New York this Fall. The Museum of Arts and Design’s signature dance series, Dance Under the Influence, returns this fall with choreographer, writer and performer Jack Ferver at the helm. Acting as guest curator, Ferver gathers a selection of performances that include works by Leah Cox, Jacob Slominski, Katie Swords, Larissa Velez-Jackson and Jesse Zaritt. Mixing traditional with cutting edge, rigorous with playful, and the familiar with the unexpected, Ferver’s lineup showcases diverse artistic practices found within contemporary choreography, and reconsiders dance through his singular lens. Dance Under the Influence, running from September 18 through November 14, 2015,offers a platform for the presentation of bold contemporary works that defy simple categorization.
“This year’s Dance Under the Influence is designed to engage audiences to rethink traditional notions of performance, and reveals the interplay between dance and other artistic disciplines,” says Ferver. “Each of the featured artists, while coming from a dance background, diverges from it and uses the form for individual purposes of expression. MAD has its own history of presenting genre-blending performance, so I am eager to see the works presented in this context.”
Known for performances that are both rigorous and uninhibited, Jack Ferver’s practice draws on psychological and socio-political-based content, and incorporates various modalities of performance—from theater and dance to performance art. In 2011, MAD premiered Me, Michelle, a duet by Ferver and fellow dancer-choreographer Michelle Mola that was commissioned for MAD’s annual Risk+Reward series and presented as part of Performa 11. A professor at Bard College and NYU, Ferver’s academic work influences his artistic practice, building upon his interest in the conception and presentation of interdisciplinary performance works.
Under Ferver’s direction, the fall 2015 edition of Dance Under the Influence not only showcases some of the best of today’s contemporary dance, but also explores innovative possibilities for movement. The series includes Velez-Jackson’s Star Crap Method, an explosive and humorous piece that functions between dance and performance art; Leah Cox with duo Jesse Zaritt and Katie Swords, who come together for an evening exploring how the tension between two influences can be a fertile ground on which to create dance; and Jacob Slominski’s interactive performance that examines the theatrical experience itself by exploring how comfortable an audience can be made to feel.
Following each Friday night performance, dancers, choreographers and Jack Ferver, respond to questions from the audience and join in informal discussions about the creative process and cross-disciplinary