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Soaking WET

Soaking WET

Soaking WET is a series of choreographic evenings curated by David Parker, whose company, David Parker and The Bang Group has been the first and only resident-dance company of the West End Theatre since January 2003. Parker is committed to bringing together artists of varied backgrounds and levels of experience in order to break down aesthetic barriers and achieve mutual inspiration. The artists are united by their commitment to movement and their understanding that vigorous experimentation can take many forms. Soaking WET has received generous support from The Jerome Robbins Foundation and New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs

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Final Performances

After 15 years, curator David Parker and producer Jeffrey Kazin announce the grand finale of the Soaking WET dance series with one-hour performances by Keely Garfield Dance (Program A), and Beyond the Bang Group (Program B), at the West End Theater, 263 West 86th Street.


Oct 3-6, 2019

• Keely Garfield • click here to purchase tickets

• Beyond The Bang Group • click here to purchase tickets


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 3, 4, 5 at 7 PM
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"Full-out and entirely sincere dancing, the uplift is irresistible. Wow, you feel, wow." (Brian Seibert, The New York Times) 
For Soaking WET, Garfield will present her work-in-progress, The Invisible Project, in which she is joined by Paul Hamilton, Molly Lieber, Doug LeCours, Angie Pittman, Shane Larson, and non-identifying movers. All work together to reveal things inconsequential and monumental, transforming the way we see things.  "The Invisible Project" has been commissioned by NYU Skirball and will premiere in 2021.

London native KEELY GARFIELD, now based in NYC, has been widely commissioned and her company presented at theaters and festivals nationally and internationally, garnering several Bessie awards and nominations.  Garfield has also created work for other companies, theater, musicals, film, MTV, and more. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, holds a MFA from UWM, and teaches at The New School.


A program of works by Bang Group members: David Parker, Chelsea Ainsworth & Jessica Smith (HUMA), Louise Benkelman & Tommy Seibold, Ingrid Kepteyn (HEWMAN), and Amber Sloan 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 3, 4, 5 at 8:30 PM; Sunday October 6 at 2 PM
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The Bang Group will perform the first second-generation version of Bang, choreographer David Parker's breakout duet from 1992 which gave his company its name.  Making their debuts, Tommy Seibold and Dylan Baker perform the roles originally created by Parker and Jeffrey Kazin.  This comic, erotic and percussive dance had its premiere at DTW's Fresh Tracks in 1992 and was mentored by renowned choreography teacher Bessie Schonberg.

Chelsea Ainsworth and Jessica Smith of HUMA will perform Stand or be Stood, set to "Ne Me Quitte Pas," sung by Nina Simone, and "Mahalageasca," sung by Shantel.  The collaboration touches on the idea of dependency vs independency in this ever evolving world. Juilliard graduate Chelsea Ainsworth worked with Johannes Wieland in Germany and Amber Sloan, among others, and is currently a member of The Bang Group and ZviDance.  She is also co-founder and Executive Director of Arts on Site, a non-profit organization dedicated to offering affordable studio space and hosting monthly events to encourage community collaboration. Jessica Smith is a graduate of Dance at Purchase College and also studied at the London Contemporary Dance School. An Associate Director of Arts on Site, Jessica is a member of ZviDance, Kizuna Dance and VIM VIGOR.

Louise Benkelman and Tommy Seibold will perform their newest duet, in which they are thrown into a world of alternating discord and harmony, with moments of attempted reorganization in between. Montana native Benkelman graduated magna cum laude with honors from Roger Williams University.  She has created works for many organizations, including Judson Memorial Church, Actors Fund Arts Center, and American College Dance Assn. Gala 2016. Louise is currently a member of The Bang Group. Tommy Seibold began dancing at the age of five at his mother's school in Massachusetts, and continued at the Five College Dance Dept. and U/Mass.  He is currently a member of The Bang Group and the NYC-based company Heath in Progress.

HEWMAN has choreography by co-founders Jason Collins, Lindsay Harwell, and Ingrid Kapteyn, who will appear in the solo Almost, from the group's upcoming full-evening work.  Almost investigates the dynamics of performance: What is it to see yourself? To be seen? To see others?  The solo plays with questions through the lens of being a woman, with varying degrees of deference and defiance to the stereotypes we all know.  Music by Mary Costa and Edith Piaf.  HEWMAN is a collaborative collective co-founded in 2014 by Jason Collins, Lindsay Harwell, and Ingrid Kapteyn, who were all in the same class at Juilliard.  They have self-produced three evening-length installations in unconventional venues across NYC, and have appeared before on the Soaking WET series.

AMBER SLOAN will premiere xxxx, an exposé on the audacity of aging in recognition of her 40th birthday this year.  The work is a loveletter to her relationship to performing and the exhilaration and anguish that comes with a lifetime on the stage.  Part preparation of battle, part celebration of maturity, the solo pries into her fragile ego and the desire to hold onto her dancing prime.  Amber Sloan has been a member of The Bang Group since 2002. She was a 2015 Bessie Schonberg Resident at The Yard, was honored with the 2015 Beverly Blossom/Carey Erickson Alumni Dance Award from the U of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her BFA in Dance, and has received space grants from numerous organizations, including Gibney Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and more. Amber teaches dance composition at the Ailey School, serves on the board of Dance Omi International Collective, and co-directs Women in Motion NYC.

The West End Theatre is located on the second floor of the Church of St. Paul & St. Anthony at 263 West 86th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue).  Take the 1 train to 86th Street.  Use the ramp on the north side of the street to enter the church.  The theater is located on the second floor.  An elevator is available.

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Chelsea Ainsworth, Chase Angier, Dylan Baker, Eleanor Barisser, Barkin/Selissen Project*, Mary Barnett, Patricia Beaman, Ian Spencer Bell*, Louise Benkelman, Karen Bernard, Brynne Billingsley, Robert Bingham, Josh Bisset, Boink! Dance & Film, Wendy Blum, Lorene Bouboushian, Racy Brand, Lise Brenner, Tricia Brouk*, Marsi Burns, Christopher Caines, Darrah Carr, John Carrafa, Gerald Casel, Ryan Casey, Colleen Cavanaugh, Lorraine Chapman*, Janet Charleston, Tze, Chun, Mary Cochran, Rachel Cohen, Ellen Cornfield*, Tina Croll, Angharad Davies, Eva Dean, Alberto Denis, Kate Digby, Chris Dohse, Fiona Dolenga*, Maura Donohue*, Doppelgänger Dance Collective*, Carlye Eckert, Jennifer Edwards, Kelli Edwards, Ara Fitzgerald, Ashley A. Friend, Keely Garfield*, Leigh Garret, Aviva Geismar*, Lawrence Goldhuber/BigManArts, Alan Good, Erin Gottwald, Groundworks Dance Theater*, Luke Gutgsell, Daniel Gwirtzman, Remi Harris, Johanna Hegenscheidt*, Garnet Henderson, HEWMAN (Jason Collins & Lindsay Harwell), Sue Hogan, Sara Hook, Jordan Isadore (Sara du Jour), Risa Jaroslow, Elizabeth Johnson, Elizabeth Keen, Jesse Keller, Kai Kleinbard, Annie Kloppenberg, Alice Klugherz, Sarah Konner, Tennille Lambert, Amy Larimer*, Heidi Latsky, Rebecca Lazier, Rachel List, Deborah Lohse*, Khaleah, London, Katherine Longstreth*, Victor Lozano, Johanna LjungQvist-Brinson/Hanna Q Dance Company, Rachel Lynch-John, Bronwen MacArthur, Aislinn MacMaster, MADboots Dance Company (Jonathan Campbell & Austin Diaz), Angela Maffia, Barbara Mahler, Alison Manning, Cori Marquis, Paul Matteson, Amy Miller, Marta Miller, Joseph Mills, Tiffany Mills, Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance, Cassandra Motta, Jessica Morgan, Ben Munisteri, Adele Myers & Dancers*, Gregory Nuber, Donnell Oakley, Katy Orthwein Dance Projects, Joshua Palmer, Doron Park, David Parker, Peggy Peloquin, Nicole Pierce, Joya Powell, Molly Rabinowitz, Zoe Rabinowitz, Erin Reck, Jonathan Reidel, Marta Renzi, Amy Rosen, Janice Rosario*, Tommy Seibold, Austin Selden, Laura Shapiro, Vicky Shick*, Shua Group, Dixie Shulman, Silva Dance Company, Megan Sipe, Amber Sloan*, John Sorensen-Jolink, Jody Sperling, Kristi Spessard, Rebecca Stenn*, Kristin Swiat, Alice Teirstein, 10 Hairy Legs, Catherine Tharin*, Emily Tschifelly, Jordana Toback, Deirdre Towers, Kathryn Tufano, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Diane Vivona, Cat Wagner, Debra Wanner*, Christopher Williams, Megan Williams, Zack Winokur, Katie Workham, Anne Zuerner

*denotes Full Production

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