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Dance Parade
Thompkins Square Park

Above and Beyond Dance has been invited to join Fran Sperling's Skybody in a Dance Parade performance on the Skybody aerial rig in Tompkins Square Park at 5:30pm. Above and Beyond Dance company artists Fernando Francisco and Chriselle Tidrick will be showcasing Amour, the trapeze duet from Dreamscapes, which was choreographed for them by Ms. Sperling. Music was composed for the piece by Brian Questa. Costumes by Juanita Cardenas. (Arrive early, so that you have time to find us. There's a lot going on in the park that day.)

Saturday, May 16 at 5:30pm
at Tompkins Square Park
Just below 10th St. btw Aves. A & B






photo: Steven Schreiber





No Holds Barred Showcase
at Dixon Place

Above and Beyond Dance is pleased to present Fallen (from Dreamscapes) on this shared program of circus, theater, and dance artists. Fallen generates a nightmarish scene of misshapen bodies, featuring Alicia Gerstein and Chriselle Tidrick
on a single stilt, Fernando Francisco on crutches, Kailee Combs dancing with an extended arm, and dreamer Tomomi Imai looking on in horror.

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:30pm
at Dixon Place
161A Chrystie St. (btw. Rivington and Delancey), NYC
(F to 2nd Ave; J/Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring;
 M to Essex; B/D to Grand)
Tickets: $15 in advance, students and seniors;
             $18 at the door.
Purchase: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9982278



photo: Steven Schreiber

For Ferguson: A Benefit
at The Muse

Above and Beyond Dance will share Amour from Dreamscapes on this special showcase performance featuring aerial, dance, and poetry, to raise funds for the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at 8:00pm
at The Muse
32D South 1st St. (btw Kent & Wythe), Brooklyn, NY
By Subway: L to Bedford Ave.; J/M/Z to Marcy Ave.





photo: eunoiaimages.com

Dreamscapes and Other Imaginings
The fourth Above and Beyond Dance Season of circus-infused dance
co-produced with The Muse

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 21 at 4:00pm

The Muse
32D South 1st St. (btw Kent & Wythe), Brooklyn, NY


Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

* Dreamscapes is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

photo: Nicole Mago
photo: Allison Stock
Dreamscapes and Other Imaginings is the most recent Above and Beyond Dance production fusing dance with circus arts techniques. A cast of five highly trained dancer-circus artists utilize aerial harness, aerial fabric, trapeze, stilt work and contemporary dance to explore the fantastical relationship between dancers in circus apparatus and dancers on the floor. Dreamscapes, the title work of the evening depicts the ethereal wonder of dreams and the surreal terror of nightmares. Various realms are born out of each dreaming figure's inner consciousness, generating a series of otherworldly vignettes. A new score by sound artist and bassist, Brian Questa will enhance and deepen the dreamlike quality of the scenes unfolding on stage.


MuseIam Showcase

Above and Beyond Dance will showcase Larger than Life, a new excerpt from Dreamscapes. This excerpt features dancer/circus arts performers Fernando Francisco, Alicia Gerstein, Tomomi Imai, and Sarah Wollschlager performing to an electronic version of a new score by Brian Questa.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm
at The Muse
32D South 1st St. (btw Kent & Wythe), Brooklyn NY.
By subway: L to Bedford Ave







Above and Beyond Dance 2014 Benefit Party and Performance

The evening includes drinks, light hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a sneak peek at our new creation, Dreamscapes. Featuring company performers Alicia Gerstein, Fernando Francisco, Tomomi Imai, Chriselle Tidrick, and Sarah Wollschlager as well as new music by collaborating composer Brian Questa. All proceeds support Dreamscapes and Other Imaginings, our September 2014 season of circus-infused dance.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm
at Soundance Studio
281 N. 7th St., Bell 7 (second floor) in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
By subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Metropolitan Ave.





photo: Nicole Mago

Raw Artists Showcase
at Output Club

Above and Beyond Dance showcased two works on this multidisciplinary evening of art and performance.
*Tethered (excerpt from the new ABD project, Dreamscapes)
*Absentia (excerpt)

Sunday, Feb. 2, 6-10pm
74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn (btw N.11th and N.12th Streets)
By Subway:  L to Bedford Ave, or G to Nassau Ave







photo: Sarah Wollschlager  

Aerial silk solo created and performed by Chriselle Tidrick

at 2011 NYC Aerial Dance Festival
Tues. Nov. 29 at 8pm
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), Queens
31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City
(1 block from the #7 train to 33rd St./Rawson)


Fri. Dec. 2 & Sat. Dec. 3 at 8pm
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (MMAC)
248 W. 60th St., NYC
(1, A, C, B, D to 59th St./Columbus Circle)






photo: Julie Lemberger  

The Piper and the Cave of Gold
An Above and Beyond Dance collaboration
with John Grimaldi/New York Lyric Circus

Sat. Nov 12. at 3pm
on Laura Witwer’s Student Showcase, “Once Upon a Time…”
at Streb Lab for Action Mechanics
51 N. 1st St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(L to Bedford Ave).

Tickets: $20; children 2-12 pay their age






photo: Marisa Maffia

The third Above and Beyond Dance Season of circus-infused dance

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 at 8:00pm
(followed by reception)
Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at 7:00pm
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
248 W. 60th St., NYC

Tickets: Adults $22; Students $15 (w/ valid student I.D.)
            (includes all ticket fees)
TDF vouchers accepted at the door, subject to availability.



pictured: Sharon Livardo DuMaine
pictured: Andrea Skurr.     photo: Marshall Kappel Above and Beyond Dance features four highly trained dancer-aerialists in its latest full-length production, RAW. A journey into raw emotion and raw physicality, RAW utilizes aerial artistry, acrobatic partnering and dance theater choreography alongside powerful photographic imagery as it explores the vulnerability inherent in the human experience. Original chamber music by Lauren Buchter (Berklee School of Music), Nicholas Csicsko (Juilliard School of Music) and Reinaldo Moya (Juilliard School of Music) heightens the dramatic impetus of the evening’s choreography. This action-packed performance is sure to impress and is accessible to devoted dance-goers and novices alike.

Above and Beyond Dance 2011
Benefit Party and Performance

The evening includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a performance of works by the company and its current collaborators. Featuring company performers:  Chriselle Tidrick, Fernando Francisco, Tomomi Imai and Lisa Natoli. Featuring company composers Lauren Buchter and Nicholas Csicsko.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 3:00pm
at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
248 W. 60th St., studio 2   NYC
(A, C, B, D, 1 to Columbus Circle)







photo: Dariel r. Sneed

Absentia (60 second excerpt)

in 60x60 Dance
(part of the New York Dance Parade)

Sat. May 21 at 3pm
Tompkins Square Park
10th St. at Ave. A, New York City
Free performance.



photo: fairytalevegas.com  

Absentia (excerpts)
Above and Beyond Dance premieres excerpts from the new aerial silk solo by
Artistic Director, Chriselle Tidrick.

Fri. January 28 at 7:30pm
on the Ruby Streak Trapeze Studio Showcase
at Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street (btw Rivington & Delancey), NYC
(F to 2nd Ave, J to Bowery, B, D to Grand, 4, 6 to Spring)


and also

Sat. February 12 at 3pm
on the Streb Valentine’s Day Showcase
at Streb Lab for Action Mechanics
51 N. 1st Street (btw. Wythe and Kent), Brooklyn NY
(Subway: L to Bedford Ave.)


photo: Steven Schreiber  
at Galapagos
Produced by Poison Peach Productions and
                   What Time is it Mr. Fox

Tale is a non-stop variety show of bands, performance artists, animated shorts, aerialists, poets, and dancers. Above and Beyond Dance artistic director, Chriselle Tidrick presented a new aerial solo using music by What Time is it Mr. Fox. The new piece, Humpty Dumpty Girl uses fabric hammock— an apparatus capable of simultaneously communicating the fabled wall and providing a means for her to fall into disintegration.

Thursday, June 17 at 8pm (doors at 7pm)
at Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street DUMBO, Brooklyn


Humpty Dumpty Girl also appeared as part of the Sky Box Aerial and Variety Show.

Thursday, July 22 at 9pm (doors at 8:15pm)
 at The Skybox at The House of Yes
342 Maujer St., Brooklyn
(L train to Grand St.)



photo: Steven Schreiber

NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2010
at the JCC Theater
curated by Julie Ludwick/ Fly by Night Dance Theater

We are delighted to have been selected to present Retreat on this exciting program of aerial dance. Created collaboratively by Chriselle Tidrick and Madeline Hoak, Retreat features Ms. Hoak in aerial silk and is set to an original composition by Nicholas Csicsko.

Saturday, May 15 at 8:30pm
Sunday, May 16 at 7pm
at the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium
334 Amsterdam Ave. at W. 76th St, NYC
(1/2/3 to 72nd St.; 1 to 79th St.)



photo: © Julie Lemberger 2010

a duet fusing modern dance with acrobatic elements

created by Chriselle Tidrick and Andrea Skurr to Reinaldo Moya’s String Quartet No. 1
performed by Chriselle Tidrick and Danielle Vialpando

Friday and Saturday, April 16 & 17, 2010 at 7:30pm

at Spoke the Hub’s Gowanus Wildlife Showcase
295 Douglass St., 3rd Fl., between 3rd and 4th Aves. in Brooklyn
(M/R to Union St.; D/N/M/R to Pacific St; or 2/3/4/5/B/Q to Atlantic Ave.)



photo: © Julie Lemberger 2010

at Brooklyn Arts Exchange
curated by Zoë Klein of Paradizo Dance

We are pleased to present two stilt dance pieces on this showcase which includes the work of 5 different companies. A post-show discussion of the evening’s work will follow each performance.

Trumps All
(Created by Chriselle Tidrick in collaboration with the Company. Features Sharon Livardo du Maine on stilts and Tomomi Imai, Chriselle Tidrick and Danielle Vialpando on the ground. Music composed by Reinaldo Moya).

(Created by Chriselle Tidrick in collaboration with Madeline Hoak and Sharon Livardo du Maine. Features Sharon Livardo du Maine on stilts and Chriselle Tidrick on the ground. Music composed by Reinaldo Moya.)

Friday Feb. 12 & Saturday Feb. 13, 2010 at 8pm
at Brooklyn Arts Exchange Theater
421 Fifth Ave., at 8th St., in Park Slope, Brooklyn
(F, M or R train to 4th Ave & 9th Street)



photo: © Julie Lemberger 2009

Our second season of circus-infused dance

Thursday, September 10 at 7pm *
Friday, September 11 at 7pm
Saturday, September 12 at 7pm
Sunday, September 13 at 3pm
at The Flea Theater
41 White St., between Church St. & Broadway NYC
(White St is located three blocks south of Canal St.)

Tickets: Adults $20; Students $15 (discounted student tickets are available at the door)

TDF vouchers accepted at the door, subject to availability



photo: ©Jennifer Keane/Lucence Photographic

photo: ©Jennifer Keane/Lucence Photographic
In its trademark fusion of dance, aerial, stilt and acrobatic work, Above and Beyond Dance creates an exciting world onstage which challenges traditional spatial boundaries. The company’s latest production, Ascendance is a journey into group dynamics and the nature of strength and weakness as expressed through scenes of aggression, playfulness, power struggles, and ultimately balance and freedom. A multi-talented cast of women has joined forces to develop this exhilarating evening-length work. Original chamber music by Juilliard-trained composers Nicholas Csicsko and Reinaldo Moya will deepen the movement’s dramatic impetus and carry the audience through a fully integrated theatrical experience. This action-packed performance is appropriate for all ages and is accessible to devoted dance-goers and novices alike.


Above and Beyond Dance gratefully acknowledges
The Darby Foundation
for its continued support in our 2009 season



Above and Beyond Dance Benefit Party and Performance

The evening includes drinks, light hors d'ouevres, a silent auction and a special performance of works by the Company and 2008 collaborator Tomomi Imai and Pawel Cheda. All proceeds support Ascendance, our Fall season of performances.

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm
at Murray Street Studio
19 Murray St., between Church and Broadway. In TriBeCa.

Tickets: $35
For reservations, contact Above and Beyond Dance
Phone: (917) 974-7216
Email: info@AboveAndBeyondDance.com



Higher Ups

(choreographed for Sharon Livardo du Maine and Chriselle Tidrick on stilts and dancers Madeline Hoak, Andrea Skurr and Emily Smyth Vartanian),

(a new solo choreographed for Madeline Hoak on aerial silk),

(revised and expanded; choreographed for Chriselle Tidrick and Emily Smyth Vartanian in aerial harnesses and dancer Andrea Skurr)

Thursday May 14, 2009 at 7:30pm
in the La Mama Annex
66 E. 4th St (btw 2nd Ave & Bowery) in Manhattan

Emily Smyth Vartanian in new Above and Beyond Dance trio. 
photo by fairytalevegas.com


a new work in progress for two dancers on stilts and three dancers on the ground.

Created and performed by:
Madeline Hoak, Sharon Livardo du Maine, Andrea Skurr, Chriselle Tidrick, and Emily Smyth Vartanian

at WaxWorks

Sunday April 26, 2009 at 7:00pm
at Triskelion Arts
118 N. 11th St., 3rd Floor. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(L to Bedford Ave.)


photo: ©Jennifer Keane/Lucence Photographic

a stilt solo created by Chriselle Tidrick

in Spoke the Hub's annual Winter Follies

Friday and Saturday, January 30 & 31, 2009 at 7:30pm
in the Gowanus Arts Building, top floor
295 Douglass St., between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Brooklyn

For further information and reservations, contact Spoke the Hub: spoke@spokethehub.org. (718)408-3234
For a full list of performers on the program, visit: www.spokethehub.org


Above and Beyond Dance premieres its new trio for two dancers in aerial harnesses and a dancer on the ground.

Created by Chriselle Tidrick in collaboration
with Emily Smyth Vartanian and Andrea Skurr

This abridged and appropriately ghostly version of our trio was part of Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend, a Halloween Benefit for the Streb KIC program (Kids in Control).

Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 8pm
Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 7pm
at Streb Lab for Action Mechanics
51 N 1st Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(L train to Bedford Ave.)


and also

The full length and less ghostly version of our trio performed to Waves, music by Andy Monroe from his album Joyful Noise Disc 2

Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 7pm

at Above the Belt - a monthly aerial showcase

at The Zipper Theater, located at 336 West 37th St.,
between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan

For more information about this performance, visit: www.abovethebeltentertainment.com


photo fairytalevegas.com

an aerial duet created by Chriselle Tidrick and Emily Smyth Vartanian

as part of Above the Belt - a monthly aerial showcase

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 7pm

at The Zipper Theater, located at 336 West 37th St.,
between 8th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan

For more information about this performance, visit: www.abovethebeltentertainment.com


photo: © Julie Lemberger 2008

And Yet So Far Away
a duet created by Chriselle Tidrick and Luis Gabriel Zaragoza  for Seeking:

as part of Pi Dance Theatre's 2008 season
Coincidental Decade

Friday, April 4, 2008 at 8pm
Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 8pm

at University Settlement, Speyer Hall. University Settlement is located at 184 Eldridge Street (at Rivington St.) on the Lower East Side. (F train to 2nd Ave., 1st Ave. exit).


at Tea Dances, an informal performance event hosted monthly by Emily Faulkner and Jody Sperling.

Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 3pm

at 525 @. 22nd St., #5A, between 10th and 11th Avenues. There is a $10 suggested donation which includes tea and cookies following the performance


photo: © Julie Lemberger 2008


Friday, February 29, 2008 at 8pm
Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 3pm
at Kumble Theater, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
One University Plaza, in the Humanities Building,
    between Dekalb and Willoughby
(Across from Junior's; entrance near the large metal sculpture)
Q,B,R,M trains to DeKalb Ave.

Tickets: Adults $20, Children $10. Group rates also available.

photo: © Julie Lemberger 2008

photo: © Julie Lemberger 2008
Above and Beyond Dance is proud to introduce Seeking, an evening of choreography designed to push the boundaries of dance by blending modern and ballroom dance techniques with circus arts. Seeking brings together a diverse group of ten New York City based professional performing artists in a creative collaboration led by Artistic Director Chriselle Tidrick and advised by Toni Taylor. The artists are unified by a theme—the human struggle to meet and form relationships contrasted by the inevitability of finding ourselves essentially isolated. A tango milonga scene opens the evening and reappears throughout, threading the various elements together, with dancers meeting and parting, entering and exiting.
Seeking is action-packed and appropriate for all ages, featuring dance, acrobatics, stilt and aerial work.

Please contact Above and Beyond Dance if you are interested in bringing Seeking to your theater. DVDs are available upon request.

photo: © Julie Lemberger 2008