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.
The Performance Mix Festival was an important part of my early career in New York. As one of the first venues where my dances were presented in New York, it was a laboratory where I could experiment with new ways of working. I was very happy to take advantage of the other opportunities connected to the festival–the rehearsal space, the Breakfast Mix meetings with other artists, the chance to take my work on tour to Philadelphia and Montréal. What’s special about NDA/Performance Mix is that it is not only concerned with presenting the final product, but it really aims to meet the needs of the artist at every stage of the process.