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The Sokolow Ensemble is showcasing Ms. Sokolow’s homages to North American artists Edgar Allan Poe, George Gershwin, and Frida Kahlo.
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WE ARE NOW IN REHEARSAL FOR AN AMBITIOUS SEASON AND NEED YOUR HELP!

Anna Sokolow (1910-2000) is recognized as one of the most iconoclastic and original choreographers of modern dance. This December 3-7, the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble will present ANNA'S AMERICANA, a program featuring her tributes to artists who inspired her. PRELUDES (1984) will be danced to live music composed by George Gershwin, played by pianist Amir Khosrowpour; FRIDA (1997) is a multi-media tribute to Ms. Sokolow’s painter friend; and HOMAGE TO EDGAR ALLAN POE (1986/1993), performed to live music composed by Rachmaninoff, combines dance with Poe's poetry.

We will also honor the late Alan Danielson (dancer, choreographer, and former director of the Limón School) with ARE WE THERE, YET, the duet he created on Artistic Director Jim May and guest artist Clay Taliaferro, performed to live music composed by Satie.

Guest artist Sarah Ford will perform her award-winning GEORGIA & ME. Inspired by American painter Georgia O'Keefe, this autobiographical fantasy with music and dance explores the renewal of creative passion and rediscovery of a forgotten voice. 

The concert will be presented in association with the Dance Series at The 14th Street Y in New York City.

The Ensemble

The Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, under the artistic directorship of long-time Sokolow associate, Jim May, is dedicated to recreating works choreographed by Anna Sokolow, continuing her teachings, and furthering her artistic vision. Ms. Sokolow encouraged artistic growth and the Sokolow Ensemble continues this desire by offering its expertise and experience to new choreographers who are interested in multi-arts projects.

 "Evidence of such purposeful homage by dancers to masters of their craft is hard to find in today's multi-faceted dance world, where commercial intentions predominate."  Deborah Jowitt

What We Need

What you will see on stage is the final product of many hours of rehearsal, costume design, lighting and multimedia design, administrative work, and much, much more. With your donation, you become an essential part of our process by helping us cover these costs.

Your donation will support the following expenses:

  • $5350+ Rent: Rehearsal space with piano, the theater, and related expenses
  • $1000+ Costumes for 12 dancers in 4 dances
  • $850+ Live music: Pianist, scores, tuning
  • $3000+ Personnel: Lighting, sound, production, public relations, and more
  • $5000+ Dancers' salaries….what?? Did you think they worked for free??? ;-)
  • $4000+.....all the other stuff: insurance, royalties, travel, etc.

As you can see, our Kickstarter goal will cover only a portion of our costs. We need your help to surpass our goal in order to bring this ambitious program into reality. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't afford to contribute, that doesn't mean you can't help:

  • Share this with your friends, and anyone you know who loves the arts.
  • Sign up for our email list and make sure you don't miss our events.
  • Come see us in December!
  • Volunteer to help during the December week.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Thank you for all you do!!

Performance Week Schedule (December 3-7)

Wednesday-Thursday-Saturday 8:00 pm: Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble performances

Friday 8:00 pm: Sokolow Ensemble performance/GALA

Saturday 3:00 pm: Guest artist Sarah Ford performs Georgia & Me

Sunday 3:00 pm: Sokolow Ensemble performance

Sunday 7:30 pm: Guest artist Sarah Ford performs Georgia & Me

Where:

Theater at the 14th St Y

344 E. 14th Street - between 1st - 2nd Ave

New York, NY 10013

Tickets: $30 Gen. Adm., $18 Student/Seniors, $25 Y Members

Dec 5th only: $100 Gala (Gala tickets include performance + reception)

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Image: Meems Images

Risks and challenges

We have begun rehearsals and reserved the theater. We are committed to this season, but we really can't DO it without your support. We need to raise far more than our goal of $7,500. EVERY donation helps, no matter how large or small. Thank you for your generous support.

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    You get three invitations to the Gala on Friday December 5th or three tickets any other evenings plus a book of Anna Sokolow signed by the artistic director Jim May.

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