FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 5, 2022
Juilliard Presents New Dances: Edition 2022
Featuring World Premiere Dances by Chanel DaSilva, Sidra Bell, Jamar Roberts, and
Jermaine Maurice Spivey and Spenser Theberge
NEW YORK –– Juilliard presents New Dances: Edition 2022, the centerpiece of the Dance Division’s performance season. Produced annually, New Dances features the world premieres of four new works by innovative choreographers, one for each class of Juilliard dancers, and every member of each class collaborates to create the finished piece. The 2022 choreographers are Chanel DaSilva, Sidra Bell, Jamar Roberts, Jermaine Maurice Spivey, and Spenser Theberge.
Performances of New Dances: Edition 2022 take place in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater December 7 through 11 with two performances on December 10. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or at the Juilliard box office. Details can be found at juilliard.edu.
Alumna Chanel DaSilva’s Another Mountain for the class of 2026 is set to music by the Cinematic Orchestra and Moses Sumney as well as Ori Lichtik. Sidra Bell’s Yielding is a work in three movements for the class of 2025, set to Jacob Beranek’s (MM ’23) String Quartet in One Movement. Jamar Roberts’ The Jaunt for the class of 2024 is set to music by jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington and SAULT; and alumni Jermaine Maurice Spivey and Spenser Theberge’s The Close-ers for the class of 2023 is set to an original composition by Spivey with text by Theberge and live music performed by fourth-year dancer Ian Debono.
“New Dances: Edition 2022 feels like a reunion,” said dean and director of Juilliard Dance Alicia Graf Mack, “with alumni Chanel DaSilva, Spenser Theberge and Jermaine Maurice Spivey creating at their alma mater and Sidra Bell and Jamar Roberts returning to make their second works.” She continued, “Each of these artists entered the studio with a unique creative voice and a grounded sense of their responsibility to educate and uplift the dancers.”
The lighting design is by Clifton Taylor. Costume design for Another Mountain and The Close-ers is by Márion Talán De La Rosa, and for Yielding and The Jaunt is by Fritz Masten.
Full details including biographies for the choreographers, lighting designer and costume designers can be found in the digital program.
About Juilliard Dance
Under the direction of Alicia Graf Mack, Juilliard Dance develops artists of the 21st century—trained in ballet, modern, and contemporary dance forms. With the establishment of the dance division in 1951—by then-president William Schuman with the guidance of founding division director Martha Hill—Juilliard became the first major teaching institution to combine equal instruction in both modern and ballet techniques.
In the four-year dance program—leading to a bachelor of fine arts degree—students learn the great traditions of both past and present. Juilliard dancers enjoy unparalleled opportunities to work with today’s leading choreographers and perform both new and existing repertory. In addition to high caliber technical training and performances, dancers learn about the craft of choreography and immerse themselves in other facets of the field. Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard prepares dancers for all the possibilities that lie ahead.
Juilliard dance alumni include the choreographers and directors Robert Battle, Pina Bausch, Jessica Lang, Lar Lubovitch, Andrea Miller, Ohad Naharin, and Paul Taylor. Juilliard dancers are currently dancing in Nederlands Dans Theater, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Ballet BC, BJM, L.A. Dance Project, Limón Dance Company, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Ballett des Saarländisches Staatstheater, Kidd Pivot, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispánico, Rambert, Gibney Company, and Batsheva Dance Company, among many others, as well as in several Broadway productions.
Dance commissions at Juilliard are made possible through the New Work/Guest Artist program, generously endowed by the Howard Gilman Foundation and the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.
Juilliard’s creative enterprise programming, including enhancements to this evening’s performance, is generously supported by Jody and John Arnhold.
The Artist in Residence Program is supported, in part, by Kathy Harty Gray.
This performance is supported, in part, by the Muriel Gluck Production Fund.
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NEW DANCES: EDITION 2022
Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard
Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 10 at 2 and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 11 at 3pm
Featuring four world-premiere performances:
Another Mountain by Chanel DaSilva (dancers from the class of 2026)
Yielding by Sidra Bell (dancers from the class of 2025)
The Jaunt by Jamar Roberts (dancers from the class of 2024)
The Close-ers by Jermaine Maurice Spivey and Spenser Theberge (dancers from the class of 2023)