July 30, July 31, August 1
July 30, July 31, August 1
Detroit Dance City Festival is three-day community building event celebrates dance in its various forms and disciplines with workshops, performances and networking opportunities held at various locations throughout the city of Detroit. The mission of Detroit Dance City Festival is to educate audiences about the impact of dance, provide opportunities for artists to share their work, and create artistic networks between Michigan, the United States and the world. The Detroit Dance City Festival will showcase the work of over 40 local and national performing artists and companies.
The 2014 Detroit Dance City Festival drew over 1,500 Festival participants.
The Festival hopes to continue to grow for the following year with the creation of an international collaborative project spearheaded by the Festival’s parent organization, ARTLAB J. The Detroit Dance City Festival(DDCF) and South Korean based New Dance for Asia - N.D.A International Festival has created a new international exchange initiative in order to cultivate cross-cultural artistic experiences and continue developing Detroit as a global epicenter for dance. One choreographer who has presented their work at this year’s Detroit Dance City Festival will be selected to present their work as a part of the GSDF in South Korea next year. This is an exciting opportunity for Michigan-based artists to connect and work with artists from around the world.
The Festival will also host a great variety of diverse dance workshops led by the field’s leading practitioners whose styles range from modern to jazz, ballet to hip-hop. Aside from the performances and workshops, Festival participants are invited to relax, network, and meet the artists and other festival goers at the official after parties each evening.
Joori Jung is the Founder of ARTLAB J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of ARTLAB J Dance. Originally from Seoul, Korea, She received her B.A (2006) and M.A in dance from Kyung Hee University in 2008. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre from 2004-2007 and she was Final List Performance at the 2007 Seoul International Dance Competition and 3rd prize performance at the 2007 Korea National Dance Competition. She danced with various dance companies in Korea before moving to New York in 2009. She then joined Time Lapse Dance and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and began her own choreographic work in New York. In 2012, she moved to Detroit to achieve her goal to expand contemporary dance as well as the arts community in Detroit and decided to establish the ARTLAB J, 2012.
7:30 pm - SATURDAY
The Gala serves as the culminating event of the Festival and will be held at the world-class Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. The evening will feature international dance companies and silent auction. After the performances, guests are invited to Jazz Cafe of the Music Hall for mix and mingling with Festival attendees and artists.
7:00 pm - THURSDAY and FRIDAY
The DDCF Choreographers Showcase features the work of regional and national choreographers from across the country. The 2015 Festival will host two showcases on July 30th and July 31st at 7:00 pm at the Boll Theatre in the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit in Downtown Detroit. The showcase features one-hundred dancers in works by thirty choreographers.
*Artist Exchange Program: In an effort to promote Detroit as an international hub for movement, The Detroit Dance City Festival curates an artist exchange program with Dance New Asia Contemporary Dance Festival (formerly Gwang Jin International Dance Festival) The DDCF Artistic Director will select one work from the of the Emerging Choreographers Showcase to present work in South Korea.Dance New Asia will send a performing artist every other year to perform their work as a part of the DDCF.
Deadline _ Friday, April 10th, 2015
9:30 pm-12:00 pm - FRIDAY
Late night jam session featuring Detroit’s best dance crews.
9:00 am-5:30 pm - EVERY DAY
The Festival offers 20+ workshops by some of the countries most ground breaking educators and choreographers. Special master classes led by Festival guest artists have included classes with Camille A Brown.
11:30 am-1:30 pm - EVERY DAY
ARTLAB J’s Moving with Detroit is a space for dance industry professionals and audiences to SEE, TAKE, TALK about dance in Metro-Detroit. During the Festival, Moving with Detroit will informational and interactive lunches that will feature artist talks, performances, panel discussions, and guest speakers. The events are FREE and open to all. Lunch is provided for a nominal fee.
1:30 pm-5:30 pm - EVERYDAY
ARTLAB J’s Moving with Detroit will curate a Dance Film Festival within the DDCF. The Film Festival will feature works by Metro-Detroit choreographers and filmmakers who are interested in working at the intersection of film and movement.
1:30 pm-5:30 pm - EVERYDAY
Conveniently located at the heart of the Festival, the Community Zone is housed in Detroit’s historical Harmonie Park. The free event features performances by dancers, musicians, and performance artists. Activities such as face-painting and games make this family-friendly event a highlight of the Festival.
Deadline _ Friday, May 15th, 2015