January 9-16, 2018
Founded, directed and curated by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor, and co-presented by Gibney Dance in association with Abrons Arts Center, American Realness returns January 9-16, 2018 for its ninth consecutive season. For 2018 the festival expands its scope with multiple off-site partner venues, including The Invisible Dog Art Center, SculptureCenter, Danspace Project and Participant Inc. With these partners the American Realness 2018 performance program presents 17 evening-length performance works in 89 performances featuring three world premieres, three North American premieres, four New York City premieres and six encore engagements including NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award winners and nominees.
Additionally the festival includes an installation program with works in the galleries at Abrons Arts Center, a process series featuring showings of new works in development and a discourse series which features a series of free public conversations as well as original writing commissions for READING, the American Realness online journal.
American Realness is an internationally recognized platform for the discovery of new works from subversive artists, tearing at the boundaries of their forms. The program commands attention for the proliferation of choreographic and performative practices transcending the traditions and rewriting the definitions of American dance and performance.