Event Information
NY2 Dance Presents
Saturday, July 27, 2013 through Sunday, July 28, 2013

A new Dance Theater choreographed by Nejla Yatkin and inspired by images and stories of the Middle East

Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

NY2Dance is bringing the latest work entitled Oasis by choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin to a New York premiere performance at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre with generous support by the American Turkish Society and the Turkish Cultural Foundation as well as 3Arts Project.

After a successful preview performance in New York and Washington, DC last year, this evening length multi media dance theatre work for 7 dancers with original music composed by Iranian American composer Shamou and Video Design by Patrick Lovejoy is making its premier at Danza Nuevo in Lima, Bates Dance Festival in Maine and then at the Ailey Theatre in New York.

Oasis is centered on a juxtaposition between the desert and the oasis. Similar to mystical realism in literature the piece exists in two realities – magical elements blend seamlessly with the real world meaning that the "real" and the "fantastic" exist in the same stream of thought.
Through the prism of desert/oasis and magical/real, the piece explores issues of identity, veiling, torture and spirituality moving through what is familiar; what is imagined or mythical, what is actual; what is out of the Middle East and what is inside it. The desert can be experienced as beautiful and exotic even as it is harsh and potentially lethal. The Oasis is an almost dreamlike element, just the idea of which sustains life--even in its most vulnerable state.

Cast includes: Shay Bares, Sevin Ceviker, Fadi Khoury, Jean-Rene Homehr, Karina Lesko, Rachel Holmes and Nejla Y. Yatkin.

“Everything about Nejla Yatkin’s newest dance is bold: It addresses challenging subject matter through movement that is daring in construction and assured in its execution.” – The Washington Post

In 2012 Oasis received the Excellence for Choreography Award at the preview performance from the New York International Fringe Festival.

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This event is general admission and no seating is assigned at this time. You will choose your seats when you arrive at the venue. Please view the 'More info' link to view if the venue is ADA Complaint.