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MADBOOTS DANCE IS A QUEER, CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY BASED IN NEW YORK CITY. 

 

IN 2011, JONATHAN CAMPBELL (JUILLIARD SCHOOL, BFA) AND AUSTIN DIAZ (NYU TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, BFA) CO-FOUNDED THE COMPANY. THE HYPER-PHYSICAL, PROVOCATIVE ENSEMBLE WAS NAMED “25 TO WATCH” BY DANCE MAGAZINE IN 2016 AND HAS REACHED AUDIENCES NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY, MINING TOPICS OF MALE IDENTITY AND QUEER CULTURE. THE COMPANY HAD THE HONOR OF PERFORMING AT THE JOYCE THEATER, IN THE THEATER'S FIRST-EVER LGBTQ+ PRIDE WEEK, AS WELL AS PERFORMING WORKS AT — JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL'S DORIS DUKE THEATRE, CHUTZPAH! FESTIVAL (VANCOUVER), OFF THE EDGE FESTIVAL AT THE RIALTO (ATLANTA), FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL, VELOCITY DANCE CENTER (SEATTLE), HUDSON VALLEY DANCE FESTIVAL, THE 92ND STREET Y, TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, GIBNEY DANCE CENTER, AND DAVID MIXNER'S 1969 BENEFIT PERFORMANCE.

PRESENTLY, CAMPBELL AND DIAZ CONTINUE TO CREATE COMPELLING, ORIGINAL WORKS FOR MADBOOTS, AS WELL AS, TEACH BOTH EMERGING AND PROFESSIONAL DANCERS AROUND THE NATION THROUGH THEIR UNIQUE VOICE AND MOVEMENT LANGUAGE. THE DUO HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY SCHOOLS AND COMPANIES, SUCH AS, NYU TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, SUNY PURCHASE, BOSTON CONSERVATORY AT BERKLEE, POINT PARK UNIVERSITY, WHIM W'HIM, AND DARK CIRCLES CONTEMPORARY DANCE. AS CREATORS, CAMPBELL & DIAZ HAVE RECEIVED TWO CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT RESIDENCIES FROM JACOB'S PILLOW, AS WELL AS, SPACE GRANTS FROM THE JOYCE THEATER FOUNDATION'S ARTIST RESIDENCY CENTER, INCEPTION TO EXHIBITION, DANCENOW, GIBNEY DANCE CENTER, AND VELOCITY DANCE CENTER.

 

ALASTAIR MACAULAY, FORMER CHIEF DANCE CRITIC OF THE New York TIMES, NOTED THE COMPANY 

"…TOOK ME WHERE I HAD NOT BEEN IN DANCE THEATER."

 

 

PHOTO BY DANIEL ROBINSON @DROBPROD

 

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IT IS OUR MISSION TO CREATE COMPLEX AND THEATRICAL ENVIRONMENTS STEEPED IN ATHLETICISM, OFTEN EXPLORING THE MULTI-DIMENSIONALITY OF THE MALE EXPERIENCE. AS QUEER ARTISTS, WE FEEL THE TOPIC IS EVER–PRESENT IN OUR WORK. AS QUEER ARTISTS, WE RECOGNIZE ALL THOSE THAT HAVE COME BEFORE US, THOSE WHO HAVE PAVED THE WAY AND ALLOWED US TO FURTHER OUR VOICE. REGARDLESS OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY, A THROUGH LINE OF HUMANITY IS INTEGRAL TO THE WORK.

 

PHOTO BY GERARDO VIZMANOS
PHOTOS BELOW BY GUS REED

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MEN ARE WEAK. MEN ARE DELICATE. MEN ARE SENSITIVE. MEN ARE QUIET. MEN ARE EFFEMINATE. 
MEN ARE SUBMISSIVE. MEN ARE DEMONSTRATIVE. MEN ARE INSECURE. MEN ARE INFERIOR.
MEN ARE GENTLE. MEN ARE BEAUTIFUL. MEN ARE SAD. MEN ARE SPINELESS. MEN ARE INVOLVED. 
MEN ARE VULNERABLE. MEN ARE IMPURE. MEN ARE RESPONSIBLE. MEN ARE TENDER. 
MEN ARE COMPASSIONATE. MEN ARE FORGIVING. MEN ARE SILENT. 


MEN ARE LOST. MEN ARE LOST.

 
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