A 12-hour dance marathon in New York City on Saturday, Dec. 6, the new remember project, [sic] will feature a dizzying array of more than 75 dancers, singers, and solo instrumentalists -- and will benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA), a fundraising program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon, with the presentation of a DRA award to the Mark Morris Dance Group, followed by a performance by that troupe. Six or seven solo performers and/or dance companies are slated to appear each hour throughout the day. Some of these and the hour during which they are slated to appear include the Parsons Dance Company (noon-1 PM); Buglisi/Foreman Dance and Joyce Trisler Dance Company (1-2 PM); Pilobolus (which will also be given an ARA award), FREEFALL and the School of the American Ballet (2-3 PM); Dances . . . Patrelle featuring Deborah Wingert, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and the American Ballroom Theatre (3-4 PM); Hope Clark, Ze'va Cohen Dancers and Ballet Hispanico (4-5 PM); Martita Goshen/Earthworks and Susan Marshall & Co. (5-6 PM); Soundance Repertory Company and COREmovement Project (6-7 PM); Trisha Brown Company (8-9 PM); Jennifer Muller/The Works (10-11 PM); and the Juilliard Dance Ensemble and Doug Elkins Dance Company (11-12 midnight). The closing ceremony will include a performance by pianist Richard Cameron-Wolfe.
DRA was founded in 1991 by former Paul Taylor dancers Hernando Cortez and Denise Roberts to raise money for colleagues stricken with HIV and AIDS. The new remember project has its roots in two previous DRA 24-hour events held on Dec. 1 -- AIDS Awareness Day -- in 1995 and 1996.
The dance marathon is being held at St. Mark's Church-in-the Bowery. General admission is $15/hour or $25 for an all-day pass. Student admission (valid I.D. Required) is $10/hour or $15 for an all-day pass. For tickets, call (212) 840-0770 or see the Wwebsite www.bcefa.org.
-- By Rebecca Paller