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(photo by Mei Yamanaka)

WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company hosts the thirteenth annual DUMBO Dance Festival this week (photo by Mei Yamanaka)

John Ryan Theatre
25 Jay St.
September 26 gala, $100-$250
September 27-29, free

The DUMBO Dance Festival returns for its thirteenth year, helping promote up-and-coming dance companies and choreographers from the United States, Korea, England, and Canada, with a particular focus on New York City, but it almost didn’t happen. The waterfront warehouse that host company WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company transformed into the John Ryan Theater was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, but a successful GoFundMe campaign made this year’s festival possible, though more donations are needed. Things get under way with a gala fundraiser ($100-$250) on September 26 at the John Ryan Theater featuring performances by Antonio Brown, OUI DANSE/Brice Mousset, Kuperman Brothers, Billy Bell /Lunge Dance Collective, Buglisi Dance Theatre, and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company, along with opening remarks by John Ryan himself. More than fifty companies will then present short works and excerpts September 27-29 for free, including Maya Orchin’s Recipe, gamin’s Metamorphose, Vangeline Theater’s White Fencing, z3movement project’s I hold nothing, though I embrace the world, Catherine Lawrence’s State of Mind, John J Zullo Dance/Raw Movement’s How Brief Eternity, and Bianca Dancers & Company’s The Woodman Project: Untitled 4. There will be family-friendly programs and classes on September 27, with the grand finale Sunday night at 8:00 consisting of Antonio Brown’s Unwritten, Amalgamate Dance Company’s Inside Aphasia, Jacobs Campbell Dance’s The Box, Alyson Laury’s Lurid, Tiffany Rea-Fisher / Elisa Monte Dance Company’s Identity, and an excerpt from WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company’s Eternal Now. The DUMBO Dance Festival runs concurrently with the DUMBO Arts Festival; WHITE WAVE will be back October 23 – November 10 with its annual Wave Rising Series.

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