Alison Cook Beatty Dance: CREATING THRU COVID

We will present our Fall Season, dedicated to “recentering” the company. Over the two performances, classic company repertoire will be paired with COVID-era site-specific pieces that have been transformed into stage-based works. Specifically, we will “flip-flop” these pieces over three programs. The three COVID-era works planned are: “Beat-lero”, a piece recreating Boléro through body percussion; “In The Forest Between Life and Death” (working title), a story ballet set to Bartok exploring themes of loss and the restorative healing of the natural world in a powerful testament on the power of both grief and love; funded by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and “Central Park Field #4”, a socially-distance dance created on the baseball fields of Central Park, funded with a Dance/NYC COVID relief grant. Of classical repertoire, pieces include “Murmuration” and “Seele”, “Tintinnabuli” and “Touched By Fire”. Finally, the company also hopes to incorporate short dance films made during COVID, such as the CGI-based work “In Spite Of, Because Of… The Wallpaper”. These films would be projected on a scrim during short intermissions.


Alison Cook Beatty Dance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dance company based in New York City. Founded in 2012, the company is a classically-based modern dance company exploring the universal human condition through expansive and emotionally-driven movement grounded in American modern dance while exploring new approaches to finding unique creative expression. The healing and transformational power of the arts inspire the company to work with diverse groups within the community, as well as collaborative efforts with other artists across multiple disciplines.

Alison Cook Beatty Dance has performed throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Vermont, Washington D.C., and continues its rehearsal, performance, and community outreach events for 2019. The company has performed at New York Live Arts, Ailey Citigroup Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, the 92nd Street Y, NYU Frederick Loewe Theater, The Riverside Theatre, The Martha Graham Studio Theater, The 14th Street Y, Battery Dance Festival, Hunter College, Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, City Center Studios, GK Arts Center, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, and Ballet Hispanico.

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