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Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic EXTENDS
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 12:35 pm EDT 04/21/21

THE JOYCE THEATER FOUNDATION
Extends Streaming Window for
Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic

World Premiere
Features Collaborations with
Arturo O’Farrill, Ronald K. Brown, and More

Filmed On Stage at The Joyce
Now Streaming On-Demand through April 29

Extension Made Possible Through the Generous Support Of
Earthjustice

(New York, New York) – The Joyce Theater Foundation (Linda Shelton, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce that due to outstanding reviews and overwhelming interest from around the world, the streaming window for the much-lauded digital dance event, Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic, will be extended for one week, now through April 29 only on www.Joyce.org. The work, an evening stacked with collaborators both brand new and tried and true, was filmed on The Joyce stage in March and began streaming on Thursday, April 8. The week-long extension is made possible through the generous support of Earthjustice. Tickets for Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic are $25 and can be arranged at www.Joyce.org.

The Joyce Theater utilized rigorous COVID-19-related protocols ensuring and prioritizing the safety of all performers, crew, and staff during the creation and filming of this engagement.

As 2019 drew to a close, tap artist Ayodele Casel was riding a wave of unanimous praise for her world premiere collaboration with jazz composer and musician Arturo O’Farrill —a Joyce production that landed on nearly all “Best Of” lists. After a year of artistic isolation, these two artists at the top of their game join forces yet again, along with a select group of dancers, musicians, and artistic visionaries, for another world premiere on the Joyce stage. Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic is an evening of music and dance that captures the spark of connection and creation inherent in art-making and living in our world.

“Chasing Magic is an offering of old stuff, new stuff, and undefined stuff,” says Casel. “I called on my friends, who I hadn’t seen in over a year. We gathered for a short time, focused on the sweetness of being reunited, and humbly honored the fact that we are still here."

Drawing on a formula for success, Ayodele Casel also reunites with long-time collaborator Torya Beard, who steps into the role of Director for Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic, after serving as Creative Director for Casel’s 2019 Joyce engagement. Trusting in the magic of collaboration and the moment of combustion that occurs when artists finally come together again, this dynamic duo also brings into the fold singer/songwriter Crystal Monee Hall, music director and composer Annastasia Victory, and percussionist Senfu Stoney. Tap dancer and filmmaker Kurt Csolak captures this lightning in a bottle on film from the Joyce stage like no other artist can, created specifically with the home audience in mind.

Anthony Morigerato, a like-minded tap dancer and choreographer, co-creates the New York premiere of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers inspired “Fly Me To the Moon” and “Cheek to Cheek.” Fellow tap artists Naomi Funaki, Amanda Castro, and John Manzari will also lend their talents and spark of creation throughout the evening. Rounding out the impressive list of collaborators is the much-anticipated artistic fusion of Casel’s thrilling signature tap and Ronald K. Brown’s blend of traditional African movement and contemporary dance, set to the a capella soundtrack of Casel’s own archival tapes in a call-and-response dance not to be missed.

The world premiere of Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic begins with a live stream on Thursday, April 8 at 8pm. Tickets, priced $25 per household, are available at www.Joyce.org. Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic will be available to stream on-demand for ticket holders through Wednesday, April 21. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.

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ABOUT THE JOYCE THEATER
The Joyce Theater Foundation (“The Joyce,” Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community for almost four decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opening as The Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther’s clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dance and has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 400 U.S.-based and international companies. The Joyce has also expanded its reach beyond its Chelsea home through off-site presentations at venues ranging in scope from Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, to Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center, and to outdoor programming in spaces such as Hudson River Park. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commissioning and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K–12th grade) benefit from its school program, and family and adult audiences get closer to dance with access to artists. The Joyce’s annual season of about 48 weeks of dance now includes over 340 performances – both digital and in-person – for audiences in excess of 150,000.

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Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Leadership support for The Joyce's annual programming is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation.

The Joyce’s Open Channels Project promoting diverse voices is generously supported by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Special support for The Joyce's presentation of Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic provided by Toni Hoover.

Joyce programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Major support For The Joyce has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.

Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, GKV Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, and Jerome Robbins Foundation.
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