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March 16 @ 7:00 pm


The complete six-part encyclopedic series is a multidisciplinary work that weaves theory and performance into a four-hour-long hybrid event. Yerushalmy and a cast of 20 dancers and scholars, ranging in age from 20 to 68, perform deconstructed installments of Nijinsky’Sacre (1913), Graham’Night Journey (1947), Ailey’s Revelations (1960), a mix of Cunningham works RainforestSounddancePoints in SpaceBeach Birds, and Ocean (1968-1990), dance numbers from the 1969 Fosse’s film Sweet Charity, and a response to Balanchine’s Agon (1957) that includes none of the original choreography.

Paramodernities boasts a radical and undefinable rethinking of the canon, involving virtually no music. Each section was created as an independent unit with a distinct creative process that features text, read live, by scholars and writers from various fields who place the dances within a larger context. The cast joins Yerushalmy in generating questions about the different paths taken by the modern tradition in dance and beyond. Within each installment, fundamental tenets of modernism are explored, such as sovereignty, spectacle, race, feminism and ableism.

Featuring dancers Michael Blake, Gerald Casel, Marc Crousillat, Brittany Engel-Adams, Joyce Edwards, Stanley Gambucci, Taryn Griggs, Magdalena Jarkowiec, Nicholas Leichter, Jeremy Jae Neal, Hsiao-Jou Tang, Megan Williams, Netta Yerushalmy; and scholars/writers Thomas F. DeFrantz, Julia Foulkes, Georgina Kleege, David Kishik, Carol Ockman, Mara Mills, Claudia La Rocco, with lighting by Tim Cryan and costumes by Jarkowiec.


March 16
7:00 pm
Event Category:


new york arts live theater
219 W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States


Audience (by age)
Adults (Ages 18 and up)
Special Instructions
Use code "#deconstructed" for discounted admission. Accessibility: The lobby is accessible via the double doors to the left of the revolving door at 219 W 19th Street. 3rd floor studios are accessible by elevator. The ground floor restrooms and theater are wheelchair accessible. If you require reasonable accommodation, please contact the box office to prior to the event via email at or call 212.691.6500 (voice only)