2019-2020 Season


Calendar of Choreography, Exhibitions and Performances by Armitage Gone! Dance.


JULY 5, 2019. Center for the Arts. 

Philip Glass's epic multimedia work - part opera, part theatre, part ballet - tells the story of pioineering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. 

Fingernoise [a chamber orchestra]

Erik Christian Peterson, conductor

Karole Armitage, choreographer

Featuring dancers Joshua Eguia, Chanmee Jeong and Isaac Kerr. 


SEPT. 12 - DEC. 8, 2019. Set and Costume Exhibition. McNay Art Museum.

Armitage Gone! Dance sets and costumes from Contempt (1988), designed by Jeff Koons and David Salle, are on display with a video excerpt of the original choreography. 


Oct. 23-26, 2019. New York Live Arts. 

01B. YTAPOM MULTIPLE ME Armitage Gone Dance You Took a Part of Me 2019 LAYOUT 3 copyMegumi Eda Photo Julieta Cervantes 

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You Took a Part of Me is a mysterious and hypnotic display of erotic entanglement and unresolved attachment. Modeled after Noh, an ancient, ritualized Japanese form of dance theater, You Took a Part of Me depicts a woman’s ghost as she revisits her past to reckon with life’s complexities finding peace at last, through a liberated mind. The lead role, by Armitage’s longtime collaborator, Megumi Eda, highlights sinuous, erotic movement executed with ferocious intensity in a dream-like state to commissioned music by Reiko Yamada.  

Choreography: Karole Armitage

Composer: Reiko Yamada

Costume Design: Peter Speliopoulos

Hair Design: Danilo

Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor

Dancers: Megumi Eda, Sierra French, Alonso Guzman, Cristian Laverde-Koenig


Noh, the oldest continuingly performed theatrical form on the planet, is a rigorous, ritualistic form of dance theater. Like many American artists including Bob Wilson and Bill Viola, Noh’s dreamlike exploration of time, memory, and the gaps that give the audience room to invest their own imagination, has played an important role in Armitage’s practice.

You Took A Part of Me, is performed by three dancers, a transformer known as a koken and a musician. Using various dance vocabularies that adhere to the austerity and minimalism of Noh, the  dancers conjure up the past using calligraphic, sinuous movement based on the curvilinear paths of classical Japanese calligraphy. The dance gradually becomes thorny, ugly, as limbs are locked into contorted entanglements; knots from which there is no escape and no definition of individuality, but which remain erotically charged. In a puppet-like sequence, every gesture is initiated and controlled without physical contact. Though it all feels like a dream, the rhythm accelerates and the haunting ceases. The journey concludes in a liberated mind, true to Noh form.

The performance area consists of 3 locations - two of which are in the midst of the audience. The first is the “Mirror Room”, or kagami-no-ma,  traditionally a room where the performers look into a mirror, put on their mask and, through intense concentration, transform. This room is never seen by Noh audiences, however in You Took A Part of Me, it will be used as a place of visible transformation. Connecting the Mirror Room to the stage is the hashigakari, or runway. Most of the action takes place on a wooden stage rising a few inches above the larger proscenium area. 

You Took a Part of Me is made in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Howard Gilman Foundation, Helen F. Whitaker Fund & Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additional funding provided by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation and The Armitage Foundation New Works Fund.

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February 12, 2020. Park Avenue Armory.

mix it up - dancers and models  


April 26, May 2, 9, 16, 2020.

Mana Theater - New show each week.

The Head to Heel Dance Festival, curated by choreographer Karole Armitage, celebrates the rich dance landscape of the Tri-State area. It features artists working in contemporary dance, street, and tap and includes folk and classical dances from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Featuring four different programs with 75 dance artists and Mana's resident Company, Armitage Gone! Dance. 

Mana Theater @ Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue 
Jersey City, NJ 07306 
(PATH to Journal Square)

Saturday, April 26, 2020 
Held in conjunction with Mana’s Annual Spring Open House, a day when the entire Jersey City campus is filled with programs showcasing the range of artists working at Mana.

2:00pm-2:20pm - Reza Farkhondeh - Performance Art with Dance

2:30pm-4:00pm DANCE FESTIVAL Perfomrance 1

4:30pm-6:00pm DANCE FESTIVAL Performance 2

                    AGD - Beautiful Monster/Louis - Contemporary Dance

                    Nia Reid-Allen - African Solo

                    Nimbus Danceworks - AvenoiContemporary Dance, Choreography 

                    Yoshito Sakuraba 

                    Yusaku Komori - Music Slave - Freestyle Solo 

                    Jahod Silver - Black Lotus - Contemporary Solo

                    AGD - Rewriting Beethoven - Contemporary Pointe 

                    Vidhya Perunal – Bharatanatyam Solo 

                    Guillermo Rios - Raíces de mi patria – Panamanian Folk Dance

A free shuttle service is offered from Milk Studios in Manhattan to Mana from 12:30pm-7:30pm, every half hour in both directions. 

Saturday: May 2 4:30-6:00pm

            Dan Mitra -Contemporary Tap

          AGD - Beautiful Monster - Contemporary Dance

          Evelyn Tejada - Imposible Explicar - Contemporary Dance

          Ian Spencer Bell -  Split - Contemporary Dance

          Bani Ray - Kirwani Pallavi - Odissi solo

          Hyun Kim - Contemporary Dance based on ancient Korean form

          AGD - From Head to Heel - Contemporary Dance

          Segunda Quimbamba - Puerto Rican Diaspora 

          $10 tickets

Come early for a free 3pm tour of Mana’s exhibitions (meet at the entrance by the Security Desk). 

 Saturday: May  9 - 4:30-6:00pm

          Caroline Montes – Transterpretations - Contemporary dance using structures of Indian                             Classical dance

          NiNi Dongnier – A contemporary solo based on in-depth research of Chinese Dance and the                     Art Forms 

          AGD - From Head to Heel - Contemporary Dance

          Sarita Apel and Andres Bravo - Danzarín -  Tango

          Misaki Hayama - Touryanse - Contemporary Dance

          Chloe Markewich/The Lattice Collective - Side Line - Contemporary Dance

          AGD - The Hot Seat - music on personal phones - Contemporary Dance

          Renata Skobo - Unicode - Contemporary Serbian Cabaret 

          $10 tickets

Come early for a free 3pm tour of Mana’s exhibitions (meet at the entrance by the Security Desk). 

Saturday: May 19 - 4:30-6:00pm

         Gabrielle Lamb/Pigeonwing Dance – Trampled Rose - Contemporary Dance

          AGD - Rewriting Beethoven - Contemporary Pointe

          Carlos Fittante and Nani Devi - Oleg Tambulilingan (Love Dance of the Bumblebees) -                             Balinese Classical 

          Teresa Fellion/BodyStories – Excerpt from Reeling Healing KoDaFe – Contemporary Dance

          AGD - The Hot Seat - music on personal phones - Contemporary Dance

          Charly Santagado - Conjoined - Contemporary Dance

          AGD - Louis - Contemporary Dance

          Deepa Devansana - Tarana- confluence of cultures – Kathak Solo

          AGD -  Nutcracker: Grandfather, Battle, Snow - Contemporary Dance

          $10 tickets

Come early for a free 3pm tour of Mana’s exhibitions (meet at the entrance by the Security Desk). 


June 16-20, 2020. New York Live Arts. 

Women choreographers are the pioneers of contemporary dance and WOMEN / CREATE! – A Festival of Dance reconnects with those roots to present a season of strong works by visionary female choreographers.

AG!D will present new work.  

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