ZCO/DANCEPROJECT presents ‘Progression’ on Friday, March 18 at 7:30 PM at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online by visiting www.symphonyspace.org or by calling (212) 864-5400.
‘Progression’, ZCO/DANCEPROJECT’s inaugural performance of 2016, is meant to encourage the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities in dance and in society. In the words of founder and pioneer Zazel Chavah-O’Garra, “progression is the evolution and development of performance… it encompasses dance production, musical theatre and contact improvisation.” Joining ZCO/DANCEPROJECT will be celebrated guest choreographer Joya Powell who has made her mark choreographing for Lincoln Center, SummerStage, York College, Casa del Prado Theatre, and more.
Since its inception, ZCO/DANCEPROJECT has shattered the preconceived notion of what it means to be disabled with transcendent performances that are at once witty, soulful, intelligent, intriguing and nothing short of groundbreaking.
ZCO/DANCEPROJECT was founded in 2013 by esteemed dancer, actress and model Zazel Chavah-O’Garra. Since becoming disabled from a brain tumor which left her partially paralyzed 13 years ago, O’Garra has made it her mission to encourage the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities in society through the creation and performance of original dance works of artistic distinction. O’Garra’s dynamic choreography, fraught with perceptive sensuality and sanguine confidence, brings to life an extraordinary mobile tapestry never before seen in contemporary dance.
“I transformed my thinking so that I could transform my life,” says O’Garra, “… I still had the talent, energy, and drive to continue my life as an artist; and I realized I could show other disabled individuals that they could live joyful, creative, expressive, meaningful lives despite their disabilities.”
Along with O’Garra, ZCO/DANCEPROJECT includes Andrew Suseno, Jessica De La Rosa, Cecilia Fontanesi, Colleen Roche, Millie Gonzalez, Michelle Mantione, Amy Meisner-Threet, Jazalee Sircus, and Krishna Christine Washburn, Luis Almodovar, Maguette Camera.
In ‘Progression’, ZCO/DANCE Project uses contemporary dance as the vehicle to usher in a new paradigm for those that are disabled that is both inspiring and enlightening. It will present audience with a radical new perspective that shows what it truly means to dance beyond disability.