLavallade; Doug Varone and Dancers; Elisa Monte Dance; New York City Ballet; Trisha Brown Dance Company and Urban Bush Women.

Exciting young American companies and choreographers include Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Juilliard Dance, Keigwin + Company, Kyle Abraham, and 10 Foot 5.

New York City Center resident companies participating in this year’s Festival include American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, City Center’s newest resident company, which performs its first full New York season from October 17-21.

The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Time Warner and Time Warner Cable have provided Leadership Support for the New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival with major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Fall for Dance Patrons Committee. New York City Center’s 2007/08 dance season, including the Fall for Dance Festival, is sponsored by Altria Group, Inc., with major support from Frederic and Robin Seegal.

"We are thrilled to once again join The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Time Warner and Time Warner Cable in supporting the Fall for Dance Festival and its commitment to making the beauty and power of this universal art form truly accessible to new audiences throughout New York City and beyond," says Jennifer Goodale, Vice President, Contributions, Altria Group Inc.


The Festival will open on Wednesday, September 26 (program repeated Thursday, September 27) with Paul Taylor Dance Company performing Arden Court, followed by Alexei Ratmansky’s Middle Duet by the world-famous Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia, which will be appearing for a three-week season at City Center in April, 2008. Indian choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa, accompanied by live music, will dance Varnam (excerpt from GAMAKA), a complex dance and music composition in the South Indian tradition. The evening will end with Juilliard Dance’s performance of Twyla Tharp’s spirited Deuce Coupe, set to music by the Beach Boys.

Friday, September 28 begins with the French hip-hop company Compagnie Käfig performing excerpts from Terrain Vague, an eclectic work set to the fusion sounds of Arabian music, Andaluciuan melody and flamenco rhythm. Four New York City companies and choreographers make up the remainder of the evening: American Ballet Theatre’s classic Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, with choreography after Marius Petipa will be followed by excerpts from Ballet Hispanico’s passionate Club Havana, choreographed by Pedro Ruiz. Dancer/choreographer Carmen deLavallade will perform The 5th Wheel, a world premiere piece performed on wheels, set to an original composition by Jane Ira Bloom, played live by a jazz quartet. The evening ends with Doug Varone and Dancers in Lux, a 2006 piece for eight dancers, set to the music of Philip Glass.

Saturday, September 29 (program repeated Sunday, September 30), a mostly international program with an American finale, begins with the New York City premiere of Grosse Fugue, choreographed by Maguy Marin and performed by Lyon Opera Ballet of France, followed by Johan Kobborg in Tim Rushton’s Afternoon of a Faun. From Sweden, Mats Ek presents the U.S. premiere of Memory, a duet between Mats Ek and his wife, Ana Laguna. Mariela Franganillo and her dancers perform tango to live music. The evening ends with a high-energy performance by 10 Foot 5, a company of young musicians, percussionists and rhythm tap dancers from Minneapolis.

Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium’s only classical ballet company, makes its U.S. debut on Tuesday, October 2 with Cornered (program repeated Wednesday, October 3), followed by New York choreographer Larry Keigwin’s 2006 piece, Love Songs, performed by Keigwin + Company. New York City Ballet offers Jerome Robbins’ A Suite of Dances performed by Damian Woetzel to live cello music, followed by the Urban Bush Women’s sassy Batty Moves.

Karole Armitage’s company, Armitage Gone! Dance, opens the program on Thursday, October 4 with excerpts from Ligeti Essays, a piece for seven dancers choreographed by Ms. Armitage, followed by Kyle Abraham’s Inventing Pookie Jenkins. Next, audiences will get a preview of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, performing the pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. Trisha Brown Dance Company in Spanish Dance, set to Bob Dylan’s “In the Early Morning Rain” is next, followed by Quebrada performed by Noche Flamenca to live music.

The final program of the Festival, on Friday, October 5 (repeated Saturday, October 6), will open with a contemporary vision of Bharatanatyam, a form of classical Indian dance, performed to live music by Srishti–Nina Rajarani Dance Creations, making their U.S. debut. Following will be choreographer/dancer Camille A. Brown of Camille A. Brown and Dancers, in a humorous solo piece entitled, The Evolution Of A Secured Feminine. Elisa Monte Dance performs her signature piece, Treading, set to music by Steve Reich, followed by Boston Ballet’s highly-anticipated New York premiere of Jorma Elo’s acclaimed Brake the Eyes. The Festival ends on a rousing note with the U.S. debut of South Africa’s Via Katlehong Dance, performing an excerpt from Nkululeko, a Pantsula and Gumboot dance that reflects the spirit and culture of the township youths.

Ellen Dennis serves as Producer and Wendy Perron as Artistic Advisor to the New York City Center Fall For Dance Festival.


Reinforcing its commitment to building new dance audiences and helping dancegoers discover new companies, styles and forms of dance, New York City Center is once again offering New York DanceLink, its popular e-mail club. All Fall For Dance Festival ticket buyers will have the opportunity to join New York DanceLink and receive discount offers for a wide variety of dance events during the season from dance venues throughout New York City, ranging from The Joyce Theater and Danspace Project to The New Victory Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


New York City Center and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) will once again host a Fall for Dance Seminar linking the Department of Education’s “Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Dance, PreK-12” with the Fall for Dance Festival. The Seminar will provide training for up to 100 dance teachers and teaching artists who work with a wide range of students in the New York City public schools. It will take place in the New York City Center Studios on Saturday, September 15 from 9:30am-4:00pm. Festival performers from Keigwin + Company and from Doug Varone and Dancers will teach morning master classes in which participants will learn about the companies’ unique aesthetics and styles of dance through pieces that will be performed in the Fall for Dance Festival. An afternoon workshop with a teaching artist and a DOE teacher will use the “Blueprint” to explore responses to the morning material, connecting professional performances and classroom material.

The Fall for Dance Festival will also offer two pre-performance panel discussions in the City Center Studios. Each discussion will be free and open to the public. On Thursday, September 27, City Center and Barnard College Department of Dance will co-present “Dance and Music: A Dynamic Dialogue,” moderated by John Rockwell, former dance and music critic, The New York Times; former director, Lincoln Center Festival. On Friday, October 5, City Center and Hunter College Department of Dance will co-present “Preserving the Past/Stepping into the Future,” moderated by Wendy Perron, Artistic Advisor, Fall for Dance Festival; Editor-in-Chief, Dance Magazine. Panels will take place from 6:30-7:30pm.


Lounge FFD appears once each year during the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center. For each Fall for Dance performance, the public atrium between 55th and 56th Streets (immediately west of the theater’s main entrance) is transformed into a vibrant gathering place for audience members and artists. Featuring music chosen by Festival choreographers and artists, Lounge FFD offers attendees, performers and neighborhood friends a place to relax and mingle, share a cocktail and have a bite from neighborhood restaurant tasting stations, before and after the show – as well as during intermission – while video monitors throughout the Lounge follow the action onstage.

A new addition to Lounge FFD this year is a series of free, pre-show dance lessons (listed below), including family-friendly bucket drumming and tap dancing on Sunday, September 30 at 1:30pm. Lounge FFD is open to the general public as well as to Festival artists and attendees. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome.

Lounge FFD Free Dance Lessons:

Saturday, 9/29 at 6:30pm: Tango with ballroom dance instructor Jessamine Jones

Sunday, 9/30 at 1:30pm: Bucket drumming and tap dancing with percussionist and tap

dancer Bernice “Boom-Boom” Brooks

Thursday, 10/4 at 6:30pm: Flamenco with Ballet Hispanico teacher Melinda Marquez

Saturday, 10/6 at 6:30pm: Gumboot dance with traditional South African dance company Juxtapower

NEW YORK CITY CENTER FALL FOR DANCE FESTIVAL runs Wednesday, September 26 through Saturday, October 6, 2007 at New York City Center (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). All evening performances are at 8pm; Sunday afternoon performance at 3:00pm. All tickets for the Fall for Dance Festival are $10 and go on sale on Sunday, September 9 at 11:00am.

Tickets can be purchased by calling CityTix® at 212-581-1212, online at www.nycitycenter.org or at the City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues)

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