“For musicality and fine structuring, few people currently choreographing in the New York
dance scene can compare with Lydia Johnson. There is thought, passion and tenderness in her work, and a depth of musical
resonance that is very satisfying to behold.” —Philip Gardner, Oberon’s Grove
Artistic Director Lydia Johnson has received the prestigious Individual Artist Fellowship Award from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Read more at Peridance.
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2pm.
Gelsey Kirkland Academy
355 Broadway, New York, NY
Classic contemporary dance, with Reed Luplau of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.
A free presentation of several excerpts from Lydia's current works, followed by a discussion of the use of classical ballet line in the LJD repertory and the importance of studying ballet technique for contemporary dancers.
As always, please join us for a glass of wine at the start and finish of this presentation.
“A tantalizingly distinctive choreographer” —The New York Times
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8pm.
Lydia Johnson Dance presented recent works for the company’s 10 dancers set to stunning music by Franz Schubert, Osvaldo Golijov, Mozart and the innovative jazz trio Bad Plus.
This performance is supported in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
South Orange Performing Arts Center
South Orange, NJ
Friday, October 10, 2014
Newport, Rhode Island
July 18, 19 and 20, 2014
For the second year in a row LJD performed in Newport — this year presenting a work in progress for five dancers: Kerry Shea, Laura Di Orio, Blake Hennessy-York, Sarah Pon and Katie Martin.
The work is set to music by the innovative and rhythmically challenging jazz ensemble The Bad Plus. The piece explores the nuances of jazz rhythms and textures while maintaining Ms. Johnson’s signature style of clear ballet lines and movements set within her contemporary phrases.
June 4-7 at 7:30pm
The Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street, New York City
LJD’s popular pre-performance parties were once again a big hit with theatergoers, this year at Medi Winebar where patrons enjoyed wine and food in a beautiful wine cellar. See you at next year’s parties!
LJD held the second in its popular Salon Series on Wednesday, May 7. “Stillness and Motion” explored the artistic processes of choreography and photography. Lydia Johnson joined photographers Brooke Williams and Torrance York to share the inspiration for their respective art forms.
York, an award-winning photographer and educator, and Williams, a photographer, musician and writer, displayed their works, and our very own Blake Hennessy and Sarah Pon performed a pas de deux from Johnson’s 2012 work Change of Heart. LJD was honored to have renowned writer Susannah Hunnewell, Paris Editor of The Paris Review as the evening’s moderator.
Thank you to Meredith Caplan Wright for putting together this Salon.
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2-3:30PM
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
A packed studio enjoyed an intimate dialogue with Lydia Johnson and LJD’s Ballet Mistress Deborah Wingert, watching their collaborative coaching in action as dancers performed excerpts of the company’s repertory. LJD is thrilled to be working with Ms. Wingert — a 15-year principal and soloist with New York City Ballet, chosen by George Balanchine to join NYCB at the age of 16.
Nye & Company Auction House
20 Beach Street, Bloomfield, NJ
January 25, 2015 6pm-11pm
A fantastic evening when NJ and NY patrons were treated to a live performance of Night in Dreams with Guest Artist Carlos Lopez. Thanks to all the LJD supporters for making our 2014 fundraising gala fun, successful and memorable.
MMAC (Manhattan Movement Arts Center)
248 West 60th St. (between 10th and 11th), New York, NY
November 3, 2013 at 2pm
LJD shared new phrases and sections from recent works. The afternoon included a Q&A with the company.
Guests experienced dance in the intimate setting in which it was created.
Newport, Rhode Island
July 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27, 2013
LJD performed two beautiful works. On Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19, In Conversation (like breathing...like flying...), originally choreographed in 2003-04. The work for two couples was danced by Kerry Shea and Eric Williams, and Laura Di Orio and Anthony Bocconi. After viewing this work in 2009, Philip Gardner of Oberon's Grove wrote:
"Lydia Johnson became overnight one of my favorite contemporary choreographers...her dancers took the floor and within seconds I knew I had found something I loved...for me one of the most moving dance experiences in the last decade."
Thursday July 25, Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27, The Night of the Flying Horses, choreographed in 2012-13. The work was danced by Kerry Shea, Eric Williams, Laura DiOrio, Anthony Bocconi, Blake Hennessy-York, Sarah Pon and Katie Martin. After a 2013 performance of this work, NYC Dance Stuff's Darrell Wood wrote:
“Night of the Flying Horses is filled with sublime imagery, moments of the dance I can still see in my mindï¿½s eye. Itï¿½s a beautiful and emotional work, a dance that stays with you long after you have seen it... Ms. Johnson reached in and pulled Night of the Flying Horses from her heart.
June 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street, New York.
Two world premieres set to Osvaldo Golijov and Franz Schubert.
March 17, 2013
“Simply from watching a few minutes of ensemble work from the new Schubert, it’s evident this is going to be one of Lydia's most memorable works.” —Read more of Philip Gardener’s article at Oberon’s Grove
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Manhattan Movement Arts Center
LJD showed: Crossings, excerpts from Change of Heart, and a preview of a work in progress set to Osvaldo Golijov.
February 23, 2013
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
LJD performance and panel discussion moderated by Julie Burstein, creator of NPR's Studio 360, following viewing of Wim Wendersï¿½ 2012 film PINA. In his Academy Award-nominated film, Wenders captures the sensual and visually stunning world of renowned late German choreographer Pina Baush.
December 31, 2012
LJD's dancers performed excerpts from Lydia Johnson's works, broken down into their design elements and discussed, followed by a Q&A with the choreographer and dancers.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 and Sunday, June 24, 2012
LJD performed four works, including two premieres, at The Peridance Theater in New York. Music by: Philip Glass, J.S. Bach, Osvaldo Golijov. Guest Artists included dancers from the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and others formerly with New York City Ballet.
Still photographs throughout the site by Julie Lemberger (© Julie Lemberger, 2004–2009) and Kokyat (© Kokyat, 2009), as noted.
All photos on this page by Julie Lemberger, except montage one, far right, by Kokyat.
Dancers pictured throughout our site are: Jessica Sand, Kerry Shea, Laura DiOrio, Lisa Iannacito, Eric Vlach, Jeremy Smith, Robert Robinson, R Colby Damon, Tammi Shamblin, John- Mark Owen, Marcos Vedoveto, Jesse Marks, Emma Stein, Tucker Ty Davis, Jennifer Lott, Jennifer Kelbe.