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In Partnership with New York Live Arts

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Invisible Embrace of Beauty | Lindsay Jorgensen | Photo by Paul B. Goode

Grace | Blakeley White-McGuire | Photo by Nan Melville

Featuring the premiere of Jacqulyn Buglisi’s

Invisible Embrace


Buglisi Dance Theatre | Armitage Gone! Dance | Sidra Bell Dance |

Meagan King | Jennifer Muller/The Works | Passion Fruit Dance Company


Women choreographers have always been innovators of dance, and WOMEN / CREATE! A Festival of Dance celebrates their creativity and vision with its 9th annual New York City season. This year’s Festival will span the gamut of dance techniques, from contemporary to club and street styles, and will feature four dance films and two live world premieres performed at New York Live Arts.


Thurs., May 20, 2021, Opening Night Premiere

On-Demand through May 23   

Post-Show Talk-Back Moderated by Danni Gee


Free with $10 Suggested Donation


Invisible Embrace (World Premiere)  

Choreographer: Jacqulyn Buglisi

Commissioned Composer: Alex Weiser

Film by: Terese Capucilli, Photography Paul B. Goode

Lighting Designer: John Cuff                                 

Projection Designer: Joey Moro

Music Performed by: Merz Trio

  Piano: Lee Dionne, Violin: Brigid Coleridge, Cello: Julia Yang

Singer: Eliza Bagg

Performed by

Christine Dakin, Blakeley White-McGuire, So Young An, Jesse Obremski,

Greta Campo, Evan Fisk, Myles Hunter, Ricardo Barrett, Carolina Rivera, Aoi Sato


In its first indoor performance onstage since the pandemic, Buglisi Dance Theatre presents the world premiere of the Invisible Embrace of Beauty choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi with commissioned music by Alex Weiser.


Buglisi has dedicated her life works to the belief that movement expresses the story of mankind, revealing the wonder, mystery, sacredness and truths of the human condition, and the resilience of humanity in the face of struggles and sorrows. In the Invisible Embrace of Beauty, she seeks to awaken our humanity by reaching into the hearts of the community during this critical time of division and need for unity by speaking out for individuals in today’s America who feel invisible, or expendable, by virtue of race, isolation, and diaspora. In times of chaos we need stories that bridge distances giving physical dialogue to the human drama to reveal the invisible beauty of mankind’s soul.  


Inspired by the writings of John O’Donohue, Dante’s Inferno, Claudia Rankin, Heidi Andrea Restropo Rhodes, Layli Long Soldier, and Rilke, Buglisi questions what makes us human, acknowledging the moral necessity to hear each other’s voices, and embrace the concealed beauty of existence. 


This premiere of the Invisible Embrace of Beauty features 4 of the 5 sections of the ballet.



We acknowledge that New York Live Arts is located on the ancestral homeland of the Lenape people in New York City. We acknowledge and pay respect to the Lenape people and to all Indigenous people past, present and future, here and everywhere. New York Live Arts produces and presents dance, music and theater performances in its 20,000 square-foot home, including a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square-foot studios. New York Live Arts offers an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people; it supports the continuing professional development of performing artists. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; it is the company’s sole producer, providing support and the environment to originate innovative and challenging new work for the Company and New York’s creative community.

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