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NYU Skirball Winter/Spring 2022 Season NYU Skirball Returns With Ground-Breaking National and International Theatre, Dance and Music Performances


• NYU Skirball winter season opens on February 2, 2022, with the world premiere of Elevator Repair Service’s Seagull, inspired by Anton Chekov and directed by John Collins

• Classical Theatre of Harlem’s acclaimed Seize The King, a hip-hop-infused reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III

• World premiere of The Builders Association’s I Agree To The Terms, an interactive virtual event created with “microworkers” who develop Amazon’s algorithms

• U.S. premiere by Spanish flamenco superstar Miguel Poveda, making his NYC solo debut

• N.Y. premiere of Eiko Otake’s The Duet Project: Distance Is Malleable, featuring duets with Ishmael Houston-Jones, Don Christian Jones, Margaret Leng Tan, and Iris McCloughan

• World premiere of David Dorfman Dance company’s (A)Way Out Of My Body

• N.Y. premieres of Zolle & A Cockroach’s Tarantella by Du Yun & International Contemporary Ensemble

NYU Skirball’s first post-Covid season will open on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, with a world premiere from the award-winning theater company Elevator Repair Service, followed by a remounting of Classical Theatre of Harlem’s timely production of Seize The King, a hop-hop-infused reinterpretation of Richard III. The season will also feature premieres from the OBIE-winning The Builders Association, David Dorfman Dance, flamenco superstar Miguel Poveda, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Eiko Otake, Pulitzer Prize-winner Du Yun, and International Contemporary Ensemble.

NYU Skirball is NYC’s home for cutting-edge performance, artistic research, and discourse, holding close to James Baldwin’s dictum that “artists are here to disturb the peace.” NYU Skirball is located in the heart of Greenwich Village, historically a center of resistance, dissent, and free thinking. Its programming reflects this history and embraces today’s renegade artists and companies, presenting works that aim to engage, provoke, and inspire audiences.

In addition to performances and ancillary programs, NYU Skirball further bridges the academic and the broader world through public lectures, conversations, and symposia, bringing together students, audiences, and creative thinkers to unpack current issues and challenges. The year-long “COVID19 and its Afterlives” series considers the possibilities of the post-pandemic future through talks, discussions, and commissioned essays.


Wednesday, February 2-Sunday, February 20

“One of the city’s few truly essential theater companies.” — The New York Times

They triumphantly tackled Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Shakespeare with their celebrated productions of The Sound and the Fury, Gatz, and Measure for Measure. Now in their newest project, Elevator Repair Service takes on The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s classic drama of artists in life and love. Blurring the line between the play itself and an informal chat with the audience, ERS’s venturous approach to the text twists truth into lies and fact into fiction as actors become characters who become actors who become characters. All the while, the play remains a permanently modern exploration of the conflicting pursuits of art, love, and happiness. Seagull is directed by artistic director John Collins and features original ERS choreography.

Elevator Repair Service (ERS) is a New York City-based company that creates original works for live theatre with an ongoing ensemble. The company’s shows are created from a wide range of texts that include found transcripts of trials and debates, literature, classical dramas, and new plays. Founded in 1991, ERS has authored an extensive body of work that includes upwards of 20 original theatrical productions. These have earned the company a loyal following and made it one of New York’s most highly acclaimed experimental theatre companies. ERS productions share a commitment to risk-taking and reinvention, blending unusual texts with innovations in theatrical form. The finished works feature the company’s signature dynamic performance style coupled with a rigorous commitment to psychologically complex performances. ERS has received numerous awards and distinctions.

Seagull received substantial development support from and was presented by LUMBERYARD Center for Film and Performing Arts.

Wednesday, March 3-Saturday, March 13

“In staking out a new pantheon, one built and inhabited by living Black writers, Classical Theatre of Harlem plans to seize first the king, then the canon.” — New York Magazine

In plays like Flow and The Seven, Will Power established a hip-hop theater tradition that grows in influence year after year. With Seize The King, the Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) delivers his propulsive and timely modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III in what The New York Times describes as “an absolute joy to encounter … containing multitudes of beauty.” In this five-person, full-throttle production directed by Carl Cofield, Richard attempts to knock down all threats to his rule while fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped — who can ensure it won’t happen again?

Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, Artistic Director) is an American theatre company that tells stories through the lens of the African diaspora. Established in 1999, CTH combines original adaptations, music, and dance to present great classics of world literature and contemporary works that will stand the test of time.

Friday, March 25-Sunday, April 3

“The dazzling shows of The Builders Association make just about every other theater company look as if it’s living in the past.” — The New York Times

I Agree To The Terms is a new virtual performance developed by the OBIE Award-winning ensemble The Builders Association. The interactive online event is being created with a community of Amazon “microworkers” who train the algorithms that shape our online experience. They earn pennies-per-click in a vast, unregulated industry, executing assignments that are repetitive, boring, maddening, and sometimes disturbing. In this online encounter, audiences will enter the Builders Marketplace, train with actual microworkers and compete for paying jobs, connecting with the invisible online labor force that shapes our everyday virtual lives.

The Builders Association is an NYC-based, cross-media performance company. They use the richness of new and old tools to extend the boundaries of theater, telling original stories that examine the impact of media on various cultures and communities. Founded in 1994 by Marianne Weems, The Builders’ work is made by a core group of collaborators that includes Moe Angelos, Dan Dobson, James Gibbs, David Pence, Lawrence Shea, Austin Switser, and Jennifer Tipton, in addition to hundreds of collaborators across creative disciplines.

Wednesday, April 7 & Thursday, April 8

“Affecting, heartfelt artistry.” — The New York Times

Considered a musical genius in his native Spain, superstar Miguel Poveda’s nuanced and soulful voice is unrivaled in the world of flamenco. Possessing a strong technique and a charismatic stage presence, his concerts are inspired musical events. For his long-awaited NYC solo debut, he takes the audience on a tour of the traditional musical forms of flamenco, from malagueñas and alegrías to seguirillas and soleás.

At NYU Skirball, he will be accompanied on stage by five internationally renowned artists: Jesús Guerrero (guitar), Miguel Soto Peña “El Londro” (voice and clapping), Carlos Grilo (clapping), Paquito González (percussion), as well as the Gypsy dancer Antonio Molina “El Choro”.

This special event is presented in conjunction with NYU’s King Juan Carlos I Center of Spain to celebrate 25 years of creative programming that brings the history, politics and cultures of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world to the forefront, and it is co-produced with Flamenco Festival, New York.

Wednesday, April 14-Saturday, April 17

“In much of her work, the fragile force of Ms. Otake’s presence seems to alter the passage of time. Honoring the ghosts in our midst, Ms. Otake also honored those who were physically present.”
— The New York Times

Dance visionary Eiko Otake’s newest offering, Distance is Malleable (Duet Project), is a mutable and evolving series of experiments in collaboration, which aims to maximize the potential of artists’ encounters. Negotiating differences of race, age, culture, and discipline, Eiko has so far partnered with a diverse range of 23 artists, living and dead. This project does not result in a set work that tours in the same shape. Each full-evening-length presentation is designed specifically for each venue with several artists at a time. Together they explore the ever-changing nature of distance, shared place, loss, survival, and memory. The New York premiere at NYU Skirball will include Eiko’s duets with choreographer/improvisor Ishmael Houston-Jones, painter/rapper/organizer Don Christian Jones, world-renowned avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan, and poet/performance maker Iris McCloughan. Lighting design is by David Ferri.

Born and raised in Japan and a resident of New York since 1976, Eiko is a movement-based, interdisciplinary artist. After working for more than 40 years as Eiko & Koma, she now performs as a soloist and directs her own projects. A recipient of numerous honors, including the Doris Duke Artist Awards and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, she teaches at Wesleyan University and NYU.

Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23

“He always has a quality of celebration in his work and, structurally, his choreography can be a bit wild, a bit untamed.” — The New York Times

Employing “out of body” experiences as a metaphor for our body politic, David Dorfman propels his dancers through space and time in a search of personal truths. With breath-taking lighting and visual design by theater-maker Andrew Schneider (YOUARENOWHERE) and the company’s four-person house band, led by singer/songwriter Elizabeth DeLise, Dorfman’s newest work, featuring six dancers including David Dorfman and his wife Lisa Race, beckons us into the otherworldly-ness of dreams, desires, and routines, as well as potential new worlds awaiting us.

Founded in 1987, David Dorfman Dance has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and Central Asia. DDD has regularly performed in New York City at major venues including The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Joyce Theater, and The Kitchen. David, along with the company’s dancers and DDD’s artistic collaborators, has been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards.

Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30

“At first glance, the one predictable thing about Du Yun is her unpredictability. Dig deeper … you can sense the conjoined strands of curiosity and compassion that run through everything she makes.” — The New Yorker

Du Yun joins with International Contemporary Ensemble to present a diptych from her seductive musical world. In Zolle, a staged performance, a dead woman wanders through the shadowy space on the border between memory and reality, tracing the lines of her identity through the land she once walked — an immigrant in death as in life. A Cockroach’s Tarantella explores religion and belonging as the essential quest and the existential dread that all sentient beings experience, cockroach or not. Scored for ensemble, electronics, and spoken word, with Du Yun as the narrator and featuring Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), the two works together explore humankind’s ubiquitous fascination with movement and alienation, amidst the hope of belonging.

DU YUN, born and raised in Shanghai, China and currently based in New York City, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist, and curator for new music, who works at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, musical theater, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics, visual arts, and noise.

The International Contemporary Ensemble strives to cultivate a mosaic musical ecosystem that honors the diversity of human experience and expression by commissioning, developing, and performing the works of living artists. The Ensemble is a collective of musicians, digital media artists, producers, and educators who are committed to creating collaborations built on equity, belonging, and cultural responsiveness. Now in its third decade, the Ensemble continues to build new digital and live collaborative environments that strengthen artist agency and musical connections around the world.


NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City’s major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 800-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators, and thinkers and presents ground-breaking events ranging from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater and performance arts to comedy, music and film.

NYU Skirball’s unique position within New York University enables it to draw on the University’s intellectual riches and resources to enhance its programming with dialogues, public forums and conversations with artists, philosophers, scientists, Nobel Laureates, and journalists. nyuskirball.org.


For complete scheduling, dates and times, visit www.nyuskirball.org. Tickets go on sale to NYU Skirball Members on Monday, November 22, 2021; tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, December 6, 2021. Tickets can be purchased online, by visiting the box office in person, Wednesday – Friday from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, or by calling 212.998.4941. NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.

NYU Skirball mandates proof of vaccination for all audience members, performers, crew, and venue staff. Face masks will be required at all times. For complete Covid precautions, visit nyuskirball.org.

NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by Howard Gilman Foundation, Collins Building Services, Consolidated Edison, Harkness Foundation for Dance, DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Marta Heflin Foundation, as well as our valued donors through memberships and commissioning fund support.

Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th St.; R & W to 8th Street; 6 to Astor Place.

Programs, artists, and ticket prices are subject to change.