North Maar The CounterPointe Dance Series will feature works based on the pointe shoe, choreographed and performed by women from March 11-13.
This year, eight female dance artists are paired with eight female visual artists to collaborate and create a unique piece. The only artistic requirement is to design the work around the pointe shoe. The goal of this dance series is to encourage female artists to expand ballet vocabulary, explore new and historic territory, and take artistic risks. Just in time for Women’s History Month, Counterpoint9 will be a platform for women to come out of their shell and reach new artistic heights.
“There are two things that compel me to keep producing this. One is women doing work for the cutting edge,” said Julia Glich, co-founder of Norte Maar and creator of the CounterPointe series. “I just feel like it’s really hard work and there’s not a lot of respect for it. Maybe because women usually wear tutus or they’re considered slight and airy in the context of the ballet.
Launched in 2012, CounterPointe has hired over 200 female artists. Taking a hiatus in 2021 due to the pandemic, this is the 9th CounterPointe series, making it the longest running performance production exclusively featuring collaborations between female dance creators, the pointe shoe and visual artists.
“Our program is designed to encourage and even push choreographers and artists to explore new ways of creating and seeing their own art,” Gleich said. “By creating a tight deadline, the hope is to limit opportunities for ‘questioning’ so that new works evolve spontaneously, perhaps chaotically. We believe that there should be no hierarchy of art forms in these processes and that no one creator should inherently drive the collaboration. So, with minimal interference, we let each team find their own path, always encouraging intrepid adventures in uncharted territory.
This year’s program will continue to produce new works exploring the process of creating, inspiring and developing live performance. However, a new virtual element is added to the program. In addition to the live performance, there is an installation of a digital film collaboration commissioned with filmmaker Madge Reyes, the founder of Fifth Wall Party from the Philippines’ first international platform for dancing on camera.
CounterPointe9 will be performed for live audiences on March 11 and 12 from 7:30 p.m. and March 13 from 4:30 p.m. at the Mark O’Donnell Theater at the Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 General Admission Tickets are $25 with a student and senior discount available at $20. Tickets are sold online and at the door.