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Thanks to your generous support, we are pleased to announce that we have raised $7,500 in our Kickstarter campaign, meeting our goal! We are so grateful to everyone who contributed!

Breaking news! DVP has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts! If we can raise an additional $2,500, we will complete the match and gain access to the full $10,000 grant!

We are so excited to have this stretch goal!

REVIVAL 2 is the second project in a series that brings 20th Century dance to life through the bodies of the people who danced it. Through this project, participating choreographers in their 60s, 70s, and 80s are transmitting a legacy of dance to a next generation of dance-lovers. Dance is an ephemeral form, held in the minds and bodies of its dancers, and passed down from person to person. This project continues that tradition, with a focus on seven remarkable older women choreographers and dancers.

Artists at Grant's Memorial Tomb
Artists at Grant's Memorial Tomb

For Revival 2, we welcome seven choreographers rooted in American Modern Dance and Broadway; Ellen Graff, Marnie Thomas Wood (Martha Graham Company), Elizabeth Keen (Paul Taylor, Helen Tamiris/Daniel Nagrin), Audrey Madison (Charles Moore Dance Theater), Shirley Black Brown Coward (Audelco Award, Black Nativity), Myna Majors (Baba Olatunji Drum and Dancers), and Alice Teirstein (award-winning Young Dancemakers Company). These artists have a lifetime of experience in the founding dance languages of Lester Horton, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Helen Tamiris, Daniel Nagrin, Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham. Revival 2 will bring audiences the quirky gestures of Paul Taylor, the role of African dance forms in contemporary modern dance, the evolution of the social dance forms of lindy, swing and cha cha, and emotional nuances of poetry and dance inspired by Martha Graham.

Ellen Graff and Chet Walker (from REVIVAL 2017)
Ellen Graff and Chet Walker (from REVIVAL 2017)

REVIVAL 2 will also engage community members as performers in this work. Fifty seniors from DVP’s free Movement Speaks® dance programs which take place at dance studios, libraries, senior and recreation centers in Manhattan and Queens are working with the choreographers to express the seminal gestures of past dance, and participate in the performance.

George Faison's THE MOOCHE from 2017
George Faison's THE MOOCHE from 2017

Performances will also include a public workshop accompanying each performance for adults of all ages and abilities called ALL TOGETHER DANCE; distilling and exploring these ideas with audience members led by the professional artists.

Dance Legend Stuart Hodes teaching audience members in THE PHOENIX PROJECT (2016)
Dance Legend Stuart Hodes teaching audience members in THE PHOENIX PROJECT (2016)

This one of a kind event will be free to the public and an opportunity to see new possibilities in beautiful movement distilled from the seminal techniques of legendary geniuses, to see the eloquence of the older brain/older body, and to see older artists create.

Revival 2 will premiere in free performances in Queensbridge Park on Saturday, June 9 at 4pm and at Grant’s Tomb in Harlem on Saturday, June 16 at 5pm and 7pm.

Marnie Thomas Wood in REVIVAL 2017
Marnie Thomas Wood in REVIVAL 2017
Shirley Black Brown Coward in REVIVAL 2017
Shirley Black Brown Coward in REVIVAL 2017
Elizabeth Keen in REVIVAL 2017
Elizabeth Keen in REVIVAL 2017

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We are pleased to have the full collaboration of all seven guest artists, as well as strong partnership support from the Summer on the Hudson, Grant Memorial Tomb and Queensbridge Park.

Kickstarter contributions will match public funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as a grant from the West Harlem Development Corporation. WITHOUT THE MATCH FROM KICKSTARTER, WE CAN'T ACCESS THE GOVERNMENT FUNDING, PUTTING THE WHOLE PROJECT AT RISK.

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