175 Eighth Avenue
Manhattan, NY 1001
Description: This show celebrates the groundbreaking, visceral, and politically innovative music of Sly and The Family Stone, one of the first major national bands integrated along race and gender lines. The piece for eight dancers explores the prophetic possibilities of music and dance and invites everyday people to find strength and joy in the muck and mess - the funk - of everyday life.
The Joyce Theater performance will be the NYC premiere of the fully staged version of "Prophets of Funk" and a return of David Dorfman Dance to The Joyce for the first time since 2005.
Venue Description: The Joyce Theater, founded in 1982, is a performance venue in Chelsea dedicated to dance and the related arts of music, design, and theater. The Joyce supports and promotes all styles of dance and strives to educate a diverse audience about this art form. It has hosted more than 270 New York City-based, national, and international dance companies and welcomes an audience of about 140,000 each year to its 472-seat theater. The space originally was the Elgin Theater, a 1941 movie house, but was renovated by architect Hugh Hardy into the patterned brick, art-deco building it is today. Since 1996 The Joyce has also operated Joyce SoHo in lower Manhattan, a more intimate dance center equipped with two dance studios and a 74-seat performance space. The Joyce partners with NYC schools, arts institutions, and community organizations to bring dance education to diverse audiences and integrate the arts into classroom learning. Its school programs reach more than 2,000 students and teachers in K-12th grade. The Joyce also hosts Family Matinees, specially priced afternoon performances geared toward audiences ages 6-14 and their families. To further increase children?s exposure to dance, the theater offers a Joyce Jr. membership. The Joyce?s Dance Humanities Series offers post-performance discussions with artistic directors and dancers, and its free Dance Talks program (held at Joyce SoHo) presents conversations and open rehearsals for artists and audiences. Its sister venue, Joyce SoHo, is located at 155 Mercer Street, between Houston and Prince Streets. The Joyce Theater box office is open daily noon-6pm and through curtain time on performance days.
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