Incubator Report
ADI’s 2013/14 Incubator Program Evaluation Final Report


The future of American contemporary dance depends on artists having the time and resources to finalize the complex integration of movement, technology and design in advance of a new work’s premiere. ADI Incubator creates a supportive environment that allows artists to explore big ideas and realize their visions during the critical final phase of the creation process.


Incubator production residencies at ADI give established contemporary artists and their collaborators at least one week in a theater and ample resources to fully develop new work prior to a premiere.

Each Incubator provides selected artists with:
  • unrestricted use of ADI’s technical resources and staff
  • “The good news is there is an abundance of residency opportunities around the world open to dance in general. The bad news is…there is a scarcity of residency programs with the capacity to fully support the specific needs of dance, particularly in the mid and late stages of developing new work.”
    -Alliance of Artists Communities

  • housing
  • meals
  • development funds
  • public showings or premiere performances
  • audience feedback sessions (at artist’s request)
  • professional photography and video documentation
Selection Criteria
  • Work must be contemporary, daring, forward- thinking and new
  • Artist(s) must demonstrate artistic excellence
  • Work must be at a stage of development to be able to utilize ADI’s technical resources.

Incubator residencies are offered by invitation.

“Trying to convey Melnick’s brilliance is like trying to grasp a silver trout in a running stream. She is indeed a force of nature.”
-Village Voice
September 2014

Jodi Melnick

Moment Marigold
(Working Premiere)

Moment Marigold has not happened yet, it is happening right now. This new dance will evolve, transform, develop, adapt, polish, refine, explode, crash and land, up until it’s first performance at ADI.

Moment Marigold  is a dance for three woman exploring solo and trio formations — a gathering of entangled knots of actions and pauses unknotting itself into this new creation.

The creative process is driven by Melnick’s steady love and devotion with movement and exploring a multitude of methods and dance modalities, landscapes, schematic and autographic. Movement will transform into feelings and emotions, and abstractions will reveal hidden narratives.

Photo credit: Alex Escalante

“Ivy Baldwin has a wild imagination…
unafraid of testing her audience’s limits.”
-The New York Times
October 2014

Ivy Baldwin Dance


Oxbow—named for the remnant lakes that slowly create themselves only to be left behind—is an evening-length dance which explores the inexorable nature of the two forces that contain us all: space and time; geology and chronology. Bound together they form an unknowing and indifferent vessel for our every event and experience, our messy, intimate, human concerns of loss, love, and loneliness.

Oxbow features performers Anna Carapetyan, Lawrence Cassella, Eleanor Smith, Ryan Tracy, and Katie Workum, with music composed by longtime collaborator Justin Jones. The set is a sculptural landscape created by installation artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen.

Named 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

Photo credit: Andy Romer

“Mr. Greenberg’s artistry resonates through its confluence of the random and the necessary; the continuous stream of motion in which no one moment is particularly important and each is beautiful.”
-The New York Times
November 2014

Neil Greenberg


This, a new work by Neil Greenberg (dance), Steve Roden (sound) and Joe Levasseur (lighting), will continue Greenberg’s ongoing investigation of meaning-making, exploring both the “isness” of the performance moment and the seemingly inescapable human desire to make meaning. Five dancers will engage with complex and idiosyncratic movement – culled from videotaped improvisations, learned verbatim – that, along with lighting and music materials, will be continually recast, reconfigured, recoded. A related focus will be the three collaborators’ new working relationships, looking at the materials onstage as performing, rather than representing these relationships. “Isness” unfolds not as finite content, but as discovery and sense of possibility.


This will premiere at New York Live Arts in December 2014.

Photo credit: Frank Mullaney

“One constant in Marshall’s career: She makes reality magical.”
-Deborah Jowitt
January 2015

Susan Marshall, Jason Treuting, and Suzanne Bocanegra

CHROMATIC a work in progress performance piece


Choreographer Susan Marshall, composer Jason Treuting and visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra come together in CHROMATIC. Inspired by Josef Albers’ 1963 masterpiece of color theory Interaction of Color, CHROMATIC generates its energy from collisions of color, sound, action, object and scale. The artists perform this work themselves – constructing and deconstructing, making and remaking.

Photographer Peter Serling © 2015 all rights reserved

“Not your mother’s modern dance…”
-The Village Voice
March 2015

David Neumann

I Understand Everything Better

*Contains Mature Content*
I Understand Everything Better
is a multi-disciplinary performance piece that explores the impulse to report on calamity, the consciousness of traumatic change, and one’s proximity to dying. A union of theater and dance-making methodologies, I Understand  Everything Better will incorporate innovative technology, weather reports, and personal narratives all within a framework composed of elements drawn from classical Japanese dance and theater.

Photo credit: Maria Baranova

“There’s a bit of Lucinda Childs in her coolly,
beautiful, aristocratic exterior.”
-The New York Times
April 2015

Joanna Kotze


After creating and performing three separate trios – each trio a collaboration between two dancers and one visual artist created in a short, intensive period of time and connected to a specific space – choreographer Joanna Kotze and her collaborators present Find Yourself Here, an evening-length dance performance that brings the research, discoveries and unique people from these three trios together into one theater. With a spectrum between tension and harmony, isolation and togetherness, the performers use movement as a potent, immediate form of dialogue between bodies and disciplines, highlighting the boundaries and shared concerns of visual art and performance and the forums for presenting each.
Named 2013 Bessie Award Recipient For Outstanding Emerging Choreographer.

Photo credit: Ayala Gazit

“Those Urban Bush Women! How strong they are, how fierce, how smart. Their expressive powers shake the theater!”
-Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
September 2015

Urban Bush Women

Walking with ‘Trane

Walking with ‘Trane is a suite of works based on the life and artistic imprint of jazz pioneer John Coltrane as conceived by Urban Bush Women’s Founding Artistic Director, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

Photo credit: Rick McCullough

“(Whelan is) America’s greatest contemporary ballerina.”
-The New York Times
October 2015

Wendy Whelan | Jock Soto
David Neumann


Hagoromo is a new, multidisciplinary work of dance-theater inspired by one of the masterpieces of Japanese Noh drama and performed by two of America’s greatest dancers, Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, with music by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

Photo credit: Nisian Hughes

“They’ve been at it a long time, splicing dance and theater. But still it bears remarking upon; there are remarkably few artists who do it half as well as this influential duo”
-The New York Times
November 2015

Big Dance Theater


BIG DANCE: SHORT FORM is Big Dance Theater, distilled. The company returns to its movement roots in an evening of short-form works, playfully re-imagining the conventions of a “rep show”, presenting the company’s unique blend of dance theater on an intimate scale. Works will include two world premieres, rarely seen revivals, and re-staged pieces performed for the first time by the BDT ensemble and its signature design team.

Looking to imagery from short-form literary works including short stories, poetry, love letters and text messages, Big Dance will create performance events that embrace the brief, granular, close range, diaristic, concise, anecdotal and microscopic. Duration is explored for its many meanings and downsizing is prized.

Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes

“Zuštiak creates no movement that looks like dancing for its own sake. It becomes a statement of identity, a task to be completed, an urge to be satisfied.”
-Deborah Jowitt, ARTSJOURNAL
November 2015


Custodians of Beauty

For decades in the humanities, various arguments have been put forward against beauty. Where do we find beauty today and does it need our defense?

Custodians of Beauty,
the new work of Pavel Zustiak and his Palissimo Company continues an exploration begun in his previous work, Endangered Pieces, forging towards abstraction, minimalism, and restrained expressive modes while amplifying potency of an image; human body as sculpture, emotional trigger, or a political symbol. Zustiak works with his critically acclaimed creative team, Christian Frederickson (Music), Joe Levasseur (Lighting), Simon Harding (Set), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (Costumes), Megan Carter (Dramaturgy), Nick Bruder (Performer), Emma Judkins (Performer), and Justin Morrison (Performer).

In an age when humanity, disenchanted with itself, seems to have rejected the necessity of beauty, Custodians of Beauty asks us to look again, beyond the surface, to see differently.

Photo credit: Scott Shaw

-The New York Times
December 2015

Samita Sinha

bewilderment and other queer lions

An intimate experience of voice, sound and image, bewilderment and other queer lions radically transmutes Indian classical, folk and ritual musical traditions through the collaboration of composer Samita Sinha with musicians Sunny Jain and Grey Mcmurray. A world of acoustic and electronic sound created on traditional instruments and found objects accompanies Sinha’s voice, which synthesizes the raw and refined in a single breath. Along with acclaimed visual artist Dani Leventhal and director Ain Gordon, Sinha incorporates a wide-range of texts and imagery, from South Asian mythology to French post-colonial novelist Marguerite Duras, meditating on desire and diasporic experience to prophesy a mythic future.

“The guiding spirits behind the theater of mixed forms are often choreographers…
Jane Comfort is one of the most fertile minds in this genre.”
-The New York Times
March 18-19, 2016 at 8p
NYC premiere June 2016

Jane Comfort & Company

New Work

The new work will focus on the dance of humanity as performed each second in the urban theater as people go about their daily lives. The myriad encounters that occur as people cross, flow, interrupt, circle and redirect their topography will translate into formal structures, with the implied narratives that underlie many of these moments of connection.
“visually arresting and physically impressive… ”
Leigh Witchel, New York Post
April 29-30, 2016 at 8p
NYC premiere June 2016

Brian Brooks Moving Company


Choreographer Brian Brooks will examine and amplify the living, moving body in his next piece. A sculptural installation will immerse his group’s latest dance in a type of three-dimensional map, designed and constructed by Brooks with lighting designed by third time collaborator Joe Levasseur. Building upon a series of works that have stretched tension cables, fluorescent lights, and other industrial materials to surround both performers and audience, his new (untitled installation) aims to capture each passing moment as experienced by the dancers.

ADI’s Incubator comes to The Kitchen in June/July 2016.
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