Full-out and entirely sincere dancing, the uplift is irresistible. Wow, you feel, wow.” Brian Seibert, The New York Times

An NYU Skirball commission, Keely Garfield Dance’s highly anticipated premiere The Invisible Project is a ritualized performance inspired by Garfield’s work as an enduring dance artist, and her covert calling as a hospital chaplain. 

Garfield, with frequent collaborators Molly Lieber, Paul Hamilton, and Angie Pittman, contend with presence and absence, emotionally extravagant embodiment, and understated disappearing acts to offer a glimpse of hope. Original music from Jeff Berman harmonizes chaplaincy “testimonials” and muscular orchestral soundscapes to underscore the intimacy and largess in the body of the work. 

Keely Garfield, a native of London, England, is based in New York City. Her company, Keely Garfield Dance (KGD), has been widely commissioned and presented at theaters and festivals nationally and internationally, garnering several Bessie awards and nominations. A spirit of philosophical investigation and compassionate concern continues to shape Keely’s path as an artist and is central in her creative endeavor. Garfield has also made work for other modern dance companies, theater, musicals, ballet, film, MTV, site-specific projects, schools and universities. Garfield is a Guggenheim Fellow, holds an MFA from UWM, and teaches at The New School. Alongside her artistic career, Garfield works in the field of wellness, and is currently a chaplain at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn.  www.keelygarfield.nyc


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This project is supported by

Harkness Foundation for Dance & NYSCA

NYU Skirball’s presenting programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and by Howard Gilman Foundation; FACE Contemporary Theater and FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), programs of FACE Foundation in partnership with Villa Albertine; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; Collins Building Services; Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.

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Fri, Mar 10 @ 7:30pm

Sat, Mar 11 @ 7:30pm

Sun, Mar 12 @ 3:00pm