Artists in Residence AIR

Fresh voices in choreography: four emerging artists redefining dance

For more than 80 years, the Harkness Dance Center has supported dance innovators—like José Limón, Pearl Lang, Eleo Pomare and Doug Varone—with residencies and space grants, and as a performance venue. The 92Y Artists in Residence program provides rehearsal space, a stipend and educational resources to support the creation and performance of new works, giving these artists a place to create, explore and share their vision with the Harkness audience.

This season we are proud to expand our Artists in Residence (AIR) program, hosting multiple choreographers at various stages of their careers. Be a part of their creative process—observe rehearsals, engage in dialogue and have a rare peek at special performances—only at Harkness.

The Harkness Dance Center Artists in Residence (AIR) program receives funding from the Harkness Foundation for Dance and Howard Gilman Foundation, Inc.


2016/17 Artists in Residence

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Adam Barruch

Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television, working with prominent figures such as Tony Bennett, Jerry Herman and Susan Stroman. He later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. Adam Barruch was selected as a participant in the 2011 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab and his short-film collaboration with filmmaker Nel Shelby, Folie a Deux, was screened at the Dance On Camera Festival in Lincoln Center in 2012. His work has been presented at venues such as 92Y, The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and City Center, and he has created works for companies such as Ailey II, Keigwin + Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and BalletX. He is currently working on a new physical theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC

Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC is a community of artistic dare devils that uses conversation, conflict, and difference as inspiration for creation. A shifting roster of multiple freelance artists, the collective embraces the millennial voice while proposing questions dealing with composition's relation to politics, history, human emotional availability, and the uncomfortable sharing of one's private self in public.

Netta Yerushalmy

Netta Yerushalmy is a New York City-based dance artist whose work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed. She is the recipient of Fellowships from Jerome Robbins Bogliasco, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, Baryshnikov Arts Center and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Her work has been presented in NYC at venues such as 92Y, La Mama, Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research. In Israel, she has been presented by numerous festivals including Curtain-Up, Jerusalem International Dance Week, Intimadance, International-Exposure, and Different Dance. Commissions for repertory companies include the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company and Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

Yin Yue

Yin Yue was born and raised in Shanghai, China, where she studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance at Shanghai Dance School. In 2005, Yin was ranked among the top ten performers in the National Dance Competition in Yunnan, and in 2016, she received first place in Choreography in Shanghai Professional Dance Competition. She is a winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s International Commissioning Project, BalletX’s Choreographic Fellowship and Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, receiving commissions from all three companies. She was selected as Emerging Choreographer of 2015 Springboard Danse Montreal and a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by The Joyce Theater Foundation. Yue holds a MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is the creator of FoCo (FolkContemporary) Technique, an innovative contemporary dance technique inspired by the qualities of five elements: earth, wood, water, metal and fire and grounded in circular, fluid, sensual and dynamic movement.


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Since 1935, 92Y has been at the forefront of dance innovation—welcoming modern dance legends like Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham to perform, teach and create here.

As part of our commitment to dance and with the support of the Harkness Foundation, 92Y has nurtured talent with artist and dance company residencies and space grants, offering rehearsal space, funding, teaching opportunities and performance venues for major dance talent, including resident companies José Limón Dance Company and the Don Redlich Dance Company in the 1970s.

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Harkness is proud of its involvement with major choreographers who have changed the way we see dance and understand the experiences of others, including Pearl Lang who premiered her seminal work The Possessed here in 1976 and Eleo Pomare whose politically-charged work first appeared in the 60s. Both artists continued to perform, teach and create at the Harkness Dance Center with long-standing space grants through the 1990s.

From 2007-2015, Harkness Dance Center resident company Doug Varone and Dancers brought its kinetic energy, technical mastery and innovative approach to dance to 92Y. Varone conceived of and curated the Stripped/Dressed format for the Harkness Dance Festival inviting artists to “strip down” to discuss the creative process before performing works.

Other notable residents and space grant recipients include Janis Brenner, Edisa Weeks and John Jasperse who returns as a 2016/17 Artist in Residence.

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