We are happy to tailor programs for specific audience, venues and budgets.
Please call or email to discuss individual needs.
Isadora Duncan Repertory
Isadora Duncan: the Divine Flame
One of the first programs to combine Isadora’s dances with Isadora’s story. This program was originally created by Beth Jucovy and Shirley Romaine in 1998, and then revised in 2016. This award winning program has been presented at the Vanderbilt Museum, The Queens Museum of Art, at Hempstead House, at Adelphi and Hofstra Universities and many Library auditoriums. With Full narration of Isadora’s life, illustrated with the dances.
I Hear America Singing, I See America Dancing.
We celebrate the legacy of iconic American poet, of Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819), with an Isadora Duncan dance program in his honor: I Hear America Singing, I See America Dancing. Isadora Duncan was greatly influenced by Whitman, calling him her spiritual teacher. We will pay tribute to these two kindred spirits through word, dance and music. Excerpts of poems by Whitman are illustrated by complementary Duncan dances.
Isadora and the Power of Mythology
A theatrical indoor program which explores Isadora’s mythology based works. An award-winning program presented at many Libraries.
Isadora and the American Jewish Experience
A program which explores why the American Jewish Immigrant population was drawn to Isadora in the mid-20th century. Originally commissioned for the 92nd St. Y as a program entitled “Isadora and the American Jewish Intelligentsia”, the program has also been presented at many Community Centers, Jewish Centers and libraries.
Midsummer Magic: Zeus’ Garden
The Company’s outdoor program of Duncan works based on Greek mythology, Classical Greek Art and Nature. Originally commissioned for Old Westbury Gardens Midsummer Night (2009- 2012) and performed subsequently on the grounds of the Nassau County Museum of Art in 2013 and at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in 2014. A perfect summer program, ideal for historical estates and Gardens.
Shorter programs of Isadora works, including
The Brahms Repertory: the many faces of love
The Chopin Repertory: the autobiographical works
The Schubert Repertory: the Children’s Dances
Dances of Revolution and Political statements including works to Scriabin, the Russian workers Songs, Chopin Polonaises, the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 74, (the Pathétique)
The Gluck works: Dances of the stories of Orpheus and of Iphigenia, set to Gluck operas including “Tribute to the Greek gods” and “Dances of the Underworld”
Works of Nature: programs of Duncan works that are inspired by nature including Dances of Air, Water, Earth and Fire.
Full programs or individual pieces available for concerts, museums, schools, universities, parks, community
centers. Programs of original works of Beth Jucovy (and at times other choreographers) that we have
offered in recent years include:
Through the Portals
Through the Portals incorporates artist Susan-Ruth Cohen’s "Finding the song" paintings as portals into worlds of transformation. Depicting dancers as colors that begin as one entity, they separate and establish independent identity. Identity is tested as the interact in ever-changing groupings. The play between independence and interdependence continually cycles. This work can be performed independently or as part of a full concert with other works. We also offer workshops including visual art and dance, related to the work.
ColorSong Dance and other works
ColorSong Universe depicts a universe of matter and relationships; ranging from the cosmos to the subatomic. When a dancer flippantly disassembles a paper sculpture, havoc ensues. Colors and energy are let loose in a flurry of expression and movement. The work is inspired by Susan Ruth Cohen's Colorsong paintings and poem, Paul Joseph's original musical score and theories of cosmology and physics. This 40 minute multi-disciplinary work can be performed alone, with a dance/art/music workshop or with other company repertory.
Future/Past/Present with other works
Future Past Present is a unique mix of dance and theater, developed collaboratively with the performers. Characters, from the future present a "history lesson" and embody seven present day females who span in age over eight decades. The work shares an honest look at the views of these women expressed through movement, music including live original piano works, media and word. Topics they explore include Spirituality, Discipline, Conformity, Love, Loss and Creativity. Other original dance and dance theater works complement the program.
Dances of Nature / Dances of Interactions
A program in two parts (or sometimes presented as two full separate programs) Dances of Nature encompasses both original Jucovy works and Isadora Duncan dances that express the elements of air, earth, water and fire. Dances of Interactions consists of contemporary dances that explore realms of science, visual art and music. Works include interactions with kinetic sculptures of Kyle Dries. Also featured is Shades of Blue to music of the great Billie Holiday and Johnny Copland and Emergence, a work which explores the concept of networked systems.
A World of Dance
With pieces that utilize techniques of ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, theatre dance, and, most importantly, hybrids, the program gives a wide perspective on current dance trends. The works are accessible and varied. Pieces run the gamut from light-hearted and fun, works that explore the beauty and physics of moving bodies, to works that express nature and emotions in everyday experience. The program explores dance composition as well: audience members are invited to discuss with the choreographer, dancers and narrator about the processes and inner workings that go on when creating and rehearsing dances.
Dances of Fantasy, Science and Nature (family program)
Using the medium of dance the company explores fantasy, elements of nature and scientific concepts. This delightfully engaging and creative program includes classical, popular, contemporary and theater dance forms. It is narrated with insights and interactive engagement. Audience members have a chance to talk to the dancers and choreographer and get an inside look at the creative process… maybe even try out some of your own ideas.
Visionaries, Revolutionaries and Mavericks
Explores the development of American Modern Dance during the 20th Century through narration, slides and live dance. With works of pioneers such as Isadora Duncan, Katherine Dunham, Anna Sokolow and other important mavericks, we explore the influence of the modern dance pioneers on choreographers of today. Contemporary dance works are also presented which include a variety of choreographers and styles.
Dreamscape is a multi-media contemporary dance originally commissioned by the Long Island Children’s Museum to complement their exhibit “Night Journeys”. This unique dance/ theater piece depicts glimpses into the dream-state. It is a light-hearted and exciting look into the bizarre world of dreams. Classical dance, modern dance, gymnastics, hip-hop, and even tap are fused into this delightful and creative "Night's Journey".
Dances of the Heart
Contemporary and Classically based works that expore themes of the love and science including “Heart’s Connections” a piece which incorporates state-of-the-art video/dance technology.
A World of Jazz
A program which explores Jazz dance including classic jazz dance, dances to Blues, Rock, contemporary pop, theater dance and Break Dance.
After presenting three very successful premieres, different versions our first film endeavor, "Evening," we are now delighted to offer a final rendition which will be available online on our website.... with more tweaks and slightly revised music- including music by Adrienne Ramm. For the new year.... link available as of Dec. 31. "Evening" is a dance, theater, art work based on an original poem. Using nature as metaphor, we find our way in a world where endings and beginnings, dark and light are inextricably intertwined.
Dec. 14, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
AT PRESENT: FROM YOUR HOME!
Children Dancing (and Adult) Classes for teens and Adults will continue virtually this Winter - * Online Duncan based class Mondays, class for the body and soul! International participants encouraged.. Contact us-Payment through donation (suggested $10-$15). Also online Classical Ballet and Body-Conditioning- the Nickolaus Technique offered twice weekly, all being held through Zoom during this time. Privates and semi-privates outdoors, also available. Contact us at www.childrendancing.net 516 314 2359.
Great Neck Adult ED Winter Jazz Dance Class begins Jan. 15
We are delighted to be part of Dixon places's 30-30-30 on December 30th to celebrate the closing of 2020 with a virtual offering of dance at DP TV, the virtual performance platform of Dixon Place Theater. We will be presenting a 3 minute edited excerpt from "Evening", that speaks to endings and beginning. 30-30-30 is 30 companies, performing 3 minute works on Dec. 30th! Here is the link to the event page: http://dixonplace.org/performances/30-30-30-2020/ and a FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/899009617534977
Dixon Place Dance Bloc II
We are delighted to be part of a group of six choreographers showcasing new virtual works filmed outside. We will be showing six minutes of "Evening," the film, which was made for Sands Point Preserve, and will be premiering in full. this week-end. (Check back Nov. 20th for link!) With our 7 company dancers and actress Tzena Nicole bringing words to life - the culmination of Kyra Jucovy's poem, the Subject and Power."
Dixon Place presents "Quarantine," curated by Sangeeta Yesley," link: Dixonplace.org/category/dptv/. Works were created between March 27 and April 1 2020. Quarantine 2, with Beth Jucovy: here. AND Quarentine 3,with Louisa Cathcart: here
I Hear America Singing, I See America Dancing, in Long Beach
2019 is the 200th birthday anniversary of poet Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819) and we celebrate his legacy with an Isadora Duncan dance program in his honor: I Hear America singing, I See America Dancing. Isadora Duncan was greatly influenced by Whitman, calling him her spiritual teacher. We will pay tribute to these two kindred spirits through word, dance and music. Excerpts of poems by Whitman are illustrated by complementary Duncan dances. Pianist Mark Fiedler will play many of these works live, to the music of Chopin, Brahms, Gluck, Strauss, Schubert and we are excited to have revived "Labor/Famine" created by Irma Duncan to the music of Micheal Sheyne. To learn more about Whitman, Duncan and their connection as well as about this program, see this article in the French publication, IdEas, by Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau.
Fast Forward at Dixon place
We are delighted to be part of a shared evening program along with Double Take Dance for Fast Forward at Dixon Place. We are presenting Earth Trilogy, a three-part work. The first section includes Isadora Duncan dance solos that celebrate the wonders of our natural world. The second section, Delicate Web, created in collaboration with the performers, depicts how we, humankind, in our self-absorption, have destroyed the precious natural world that we have taken for granted. It alludes to the present-day issues that will challenge us even more drastically in the future…. unless we take extremely dramatic action. The 3rd section, Hymn, is a prayer for the Earth. Hymn is in juxtaposition with, and serves as an aftermath for, Delicate Web. Program includes Tzena as poetry reader, Willow Interfaith Women's Choir, and our ten dancer/collaborators.