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January In NYC 2015: Annual Performing Arts Convergence of 11 Major Forums and Festivals ! Events — #APAP * 1/2-18

January In NYC 2015: Annual Performing Arts Convergence of 11 Major 

Forums and Festivals Announces Events

 

More than 48,000 people will converge at performing arts festivals and industry gatherings January 2-18 in New York City as leading U.S. and global performing arts organizations will once again present a concurrence of conferences and events. The growing collaboration called “January In NYC” offers a breadth and scope of theater, dance, music and opera performance presented in New York in January making it the best time of the year for artists, colleagues and audiences to get a taste of contemporary performance and a glimpse into the future of the industry.

 

“The ‘January In NYC’ collaboration provides a broad and valuable experience for the performing arts community,” said Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP). “Industry insiders who travel to New York for the annual APAP conference now come earlier, stay later and enjoy a wider variety of music, dance and theater than in decades past. Artists and performing arts professionals take this opportunity to make new connections and explore festivals and events that hold interest for them. We’re thrilled in this digital age to be joining forces and creating opportunities to bring everyone in our industry face-to-face.”

 

The draw of this convergence of events, and its resulting impact, is global—attracting fans and industry experts from all 50 U.S. states and more than 50 countries; and featuring a wide range of engaging and esteemed artists and speakers ranging from Ira Glass and Twyla Tharp to Emel Mathlouthi, Sam Lee and the new Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dr. Jane Chu. World premier co-productions include The Scarlet Ibis and Sunken Cathedral.

 

Some of the 11 “January In NYC” festivals and forums—globalFEST, Jazz Connect and Under the Radar (UTR)—incubated at the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters member conference (APAP|NYC) that first convened in New York City in 1957 and grew into a major event that industry insiders and audiences anticipate each year. Other events sprung, in part, from the fact that so many performing arts professionals were already gathered. This year, organizers of three other annual events held in January in New York—American Realness, Chamber Music America (CMA) and International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA)—are newly joining the collaboration.

 

“Though we are all unique and independent of each other, we enjoy collaborating and sharing challenges and inspirations while working with colleagues to tell the bigger story,” said Isabel Soffer, who co-founded globalFEST with Bill Bragin and Shanta Thake and is the director of Live Sounds. “Our work individually and together during this concentrated few weeks shows the depth, strength and imagination of the performing arts.”

 

“January In NYC” comprises American Realness, APAP|NYC 2015, CMA, COIL, globalFEST, ISPA, Jazz Connect, PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, UTR, Winter Jazzfest and the APAP World Music Preconference.

 

“Our collective series of events is a massive curatorial effort in a concentrated period of time, creating a robust high level snapshot of the global performing arts,” said Peter Gordon of Jazz Forward Coalition, who co-organizes Jazz Connect with Lee Mergner of JazzTimes with assistance and input from more than a dozen jazz industry professionals.

1500 Showcases

Events—beginning on Jan. 2 and wrapping up on Jan. 18—include member conferences, workshops, concerts, festivals and programs open to the public. More than 1,500 showcases and fully produced works feature world-class artists performing what’s new and on trend while industry professionals select performances to book in their communities in the coming year. Event dates and links to register and purchase passes to each event follow.

 

Chronological listing of “January In NYC” forums and festivals include:

 

COIL 2015 – 10th Anniversary Festival, Jan. 2-18, ps122.org/coil. COIL is Performance Space 122’s annual winter performance festival full of contemporary, textured, global, local, contemplative, grounded, rigorous and always very live performance. What was originally established as a contemporary dance festival of remounts from past seasons, COIL has evolved into a festival that highlights the work and artists PS122 commissions that spans genres. The 10th annual COIL features theater, dance, music and media arts in multiple venues throughout the city.

 

Winter Jazzfest, Jan. 7-10, winterjazzfest.com. Since launching as a one-day festival in 2005, Winter Jazzfest has expanded to multiple days and numerous venues, showcasing hundreds of artists and attracting thousands of attendees each year. In 2014 the festival celebrated its 10th year and featured more than 100 groups and 400 musicians in 10 venues while welcoming more than 7,500 attendees.  Set against the historic backdrop of the Village, the festival helps to redeem the rich jazz heritage of the downtown neighborhood while providing an intimate and energized environment for audiences to experience today’s incredibly diverse and thriving jazz and creative music community. In 2015 Winter Jazzfest celebrates 11 years of showcasing prominent and new jazz talent to a growing audience.

 

The Public Theater’s Under The Radar (UTR), Jan. 7-18, undertheradarfestival.com. Under The Radar is a festival of new theater widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performances from the U.S. and abroad. UTR offers a crash course in theater created by some of the most dynamic artists working today, including past appearances by Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Gob Squad, Belarus Free Theater, Mariano Pensotti and more. The festival also features a symposium for industry professionals (Jan. 8 and 9) and a late night club with music programming.

 

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, Jan. 8-17, prototypefestival.org. PROTOTYPE is an annual festival of visionary opera-theater and music-theater works by pioneering artists from New York City and around the world, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. The third edition of PROTOTYPE will feature two world premieres, a contemporary family opera, a multimedia music-theater work, an international co-presentation, cabaret music-theater, two operas in development and more.

 

Jazz Connect Conference, Jan. 8-9, jazz-connect.com. In its third year, the Jazz Connect Conference, organized by JazzTimes Magazine and the Jazz Forward Coalition, has become one of the leading gatherings for jazz professionals around the world. Under the theme of “Strength Through Community,” this year the conference will be held in a separate location from the APAP|NYC conference, at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City. In-depth programming includes 12 workshops and five plenary sessions on a variety of timely and engaging subjects.  Moderators and panelists include an impressive cross-section of worldwide artists and professionals.

 

APAP World Music Preconference, Jan. 8-9, APAPNYC.org. Organized by music PR firm Rock Paper Scissors, the APAP World Music Preconference is the largest gathering of world music professionals in the U.S. The two-day World Music Preconference at APAP|NYC will include lively discussions on the latest issues and concerns in the world music field.

 

American Realness, Jan. 8-18, americanrealness.com. Created by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor in partnership with the Abrons Arts Center in January 2010, American Realness is a festival of contemporary dance and performance. An internationally recognized platform for the discovery of new works from subversive artists, tearing at the boundaries of their forms, American Realness commands attention for the proliferation of choreographic and performative practices transcending the traditions and rewriting the definitions of American dance and performance. Since 2014 the 11 festivals have expanded their scope to include the work of international artists, engaging a global dialogue around the practice and presentation of contemporary dance and performance.

 

APAP|NYC 2015, Jan. 9-13, APAPNYC.org.  The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) presents the world’s premier gathering of more than 3,600 performing arts professionals, at its 58th annual membership conference, APAP|NYC 2015, in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square. APAP|NYC features more than 1,000 world-class artist showcases held around the city, an EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths, dozens of professional development sessions and A-list keynote speakers.  Many of APAP|NYC’s pre-conference forums, January 8-9, are free and open to the public.

 

globalFEST, Jan. 11, globalfest.org. GlobalFEST (gF) opened the public-facing door to APAP’s artistic critical mass in 2004 and will take place for its 12th year at Webster Hall. The ticketed January event will once again feature a dozen diverse artists. Since its early days, globalFEST has rippled out, forming a non-profit; creating a touring fund to help festival alumni go deeper into American communities; releasing “globalFEST Selector,” a compilation recording of exclusive content from past performers; curating critically-acclaimed stages at Bonnaroo and SXSW festivals; and, recently expanding to an additional summer edition in partnership with Lincoln Center Out of Doors and a gF branded tour with CAMI Music that will take place in 2016.

 

International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) 67th New York Congress, Jan. 13-15, ispa.org.  ISPA is a global network of more than 400 leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 185 cities and all regions of the globe. The New York Congress “Dynamic Leadership: Creating the Future” will be a dialogue that embraces diverse global voices and the freshest formats over the course of three days in New York City. As generations shift and true global worldviews are realized, both the concept and practice of leadership in the arts evolves in new and surprising directions. What does it mean to lead today? As artists, organizations and a field, are the performing arts trending ahead or lagging behind? What are the best practices and the next great ideas?

 

Chamber Music America (CMA), Jan. 15-18, chamber-music.org. CMA is the national network for the chamber music profession, which includes ensembles, presenters, composers, educators, music businesses and others involved in early, classical, contemporary, jazz and world chamber music.  CMA’s national conference includes inspiring keynotes, small group sessions and workshops, ensemble showcases, concerts and networking events. This year’s preconference day entitled “How to Succeed in a Changing Musical World” will be presented by the Eastman School of Music’s Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research; it will tackle the issue of reaching new audiences while remaining true to your artistic mission. This theme will be carried through the conference itself, which will culminate in an awards banquet honoring the Emerson String Quartet on Sunday, Jan. 18.

 

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