Rocha Dance Theater: Half-Heard
Integrating dance, theatrical parody and architectural costume design, Half-Heard shows a satirized version of one woman’s struggle to be heard in the workplace. An all-female identifying -- and at times, drag cast -- opens a veritable Pandora's box of the absurdity of gender roles and human behavior.
Rocha Dance Theater is a Brooklyn-based dance company led by founder/artistic director, Jenny Rocha. RDT’s work ranges from contemporary dance to dance theater and cabaret. Rocha has created a prolific number of works and evening-length productions since 2001. As an artist, she is dedicated to creating provocative dance that is both artistic and entertaining. Jenny also creates costumes for RDT and considers this an important part of the creative process, performance experience and overall visual design. Rocha Dance Theater has been presented and/or commissioned by numerous venues and events such as Danspace Project (City/Dans Commissioning Initiative), Joyce Soho, LaMama ETC, Galapagos Art Space, The Philadelphia Museum, The Boston Center for the Arts, The New Bedford Art Museum, Roger Williams University, 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, The Flea Theater and more. Rocha’s choreography has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Village Voice, among others. Rocha Dance Theater’s current repertory, Battledress, has been touring nationally since 2013.
Rocha Dance Theater’s residency at the John Jay College is part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), a residency program that opens the doors of CUNY campuses to professional choreographers and dance companies. CDI receives major support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the SHS Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. CDI is spearheaded and administered by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. www.cuny.edu/danceinitiative
February 15, 2019
John Jay College
524 W. 59th Street, NYC
Gerald W. Lynch Theater
$25 / FREE for John Jay students/faculty/staff