Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances For A Variable Population
2010-2011 Swing Space Resident, 14 Wall Street, Vault
Photo: Lydia Wei
Dances For A Variable Population, based in lower Manhattan since 2005, creates theatrical dance with diverse communities and professional dancers, ranging from children who thought dance was only on MTV, to persons with disabilities who thought dance was denied them, to seniors who thought dance was beyond them. Through performances and community collaborative programs, the company aims to erase the border between dancer and non-dancer seeking new movement vocabulary for contemporary choreography. DVP, whose members range in age from 24-92, has been presented in venues throughout New York City including The Public, La Mama Etc, The Joyce Soho, Dance New Amsterdam, outdoor festivals at Chase Plaza, Governors Island and Battery Park, and the Whitehall Terminal for the Staten Island Ferry, the High Line and in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center.
Naomi Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film. Highlights include collaborations with the music ensemble The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, playwright Tony Kushner, director Brian Kulick and Disney animation. Her work with the Silesian Dance Theater and persons with disabilities was presented in 2010 at the International Contemporary Dance Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland and the Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver, B.C. Originally trained at the School of American Ballet, with a MFA from NYU Tisch Dance, she performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Throughout 2010, DVP collaborated with Citizens Care Senior Program in Harlem, Grand Street Settlement on the Lower East Side and the Hudson Guild Fulton Center in Chelsea. The work DVP has created at each center is unique to these neighborhoods and distinct communities. DVP will use its Swing Space residency to create an hour-long work distilling its experiences which will illuminate a cross section of older adults in NYC stimulating audiences to think about dance in a new ways.