LEVYdance lands prestigious NDP award

LEVYdance has been awarded $90,000 from the New England Foundation for the Arts to provide essential funding for creation and touring of its groundbreaking project RUSH.

Each year, the New England Foundation for the Arts presents National Dance Project awards to exceptional artists across the globe, making the NDP widely recognized as one of the country’s major sources of funding for dance. 

These production grants include up to $45,000 to create new work, $10,000 in unrestricted general operating support, and up to $35,000 in tour subsidies that go to U.S. organizations that bring the new work to their communities. 

NDP grants are made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

More than 300 professional dance companies were invited to compete for this coveted honor this year. A panel of 12 artists, presenters, and dance professionals selected 20 projects to fund, out of 126 competitive applications through a two-round process. 

Among the 2018 recipients is LEVYdance and its monumental project RUSH.

RUSH is an interdisciplinary dance work and immersive audiovisual experience that dissolves the separation between street and concert dance. A collaboration between LEVYdance in San Francisco and 2Faced Dance in the UK, RUSH re-contextualizes concert dance forms, combining the hype of clubbing with storytelling, dance, theater, and circus, and placing them in a custom-built portable structure dubbed “The Pod.” RUSH will premiere at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in 2019, followed by a world tour.

Other 2018 Bay Area awardees include Flyaway Productions’ "The Wait Room”; ODC/Dance’s "Path of Miracles”; and Kinetic Light’s “Descent.”

Planning for "RUSH" continues as LEVYdance, under the new leadership of Executive Artistic Director Garance Marneur, prepares to host its British collaborators 2Faced Dance for a two-week San Francisco residency in September 2017.