For those who love dance – and those who don’t know it yet!
In addition to mainstage performances, The Z offers several opportunities to experience dance beyond the stage each season, including our signature free events, Dance Barre.
New York City’s Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company and one of the hottest ensembles on the scene.
Their work honors tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history, rooted in Irish step dancing and African American jazz tap dancing, in a new dynamic and compelling context. Not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it rhythmically, technically, and conceptually.
Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, the company engages with audiences on a musical and emotional level, sharing the complex history and powerful legacy of this American art form throughout the country and the world.
They'll perform SOUNDspace, which was originally a site-specific work that explored the unique acoustics of NYC’s St. Mark’s Church through myriad sounds and textures of the feet. The piece has been adapted and continues to explore what is most captivating and exceptional about tap dancing – movement as music.
Join us for an unforgettable evening of joy, laughter and story-telling through dance theatre like you’ve never seen before! Tyler Leif & Company celebrate The Z’s storied, historic theater space by creating two original site-specific dance pieces that carry as much quirky character as the space itself! This evening, you can expect (in alphabetical order): ballet, beat-boxing, chaos, dance battles, drinks, flower-y dresses, hip-hop, hugs, human connection, laughter, modern dance, mosquitoes, microphones, water guns, and, of course, the choreographers promise that this is gonna be really, really cool.
In a time where we are starved for connection, don’t miss out on this special performance that weaves the dancers around the audience in a way we never have before. Come experience this one-night-only performance directed, choreographed and originally scored by Boston-based Tyler Leif Catanella, an artist that creates, facilitates and celebrates artistic and intimate moments of human connection.
For its 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus –that feisty arts organism– puts the “Oh!” in Big Five-Oh!, and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds. The celebration includes signature works from vintage classics to their trend setting innovative work in shadow!
Ali Kenner Brodsky makes gesturally rich and emotionally driven dance-theater works and dance films that ask the viewer to indulge in a world of reflection, remembering, and connection. Ali was recently accepted into NEFA’S Regional Dance Development Initiative and was a 2019 artist-in-residence (Croft: Ground for Art), 2018/19 Catalysts artist (Dance Complex), 2016 Emerging Choreographer in Residence (Bates Dance Festival), 2014 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship, and a 2003/04 artist-in-residence at Joyce SoHo. She has received support from NEFA’s New England States Touring and Dance Fund and from the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County.
With David Henry, Lila Hurwitz and Andy Russ, Ali co-founded Motion State Arts, which presents innovative dance-films and live performances from local, national, and international artists. She is on the Board of New England Presenters, which provides leadership and support for the presentation/development of the NE performing arts. Ali is part of the adjunct dance faculty at Roger Williams University in addition to her advisorship with The Z. Ali has designed award-winning choreography for The Wilbury Theater Group (Providence) and worked as a rehearsal director/dancer with the national touring company Lostwax Multimedia Dance (2012–15). She graduated with honors in dance from Skidmore College. A Rhode Island native, Ali makes home in Dartmouth, MA, with her husband, two children, and five chickens.