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YDC Choreographer/Composer Project

Teen choreographers will collaborate with professional composers on the creation of new music for their original choreography.

Overview

Young Dancemakers Company, entering its 23rd season in 2018, is a tuition-free summer ensemble of New York City high school teens, who audition for and enroll in the program with the goal of creating their own original choreography and performing it in free public concerts throughout the boroughs of NYC. 

Our purpose, in applying to New Music USA, is to fold original music into the season, giving the young choreographers the opportunity to collaborate with composers on the creation of the music and the dance. Through this process the young choreographers will be led away from danced imitation of recorded music, and led toward the creative partnership of the dance and the music, each reinforcing the other. 

The upcoming 2018 season marks the initiation of this exciting Choreographer/Composer collaborative Project. 

The company is yet to be formed via auditions in March of 2018. We anticipate a company of approximately 16 dancers. We will create a concert of ten original dances by New York City teens, with original music, and present it in free performances at venues throughout New York City, from July 25th to August 4th, 2018. The performance venues will include Kumble Theater, Symphony Space, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Flushing Town Hall, the Fieldston School, Harlem School of the Arts, University Settlement and the 92Y. Each choreographer will be paired with a composer. In the interest of expedience, most if not all of the music will be recorded.

We are applying to New Music USA to enable us to pay each composer a commissioning fee. The working process will include several one-on-one sessions for each pair of collaborators, and rehearsals as needed, in addition to phone and email communication. The project is being curated by YDC Music Director William Catanzaro. The collaborative process will be guided and mentored by Mr. Catanzaro, along with YDC Director Alice Teirstein and Associate Director Jessica Gaynor. The goal is to give our teen choreographer/dancers an understanding and appreciation of the part original music can play in their choreographic work.

Project Media

YDC Choreography Sample
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These are two pieces from the YDC 2016 season. “Support” is a duet about a blind woman and her caretaker. “Lief:Love” is a group dance about a budding relationship between two teens within their community. These are examples of the type of original works we strive for at YDC, topical and completely original. YDC Music Director William Catanzaro worked with each emerging choreographer to find music that supported the dance. This summer the process will be to collaborate with a composer throughout the process of creating an original dance.

Composer Sample #1
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Features: Jerome Morris

This is Jerome Morris’s SoundCloud page. Jerome is one of ten composers committed to collaborating with one of ten emerging choreographers in Young Dancemakers Company between June 29 and August 4, 2018. Each composer brings a unique background and perspective to music composition and collaboration. Under the mentorship and guidance of the YDC Directors, each composer will work directly with a YDC choreographer to create an original piece of music for their dance. The resulting pieces will be performed in eight free concerts citywide.

Composer Sample #2
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Features: Sidney Boquiren

This is Sidney Boquiren’s SoundCloud page. Sidney is one of ten composers committed to collaborating with one of ten emerging choreographers in Young Dancemakers Company between June 29 and August 4, 2018. Each composer brings a unique background and perspective to music composition and collaboration. Under the mentorship and guidance of the YDC Directors, each composer will work directly with a YDC choreographer to create an original piece of music for their dance. The resulting pieces will be performed in eight free concerts citywide.

Start and End Dates

06/29/201808/04/2018

Location

New York, New York

Project Created By

New York, New York
Young Dancemakers Company is a unique, tuition-free summer dance ensemble of NYC teens dedicated to creating their own original choreography and performing it in free touring concerts city-wide, for audiences of up to 2000 young people and adults each season. Company members, selected annually by audition, are drawn from throughout the NYC public high schools.

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