Kyle Marshall Choreography Engagements

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Dare Ayorinde, Kyle Marshall and Myssi Robinson in COLORED by Kyle Marshall.

Year: 2019-2020
DanceForce Member: Ivan Sygoda
Partnering Member: Toni Smith
Artist: Kyle Marshall
Community Partners: Bethany Arts Community; Emelin Theater, Mamaroneck NY; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
Audience: 625
Counties: Dutchess, Westchester

Support is requested for three engagements that exemplify the DanceForce’s ongoing commitment to support upstate work opportunities for each year’s juried Bessie artist, 2018 designee Kyle Marshall in the case of 2019-2020 activity: a week-long (October 7-13, 2019) developmental residency at Bethany Arts Project in Ossining, NY; a Sunday matinee showing at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, NY at a date tba in the spring of 2020; and participation in a shared “Dance Off The Grid” performance May 1, 2020 at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck, NY. Bethany Arts is a new DanceForce partner. Director Zak Schusterman introduced himself and his organization at last summer’s DanceForce meeting in Hudson, and he followed through by soliciting partners to support a residency in Ossining by Kyle Marshall. In addition to creative studio time for Kyle and his collaborators, the residency offers opportunities for feedback from audience members and, a feature of Bethany’s strategy, other visiting artists. Kyle Marshall Choreography (as he calls his six-member company) was awarded a weeklong “Upstream” creative residency at Kaatsbaan in the fall of 2019. In order to make possible the above Bethany Arts residency, Kaatsbaan graciously consented to move Kyle’s residency to December at the time when the usual culminating showing would not be possible. In recompense, Kyle agreed to return to Kaatsbaan at a mutually agreeable Sunday in the spring of 2020 to offer the expected performance. The Emelin Theater is a long-time DanceForce partner and has included juried Bessie artists in many Dance Off The Grid evenings over the years. The engagement has been a win-win opportunity for the artists. DOTG curator Andrea Snyder has been building an audience eager to experience the series’ eclectic offerings, and so this exposes a more “mainstream” yet willing public to work that tends to be somewhat avant-garde. The choreographers appreciate and learn from the experience, which includes a lively post-performance discussion with the participating artists. Mamaroneck being an easy commute from Manhattan, the DanceForce is also able to support a week of company creative time on the company’s home turf. We estimate that almost 600 people will be introduced to the company at the various performances and showings planned.

Kyle Marshall has been attracting much attention of late. He is already scheduled to participate in two high-visibility festivals (as yet not announced publicly) in New York. The above touring (along with other DanceForce-related engagements not part of this proposal) offer him an invaluable opportunity, just when it serves the work best, to experiment with the interactive sound environment he hopes to incorporate and to test the evolving work-in-progress before new eyes and ears.