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Buglisi Dance Theatre

New York, NY         

Honored with the American Dance Guild Award for Artistic Excellence, Buglisi Dance Theatre is celebrated for stunning theatricality, wondrously lyrical repertoire, and cinematic imagery,…full of invention and emotion (The New York Times)   The company’s success is due to the inspired leadership of Artistic Director/Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and her commitment to produce evocative ballets promoting awareness of global issues and the human condition that embolden audiences to recognize within themselves their own humanity. The repertoire is rich with innovative artistic collaborations comprised of visual artists, composers, filmmakers, projection artists, and musicians, and performed on traditional stages as well as alternative spaces with the highest theatrical production value by an exceptional company of dancers. Renowned for highly visual, imagistic dances that use literature, history and heroic archetypes as a primary source, Buglisi’s ballets are sweeping, passionate and rooted in a strong physical technique. Her dances are commissioned worldwide: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Flamenco Festival, Madrid and New York City Center; Ananda Shankar Performing Arts Co., India; Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble, China; Joyce Trisler Danscompany (charter member), TeatroDanza Contemporanea di Roma (co-founder), Ice Theatre of New York; Richmond Ballet; North Carolina Dance Theatre; Ailey II; and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Founded by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Terese Capucilli, Christine Dakin and Donlin Foreman, who performed together as principal dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre celebrated its 20th anniversary season in 2013 at The Joyce Theater, where the company performs its NYC seasons. World-class production values and theatrical appeal have won BDT invitations worldwide to the Kennedy Center; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Dance St. Louis’s Spring to Dance Festival; the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach; Sosnoff Theater, Bard College; The Juilliard Theater, Vail International Festival, and abroad to Australia, the Czech Republic, France, Israel and Italy. BDT’s acclaimed repertoire of over 100 original works is filmed and archived at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Commissions of original music and its live performance are integral to BDT’s mission, and include collaborations with composers Paula Prestini, Tan Dun, Libby Larsen, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Glen Velez, Lisa DeSpain, Daniel Brewbaker, Andy Teirstein; cellist Maya Beiser, pianist Brian Zeger, Cassatt String Quartet, Aeros Quintet, New York Choral Society, and the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra & Singers. The company’s taste in music is compelling, piece after piece.” (New York Times)

BDT performs in service to the community through educational residencies and free performances in alternative spaces: Evening Stars in Battery Park; The Whitney Museum; Dancing at the Crossroads in Times Square; Downtown Dance Festival; LMCC/River to River Festival at Federal Hall and the New York Stock Exchange, UC Santa Barbara, and the 2013 Dance Parade for which Buglisi was a Grand Marshal. Buglisi’s Table of Silence Project 9/11 was presented for a sixth year on 9/11/2016 on the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center with 170 dancers and musicians encircling the Revson Fountain to form a Peace Labyrinth. This ritual for peace received proclamations from Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio and was seen worldwide in 102 countries and across all fifty 50  states via live stream.

The company receives government funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts and grants from The Arnhold Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation, among others. Buglisi’s honors include the 2016 Italian International Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Kaatsbaan Playing Field Award, Fiorello LaGuardia Award for Excellence in the Field of Dance, The Gertrude Shurr Award, and Altria’s Women Choreographer Initiative Award.

Buglisi is Chair, Modern Department at The Ailey School, taught on the faculties of The Juilliard School and the Martha Graham School, and served as Chair, Artistic Director’s Council on Dance/USA’s Board of Trustees 2010-2013.

Rain (2004) Excerpt

This is an example of a multi-media dance choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi with commissioned music by composer/musician Glen Velez (who performs live on frame-drum), and projection design by environmental artist Jacobo Borges. The dance on the preservation of the rainforest is the second work on Buglisi’s environmental trilogy exploring the beauty and vulnerability of our planet.

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Table of Silence Project 9/11 (excerpt, 2011)

Choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi, this ritual for peace was first performed on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with 100 dancers on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. The third presentation was held on 9/11/2013 and was expanded to include 160 dancers and nine musicians. The live stream tribute has been seen in over 100 countries.

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Suspended Women

This signature dance by Jacqulyn Buglisi features an interpolations composed and performed by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and recorded music by Ravel. The work takes inspiration from the life and writing of Sor Juana St. Ines de la Cruz and is dedicated to all women since the beginning of time “suspended”.

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