Lantern in the News

On June 2nd, Lantern Community Services held our first public performance: MOBILIZE. The event premiered a new dance piece, Mobilize, choreographed and directed by Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD), and an original short film, Self > Selfie, made possible through a community partnership with the Museum of Modern ArtSelf > Selfie explores how we curate our images for public consumption and examines our failure to capture and communicate life experience through the screen.

Broadway World covers more of ETD’s work with Lantern and their community outreach efforts:

Eryc Taylor Dance Expands Outreach Programs, Offering Healing and More

Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD), Eryc Taylor, Artistic Director, announced today an expansion of the company’s ETD OUTREACH PROGRAM Movement Expression Workshops, which assist chemotherapy patients, individuals in supportive housing and organizations offering integrated behavioral health care and support services. The Workshop programs use dance as a tool to inspire, heal, and build communities, while serving to improve participants’ physical and mental health.

Eryc Taylor Dance Outreach provides dance and movement workshops for NYU Langone Medical Center for patients undergoing chemotherapy; weekly dance therapy workshops via the Acacia Network (integrated health and housing network); ETD Outreach “Mobile” programs also include sixteen workshops a week at the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health (PGCMH social services), the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), Odyssey House, and Lantern Community Services (NYC supportive housing).

This month, ETD Outreach has been expanded to include the following programs:

  • Two additional Workshops with Lantern Supportive Housing Network
  • A new pilot Movement Expression workshop as part of the PGCMH PROS program, in NYC’s Harlem neighborhood
  • Renewal of Odyssey House Movement/Dance Workshop, also in Harlem, in place since June 2016
  • Continuation of the NYU program in the fall of 2017

According to Eryc Taylor, the ETD Outreach mission is to build bridges and change people’s lives through dance in mind, body, and spirit.

On June 1, Eryc Taylor participated as panelist for the second consecutive year at the Supportive Housing Network of New York Conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel (NYC), to discuss the success of the ETD OUTREACH program he curates, directs and implements. On June 2, Eryc Taylor Dance Outreach presented “Mobilize,” an original work created for dancers living in Lantern Community Services‘ supportive housing, presented during the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Uptown Arts Stroll at Harlem School of the Arts. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Lantern Community Services, The Museum of Modern Art and MAC Cosmetics supported this ETD Outreach program.

Eryc Taylor has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Mark Dendy, Group Motion, Paul Taylor, Milton Meyers, Sean Curran and Gus Solomons Jr. and has collaborated with artists such as Frieda Abtan, Todd Yeager, Laura Peterson, Jason Levine, Scooter LaForge, Mark Beard, and Gerald Busby. Taylor’s choreography has been presented worldwide and he is known for producing sight specific dance installations. He has produced summer dance festivals in Martha’s Vineyard called, “Dance Martha Dance!” His work has also appeared at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Joyce Soho, The Second Avenue Dance Theater, NYU, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam’s APAP festival, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, NYC, New York Live Arts, and Armando Manzanero Teatro and Teatro Jose Peon Contreras (Merida, Mexico).



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