FREE Open Rehearsal*

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers)


Get a sneak peak of our creative process, get to know the artists, and see the developing new material of Selwyn’s newest work, Threads, which will premiere in full April 7-9, 2022 at New York Live Arts as our 22nd Annual Performance Season. This free event is supported by the NY City Artist Corps and NYSCA”s Re-Start NYC Rapid Live Performance Grants. This showing is a part of Gibney’s POP series, a program supporting curated rental opportunities for the dance community.


6:30-7:25 p.m. Open Rehearsal
7:25-8:30 p.m Wine & Cheese Reception


*Effective, Tuesday, September 7, all individuals entering Gibney Center must: (1) be fully vaccinated (i.e., two weeks following receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO, and (2) provide Gibney with proof of vaccination at least 24 hours in advance by completing this quick and secure survey (highly recommended) or upon arrival at Gibney Center. Proof of vaccination includes an acceptable form of identification in addition to any “Proof of Vaccination” identified in the Key to NYC guidelines. Please Note: Unvaccinated children are not permitted on-site at this time, except in limited accommodation circumstances as permitted by the NYC Order and approved at least two (2) weeks in advance by Gibney.

Threads will explore what holds us together in isolation and the practice of letting go. This pandemic has brought into focus where priorities are, the value of our human connections, and the very fleeting nature of it all. We are just a moment away from change. The threads can be fixed, torn, mended, or woven. The music and the movement in this innovative evening-length work will embody these ties that hold us together and their fragility to pull us apart. This is a story of heartbreak, forgiveness, loss, new beginnings, agency, and powerlessness. Threads build bridges, celebrate difference, and connect us. We are only as alone as the next knot — accidental or purposeful.  We are meant to be tangled in this dance of our lives. Threads is a tribute to the grit and resilience of this moment — a willingness to do the work and to inquire, to sit in uncertainty and ponder what is on the other side. It starts as a thread of an idea and, from that thread, a fabric of meaning emerges. One thread at a time. By listening, pulling, teasing, tearing at each piece. Showing up in it. We can only see when our minds, eyes, and hearts are open. We can only see when we are ready. When we aren’t looking. In this pause, we step forward and balance on a thread to discover divine beauty. We measure risk, we acknowledge what is gone, we let go. Threads will premiere in full in April 2022.