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ODC/Dance "Dead Reckoning" at The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform
Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge for JanArtsNYC. A partnership among independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings and international marketplaces, JanArtsNYC is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of its kind.
In March 2020, the worldwide pandemic struck. Performing arts venues shut their doors. New Yorkers who have benefitted from the proximity of these events stayed home. Arts professionals from around the world cancelled their travel plans.
And yet, performing artists and the arts industry got to work behind-the-scenes. The tightening restrictions of in-person events applied pressure to reinvent the art, how to deliver it, how to bring the industry together, and how to create connection and community through it.
In 2021, JanArtsNYC goes ONLINE, making it more accessible and global than ever and offering both free and paid events. Featuring a diverse array of world-class public performances and innovative industry gatherings, JanArtsNYC is the world’s most comprehensive platform for celebrating and experiencing the newest work by artists in theater, dance, opera, music, and performance.
NEW THIS YEAR!
JanArtsNYC, with the generous support of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, presents HUBSPACE - a virtual place for industry people to gather for social time in between performances, panels, and events.
Promotional support provided by the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
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Cimafunk at APAP|NYC 2020
Photo by Adam Kissick, APAP|NYC 2020
The PubliC Theater's Under the Radar Festival
January 6-17, 2021
Over the last 17 years, The Public’s UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public's mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. Widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad, the 2021 UTR Festival will be entirely free and all-virtual, making it accessible nationally and internationally.
A scene from Capsule, running Jan. 6-17 as part of The Public Theater’s 17th Annual Under the Radar Festival.
Photo by Melissa Bunni Elian
Photo courtesy of artist
January 7-9, 2021
FER•US: [‘fer•əs] adj. Latin.
1. Untamed; wild.
FERUS is National Sawdust’s annual festival of cutting-edge music, multimedia work, and provocative creativity. For 2021, FERUS brings you artists ready to move away from the Zoom concert format and apply their imaginations to making the digital stage a compelling experience. The line-up includes composer Ash Koosha and auxiliary human YONA; producer Jlin and choreographer Kyle Abraham; and the premiere of Active Hope, a conversation series about art, justice, action and inspiration. Active Hope is led by The Apollo Theater, The Kennedy Center, and National Sawdust, represented by artist leaders Kamilah Forbes, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Paola Prestini.
January 7th @ 6 pm ET - Performance ft. Ash Koosha & Yona
January 8th @ 5 pm ET - "Active Hope" Discussion ft. Marc Bamuthi Joseph (The Kennedy Center) Kamillah Forbes (Apollo Theatre), and Paola Prestini (National Sawdust) with special guests and a performance TBA.
January 9th @ 6 pm ET - Performance ft. Choreography by Kyle Abraham and music by Jlin
January 8-12, 2021
APAP|NYC+ is the world's premier gathering of the performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry and the annual members conference of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.
Entirely online in 2021, APAP|NYC+ promises to be more global and more accessible than ever. It will shine the spotlight on performing artists from all disciplines and fuel the collaborations that make art happen through a virtual EXPO Hall, pitch sessions, networking and showcases.
APAP|NYC+ will take on the issues of our time: public health, the climate crisis, the racial reckoning, mental health and more---and its impacts on the performing arts. . Dr. Anthony Fauci will join us for a conversation on “Public Health and Reopening the Arts” on Saturday, Jan. 9. Most of all, it will focus on bringing performing arts professionals together as we find a way forward to restart the arts!
The preconference is open to the public, January 6-8, 2021. Programming, conference registration and membership information can be found on our website.
Dr. Anthony Fauci
Rosie Herrera Dance Company: Katie Stirman "Make Believe"
Photo by Ben McKeown
The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform
JANUARY 8-15, 2021
The Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform will highlight the first five years of this signature platform, with viewing links and showcase information for the 37 companies across the US to have graced the ADP stages from 2016 - 2020, chosen by guest curators Walter Jaffe and Paul King (White Bird); Alicia Adams (Kennedy Center); Christine Tschida (Northrop Auditorium, emeritus); Amy Lam (Celebrity Series); and Christy Bolingbroke (NCC Akron). Next year's guest curator will also be announced, giving audiences a sneak peek for American Dance Platform’s return to The Joyce stage in 2022.
Opera | Theatre | Now
January 8-16, 2021
PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now goes global for its reimagined ninth season with three world premieres: one large-scale digital self-guided exploration featuring 13 composers and their collaborators, one sonic experience on the history, present, and imagined future of Times Square and one in-person installation exploring the dynamics of friendship in the midst of an uprising. Additionally, there will be three extraordinary international works from around the globe that once again show what the human voice is capable of.
Courtesy of Chamber Music America
CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA National Conference
January 11-15, 2021
CMA's virtual conference, Power and Privilege: Equity in the Arts will promote dialogue on how the critical issues of systemic racism and social injustice, made prominent through the events of this past year, connect to our work through repertoire, audience engagement, and approaches to community building. Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, social activist, MacArthur Fellow, and artistic director of Silkroad, Rhiannon Giddens, will deliver the Keynote Address. Skill-building sessions and workshops, world-class performances, digital networking opportunities, and virtual exhibits will also be available. It's the CMA Conference in your own home!
Tiny Desk Meets Globalfest
January 11-14, 2021
The annual globalFEST festival promotes international and American regional music traditions, creates opportunities for artists and provides the public and the performing arts field the opportunity to experience twelve extraordinary artists from around the world in one night and under one roof. The festival inspires discovery through its year-round programs which are designed to catalyze creative and artistic network building that break down cultural and social boundaries. globalFEST believes that music is a driving force toward a global society that values and celebrates cultural diversity as a source of unity rather than division. This year’s streamed festival is a collaboration with NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts entitled Tiny Desk meets globalFEST and will take place over 4 nights with 12 new artists and 4 alumni. The videos will be aired January 11-14 and will live permanently on npr.org
IMAGINE THE ARTS CONGRESS
January 11-15, 2021
We invite you to join ISPA for its first-ever fully virtual congress, the Virtual Edition: 2021 ISPA Congress, Imagine the Arts held on January 11-15, 2021. Going virtual gives us the opportunity to expand the congress to five days and schedule programming across time zones, with a combination of live-streamed and on-demand content.
In 2021, we will explore the opportunities for the arts following a year of crisis, isolation, inequity, and realization. Highlighting the performing arts’ resiliency and innate creativity, we will reflect upon the sustainability of our leadership, practice, and environment. Empathy, values, social justice, and economy will be highlighted as we consider our future in this unchartered territory. Through our first fully virtual congress, let us imagine the arts and move forward, together.
Access to Imagine the Arts is included in the membership fee of those who become members at the Organization or Star Organization membership level. Visit the Imagine the Arts registration rates' page for digital member, employee, and non-member pricing.
TA(L)KING DIRECTION: A Podcast of The Drama League
January 13-27, 2020
Directors at their core are creators, leaders, and storytellers, and often the stories they share with audiences bring great success, both artistically and financially. However, the path to financial independence as a director isn’t as clear as one might expect. How can artists, producers, and patrons work together to create a more sustainable and tangible industry for its creative teams, and at what cost – literally.
Join Drama League Associate Artistic Director Nilan and Directors Project alumni Danny Sharron along with some of our industry’s most critically-acclaimed directors Saheem Ali, David Cromer, Jacob Padrón Leigh Silverman, and Gabriel Stelian-Shanks in a three-part conversation about the economics of theater, pulling back the curtain on the class divisions built into commercial and non-profit theater while reimagining a more equitable future for the industry. The episodes will air on January 13, 20, and 27 and will mark the premiere of Ta(l)king Direction: A Podcast of The Drama League Season 2. These episodes and episodes from Season 1 of Ta(l)king Direction: A Podcast of The Drama League can be downloaded and streamed on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other podcast streaming services.
Gabriel Stelian-Shanks and Nilan. Photo by Catalin Stelian-Shanks
Les Amazones d'Afrique from globalFEST 2020
Photo by Adam Kissick/APAP
Wavelengths Global Music Conference
Presented by globalfest
January 29-30, 2021
globalFEST’s annual Wavelengths Conference is the nation’s largest gathering of artists and global music professionals in the United States and the only event dedicated entirely to the global music field. The two-day forum includes timely discussions, workshops and panels around pressing issues for international programming and artist-centered topics. The diverse, socially-minded conference encourages participation from industry professionals including artists, agents, managers, presenters, media, labels, and others. This year's streamed conference will include the annual globalFEST award ceremony.