Risa Jaroslow has been making and performing dances in New York City and across the country since 1974. The Company has performed at the major venues for new dance in New York City, including Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Sitelines 2008, the 92nd Street Y, the Joyce Theater and Central Park Summerstage. Her Company, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, is dedicated to merging performance and community work and to including diverse communities as participants and audience. The Company has also performed and taught nationally and internationally, most recently at the Dublin Dance Festival. With a grant from Pentacle’s ARC Project she is creating a second home for her Company in the Hudson Valley. Her Company regularly partners with community-based organizations. Using the distinctive series of teaching techniques she has developed, Jaroslow engages dancers of all levels and people of all ages and abilities. In 2005 Jaroslow was the first Jerome Robbins Fellow in Dance at the Liguria Study Center in Bogiliasco, Italy. Jaroslow has taught technique, composition, and repertory at colleges and universities including The University of Maryland, St. Joseph’s College, Adelphi University, and Trinity College. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the New York State DanceForce, the Ford Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, ArtsLink, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust: Live Music for Dance, Meet the Composer, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, North Star Fund, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Jaroslow will use our Swing Space to develop The Partner Project (working title), a series of site-specific performances culminating in a final evening-length work. The Partner Project asks, how do we partner, physically and emotionally? What do intimate partnerships look like, and how do they change over time? How are we changed by them? What is the range of dynamics within a single partnership?

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