The Schonberg Fellows/Chicagoland is a mentored residency initiative that connects The Yard to the professional dance community of Chicago. The Yard is proud to present The Era and Joanna Furnans.

The Era is a creative collective founded in 2014 by footwork dancers on the South Side of Chicago. The Era features footworkers: Litebulb, P-top, Chief Manny, Stelo and includes documentarian and founding advisor, Wills, co-manager Dee-Dee and consultant / advisor Drew. In 2016, they were recognized as one of Chicago's "cultural organizers of the year" by FADER Magazine for bringing footwork dancing to the stage in Englewood on the South Side. They were also selected as one of the "choreographers of the year" in 2016 by Chicago publication New City. They have performed across Chicago and the US and in other countries, including Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, and the UK.

Joanna Furnans is an independent dance artist based in Chicago. Her work has been supported by the Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum, High Concept Labs, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Chicago Moving Company, Links Hall, and the Walker Art Center. She has toured and performed in the works of numerous independent dance makers including Karen Sherman, Chris Schlichting, Morgan Thorson, and Ginger Krebs. Furnans is a freelance dance writer for See Chicago Dance and co-founder of the Performance Response Journal.


Joanna Kotze
What will we be like when we get there

"What will we be like when we get there" is a multi-disciplinary performance collaboration between choreographer/dancer Joanna Kotze, dancer Omagbitse Omagbemi, visual artist Jonathan Allen, and composer/musician Ryan Seaton that combines movement, sound, and visual art in surprising ways and resonates with the social and political time we are living in now. Created during the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election, this work investigates physical, emotional, and artistic spectrums while reflecting on personal journeys and current events - bringing attention to our desires, flaws, strengths, and fantasies.


Leonardo Sandoval & Gregory Richardson
Partido & Phase

"Partido" explores the convergence of percussive dance with contemporary urban styles in African-American and Afro-Brazilian culture. The piece highlights the deep connections between music and dance of African origin in Brazil and the US and links styles like samba and house dance through shared rhythms and footwork. Through vibrant, playful percussive choreography and music, "Partido" addresses questions of cultural identity and race, highlighting and celebrating a shared heritage.

In "Phase", for two dancers, Sandoval plays with the rhythmic possibilities he finds within the boundaries of Steve Reich’s minimalist music.


Pride, Not Prejudice 6
Ain Gordon in partnership with Josh Quillen
A Pick Up Performance Co(s) production
Radicals in Miniature

"Radicals in Miniature" is a series of “performance-odes” to personal icons who flourished between 1967’s Summer Of Love (not everyone’s love) and 1982/3 when mainstream press first printed the word “AIDS.” Many were felled by the disease that capped the era, others couldn’t navigate the winnowing force of the latter 80’s “professionalizing” what had been creative margins, still others never imagined consolidating their personal radicalism for public consumption - they disappeared when their “life-performance” ended. 


Taylor 2 Dance Company

Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen worldwide, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. Engagements are customized to meet the needs of each community and often consist of master classes and lecture demonstrations in addition to performances, which may take place in such non-traditional venues as office buildings, parks and public plazas as well as theaters. Its repertoire includes large-scale Taylor classics that have been reworked for the smaller troupe.


The Gottabees
Go Home Tiny Monster

One day, Sylvie and her family of homespun creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out. "Go Home Tiny Monster" features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy.


Summer Program

Each weeklong program will challenge the children through fun, active dance classes building skill and technique, nurture the child's choreographic voice and individual artistic expression through composition studies, and develop each child's artistry and connections to professional dancers in residency at the Yard, and to the community of Martha's Vineyard.

Directed by dance educator and long time KDD partner, Kate Diaz, and assisted by The Yard's Making It Educators, the children will develop their own choreography and enjoy creating original work. Weeklong classes culminate in an exciting family share day on Fridays where siblings, friends, and parents get to join in the fun! Open to all levels of experience and ability.


Kimberly Bartosik/daela
I hunger for you

In "I hunger for you", deeply internalized forces of faith, violence, life force, and compassion pulse through bodies that exist in a mesmerizing, starkly beautiful, often dangerous world. In a world defined by light and its absence, the work looks deeply into the heart of the impulse to lose oneself in ecstasy, ritual, desire, and searching, riding an edge of barely controlled abandon and vibrating stillness.


a canary torsi

CAST is part of a trilogy of works that draw from a collection of audio and video recordings generated with 15 accomplished NYC performing artists, concerning the process of casting and the complexities of representation. How do we represent one another? Who represents us?

Each piece in the trilogy, CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR, is a standalone work. Rearranging the relationships between audience, performer, and event, each individual work informs and expands on one another. We invite you to view the works in any order.


Malpaso Dance Company
with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

"In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has already become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers, while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography.

Malpaso Dance Company is an associate company of JOYCE THEATER PRODUCTIONS.


Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
Grace @20

Founded in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. The mission of EVIDENCE is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation. EVIDENCE now tours to some 30 communities in the United States annually and has traveled overseas to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, and Senegal.


A.R.T. on the Vine:
Island Grown Dance

Island Grown Dance features the work of Vineyard-based dance artists in an evening centered on community, collaboration, and creativity. As part of The Yard's larger A.R.T. on the VINE (Artists Rising Together on the Vineyard), Island Grown Dances has become a celebrated annual tradition.

This year, Island Grown Dance will feature work by Abby Bender, DanceTheYard, Claire Page, Tessa Parmar, and the 2019 Yard Interns.


The Schonberg Fellows/Boston is a mentored residency initiative developed in collaboration with The Boston Foundation that connects The Yard to the professional dance community of Boston. The Yard is proud to present Aysha Upchurch and Subject:Matter.

Aysha Upchurch, the Dancing Diplomat, is a storyteller who leans on African diasporic movement to bring embodied stories of joy, connection, and liberation to the stage. As a dancer, choreographer, and educator, she seeks to stir up that which is stagnant in order to bring performers and audiences into closer dialogue with each other and themselves. Aysha has served as a US State Department Cultural Envoy in dance, received a commissioning from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and is currently on faculty at Harvard, teaching a course on the importance of dance and movement in education.

Subject:Matter is a tap dance company based in Boston, MA. Since its founding in 2015, the company has created and performed almost 20 different pieces in over 50 different venues across the East Coast, Midwest, and Canada. The company has been featured at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow, Joe’s Pub in New York City with Dance Now, House of Blues Boston, Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, The Montreal Fringe Festival, Stage 773 in Chicago, Illinois, and with a residency at MASS MoCA.


Please pick up your tickets at the box office beginning one hour and at least 10 minutes prior to curtain. 

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the performance to find your seats. Seating is not guaranteed for those who arrive less than 5 minutes before the start of the event.  Unclaimed tickets will be released to the waitlist, and late seating is not guaranteed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Reserved seating for Performance Patron and Artist Premium members only. Please call The Yard at least 5 days in advance if you use a wheelchair or need special seating arrangements. 

Photography and video is prohibited during Yard performances. 

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