The 2013 Bessie Schönberg Residency includes South Asian choreographer Hari Krishnan, and New York choreographers
Deborah Lohse and Donnell Oakley. During their 3-week residency, the choreographers have been working with collaborating
artists and guest Yard mentor David Brick, Co-Artistic Director of Philadelphia's HEADLONG Dance Theater, to create
brand-new work on the island. Join us to see where all the new research and Vineyard inspiration take these gifted
emerging creators in this unique works-in-progress
Lohse will start off the evening at 7 PM with a special outdoor piece (with complimentary wine bar) where you are free to come and go.
All three artists will then present a joint concert in the Patricia N. Nanon Theater at 8 PM. An audience Q&A with the artists follows
June 21st & 22nd
Mitchell Rose in "The Mitch Show"
The Mitch Show is a fast-paced evening of comic films and audience-participation pieces by Mitchell Rose. A former choreographer and performance artist,
now prize-winning filmmaker, Mitch's offbeat films have won 54 festival awards and are screened across the globe. Manically funny, often poignant and always
surprising, The Mitch Show appeals equally to fans of film, theater, dance, and comedy.
June 28th & 29th
Jodi Melnick, Vicky Shick and Jon Kinzel
Three of the most renowned "downtown" contemporary dancer-choreographers of recent years close a week of rare mutual movement
investigation on a shared stage at The Yard. Two extraordinary women - Jodi Melnick and Vicky Shick - join a gifted male partner
Jon Kinzel with longtime vineyard roots (his mother Gail Tipton is a well-known island artist, dancer and chronicler) in an evening of
elegantly abstract and luminously expressive dance. Each is often referred to by peers and writers as "a dancer's dancer," and are
regularly acclaimed in the New York Times and Dance Magazine for their singular contributions to the art form, both under their own
names as well as in service to other major choreographers. This is an evening not to missed by those who care about the pure heart
of the art.
July 5th & 6th
Everett "Brain Storm"
Everett takes audiences on a journey into the universe’s most complex structure – the human brain.
Using current neuroscience research and personal narrative as fuel, BRAIN STORM tells the tale of the brain
and how it makes us human. A multimedia dance/theater experience that informs, entertains, and provokes
July 12th & 13th
Bridgman/Packer Dance "Voyeur"
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Guggenheim Fellows in Choreography, are acclaimed for their innovative integration of choreography and video
technology that explodes the partnering form into a magically populated stage where image and reality collide. VOYEUR takes the paintings of Edward Hopper as its point of departure.
YardWORDS Series: AMY BRENNEMAN "Special," A Work-In-Progress
As part of the ongoing YardWORDS series, Amy Brenneman will be stepping onto The Yard’s stage once again after the sold out 2010 Yard run of her work ‘Mouth Wide Open’. In an even more intimate setting this year, for one night only in support of the ‘Back (The) Yard! Challenge Match’, Brenneman will read selections from “Special,” her latest work-in progress.Post-show champagne & nibbles reception to follow.
Special benefit ticket prices for this performance. Please contact our office at 508.645.9662 for more information.
July 19th & 20th
Faye Driscoll “You're Me”
Consider how we are constantly made-up and un-done by each other. In YOU’RE ME,
Driscoll probes and obfuscates the inescapable nature of relationship. With the constraint
of just two performers on stage the whole time, Driscoll and dancer Jesse Zaritt fight a
sweaty, evocative, disturbing and deeply funny battle with the dualism they face.
July 25th - August 3rd
Tap The Yard 2: A Vineyard Festival of Rhythm and Beats
TapTheYard 2: A Vineyard Festival of Rhythm and Beats featuring the best tap and percussive artists
from across the country, including David Parker, Jeff Kazin and the BANG Group, Michelle Dorrance,
Derrick Grant, the Wondertwins, Camille A. Brown & Dancers (CABD) and Jason Samuels Smith, The Yard's Annual
Challenge Match Benefit Event, and "TapThePAC: The TTY All Stars." Every Performance brings new work
and new artists come to 2, 3, 4, or ALL of the shows, you won’t be disappointed!
David Parker, Jeff Kazin and The Bang Group, The Wonder Twins and Irish step dancer Trent Kowalik
Jason Samuels Smith, Camille A. Brown & Dancers (CABD), Michelle Dorrance/Dorrance Dance, Derick Grant, David Parker & Jeff Kazin
The Yard's Challenge Match Benefit with the TapTheYard All-Stars
This is the 2013 Annual Benefit for The Yard, the Vineyard's historic 41 year-old non-profit
artist residency and performance center for contemporary dance, theater and related arts, located
in Chilmark and serving all ages and communities across the island. The 2013 Benefit features the
explosive, nationally acclaimed artists of the TapTheYard ALL-STARS, including David Parker and the
BANG Group, Michelle Dorrance & Dancers, step dancer Trent Kowalik and African-American artists Camille A. Brown & Dancers (CABD), Jason Samuels
Smith and Derick Grant.
August 15th & 17th
Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc. "Hapless Bizarre" and "Mo(or)town/Redux"
The irreverent choreographer Doug Elkins (Fräulein Maria) returns to The Yard with a
merry band of dancers, actors and clowns to explore the sharp intersections between physical
comedy, choreography, flirtation and romance. Expect near misses of physical action and attraction
with high flying kicks and turns eliciting a range of emotions. This new work will be paired with
"Mo(or)town/Redux," an homage to Jose Limon's "Moor's Pavane" set to a top 40 sound score, first
previewed here in 2011.
Special benefit ticket prices for closing night performance. Please contact our office at 508.645.9662 for more information.
August 23rd & 24th
Mark Gindick "Wing-Man" A Modern Clown show
Springing from the sawdust of the Big Apple Circus' Dance On! and the acclaimed PBS series CIRCUS,
physical comedian and clown Mark Gindick takes the audience on a hot pursuit of ideal romantic love
in his solo piece WING-MAN. Without a single live spoken word, trapped in the worlds of
social media, Mark Gindick flies in the tradition of silent comedians and clowns a la Chaplin's
Modern Times, bringing his audience as his date, showing but never telling us, say less and lust
more. Wes Hyler (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jersey Boys) directs.
August 30th & 31st
An evening of work directed by Jesse Keller and Alison Manning including works by The Yard Staff and Interns,
and accompanied by the sophisticated Vineyard Improvisational company, What's Written Within. A third year
tradition, YardWorks will bring to life TheYard theater with the names and faces you have come to know
throughout the season.
Public Dancing Allowed!!! Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish
Fun for the whole family - come hear live music from island favorite, Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish, and dance the night away in our theater!
Only $10 for the evening or free to children under 12.
September 20th & 21st
Dan Froot/Dan Hurlin "Who’s Hungry"
WHO'S HUNGRY is part of an ongoing series of puppet plays
produced and written by Dan Froot, designed and directed by Dan Hurlin with
music by Amy Denio. The one-hour production weaves together stories based on
the lives of five homeless and/or hungry residents of Santa Monica, CA.