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Freespace Dance (New York City)

Freespace Dance is a contemporary modern dance company renowned for creating emotionally driven work in their athletic signature style. Comprised of eight exceptionally strong performers, this vibrant company uses controlled abandonment in pushing the limits of inventive partnering. Under the Artistic Direction of Donna Scro, bodies fly through the air as Freespace Dance wows audiences worldwide.
The company's 2009 season at The Ailey Citigroup Theater featured Donna Scro's newest masterpiece Butt Rock, a high-energy tribute to rock music that defines exhilaration. The concert also included a mesmerizing aerial solo "The Grid" by guest choreographer Brian Sanders of JUNK from Philadelphia. With this success, Freespace Dance garnered a new level of recognition and critical acclaim. Robert Johnson from the Star Ledger describes Freespace Dance as destined to attract a wider public and Donna Scro as a dancemaker that seizes an audience's attention and pulls viewers into her space with works that can be gentle or physically aggressive, but are always profoundly sexy.

Highlights of the company's past New York City season included a completely sold out run at Dance Theater Workshop with rave reviews, featuring outstanding performances by the company dancers, Artistic Director Donna Scro, and Guest Artist Gaspard Louis of Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Additional New York City engagements also include two seasons at Danspace Project at St. Marks Church and two seasons at Joyce SoHo, and regular performances at NYC festivals such as Dancenow Festival, Downtown Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to AIDS: The Remember Project, International Dance Festival, DNA's Raw Material, DUMBO Dance Festival, and Cool New York Festival.
National touring includes performances at Jacob's Pillow, San Diego State University, SUNY Purchase, Wells College, Southern Utah State University, The American College Dance Festival University of Maine, The Kaplan Theater in Houston, Texas, Dance Saves the Day at the Kasser Theater and annual seasons at Montclair State University. Freespace Dance has also been presented at the Oskar Schindler Center for the Performing Arts for the past three summers with a return engagement in Summer 2009.

Freespace Dance performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh 2010.

"Freespace Dance is a captivating experience in movement and music with striking partnering and choreography." Molly Holm,

Touring Programs
Tours with 6-8 dancers

12 minutes/ 6 dancers
Music by Bach, Dawson, Mansell, Messina, Monte
Portrait is a piece about group dynamic and interpersonal relationship exploring the roles we play and how we contribute to any given group situation. It is a piece that aligns with the artistic intention of revealing deep-rooted human connections. This piece was made in collaboration with the dancers, allowing them to bring their artistry and personalities to the work.

6 minutes / 2 dancers
Music by Shelia Chandra
Costume design by Omni Kitts
Namaste is a display of the true feminine power through physical precision of advanced yoga asana (poses). This duet for two women evokes beauty and strength.

8 minutes / 6 dancers
Music by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Costume design by Joshua Bennett
Desires explores all aspects of attraction from the pure innocence of human touch to the experience of raw physical passion. This signature work is a captivating journey of emotional attachment displayed through stunning partnering.

Elliptical Bodies
10 minutes/ 4 dancers
Original Music by Matt Meyer
This dynamic work is a quartet set to an original techno score by resident composer, Matt Meyer. In their signature style of exciting athletism, this piece is a rich exploration of quality and flavor. Sure to be a crowd pleaser, this work excites the mind and tickles the eye in its complex manipulation of phrasing and partnering.

20 minutes / 6 dancers
Music by Satie, Rubinstein, Liszt, Poulenc
Images" encapsulates glimpses of humanity. It is a reflection on relationships and a celebration of the arch of life. This touching piece is beautifully engaging in its clarity of movement.

10 minutes / 6 dancers
Original music by Matt Meyer
his dynamic new work juxtaposes the individual within the universal, weaving them together. Propelling dancers through the air, "Tantrix" combines high energy partnering with tenacious dancing.

Human Walls
24 minutes / 26 performers
Original music by Glen Fittin
his featured piece fills the stage with 26 eclectic performers including 20 community participants. Mirroring the boundaries and walls we create as a society and as individuals, "Human Walls" uses pedestrian movement and intricate formations to reveal deep rooted human emotion in this breathtaking, significant work.

Reciprocal Motion
15 minutes / 3 dancers
Music by Peter Jones
Reciprocal Motion" features a threesome entangled in conflict and inner turmoil. Using a set of furniture to highlight bold and aggressive movement, this energetic dance grabs the audience, leaving them free to create their own interpretation of this fresh and modern work.


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