Hudson Valley Dance Festival Return In-Person Programming
The lineup of acclaimed dance companies and choreographers coming together for the live, in-person return of the Hudson Valley Dance Festival has been put together with performances from contemporary, hip-hop, modern, tap and more for the stage on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Historic Catskill Point in Catskill, NY. The annual festival, which has performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS program. Tickets are available at dradance.org.
Festival attendees will provide meals and medicine, healthcare and hope to people living with HIV/AIDS, struggling with COVID-19 or facing other debilitating illnesses. Through its national grant program, Broadway Cares supports more than 450 social service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, including 14 vital providers in the Hudson Valley.
This year’s festival includes:
● Bronx-born choreographer Abdullatif shares the B•W•B pas de deux | The Bach•Work•Ballets_Part 1 with music by Johann Sebastian Bach.
● Dorrance Dance, fresh from a performance at Kaatsbaan Fall Festival, will return to the Hudson Valley Dance Festival to share a unique quartet that will include tap company founder and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, as well as a live vocalist.
● Ladies of Hip-Hop with Khadijah Siferllah, making her festival debut in an excerpt from a series of choreographies exploring black women heard, unchallenged, unfiltered and uncensored.
● Jonathan Lee, associate director and choreographer of Broadway Bares, makes his Hudson Valley Dance Festival debut with the world premiere of a contemporary/hip-hop ensemble number.
● Limón Dance Company, bringing technical mastery and nuanced modern dance movement to its Hudson Valley Dance Festival debut. The company will celebrate its 75th anniversary with founder José Limón’s Chaconne, a solo on Bach’s “Partita No. 2 in D Minor”, with a live violinist.
● Choreographer Skyla Schreter, Hudson Valley resident and former member of San Francisco Ballet’s corps de ballet, presents the world premiere of a contemporary piece.
● The Stephen Petronio Company, a cornerstone of the Hudson Valley dance community guided by the vision and legacy of choreographer Stephen Petronio, returns to the festival with an excerpt from Petronio Bloom’s postmodern piece, featuring features music by Rufus Wainwright.
● Adam W. Weinert, another famous Hudson Valley resident and a mainstay of Jacob’s Pillow, shares a snippet from his upcoming Contemporary Modern work Anthem.
The Hudson Valley Dance Festival will transform a 19th century warehouse on the banks of the Hudson River into a quaint performance hall, creating a unique experience for audiences with dance performances just yards away.
Tickets start at $40, Prime tickets are $125 (includes cocktail); Premium tickets at $275 (including cocktail and exclusive dinner with the dancers). Leadership Supporter packages are also available. The Hudson Valley Dance Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of corporate sponsor The New York Times.
The Hudson Valley Dance Festival started in 2013 as a one-off show. It has since become an annual audience favorite for the Hudson Valley region, raising over $1 million in eight iterations.
Among the 450 organizations supported nationwide by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are 14 in the Hudson Valley: Albany Damien Center and Alliance for Positive Health in Albany; Animalkind, Columbia-Greene Community Foundation, Columbia County Recovery Kitchen, and Hudson Valley SPCA in Hudson; Matthew 25 Food Pantry and Community Hospice in Catskill; Hudson Valley Community Services in Hawthorne; Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston; Rock Steady Farm in Millerton; the Roe Jan pantry in Hillsdale; TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal) in Congers and Troy Area United Ministries in Troy.
Dancers Responding to AIDS draws on the extraordinary compassion and efforts of the performing arts community to fund a social service safety net for those in need. As a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS program, DRA supports essential Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) programs, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative and The Dancers’ Resource, as well as more than 450 AIDS services. against AIDS and families. nationwide organizations.