This month the Dance Gallery Festival celebrates 10 years of helping hundreds of choreographers establish a foothold in the business. Its alumni have gone on to present work at Jacob's Pillow, The Joyce Theater, international venues and on TV.
“We want to find the next artist and the next voice, and we want to create a place for artists to get together and to share," says Astrid von Ussar, the festival's co-founder and artistic director. “It's very hard to be a working artist without funding, and it's hard to present if you don't have an audience or a following. The festival gives up-and-coming choreographers a chance to show their work and hopefully have their careers take off."