Now Dance
Capri by Night, December 2017

Now Dance borrows it’s name from a song by the same title, released in 1987 by Byron Davis & The Fresh Krew on the 4 Sight Records label. Like many early Miami Bass artists, Davis packed his work with samples from sources like Ohio Players’ Love Rollercoaster and Roger's unforgettable 10+ minute rendition of I Heard it Through the Grapevine. Now Dance is both an original composition and an index of sorts, enticing listeners to learn more about the genre’s roots and influences.

I think of this collection of videos for Capri by Night in a similar way — a mixtape of ideas, samples, artists and presentation styles that offer a window into the wider world of dance as I’ve come to know and appreciate it. My thanks to the talented artists and organizations who accepted my invitation to participate.

- Ben

Videos on View:
+ avail to view online

AUNTSAUNTS realness, 2013
Jérôme BelPichet Klunchun and Myself, 2005 (excerpt)+ 
The Merce Cunningham TrustVariations V (excerpt), 1965
Cynthia DavidsonUrban Punk Ballet in Second Life, 2013 +
Beth Gill, Catacomb NDP 3, 2016 +
Jerron Herman, Phys Ed (excerpt), 2017 +
Makeya Kaiser, Tribute to Whitney Houston, 2016 +
Alice Sheppard, DESCENT, 2017
Ben Sisto featuring SR PalmWhat I'm Trying to Say, 2014 +

Capri by Night is a series of public video screening at Schauspiel Köln / Offenbachplatz. Located in the heart of Cologne, Germany, the one hour program runs daily from dusk till dawn. The program is curated and organized by Lyoudmila Milanova in cooperation with Schauspiel Köln, with the support of Sparkasse KölnBonn, Kulturamt Stadt Köln, RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur.


AUNTS realness
Appears courtesy of AUNTS
Video by Marin Media Lab

Originally part of American Realness at Abrons Art Center, New York City, 2013

Featuring Emily Wexler, Leslie Cuyjet, Stacy Grossfield, Milka Djordevich, Geo Wyeth, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Yackez, Aaron Mattocks, Jen Rosenbilt, Jillian Pena, Lindsey Drury, Tara Aisha Willis, Lily Gold, Maggie Bennett, Gillian Walsh, Shizu Homma, Owen Weaver


Pichet Klunchun and Myself: Captation Intégrale (excerpt)
Appears courtesy of Rebecca Lee and Sandro Grando for Jérôme Bel
Featuring Pichet Klunchun and Jérôme Bel
Music: Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack)


Appears courtesy of CHERYL
Choreography and performance by Destiny Pierce, Stina Puotinen, Nick Schiarizzi and Sarah Van Buren
Music: Fancy Footwork (Chromeo)


Variations V (excerpt)
Appears courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust

Musicians: John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma
Choreography: Merce Cunningham / The Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Filmed Projections & Visual Effects: Stan VanDerBeek and Nam June Paik
Lighting: Beverly Emmons
Directed for Film by Arne Arnborn


Urban Punk Ballet in Second Life
Appears courtesy of Cynthia Davidson
Directed by Cynthia Davidson
Featuring Serena Guardian
Choreography by Vista Animations
Spacesuit: Nicky Rees
Location: Wodka
Music: Second Life Radio live stream


Catacomb NDP 3
Appears courtesy of Beth Gill
Choreography by Beth Gill
Performed by Heather Lang and Stuart Singer
Music by Jon Moniaci
Costume design by Baille Younkman


Phys Ed
Appears courtesy of Jerron Herman
Choreography and performance by Jerron Herman


Tribute to Whitney Houston
Appears courtesy of Makeya Kaiser and Creativity Explored
Directed by Makeya Kaiser with technical assistance by Veronica Graham
Starring Makeya Kaiser as Whitney Houston
Guest starring Marie Fong as “Announcer"


Appears courtesy of Alice Sheppard
Choreography & Performance: Alice Sheppard in collaboration with Laurel Lawson
Lighting, Video, and Projection Design: Michael Maag

Video images inspired by selected sculptures of Auguste Rodin. Original images provided by Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center For Visual Arts at Stanford University. Additional video courtesy of MANCC, Chris Cameron.

Kinetic Light Team

Artistic Director: Alice Sheppard; Deputy Director: Lisa Niedermeyer; Project Manager: Marýa Wethers; Production Manager: Joseph Futral; Fundraising Consultant: Benvenuti Arts; Marketing Consultant: PURPOSE Productions; Production Coordinator: Stephanie Byrnes Harrell; Website Design:  CyCore Systems

Writing Fellow: Mariama Noguera-Devers

RAMP Design Team

Sara Hendren, Yevgeniya Zastavker, and Katie Butler, Daniel Daugherty, Duncan Hall, Andrew Holmes, Erica Lee, Scott Mackinlay, Apurva Raman, March Saper, Alexander Scott, Kimberly Winter, Rachel Yang, Jingyi Xu, with support from Olin College. Ramp Engineering and Fabrication: Rooster Productions, LLC


DESCENT was made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; General Operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Dance/NYC’s Disability. Dance. Artistry Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation with additional support provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. DESCENT was also supported by Dancers’ Group’s CA$H grant program, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., and the Yip Harburg Foundation.


What I'm Trying to Say
Appears courtesy of Ben Sisto
Choreography by Ben Sisto and S.R. Palm; based on the works by John Jacobson
Performance by S.R. Palm
Music: What I'm Trying to Say (Robert Burton Hubele)