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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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Upcoming Performances

February 1-4, 2018

• Program A:  Aviva Geismar, Katy Orthwein.  Purhcase Tickets Here!

• Program B:  Angharad Davies, Elizabeth Keen, Victor Lozano, David Parker, Jody Sperling.  Purchase Tickets Here!


Program A will be performed February 1, 2 & 3 at 7:00 PM

AVIVA GEISMAR's ensemble Drastic Action will perform two new Geismar dances: "Urge," which investigates our desire to control ourselves, others and the world around us; and "The Bind," which portrays a couple struggling to find an authentic connection.  Company dancers are Hyunjin Kim, Mengying Lin, J'Nae Simmons, Ilana Cohen, Eunseo Park, Jake Szcypek and Darla Stanley.

AVIVA GEISMAR has been making dances since 1989 and is an Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Queensborough Community College, CUNY.  Her company, Drastic Action, is dedicated to making thought-provoking dance that explores the nuances and paradoxes of everyday behavior.                                                                                                                                                                   
KATY ORTHWEIN will present her Dance Projects in a new work on the program - the premiere of "Labyrinth," a trio featuring and inspired by dancers Minna Liimatainen, Sharon Milanese and Nick Sciscione, artists who bring maturity, technical skill, and nuance to the work.  The dance has an original score composed and performed live by pianist Allen Fogelsanger.

KATY ORTHWEIN's Dance Projects continues its commitment to artistic collaboration with dancers, composers, and musicians.  Her work has been praised for "...depth and beauty that resonate" (  The new "Labyrinth" represents personal journeys of folding inward, then re-emerging with new perspectives.

Program B will be performed February 1, 2 & 3 at 8:30 PM and Sunday February 4 at 2 PM

ANGHARAD DAVIES will perform her new solo  "Gone and Gone and Gone," inspired by her grandfather's immigration from Syria to the United States, set to a music collage that includes Verdi and Syrian musical artist Omar Souleyman.

ANGHARAD DAVIES is known for choreographing for concert dance as well as opera and theater productions, including Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Henry Pucell's "Dido and Aeneas," and Brecht/Weill's "The Three-Penny Opera."   As a performer she has appeared with companies in NYC, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Austria, and she has taught at Yale, Princeton, and organizations abroad.

VICTOR LOZANO will premiere a duet for dancers Zoe McNeil and Spencer Weidie, set to a music collage of unalike scores that highlight the moods of the changing dance scenes.

A recent graduate of Juilliard, the Texas native has appeared in works by Limon, Tharp, Cunningham, Naharin, Lubovitch, as well as new creations by Camille A. Brown, Kate Weare, and others.  As a choreographer, Victor Lozano presented works at Juilliard's Choreographic Honors Showcases in 2014 and 2015.

JODY SPERLING will premiere "Sound Study," a collaboration with cellist/architect Scott Johnson and algorithm/projection designer Sergey Pigach.  The trio investigates the atmospheric vibrations of the performance space.

Considered the preeminent Loie Fuller stylist, Jody Sperling's varied background includes participating in a polar science mission to the Arctic where she made the short dance film "Ice Floe," winner of a Creative Climate Award.   She was nominated last year for her work on the French film "The Dancer," premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.  For her own Time Lapse Dance, Sperling has created 40+ works.

May 10-13, 2018

• Vicky Shick

• Women in Motion (Rebecca Lazier, Garnet Henderson, Joya Powell)


Tickets will be available 30 days prior to opening night




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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, 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, Jesse Keller, Kai Kleinbard, Annie Kloppenberg, Alice Klugherz, Sarah Konner, Tennille Lambert, Amy Larimer*, Heidi Latsky, Rachel List, Deborah Lohse*, Khaleah, London, Katherine Longstreth*, 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, 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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