Performance Mix Festival

 Performance Mix Fetival

New Dance Alliance Celebrates the 30th Anniversary Season of the Performance Mix Festival

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Performance Mix Festival as it returns to its first venue, Henry Street Settlement, where it started in 1986. Founder/curator Karen Bernard has orchestrated an eclectic program that represents the best of the last 29 years of experimental dance, contact improvisation, tap, theater, performance art, new music, and multi-discipline works. “The most elaborate festival of the unpredictable” (New York Times), the 2016 festival will feature works by 40 local and international artists in 15 distinct events over six days. With guest curators from Montreal, New York City, and Northampton, MA, Performance Mix’s annual community breakfast, artist talks, surprises, libations and deliciousness.

In 1986 New Dance Alliance (NDA) created the Performance Mix series now known as the Performance Mix Festival to advance emerging methods, techniques, and trends of innovative dance. Of the many dance festivals in New York, NDA’s Mix stands alone in its commitment to 1) offering artists comprehensive career and artistic development support; 2) presenting risk-taking art by emerging and established artists at a critical experimental phase of their development; and 3) providing programming for audiences interested in the creative process of experimental dance and performance. The festival has grown to include artists from around the globe, including South Africa, Canada, Europe, and South America. Director Karen Bernard has been invited to many festivals across Canada and Europe, forming relationships that have broadened her curatorial process and widened the Festival’s scope. By bringing her expansive awareness of culture into an intimate setting, Bernard cultivates an important international sharing of creativity.

Incorporated in 1989, New Dance Alliance (NDA) is an arts service organization whose mission is to actively promote emerging forms of innovative dance, music, video, and interdisciplinary performance.  NDA’s initial aims were to support an artistic community that had limited institutional resources, and to provide that community with increased opportunities for sharing experimental works with the public. Today, NDA’s goals remain deeply rooted in those founding principles, and have also expanded in response to current artistic challenges and goals. NDA’s expanded programming includes initiatives that foster national and international artists, and promote increasingly diversified audiences through annual events, retreats, educational panels and performances. Its four main programs are: Performance Mix Festival, LiftOff: Residency and Workshop, Subsidized Rehearsal Space, and Karen Bernard/Solo. Collectively, these programs support the work of more than 100 experimental artists, and bring in 2,500 audience members each year.

This season’s New Dance Alliance has received support for the Performance Mix Festival from the following foundations and organizations: Bernstein Family Foundation; Cultural Services of the Quebec Government, New York; the Harkness Foundation for Dance; the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation; as well as the retreat center Earthdance.

New Dance Alliance has received support from the following public funds: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and NYSCA’s Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, and from generous individual donors.

Pictured: Yasuko Yakoshi, photo by Peggy Jarrell Kaplan