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Audience Rule!

At the super awesome xyz faves show on Thursday night, we asked the audience to submit a potential fourth rule for the new chain creation group. After reviewing the submissions, we’ve decided that the new dance must also include:

Someone else’s manifesto

I’m pretty excited to see how the choreographers incorporate this into the new pieces, which premiere Nov 20th at the Tank.

The sign-up form is now LIVE! Here’s your chance to participate in the first xyz nyc of the new season.

Announcing: Chain Creation

Chain Creation is a new twist on the format of xyz, while still keeping the core mission of providing space for the creation of new dance works by artists who wouldn’t normally meet. Two groups of past xyz participants will each collaboratively create a new piece over the course of two months. There are several choreographic rules to follow. The series is called “chain creation” because each current participant will create a new rule and nominate a new artist for the following session, which will begin at the time of the current group’s culminating performance. 
The Rules for the first chain creation session are:
1. Each member of the group must include something they can’t let go from childhood.
2. Each member of the group must show off their weirdest non-dance skill.
3. Your piece must include stolen art.
4. Audience submitted rule! All audience members will submit a potential rule as they come in to the show on Sept 25, and the best one will become one of the rules for the session! (Come on, you didn’t think there would be an xyz show without some kind of contest, did you?)

xyz is BACK

We’ve had a wonderfully relaxing summer over at xyz, but now that it’s fall it’s time to get back into the swing of making quick and dirty dances. 

Please join us for a Season Launch Party on Thurs, Sept 25th at 8pm.

Curious about that high-concept dance series xyz nyc? Well we’re bringing back some of our favorite pieces from last season, including “Wearing Medals, Bringing Rust” by Kit Stanley and “Adat” by Holly Heidt from February’s xyz show (The Olympics), Moriah McAda-Smith’s solo from April’s show (Peep Show), and the Championship Round-winning piece, “All American,” by Marc Andrew Nunez from May’s show (Times Square). Mingle with past xyz participants and ask questions as the show turns into a season-launch dance party. In addition, the cast of xyz’s new initiative, Chain Creation, will be announced.

Get tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/873438

FIRST PEEP: MORIAH MCADA-SMITH
Moriah is one of four choreographers competing in PEEP SHOW, the April round of xyz nyc. xyz regulars will recognize her from March choreographer Eric Williams’ dark, mysterious duet; read on to learn about her unusual movement background and get your tickets now for Thursday’s show.
Prior to her move to NYC in 2008, Irish Step Dancing was the only form of dance Moriah had ever pursued. Competing at the championship level since 2004, she now attends the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance in NYC. Moriah is a graduate of AMDA (NYC). Since moving to New York, her various dance endeavors now include: The New York School of Burlesque, the NY Swing Dance Society, the Houston Swing Dance Society, the Joffrey Ballet School and the Chamber Ballet.

FIRST PEEP: MORIAH MCADA-SMITH

Moriah is one of four choreographers competing in PEEP SHOW, the April round of xyz nyc. xyz regulars will recognize her from March choreographer Eric Williams’ dark, mysterious duet; read on to learn about her unusual movement background and get your tickets now for Thursday’s show.

Prior to her move to NYC in 2008, Irish Step Dancing was the only form of dance Moriah had ever pursued. Competing at the championship level since 2004, she now attends the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance in NYC. Moriah is a graduate of AMDA (NYC). Since moving to New York, her various dance endeavors now include: The New York School of Burlesque, the NY Swing Dance Society, the Houston Swing Dance Society, the Joffrey Ballet School and the Chamber Ballet.

FIRST PEEP: CATERINA RAGO
Caterina Rago is one of four choreographers competing this month in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Grab your tickets to see Caterina’s work, and read on to learn more about this Italian-born, Martha Graham-trained choreographer with credits ranging from the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games to Vogue magazine.

Originally from Italy, Caterina Rago obtained her BFA from l’Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. While there, she performed with Danzare La Vita under the direction of Elsa Piperno; with choreographer Joseph Fontano, President of the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO; and as aerial dancer in Kitonb Extreme Theatre Company, directed by Angelo Bonello. In 2006, Rago was chosen to perform Ivan Manzoni’s Simbolo Della Pace at the Opening Ceremony of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino. After moving to New York she completed the Professional Training Program at Martha Graham Center and was invited to present her work, Eternal Return, at the 2008 Graham II New York Season. In New York, Rago has danced with I Giullari di Piazza directed by Alessandra Belloni, Nu Dance Theatre, Hunter Performance Group, Mare Nostrum Elements, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. She was a principal dancer in the Off-Broadway show Spider Dance, directed by Jeff Whiting, and toured Italy with the Martha Graham Dance Company in the original cast of Cercando Picasso, directed by Antonio Calenda and Giorgio Albertazzi. After the great success of Cercando Picasso, Rago danced in Baccanti, directed by Antonio Calenda, and Prometeo, by Claudio Longhi, at the Anfiteatro Greco of Siracusa, Sicily. Among numerous honors, Rago received an official invitation to the 33rd World Congress of the International Theatre Institute in Xiamen, China, and performed as a guest artist in Kiev, Budapest, Brussels, and Montalto Uffugo for the Ruggiero Leoncavallo Gala Opera Competition. She was movement consultant to photographer Sebastian Faena for fashion spreads in V Magazine and Vogue. Rago officially founded the Caterina Rago Dance Company in 2007. Her work was selected for White Wave Rising Series Festival 2011, Kat Wildish’s NYC Showcase at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and for NYC Dance Week 2012 at Dixon Place. Rago most recently danced at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the opera La Nave with I Giullari di Piazza. In March 2013 the Caterina Rago Dance Company presented the evening-length NYC premiere of Fall in Autumn at the MMAC.

FIRST PEEP: CATERINA RAGO

Caterina Rago is one of four choreographers competing this month in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Grab your tickets to see Caterina’s work, and read on to learn more about this Italian-born, Martha Graham-trained choreographer with credits ranging from the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games to Vogue magazine.

Originally from Italy, Caterina Rago obtained her BFA from l’Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. While there, she performed with Danzare La Vita under the direction of Elsa Piperno; with choreographer Joseph Fontano, President of the International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO; and as aerial dancer in Kitonb Extreme Theatre Company, directed by Angelo Bonello. In 2006, Rago was chosen to perform Ivan Manzoni’s Simbolo Della Pace at the Opening Ceremony of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino. After moving to New York she completed the Professional Training Program at Martha Graham Center and was invited to present her work, Eternal Return, at the 2008 Graham II New York Season. In New York, Rago has danced with I Giullari di Piazza directed by Alessandra Belloni, Nu Dance Theatre, Hunter Performance Group, Mare Nostrum Elements, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. She was a principal dancer in the Off-Broadway show Spider Dance, directed by Jeff Whiting, and toured Italy with the Martha Graham Dance Company in the original cast of Cercando Picasso, directed by Antonio Calenda and Giorgio Albertazzi. After the great success of Cercando Picasso, Rago danced in Baccanti, directed by Antonio Calenda, and Prometeo, by Claudio Longhi, at the Anfiteatro Greco of Siracusa, Sicily. Among numerous honors, Rago received an official invitation to the 33rd World Congress of the International Theatre Institute in Xiamen, China, and performed as a guest artist in Kiev, Budapest, Brussels, and Montalto Uffugo for the Ruggiero Leoncavallo Gala Opera Competition. She was movement consultant to photographer Sebastian Faena for fashion spreads in V Magazine and Vogue. Rago officially founded the Caterina Rago Dance Company in 2007. Her work was selected for White Wave Rising Series Festival 2011, Kat Wildish’s NYC Showcase at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and for NYC Dance Week 2012 at Dixon Place. Rago most recently danced at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the opera La Nave with I Giullari di Piazza. In March 2013 the Caterina Rago Dance Company presented the evening-length NYC premiere of Fall in Autumn at the MMAC.

FIRST PEEP: Marc Andrew Nuñez
Marc Andrew Nuñez is one of four choreographers competing in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Read on to learn more about Marc, who has performed with Entity Contemporary Dance Company, BARE Dance Company, in Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, and with Rihanna. And get your tickets now to see Marc’s work on Thursday at 9pm at The Tank!

Marc Andrew Nuñez is from Los Angeles and has danced professionally as an original member of Boogiezone’s Entity Contemporary Dance Company and for Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company. Marc also appeared in various film and TV performances including dancing for Rihanna (2008 MTV VMA’s). Recently, Marc performed internationally as a Lost Boy in Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan from 2011-2013. Marc has choreographed for and taught at various dance studios including Broadway Dance Center (NYC), El Puente (Brooklyn), Jimmie DeFore’s (Orange County, CA), and Jayvee Dance Center (Alhambra, CA). Marc has also received acting training from the Actor’s Conservatory at the East West Players (Los Angeles, CA). Marc holds a BFA in Dance Performance with Excellence in Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Later this month, Marc will be dancing with Ekilibre Dance Company at Four81 Gallery in SoHo. Represented by CESD Talent Agency. Instagram/Twitter/YouTube @goodafternunez

FIRST PEEP: Marc Andrew Nuñez

Marc Andrew Nuñez is one of four choreographers competing in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Read on to learn more about Marc, who has performed with Entity Contemporary Dance Company, BARE Dance Company, in Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, and with Rihanna. And get your tickets now to see Marc’s work on Thursday at 9pm at The Tank!

Marc Andrew Nuñez is from Los Angeles and has danced professionally as an original member of Boogiezone’s Entity Contemporary Dance Company and for Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company. Marc also appeared in various film and TV performances including dancing for Rihanna (2008 MTV VMA’s). Recently, Marc performed internationally as a Lost Boy in Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan from 2011-2013. Marc has choreographed for and taught at various dance studios including Broadway Dance Center (NYC), El Puente (Brooklyn), Jimmie DeFore’s (Orange County, CA), and Jayvee Dance Center (Alhambra, CA). Marc has also received acting training from the Actor’s Conservatory at the East West Players (Los Angeles, CA). Marc holds a BFA in Dance Performance with Excellence in Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Later this month, Marc will be dancing with Ekilibre Dance Company at Four81 Gallery in SoHo. Represented by CESD Talent Agency. Instagram/Twitter/YouTube @goodafternunez

FIRST PEEP: JOE MONTELEONE
Joe is one of four choreographers competing this month in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Read on to learn about Joe, a student at Mason Gross School of the Arts, and join us on Thursday at 9pm to see his work!
Now a senior finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Joe Monteleone has worked with choreographers John Evans, Keith Thompson, Randy James, Inbal Pinto, Julia Ritter, Kim Gibilisco, Stephanie Batten Bland, Tiffany Mills, Manuel Vignoulle, and Doug Elkins.  He is currently apprenticing with Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs.  Besides Mason Gross, his choreography has been shown at the Kennedy Dancers’ “Bare Soles” and the Marie-Christine Giordano Salon.  His work Mother Culture’s Us will be performed at New York City Dance Week’s NYC10 at Dixon Place.  Joe is also a disc jockey and has mixed music for choreographers Doug Elkins, Randy James, and Tiffany Mills.

FIRST PEEP: JOE MONTELEONE

Joe is one of four choreographers competing this month in PEEP SHOW, the April edition of xyz nyc. Read on to learn about Joe, a student at Mason Gross School of the Arts, and join us on Thursday at 9pm to see his work!

Now a senior finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Joe Monteleone has worked with choreographers John Evans, Keith Thompson, Randy James, Inbal Pinto, Julia Ritter, Kim Gibilisco, Stephanie Batten Bland, Tiffany Mills, Manuel Vignoulle, and Doug Elkins.  He is currently apprenticing with Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs.  Besides Mason Gross, his choreography has been shown at the Kennedy Dancers’ “Bare Soles” and the Marie-Christine Giordano Salon.  His work Mother Culture’s Us will be performed at New York City Dance Week’s NYC10 at Dixon Place.  Joe is also a disc jockey and has mixed music for choreographers Doug Elkins, Randy James, and Tiffany Mills.

xyz nyc sometimes transcends time and space

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Jus’ sayin.’

Get in on that psychedelic dance and choreography action for the April 17th show. Sign up here.

Natalie Cantrell and Annalisa Ledson, choreography by Shawn Bible. Photo by Patrick T. Rousseau.

The Loveliest Lovelies

The March xyz performance featured the improvisation group The Lovelies, with music by the Tank’s own music curator Ben Brody.

Photo by Patrick T. Rousseau