What’s up in the dance community
American Dance Institute has a new name, a new location, and a new mission—to transform a rustic area in southeastern New York into a performing arts destination.
The nonprofit, now called Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts, has moved from Rockville, Maryland, to Catskill, New York. The 1.78-acre campus, chosen for its proximity to New York City, will host residencies, during which artists and companies will receive at least one week of unrestricted theater use along with access to production staff, equipment, production materials, photo and video documentation, housing, and meals. Each residency will conclude with a premiere at the onsite 5,500-square-foot theater, giving viewers a sneak peek at new productions before their New York or national premieres.
Lumberyard’s inaugural season of public performances opened in June with Scat!, a musical from Urban Bush Women. Performances—from STREB, John Jasperse, and Savion Glover, among others—will continue through September. From October through April, the facility will be available for collaborative residencies, subsidized and commercial rentals, and community programming. With an annual operating budget of $5 million, Lumberyard is funded through an endowment, a foundation, and New York state funds. For details and tickets, see lumberyard.org.