skybetter & associates are preparing for their upcoming appearances at The Joyce on June 11th and 12th (matinees both days) as part of the Gotham Dance Festival. Ticket information here. Top image: Sydney Skybetter, photographed by Kokyat.
Kokyat and I dropped in at the Gina Gibney Studios earlier this week to watch a rehearsal of the two works that Skybetter will be performing at The Joyce: HALCYON and a new quartet, TEMPORARY MATTERS.
Kile Hotchkiss and Jordan Isadore in HALCYON. I first saw this work in July 2009 and thought it one of the finest dance creations of my experience. Set to music of Carlos Paredes, this ensemble piece is finely structured and has the feel of a contemporary ritual. I had a second chance to see HALCYON at The Skirball last year and it held up brilliantly. I'm so glad that Skybetter is keeping it current, though it requires a lot of rehearsal to perfect the unison passages. Really looking forward to seeing this work on The Joyce stage.
Kristen Arnold, Gary Schaufeld
Jile Hotchkiss, Jennifer Jones.
HALCYON ensemble, above.
Above: from the new work, TEMPORARY MATTERS. This intimate, restless quartet is set to a score by the Icelandic composer Johann Johansson. The dancers are Gary Schaufeld, Kristen Arnold, Jordan Isadore and Jennifer Jones. Costumes are being created by Karen Young.
Dancers participating in Skybetter's performances at The Joyce are Kristen Arnold, Jennifer Jones, Gary Schaufeld, Dana Thomas, Jordan Isadore, Kile Hotchkiss, Norbert de la Cruz, Liz Beres, Delphina Parenti and Wheeler Hughes. Sharing the bill at The Joyce for the two matinees will be Julian Barnett and Ashleigh Leite.
The DASH Ensemble appear at the Festival June 4th and 5th, on which dates I'm unfortunately previously engaged.
All images by Kokyat.