Metro Intersections 2014/15

SUMMER 2013 METRO NEWSLETTER     

ABOUT US

Pentacle is a leading voice and resource for some of today's most exciting contemporary dance and performance artists. For almost 40 years, our exemplary services and projects have empowered artists to do what they do best... 

create works of art.

Mara Greenberg, Director  & Ivan Sygoda, Founding Director


Say Hi!
 WAA: Booth #229 
 MAC: Booth #1011 
 PAE: Booth #613
 
FALL SHOWCASES 
 
WAA in Los Angeles:

 

Blue13 Dance Company

Tuesday, August 27th, 10:20pm

LA Dance Showcase

Moss Theater

3131 Olympic Blvd-Santa Monica

 

Sheetal Gandhi

Wednesday, August 28th, 3:55pm

WAA Juried Showcase

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

10361 West Pico Blvd-Los Angeles

 

 
APAP:
 
Metro Intersections Showcase
Sunday, January 12th, time TBD
Ailey Studios
405 W. 55th St @ 9th Ave.
 
Save the date 
 

Metro STEP Breakfast

 

Wednesday, August 28th, 8am

Breeze Restaurant

The Hyatt Regency - Century Plaza

RSVP: annan@pentacle.org or call 646.535.8062

 

Learn more about our team approach to engaging dance audiences.

  
 
 
Blue13 Dance Company, photo: Anne Slattery
Blue13 Dance Company 
 
 
Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement, photo: Stephanie Crousillat  Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement
 
 
H.T. Chen & Dancers
H.T. Chen & Dancers

 
 
Jamal Jackson Dance Company, photo: Christopher Duggan
Jamal Jackson Dance Company

 
 
Illstyle & Peace Productions, photo: Yuri Dudinski
Illstyle & Peace Productions

 
 
Sheetal Gandhi in Bahu-Beti-Biwi, photo by Cedar Bough T. Saeji
Sheetal Gandhi

 
 
Pasi�n y Arte in 1096, photo: Josh Pelta-Heller  Pasi�n y Arte
 
 
 
H.T. Chen & Dancers, photo Carol Rosegg
H.T. Chen & Dancers
 
 
Sheetal Gandhi
Sheetal Gandhi 
Pasion y Arte Flamenco
Pasi�n y Arte

 
Jamal Jackson Dance Company, photo: Jonathan Hokklo
Jamal Jackson Dance Co. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE NEW METRO INTERSECTIONS! 
Blue13 in
Blue13 in "Fire & Powder"

With a new look, three new artists, and a brand new audience engagement initiative - Metro STEP, Pentacle's Metro Intersections roster is ready to take down the house!

 

We look forward to seeing you at the regional conferences and at the Metro Showcase at APAP on Sunday Jan 12th.
 
Cheers!

 

Anna Brady Nuse & Francine Sheffield

Artist Representatives

2014-2015 Metro Intersections Artists 

Metro Intersections is a group of vibrant dance troupes who blend diverse cultural experiences with contemporary movement. This year we are thrilled to introduce three dynamic artists to the Metro Roster: Blue13 Dance Company, Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement, and H.T. Chen and Dancers.

Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement, photo by Miguel Anaya
Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement

 

Blue13 Dance Company - NEW!

Contemporary Indian Dance Theatre

 

Inspired by Bollywood, Bhangra, neo-Kathak, and modern dance, Blue13's signature style is highly energetic, colorful, and interactive. In their newest touring work "Fire and Powder," hip-hop Capulets battle Bollywood Montagues to a rousing score of live drumming and Urban Indian Music. 

"Saucy, sassy, and sexy!" (India Journal)

Contact Anna at 212 278.8111 x 308 or annan@pentacle.org. 

 

Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement - NEW!

Lush Modern Dance with a Groove

 

Laurie M. Taylor's dance style focuses on "sound perception" in the body,
fusing jazz, African Diaspora, and hip-hop sensibilities. 
"Taylor [is] a strong 
artistic life force with spiritual honesty, emotional integrity, and sensitivity to the 'groove' in the music." (Jamal Story)
 
Contact Francine at 212 271.8111 x 305 or    

 

H.T. Chen & Dancers - NEW!

Asian inspired Modern Dance

 

H.T. Chen & Dancers is an innovative modern dance company which has created a uniquely Asian-American expression by embodying its cultural heritage. Infusing Western modern dance with the strength and beauty of Asian aesthetics, the Company's dynamic style has enchanted audiences across the globe.  

"Mr. Chen has long been one of New York dance's most persuasive storytellers, addressing issues of acculturation well before they became fashionable in dance." (The New York Times)

Contact Francine at 
212 278.8111 x 305
 
or  
 
Jamal Jackson Dance Company
West African and Modern Dance
 

With fast paced, gravity defying movement, Jamal Jackson Dance Company fuses African dance with hip-hop, modern, and storytelling to celebrate the rich diversity of American culture. The company specializes in teaching young people and works with a community drum line to accompany their live performances. 

"Here tradition is alive, progressive and in fluid dialogue with the present." (DanceInsider.com)

 

Contact Francine at 212 278.8111 x 305 or francines@pentacle.org.

 
Illstyle & Peace Productions
Hip-Hop and Modern Dance
 
Illstyle & Peace Productions creates work rooted in contemporary and old school hip-hop blended with an eclectic mix of modern dance styles. The company is known for delivering a positive message of hope to audiences young and old. 
"There's no reason for this work to be kept in a hip-hop box: it's contemporary; end of story." (The New York Times)
 
Contact Francine at  
212 278.8111 x 305 
 
or  

  

Sheetal Gandhi
Multicultural Theatre, Music, and Dance
 

Gandhi's solo work is sophisticated yet accessible, culturally specific yet border-crossing. In "Bahu-Beti-Biwi," Gandhi uses powerful dance, stirring vocalization, and percussive text to make a profound statement on the traps of tradition for women in patriarchal cultures. 

"Each transformation is utterly believable and engaging..." (Herald-Tribune)

  

Contact Anna at 212 278.8111 x 308 or annan@pentacle.org.  

 

Pasin y Arte Flamenco
Contemporary Flamenco Dance
 

This all-female dance company treasures the traditions of classical flamenco while also seeking to expand the art form in new ways. In their new work, "Complices," they probe into the many conflicting definitions of the 21st century woman.

"The women of Pasi�n y Arte took the stage like burning embers, searing images...into our memories." (Philadephia Inquirer)

 

Contact Francine at 212 278.8111 x 305 or francines@pentacle.org.

Illstyle Residency in Belarus, photo: Darrin Ross
Illstyle workshop during their DanceMotion USA Tour in Belarus
 
ANNOUNCING METRO STEP

 

Pentacle is proud to announce our latest initiative, Metro STEP: Supplying a Team Engagement Process. With Metro STEP, Pentacle will collaborate with presenters to more fully engage and expand their audiences during Metro artists' performances and residencies. Participation includes the following valuable assets:
 

Promotional Materials

 

Community Outreach

 

Engagement Strategies

 

Learn more at: pentacle.org/metro

Join the conversation at: #MetroSTEP

METRO @ THE FALL CONFERENCES

 

Francine and Anna will be attending conferences this fall and are available to meet with you to discuss our artists and how they can bring their unique and inspiring dance to your community in the upcoming year. If you are attending, we would love to schedule an appointment with you. As always, feel free to stop by the booth to say hello.

 

Western Arts Alliance in Los Angeles, CA

August 27-30, 2013

Booth #229

 

MetroSTEP Breakfast at WAA

August 28th, 8-9am

Breeze Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

RSVP: annan@pentacle.org or 646.535.8062

 

Pentacle Mixer at WAA

August 30, 2013, 5pm

X Bar, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
 

Arts Midwest Conference in Austin, TX

September 9-12, 2013

Booth #1011

 

Performing Arts Exchange in Nashville, TN

September 23-26, 2013

Booth #613

 

Pentacle's programs are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for dance, Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, and support from individual donors.
 
Support for Metro STEP is provided by Engaging Dance Audiences, administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 
 
Photo credits: 

Heading (inset, L to R) Carol Rosegg; Mari Provencher; Josh Pelta-Heller; Yuri Dudinski; Miguel Anaya; Christopher Duggan; Cedar Bough T. Saeji; Right Column (Top to bottom) Anne Slattery; Stephanie Crousillat; Eddie Chen; Christopher Duggan; Yuri Dudinski; Cedar Bough T. Saeji; Josh Pelta-Heller; Carol Rosegg; Chris Emerick; Josh Pelta-Heller; Jonathan Hokklo. (Top to bottom) Anne Slattery; Miguel Anaya; Darrin Ross.

NYSCA         Dept. of Cultural Affairs        Engaging Dance Audiences, DanceUSA