Naomi Goldberg Haas / Dances for a Variable Population
Free Public Performances and Dance Workshops of ROUNDUP
Times Square, Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets (just off Duffy Square)
- Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM
- Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM
- Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
- Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Each performance is 25 minutes. Workshop is 30 minutes.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers or soft shoes.
No RSVP or preregistration is required.
ROUNDUP-- part performance / part workshop. The performance will premiere work with DVP’s multigenerational company directed by Naomi Goldberg Haas featuring contemporary dance driven by the diversity and energy of Times Square. DVP will be joined by members of Project FIND Woodstock Senior Center in a festivity of idiosyncratic movement.
The Workshop will celebrate the joys of dance for expression and wellbeing. ROUNDUP brings the company’s popular Variable Pop Expressive Dance Fitness Workshops® for adults of all ages and abilities to the Broadway plaza. Sharing how dance is built from the dynamic between people, the ROUNDUP will encourage participants to explore the benefits of dance in their lives.
“For the past twenty years, I have been investigating new movement vocabularies for contemporary dance. I’ve worked with a wide array of populations new to dance, from children, street performers, and athletes, to artists with disabilities. Most recently, I have been working with senior populations, mixing this community with young modern dancers, exploring how these disparate groups can learn from one another about the nature of movement and expression. This has led me to realize that those with limited movement ability can often find maximal expression in the movements they are capable of creating. Limitations in the physicality of these older dancers have expanded my own choreographic vocabulary.” -- Naomi Goldberg Haas
About the Company
Dances For A Variable Population (DVP) creates theatrical dance with diverse communities and professional dancers. Directed by Naomi Goldberg Haas and based in lower Manhattan, DVP has been working with senior populations since its founding in 2005. Through performances, ongoing classes and community collaborative programs, DVP aims to erase the border between dancer and non-dancer. In 2010, Friends of the High Line awarded its first dance commission to DVP for “Autumn Crossing,” which joined the company with neighborhood residents and was the first dance performance on the High Line.
Naomi Goldberg Haas (Artistic Director/Choreographer) has worked in concert dance, theater, opera and film, collaborating with The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, playwright Tony Kushner, director Brian Kulick and Disney animation. Ms. Goldberg Haas' work with the Silesian Dance Theater and persons with disabilities was presented at the XVII International Contemporary Dance Festival in Poland and most recently, at the Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver, B.C. Originally trained at the School of American Ballet, with an MFA from NYU Tisch Dance, she performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet.
DVP has been critically and popularly received at venues such as the Joyce SoHo, The Public Theater, the 92nd Street Y, Dance New Amsterdam, PS 21 in Chatham NY, and outdoor festivals at Chase Plaza, Governors Island and Battery Park. Site- specific performances have taken place at the Whitehall Terminal for the Staten Island Ferry and Washington Square Park presented by LMCC's Sitelines/River to River Festival and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
Please visit www.naomigoldberghaas.com for more info.
About Project Find
Project Find’s mission is to provide low- and moderate-income and homeless seniors with the services and support they need to enrich their lives and live independently. The Woodstock Senior Center, Director Antonio Marti, is located in the heart of Times Square, 127 West 43rd Street, provides over 1,300 seniors with a great variety of meals and activities, all designed with the goal of healthy aging.
Time Square ROUNDUP/Movement Speaks is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and funded in part by Council Member Inez Dickens, 9th Council District, Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council and Times Square Arts, the Public Art Program of the Times Square Alliance made possible by the support of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers fund.