• Free
Dance IS! featuring Artists from Rennie Harris Puremovement, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Parsons Dance, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Soles of Duende with guest artist Asha Griffith, Samantha Figgins from Alvin Ailey, Jessica Amber Pinkett, Gianna Theodore, and special guest, Madison McFerrin

Sunday, July 25, 2021

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

Tickets are no longer required for free performances at SummerStage. All free performances will be open to the public, first come, first served, with limited capacity, and will continue to follow CDC recommendations. Visit here for more information.


5 PM – Doors

6 PM – Select Dance Films from SummerStage Anywhere, Jacob Jonas The Company and Films.Dance (see below)

7 PM – Performance

This performance will be livestreamed on

A dance showcase featuring some of the art form’s most exciting talents will feature performances by artists from Rennie Harris Puremovement, a company rooted in the foundational elements of hip-hop; Complexions Contemporary Ballet, a diverse and inclusive company focused on eliminating the boundaries of any one style, period, venue, or culture; Parsons Dance, renowned for its energized, athletic work; A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, a company with works that entwine sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual; and Soles of Duende, a unique trio weaving together tap, flamenco, and kathak dance. The show will also feature a special segment with artists performing to the soulful stylings of Madison McFerrin. The work was originally commissioned and produced by four/four presents for their Open Air Series.

Dance Is! Program

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SummerStage Anywhere Films:

Films for this evening are produced and provided by JACOB JONAS THE COMPANY and FILMS.DANCE:

Pássaro Distante

Gabriela Mo, Brazil

Saudade! It doesn’t matter how far we go; the more we grow, the more we strengthen the connection with our essences and our hearts. Luís Fernando, Jovani Furlan, Luanna Gondim and Maitê Nunes dance together as a shadow of one another, in an alien place that represents their introspectiveness. Pássaro Distante can be interpreted as how far we can go into our internal universe – as a distant bird.


Ridwan Adeniyi, Jacob Jonas, Nigeria

A movement born out of migration and distance—out of likeness and difference. In this mutually birthed language we seek to obliterate the illusion that we are separate from each other and the environment that holds us together. We are no bigger or smaller. We are a brotherhood. A kinship.

正念- Now

Robin Mahieux, China

A woman deeply sleeps inside the limbs of her past, amongst the rubble of a previous life. She awakens to the fullness of the present moment, stepping into now, forsaking the past, and mindfully moving into the future.

Sit Still

Vincent René-Lortie, Canada

Alone in a vacant school, we follow seven-year-old Adeline on an intimate and exhaustive journey of self-expression as she navigates her emotions through Krump.


SummerStage acknowledges the partner support of the cultural services of the French Embassy.

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