JP Dance Group; The Web
JP Dance Group
The Web, Venus de Mio, & Nocina
Julie Petrusak; Artistic Director & Choreographer
Saturday. June 10th, 2017. 8 PM | The Hudson Guild Theatre
Tickets: $25. General Admission
Photography Credit: Eric Yesley
THE SERIES 2017 presents JP Dance Group on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 8 PM. This engagement takes the audience on an exploration of storytelling through video projection and choreography. Using Isadora software, video in each of the works is manipulated in real-time so that it interacts with the live onstage action. Rather than two isolated visuals sharing space on stage, dance and video in these works mutually reinforce elements that drive the narrative.
Photography Credit: Eric
The Web illustrates the interpersonal disconnection caused by technology, and the distortion of information as it is spread via electronic media. It questions the role that technology plays in dehumanizing society. Nocnica juxtaposes one woman’s external persona with her internal demons, and explores where these two components of her personality converge. Venus De Mio is the story of a modern-day artist who meets his muse.
The dancers of JP Dance Group include: Diego Aleixo, Alejandra Dominguez, Diane Hutchinson, Cassandra Orefice, Erke Roosen, & Debbie Schneider.
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Julie Petrusak is a projectionist and choreographer, and the founder of JP Dance Group. Petrusak earned her degree from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Program after studying ballet at the Maryland Youth Ballet. In 2013 she co-directed and choreographed three productions at Riverbank State Park’s Cultural Complex in Harlem, NYC that reached over 1,000 New York City school children. In 2015 she choreographed, directed, and produced Dance the World Nutcracker Festival, which featured authentic cultural dance by 11 cultural dance artists. She has presented at venues including Ailey Citigroup Theater, Aaron Davis Hall, The Riverside Theater, Theaterlab, Triskelion Arts Center, and Fashion Week 2013. In 2012, she Co-produced “New Works” at the TANK where she premiered her ghost story ballet, “Apparitions”. In 2010, she assisted Karen L. Arceneaux in setting “Chasing a Dream” on the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A class of 2014. As a performer Julie has worked for companies such as Genesis Dance Company, Racoco Rx, and Millennium Dance Company. She has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Sarah Skaggs, Ronald K. Brown, Adam Barruch, and Daniel Gwirtzman. She was a featured dancer in Juan Borona’s short dance film, Traumnovela and has appeared in music videos for The Clox and Alex Young.
JP Dance Group
JP Dance Group blends dance and drama to create unique productions that entertain, educate, and inspire audiences. We believe that dance is the ideal format for storytelling and strive to deliver powerful dance narratives that resonate with people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life. JPDG truly believes that dance moves everyone and is dedicated to promoting diversity in dance and making the arts accessible to all. Since its founding, the company has been presented by Dixon Place’s 8 in Show, The 5th Annual Harlem Arts Festival, THE SERIES 2015, Riverbank State Park’s Young People’s Performance Series, and Chashama Summer Performance Series. The company will appear in the Southern Vermont Dance Festival in July 2017. The company was awarded the American Express Passion Project Award in 2014 and the 2016 Indie Theater Fund Artist Pay Grant.