Interview with Karen Bernard Director of New Dance Alliance and producer of the Performance Mix Festival.
Formed in 1979, New Dance Alliance (NDA) is a non-profit tax exempt arts service organization whose mission is to actively promote emerging forms of innovative dance, video, music, and interdisciplinary performance work. NDA was founded to support an artistic community with limited institutional resources, and to provide this community with increased opportunities to share experimental works with the public. Today NDA remains dedicated to its founding principals and has expanded its programming to include services that enable artists’ career advancement.
It’s hard in New York to find a context to present the kind of work I do—short solos, less than 15 minutes. Most presenters want a whole evening’s worth of work, something which at this point of my dancing/performing life holds little interest for me. The Performance Mix Festival has offered me, and countless others, a situation in New York to present our work. It is a well established festival, presented in well known venues in Manhattan, and for this I am very appreciative. Long live the Performance Mix Festival!
—Bob Eisen, dancer/choreographer (New York City and beyond)
New Dance Alliance
182 Duane Street
New York, NY 10013