Followed by GDC Curated Program by Shamel Pitts May 31–June 2

Gibney Dance Company (GDC) is set to perform a program of new and re-imagined works by Senior Company Director Amy Miller and guest choreographer Bryan Arias at Lower Manhattan’s Gibney 280 Broadway, May 3–5.

Featuring an original score by composer Peter Swendsen, Miller’s Valence calls on the chemistry term describing the inherent bonding capacity of atoms to reflect on the human potential for connection and transformation. Arias’ One Thousand Million Seconds is an abstract story of society and human existence told through a series of vignettes interrogating facets of modern life. See below for full details on each.

Later in the month, the Company presents a GDC Curated program of Shamel Pitts BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED, May 31–June 2. Details below.

GDC is a creation-based repertory company that performs the work of founder Gina Gibney as well as internationally renowned guest choreographers. GDC’s full-time dancers, known as Artistic Associates, embrace a broad spectrum of activities—in the studio, on stage, within the Gibney organization and throughout the community. In addition to performing, Artistic Associates facilitate hundreds of movement workshops each year for survivors of intimate partner violence; offer healthy relationship dance assemblies to high school students throughout the city; and each develops programming to address pressing issues in the dance field, such as cultivating long-term diversity, connecting artists around the globe and empowering dancers with financial literacy training.

GDC’s vision is to expand the current dance company model into one that acknowledges the many facets of expertise that dance artists offer the world. The uncompromising work ethic, creative problem-solving, and empathic negotiation implicit in successful dancing can create positive forward movement in the arts field and beyond. Gibney sees this comprehensive model as a way to cultivate the next leaders of the field and to provide a concrete example of the relevancy of artists in our society.

Program Details:

$15–20. Tickets and additional information available at or 646.837.6809. All performances at Gibney 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street).

Gibney Dance Company (GDC)
Amy Miller: Valence
Bryan Arias: One Thousand Million Seconds

Thursday, May 3–Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 at 4 p.m.
Approx. run time: 90 minutes
Tickets: $15-20
The Theater at Gibney 280 Broadway (enter at 53A Chambers Street)

GDC’S Spring season presents new works by Senior Company Director Amy Miller and guest Choreographer Bryan Arias.

Valence calls on the chemistry term describing the inherent bonding capacity of atoms to reflect our constant potential to create connections in our daily lives transforming how we see ourselves, each other and the world. Composer Peter Swendsen’s original score draws on a broad palette of sonic choices, including many related to human, mechanical and environmental “breath” in this work originally created on Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater.

An abstract story of society and human existence, One Thousand Million Seconds reveals the essential humanity of its characters and addresses themes of life, existence and happiness. Stories represent a series of disconnected vignettes that together interrogate facets of modern life, through countless aspects of existence, reality and time. The work wanders through human destinies—a trip that displays the beauty of a single moment, the pettiness of others, the humor and tragedy that is within us, life’s magnificence, and the frailty of humanity.

GDC Curated: Shamel Pitts
BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED

Thursday, May 31–Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 at 3 p.m.
Approx. run time: 50 minutes
Tickets $15-20
The Theater at Gibney 280 Broadway (enter at 53A Chambers Street)

GDC Curated is an outlet for diverse choreographers who share the values of Gibney Dance Company’s unique model, viewing dance artists as innovators, generators and activists.

Buoyed by his trademark expressive movement, Pitts employs spoken word, evocative lighting (created by Israeli Art Director Tom Love) and video to construct a personal, poetic narrative about the search for identity and striving for survival amidst impermanence. Performed in a confined space in nearly pitch-black darkness, the work features recordings of Pitts’ ruminations jotted down during his travels with Batsheva Dance Company. Obliquely referencing the flight data recorder, BLACK BOX transcends traditional travel journal format, becoming instead a record of a life as—in a nod to Nina Simone—a “young, gifted and Black” artist, thriving in constant motion.

BLACK BOX was first performed at Shamel’s apartment in Tel Aviv, for an intimate audience of friends. It was first premiered for the general public as part of Batsheva Dance Company’s “Batsheva Host” in Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, 2016.


Gibney, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization that brings the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Through its Centers, Company and Community Action, Gibney is “Making Space for Dance” in studios, on stages and in partnership with underserved shelters and schools:

Gibney Centers are a powerhouse of cultural support for the performing arts community and New York City itself. In 1991, Gibney began leasing a studio in the historic 890 Broadway building to house Company rehearsals, and by 2011 the organization’s presence at that location had expanded to comprise an expansive eight-studio creative center. Today, the organization directs a performing arts complex with two facilities at 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway. These remarkable spaces enable a robust roster of events designed to meet the needs of the field and audiences by fostering the creative process, encouraging dialogue and providing professional development opportunities.

Gibney Dance Company is the Center’s acclaimed resident dance ensemble, led by choreographer Gina Gibney. Since its founding in 1991, the Company has steadily developed its reputation for excellence, building a repertory of over thirty works. Gibney re-envisioned the Company in 2016, empowering its dancers as both artists and activists. Known as Artistic Associates, these dedicated partners advance the quality of the organization’s artistry through performance, and deepen its community engagement through administrative fellowships, serving as advocates for pressing issues in the dance field.

Gibney Community Action is on the leading edge of mobilizing the arts to address social justice issues. This highly respected program uses dance to help heal and empower survivors of violence through multiple platforms, including Movement Workshops for domestic violence survivors; Global Community Action Residencies that share the program’s model and practices internationally; the Community Action Hub at 280 Broadway and its resources for social change-minded artists; and Advocacy Initiatives that spread awareness and mobilize artists to respond to social issues.


Gibney Foundation Support
Altman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Arnhold Foundation, The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust, The Bay & Paul Foundations, Booth Ferris Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Carey Foundation, Dancers Responding to AIDS/Broadway Cares, Inc., Culpeper Arts and Culture at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The David Rockefeller Fund, Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Dubose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, John H. Grace Foundation, Joseph & Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Lambent Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Meringoff Family Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Morgan Stanley Foundation, The New York Community Trust, New York University Community Fund, The Ready Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Scherman Foundation's Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund, SeaChange Capital Partners, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, The SHS Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation, Suzanne Peck and Brian Friedman, and Thompson Family Foundation.

Gibney Corporate Support
Aspiriant LLC, BoardLead, Con Edison, EILEEN FISHER, Fram Realty LLC/Abro Management Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Kennedy Berg LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Macy’s Merchandising Group, MG & Company, Mini Circuits, Morgan Stanley, New York Health & Racquet Club, ONLY NY Inc., Spectrum, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Gibney Government Support
Gibney Dance has received generous support from The City of New York & The Honorable Mayor Bill De Blasio, The Mayor's Grant for Cultural Impact with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, The New York City Council & The Honorable Former Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, The Honorable City Council Member Margaret Chin, The Honorable Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Honorable Tom Finkelpearl, Materials for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please contact Chris Schimpf or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.