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Trisha Brown taught her dancers diabolically complex material and sometimes threw out a week of ensemble improvisations if she thought they’d gone off on a tangent. Still, once a new work was completed, each dancer felt a luminous ownership of it. “It’s ours. It becomes our language. We have it in our bodies,” explained Trisha Brown Dance Company associate artistic director Diane Madden during a recent panel discussion of Brown’s legacy, held in City Center’s grand tier lobby. “It was really wonderful to work with someone who had enough control to put her idea out, but then allow a little bit of space for the idea to work,” added TBDC associate artistic director Carolyn Lucas. Listen now:

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November 25, 2014 by New York City Center
Flamenca Dance

The inimitable Sara Baras owns the stage in Voces, Suite Flamenca, photographed by Peter Muller.

In the spirit of New York City Center’s popular Flamenco Festival, A Bailar: Dance at the Center will set the stage en fuego this winter with a trio of US premiere productions from Cuba, Argentina, and Spain.

“It’s an opportunity to bring together Latin dance forms that we all love,” says New York City Center President & CEO Arlene Shuler. “But even if you’ve taken salsa lessons, or seen tango on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ I don’t think anything compares to seeing full-length works performed live by Latin dancers and musicians. They have the training and expertise to practice these forms as they were meant to be practiced. This movement is in their DNA; this is their music. They’re really quite spectacular.”

The Festival begins with Havana Rakatan (February 18–22), an effervescent showcase of Cuban music and dance. Next up is m¡longa (February 26 – March 1), a contemporary take on tango from Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. And closing the Festival is Voces, Suite Flamenca (March 4–7), a brand-new work from flamenco superstar Sara Baras.

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November 21, 2014 by New York City Center

Stanford MakishiArlene Shuler, President & CEO of New York City Center, today announced the appointment of Stanford Makishi to the newly created senior position of Vice President of Programming. Beginning in January 2015, Makishi will oversee City Center’s artistic planning and work toward expanding its performance season.

Currently the Associate Producer of City Center’s acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival, Makishi will continue to program Fall for Dance. He will broaden City Center’s dance programs, develop additional mainstage programming for City Center beyond dance and musical theater, and collaborate with Jack Viertel and Jeanine Tesori, the artistic directors of Encores! and Encores! Off-Center, to help develop ancillary offerings that enhance City Center’s musical theater programs. Makishi will act as the primary liaison with City Center’s Choreography Fellows and with Artistic Associate Wendy Whelan. He will also work with City Center’s Education Program to expand outreach opportunities for children and seniors.

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November 20, 2014 by New York City Center
Paint Your Wagon Casting

We’re delighted to announce that Colin Donnell, Danny Gardner, Jeff Hiller, Erin Mackey, Patti Murin, Richard Poe, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Kirsten Wyatt, and special guest Tommy Tune will star in George and Ira Gershwin’s Lady, Be Good, the opening production of New York City Center’s 2015 Encores! season.

The madcap 1924 musical, which originally starred Fred and Adele Astaire, tells the story of a penniless brother (Danny Gardner) and sister (Patti Murin) who crash a garden party in hopes of some quick nourishment. They resolve to marry for money, but love gets in the way, as it usually does. Before true love wins out, they encounter Mexican gangsters, crooked lawyers, wealthy socialites, and a song-and-dance man (Tommy Tune) possessed by a “Fascinating Rhythm.”

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November 19, 2014 by New York City Center
Jimmy Fallon on TV

On November 13, 2014, Tracey Ullman appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about The Band Wagon, Kanye West, and her newfound fondness for cows. Watch a clip from her appearance here!

There are only five more chances to see The Band Wagon, the classic showbiz tale that Theatermania calls “infectiously fun…a fabulous new rendering presented in typical Encores! fashion.” Below the gap, you can watch Ullman sing songs from the show and dish about her worst onstage disaster, along with Band Wagon stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael McKean, Tony Sheldon, and Laura Osnes!

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November 14, 2014 by New York City Center
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