92Y Harkness Dance Center Future Dance Festival 2022 Finalists

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92Y announces 21 finalists for the 2022 Future Dance Festival. Created by Harkness Dance Center director Taryn Kaschock Russell, the Future Dance Festival is a choreographic competition aiming to give new creators an opportunity to showcase their work. Conceived as a virtual showcase in 2021 when 92Y's building was closed due to the pandemic, this year's festival includes two virtual-only programs streaming May 20-22, 2022 and an in-person program on the stage of Kaufmann Concert Hall on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8pm, streaming May 27-29, as part of the Harkness Dance Center's 2021-22 Mainstage Series. Each program includes seven works, with panelists Kyle Abraham, Janet Eilber, Jennifer Stahl, Jessica Tong, Michelle Manzanales, Melanie Person and Duke Dang choosing three finalists apiece. https://www.92y.org/dance/future-dance-festival.aspx


"This year's Festival retains virtual-only programs to continue providing platforms, connections and community for creators outside of New York City. 2022's finalists stretch across the globe, representing choreographic voices, visions and vocabularies from South Africa, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Mexico and Brazil in addition to the United States," comments Russell. "We are also thrilled that a diverse and inspiring in-person program of primarily New York City creators will have their works performed live on our stage with the 2022 Future Dance Festival part of the Harkness Mainstage Series. It feels especially meaningful to provide the opportunity for a new generation of choreographers to add their names to the historic roster of luminaries who first debuted their own creative voices on our Kaufmann Concert Hall stage."


Russell continues, "as a direct result of participation in our inaugural Future Dance Festival, choreographic finalists had the opportunity to perform their works at the Joyce Theater as part of Martha Graham Dance Company's fall season, were selected for Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch," received new commissions from major dance companies, were offered residencies from major organizations, and found future collaborators and community through fellow participating choreographers. Our investment in the alumni of this festival continues as we name new the choreographers as our 2022 finalists."



  • Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham 

  • Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company 

  • Jennifer Stahl, former Editor in Chief, Dance Magazine 

  • Jessica Tong, Associate Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

  • Michelle Manzanales, Director of Ballet Hispánico's School of Dance and of the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance

  • Melanie Person, Co-Director, The Ailey School

  • Duke Dang, Executive Director, Works & Process at the Guggenheim




Two Virtual-Only Programs Stream Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22





Streams Friday May 20 - Sunday May 22 




Selected by Panelist


Demi Remick 

Radio Days (excerpt)

Jennifer Stahl 


Jamal Jackson 

ROB DAY (excerpt)            

Kyle Abraham 


Marla Phelan 

The Fell of Dark

Melanie Person 


Quaba Venza Ernest 

A.Self.Study. - Excerpt of A(Void 

Jessica Tong 


Luis Resendiz Hernandez 

El vuelo del cóndor 

Michelle Manzanales 


Hannah Garner 


Duke Dang 


Kaldi Makutike 

Tea & Bea 

Janet Eilber 




Streams Friday May 20 - Sunday May 22




Selected by Panelist


Claude CJ Johnson

$ensational TrapHou$e

Jennifer Stahl


Javier Ubell

Open Window

Kyle Abraham


Noemi Emanuela Martone

Leave the light on

Melanie Person


Dual Rivet

From The Outside

Jessica Tong


Maria Clara Laet


Michelle Manzanales


Kristina Bermudez

UnMapped and Dislocated

Janet Eilber


Catriona Anne Robertson

Bone as soft, Skin as concrete

Duke Dang




In-Person Program at the 92nd Street Y as part of the Harkness Mainstage Series

Thursday, May 26, 8 pm

Streaming Friday, May 27- Sunday, May 29



Khensani Mathebula


Kyle Abraham


Kelly Ashton Todd

Nest, act II

Jessica Tong


Lindy Fines


Janet Eilber


Thryn Saxon


Melanie Person


Nicole Vaughan-Diaz

A Portrait of Them

Michelle Manzanales


Aaron Choate

One Hundred People in a Line

Duke Dang


Sameena Mitta

Alternative (f)Acts (excerpt)

Jennifer Stahl



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