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February 28 - March 1, 2020

CounterPointe2020: new collaborations by women choreographers & artists

Dancer on pointe wearing a Mary Schwab sculpture Mary Schwab / Jason Andrew

new work by women choreographers working with pointe
and their collaborating visual artists

Fri, Feb 28 at 7:30pm  + Post Performance Cast Party
Sat, Feb 29* at 7:30pm  + Post Performance Q&A with guest moderater 
Sun, Mar 1 at 4pm

General Admission $25 / Students+Seniors $20 

The Mark O'Donnell Theater at the Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn

Directions by Subway:
A, C, G Train to Hoyt-Schermerhorn. 2, 3 Train to Hoyt Street

Collaborating choreographers and artists:

JoVonna Parks with Maud Bryt

Maiya Redding with Emmaline Payette

Mari Meade with Margaret Lanzetta

Julia Gleich with Mary Schwab

Eryn Renee Young with Niki Lederer

And London CP Alumna

Deborah Kate Norris with Anna Hymas

CounterPointe image designed by Jason Andrew featuring artwork by Mary Schwab. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Produced by Norte Maar in collaboration with Brooklyn Ballet |

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

*As we mourn the loss of past artist collaborator, Sarah Bednarek (CP '16 collaboration with choreographer Ursula Verduzco), we will dedicate the February 29th performance to her memory... and her birthday.

Brooklyn, NY—Norte Maar in collaboration with Brooklyn Ballet presents CounterPointe, the annual curated performance series featuring women choreographers making new work on pointe. Series will run three nights at The Actors Fund Arts Center (160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY).

CounterPointe is an annual performance series dedicated to presenting the latest experimental, innovative, risk-taking choreography that shows a depth of investment in ballet by women dance makers working with the pointe shoe. Investigating new and old territory the series highlights new work, opening up discussion, and creating a forum for women, young or old, emerging or established, to take risks. Since 2016 Norte Maar has paired choreographers with visual artists, presenting their new collaborations at CounterPointe.

Dance luminaries who have moderated a panel discussion following Saturday's CounterPointe have included Karole Armitage, Ashley Bouder, Antonia Franceschi, Claudia Jeschke, Kat Wildish, Gabrielle Lamb, and Kathryn Posin. In 2018 award-winning artist and writer Sharon Butler led the discussion. Stay tuned to find out who will lead a talk back with choreographers and their collaborating artists following the Saturday, February 29 performance of CounterPointe.

The series made its inaugural presentation in Brooklyn at the Actors Fund Arts Center in 2012. In June 2013, the series made its London debut at the Broadway in Barking. 

I remember one of my first ideas in these early punk pointe pieces was to think of pointe shoes as weapons. – Karole Armitage, 2013 CounterPointe Panelist

I think what you are doing is fantastic for the continuation of the exploration of choreography on pointe. – Susan Jaffe 2012 CounterPointe guest choreographer 

Past choreographers include:
Julia K. Gleich/Gleich Dances
Lynn Parkerson/Brooklyn Ballet
Sheena Annalise/Arch Contemporary Ballet
Nikki Hefko
Brenda Neville
Janice Rosario
Ursula Verduzco
Alexa Valentine
Eryn Renee Young/XAOC Contemporary Ballet
Briar Adams/Hack Ballet
Carys Applebee
Deborah Kate Norris
Jennifer Jackson
Marie Renee Bennett
Eve Chan
Emily Bufferd
Susan Jaffe
Morgan McEwen/MorDance
Sophie Adams/Aisling Cook Ballet Ensemble London
Mishi Castroverde
Kristin Draucker
Kayla Harley
Jennifer McGinn
Katie Rose McLaughlin
Melissa Padham (Brooklyn Contemporary Ballet Collective)
Donna Salgado
Elisabeth Schilling
Genevieve Grady
Brandi Marsh
Margaret Wiss
Dasha Schwartz
Zhong-Zing Fang
Courtney Cochran

Past artists include:
Rachel Beach
Sarah Bednarek
Amanda Browder
Kara Daving
Michelle Forsyth
Noël Hennelly
Elana Herzog
Leslie Kerby
Emily Noelle Lambert
Courtney Pucket
Lizzie Scott
Cornelia Thompson
Jessica Weiss
Melissa Dadourian
Audra Wolowiec
Karen Schifano
Priscilla Fusco
Liz Atz
Lindsay Packer
Jeri Coppola

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