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

Recommended by The New York Times Spring Preview! Plus, read an interview with Keely in 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 collaborators Paul Hamilton, Molly Lieber, Angie Pittman, and Opal Ingle, contends with presence and absence, emotionally extravagant embodiment, and understated disappearing acts to offer a glimpse of hope. Original music from Jeff Berman harmonizes spirited testimonials and percussive soundscapes to underscore the intimacy and largess in the body of the work. Costumes by Lisa Jordan.

The Invisible Project is a container for things heretofore invisible that are made visible through the conjuring act of dancing. Things like endurance, rest, and patience. It is informed by my role as a chaplain working in end-life and trauma. Chaplains employ a set of skills, or competencies, among them are compassionate presence, reflective listening, bearing witness to suffering, affirming strengths, facilitating expression of feelings, and meaning-making. For me, dancing and making dances utilizes the same skills.” — Keely Garfield

Audiences are seated on stage for this performance, and capacity is limited. No late seating. Recommended for ages 12+.

Keely Garfield, a native of London, England, is based in New York City. Her company, Keely Garfield Dance (KGD), founded in 1989, 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


  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot to enter the theater.
  • You may be asked to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine upon entry. Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination & booster with your photo ID if asked. Members of the NYU Community may gain entry by showing a VIOLET GO pass.
  • It is strongly recommended that audience members wear a well-fitted mask while in the theater.

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This project is supported by

Harkness Foundation for Dance & NYSCA

NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 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; Korean Cultural Center New York, Norwegian Consulate General in New York; Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Aaron Copland Fund for Music; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.

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The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne
The Invisible Project (c) Whitney Browne