Whitney's Introduction blog post by Valerie Green

Hello! My name is Whitney Janis. I am a professional dancer based in New York City, and I am thrilled to be working as the new Programs Manager at Green Space.

I admire how Green Space brings dance to the wider community by offering public classes, discounted studio space, and high-quality performances each month. I look forward to helping Green Space continue to make dance accessible to artists, students and the general public.

A little bit about me: Born and raised in New York City, I began taking ballet classes at Ballet Academy East when I was six years old. During high school I trained on scholarship at The Ailey School, the official school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2011, I received my undergraduate degree in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After moving back to New York, I worked as the Gifts Coordinator and the Administrative Assistant of Institutional Giving at the New York Philharmonic from 2012-2016. I later completed two years of professional training at Ailey through the Independent Study program, and am now happy to be working with three modern dance companies in New York.

I look forward to seeing you at a class or a performance at Green Space soon!

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Gardens of Babylon, Chinese Scrolls and the Eternal Quest for Utopia by Valerie Green

Visual Artist Keren Anavy on the Making of Utopia's Pillars

Tell me about your background as an artist?

I got my bachelor degree in history of art at Tel Aviv University, and then I studied MFA at Haifa University, so my whole education was in Israel. I’m a painter and I do drawings, but mostly I present site specific installation that I create from all kinds of materials. I came to New York two years ago and did the NARS Foundation residency for six months in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I started to research local artists and one of them was Valerie Green from Dance Entropy, which was an amazing experience.

How did Valerie broach this project with you?

We did a collaboration in the Flux Factory two years ago. It was a good experience that we had, and we saw that we both have interest in lots of similar topics: Landscape as a metaphor for example, and the relationship between people and communities through arts. So we decided to do something from scratch together.

 Keren Anavy's scroll paintings

Keren Anavy's scroll paintings

I was in the middle of research about botanical gardens in New York and thinking about how nature is like small pockets in the urban city of New York. I was also in the process of making new paintings that has lots of influence from Chinese painting scrolls.

We had this idea that the paintings look like hanging gardens. I painted them on Mylar, which is a transparent material. So when the paintings hang in my studio it looks like hanging gardens of Babylon. They were considered to be one of the wonders of the world, but they never really existed. So after Valerie saw this painting, we started talking about this utopian situation: a perfect place that doesn’t really exist but we all the time kind of aspire to. Then she responded in her way with choreography. So it was like a dialogue through art.

What’s been the most challenging part?

You should ask the dancers! But my challenge is to think about all kinds of technical issues. The company needs to move from place-to-place in the future in order to show this piece. But the challenge is that this technical issue will not affect the art. How we can do it without giving up elements that we really want in and are important? We don’t want to compromise.

What does Utopia mean to you?

It’s very dreamy, it’s very nice. But it’s also trying to control the future, trying to control the reality. We do this with the social media trying to control how we look…I think that utopia for me, I would want it to be something peaceful so we don’t have to be changing all the time. Then you can take your mind off struggling. And you can see it in the choreography because there is all the time this struggle. They kind of build something and then destroy it.

Don't miss the premiere of Utopia with Danspace Project at St.Mark's Church: Thursday, December 13, 2018!

Green Space Gets a Makeover by Valerie Green

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IT'S HERE!

Last month, we rolled out VG/DE's snazzy new website. This month, its Green space's turn. It's green, it's bold, it's got upcoming season tickets, classes galore and more!

Some new things of note:

Please explore, reach out and tell us what you think. And as always, happy dancing!

Like the design? We highly recommend Olivia Palacios and JAMpress Management for their thorough and inspiring work!
 

Valerie Green/Dance Entropy Has Upped Its Web Game! by Valerie Green

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The New Website is Live!

If you’re new to Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, welcome. If you’re one of our longtime friends, welcome back to our brand new website! We’ve been hard at work all summer redesigning and reorganizing all that VG/DE has to offer. Now our repertoire archive, touring programs, educational outreach workshops, classes and far more have a snazzy new home in the big wide web.

·         Find out about our upcoming performances

·         Check out photo galleries and videos of VG/DE works

·         Come to our classes held at VG/DE’s home studio Green Space

·         Get in touch and subscribe to our mailing list

And later this month, don’t miss…drum roll please…the reveal of Green Space’s own splashy new website – Stay tuned!