175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St., New York , N.Y.
The Elgin Theatre, an elegant Art Deco structure on the corner of Eighth Avenue and West Nineteenth Street, in Chelsea, was a movie theatre when it opened, in 1941. It showed first-run films and revivals until the seventies, when it became an adult theatre; it was shuttered by the community in 1978. In the early eighties, Eliot Feld and Cora Cahan reimagined the space as a potential home for the Feld Ballet. The architect Hugh Hardy, of Hardy Holtzman Pfeiffer Associates, renovated the Elgin’s beautiful brick faÃ§ade and transformed the interior into an intimate space, designed to serve the needs of small and medium-sized dance companies. The restored theatre was renamed in honor of the daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz, one of its most visionary patrons. Today, the Joyce is a leading center for dance performance, attracting nearly a hundred and forty thousand audience members each year. It’s known for its innovative programming, and it supports new and established dance artists through various prizes and commissions. … More.
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Jason Samuels Smith
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This tap dancer, noted for his rhythmic intricacy, offers solo and group pieces in honor of Charlie Parker, a saxophonist whose harmonically complex creations made him one of the most important and influential figures in the bop music of the 1940s.— Jack Anderson