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2024 New York City Season

Chelsea Factory and Buglisi Dance Theatre present


Thurs.-Sat., February 29-March 2, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Chelsea Factory, NYC

BDT Celebrates Jody and John Arnhold 30 Years & Beyond

Thank You to all the dedicated dance artists and collaborators who have made BDT's work come to life onstage and around the world.

Tickets: $35 | $20 (students/seniors)

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Artistic Director: Jacqulyn Buglisi 

Founders: Buglisi | Capucilli | Dakin | Foreman

Executive Director: Suzanne Konowitz 

Artistic Associate: Terese Capucilli

Producing Consultant: Donald Borror 

Administrative Associate: Jesse Arnst 

Guest Artisits

Pei Ju Chien-Pott, Elisa Clark, Chris Bloom

Company Dancers

Terese Capucilli, Christine Dakin, Jessica Sgambelluri, Aoi Sato, Esteban Santamaria, Kate Reyes, Sierra Christine Sanders,  Isabella Pagano, Jai Perez, Ane Arrieta, Zachary Jeppsen, Rayan Lecurieux-Durival Apprentices: Grace Sautter and Lauryn Rickman 


Production Stage Manager: Traci Clapper

Lighting Design: Jack Mehler, Clifton Taylor

Costumes: A. Christina Giannini, Márion Tálan de la Rosa

Publicist: Audrey Ross/Publicity 



FRIDA (1998)                                                                                                       

Conceived and Choreographed by: Jacqulyn Buglisi

Music: Tobias Picker, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Arvo Pärt
Costumes: A. Christina Giannini

Set Design & Costume Painting: Debora Maché

Set Construction: Sebastian Lane

Lighting Design: Clifton Taylor

Slides: Douglas J. Sloan, Icon Pictures

Projection: Joey Moro

Narration: Cynthis Adler

Performed by: Terese Capucilli, Christine Dakin, PeiJu Chien-Pott

Viva la Vida

I have achieved a lot

I will be able to walk

I will be able to paint

I love Diego more than I love myself

My will is great

My will remains. (F.K.)

Frida is inspired by the life of Frida Kahlo, a heroic woman of extraordinary passions, extreme magnetism, and originality.  An artist whose sensual vibrancy came from her life experiences; her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution, her devastating accident at eighteen which changed her life forever, and her turbulent and public marriage to artist Diego Rivera. Buglisi created the dialogue and text from the letters, diary, and writings of Frida Kahlo.


BDT extends its gratitude to the Instituto de Bellas Arte Mexico City, and Carlos Gutierrez of the Mexican Consulate for their permission. Frida was originally made possible by grants from The Greenwall Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Diana de Vegh and Dr. Rachael Yocom. A special thank you to Stephen Mauer, Sondra Lee, Cynthia Adler and Maxine Glorsky.


Choreography Frida © Jacqulyn Buglisi


Picker’s Old and Lost Rivers and Pärt’s De rofundis used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors; Villa-Lobos’ Bachiana Brasileira No. 5 courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Classical Masterworks


Dedicated to Jody, John, and Henry Arnhold

Choreography: Jacqulyn Buglisi
Music: Dead Can Dance
Lighting Design: Jack Mehler
Costume Design: Márion Tálan de la Rosa
Performed by: Isabella Pagano, Jai Perez, Zachary Jeppsen, Ane Arrieta, Lauryn Rickman, Aoi Sato


Buglisi takes inspiration from the Australian band Dead Can Dance’s album The Serpent’s Egg that she believes amplifies the spiritual feeling of the Earth, its mystery of life, and love of our beautiful planet. Looking into the future, our sense of home is in evolution as reflected in the aerial photographs of the Earth that we are witnessing as a giant organism, a microcosmos. One experiences a paradigm shift in the nature of the life force, water, as it travels in the serpentine way, surrounded by fire; humanity finds itself at the precipice of all life changing. 


A Walk Through Fire is made possible through the generous support of the Arnhold Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Caroline and Edward Hyman, Jr., and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature.


Choreography A Walk Through Fire © Jacqulyn Buglisi



Choreography: Jacqulyn Buglisi 
Music: Nina Rota, Jelly Roll Morton, John Corigliano  
Lighting/Set Design: Jack Mehler 
Costume Design: A. Christina Giannini 
Masks: Jane Stein
Regisseur: Lauren Jaeger 
Sound Editing: Junichi Fukuda  
Performed by: Elisa Clark, Chris Bloom, Jessica Sgambelluri, Aoi Sato, Esteban Santamaria, Kate Reyes, Sierra Christine Sanders, Isabella Pagano, Jai Perez, Zachary Jeppsen, Rayan Lecurieux-Durival, Ane Arrieta, Grace Sautter, Lauryn Rickman


"In this cinematic work, a study in contrasts, I juxtapose these artists’ styles to explore human relationships that reveal the isolation and grief, bold visceral strength, humor and vulnerabilities of ordinary men and women through the hyper theatrical lines of Caravaggio and the phlegmatic stillness of Hopper"- jb 
This ballet was developed during a creative residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and had its premiere at The Joyce Theater. Funding for its creation was generously provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Howard Bayne Fund, and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts.
Choreography Caravaggio Meets Hopper © Jacqulyn Buglisi
© Recording Courtesy of Sony Classical 


Leadership support for Buglisi Dance Theatre’s 2023-2024 30 th Anniversary Year is generously provided by Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation. Buglisi Dance Theatre acknowledges the generous support of Heinz Family Foundation, Caroline and Edward S. Hyman, Jr., The Harkness Foundation for Dance, A.S. Thomas Memorial Fund, Myers-Ball Foundation, Capezio, Steven Smith Teamaker; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the State Legislature. BDT gratefully acknowledges the support of Committee Chairs Susan Numeroff and Christina Cardosi; Penny Frank Mandel and the BDT Board of the Directors and Executive Advisory Council, and BDT’s many individual patrons and gracious volunteers. BDT expresses its gratitude to The Juilliard School President Damian Woetzel, Alicia Graf Mack, Katie Friis, Megan Peterson; Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance Janet Eilber, Simona Ferrara, Virginie Mécène, Sofi Ameglio; Kevin Predmore; Dance/NYC; Linda Murray, Daisy Pommer, Casey Mey, Jerome Robbins Dance Division New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; Lincoln Center President Henry Timms; Chelsea Factory Managing Director Donald Borror, Executive Director Lauren Kiel, and the staff of Chelsea Factory. Rehearsals held at The Juilliard School and the Martha Graham Studios.

Photo Credit: Kristin Lodeon

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