Keely Garfield Dance


Presented by

Danspace Project Platform: Dancing Platform, Praying Grounds, Churches, Blackness, and Downtown-Dance

March 15,16,17 at 8pm
Danspace Project
St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery
Tickets (866) 811-4111


There is a West African proverb, "When you pray, move your feet!" In response MANDALA brings a community of moving parts together to make things whole. ZPO's Three Tenets—Not-knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action—spur us on and provide a map of sorts. Ideas recede, listening appears, and dancing will save our souls.   

MANDALA is performed by Paul Hamilton, Raja Feather Kelly, Emma Rose Brown, Eleanor Smith, and yours truly! KGD is joined by a multifabulous cast that includes my spirited students from Lang Dance Department, The New School, as well as star-powered surprise guest artists!

This presentation of MANDALA is part of a shared evening with Same As Sister/Briana Brown-Tipley & Hilary Brown, and Ni'ja Whitson, curated by Reggie Wilson as part of Danspace Project Platform: Dancing Platform, Praying Grounds, Churches, Blackness, and Downtown-Dance. Pick up a copy of the Platform Journal to read my essay, "Holy Moly" on making dance, identity, and impermanence. 

What forms can we create in modern society that will be conducive to seeing the oneness of life? What are the forms that will make it easier to experience interconnectedness?
— Zen Peacemakers Order
Photo: Keely Garfield by Paula Court

Photo: Keely Garfield by Paula Court

When Ms. Garfield begins by telling the audience, “None of us can do this on our own,” you might wonder if her tongue is in her cheek. But when the work ends with the dancers turning in a circle, hand in hand as the lights fade, it’s pretty clear that she means it. This is not a war dance. It’s more like prayer
— Brian Seibert - The New York Times

First Degree Reiki Trainings with Reiki Master Keely Rakushin Garfield - Two Upcoming Opportunities in February!

“Keely is your quintessential guide to the healing arts. Don’t miss her!”
— Rodney Yee, Yoga Master Teacher

First Degree Reiki Training with Reiki Master Keely Rakushin Garfield

Two different One-Day intensive trainings:

Saturday February 17th at Yoga Shanti NYC
Upper East Side
Saturday February 24th at Five Pillars Yoga

“Go back and care for yourself. Your body needs you, your perceptions need you. Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it. Go home and be there for all these things.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh

What are you waiting for? Make self-care a priority and come learn this simple, and profound spiritual healing practice that is gentle, safe and suitable for everyone! You will receive attunement in First Degree Reiki, and learn how to give Reiki to yourself and others. There will be plenty of time for discussion and hands-on practice, as well as contemplative exercises to help define, and refine our understanding and intentions.

Healer and author, Dianne M. Connelly says that, "All sickness is homesickness and all healing is homecoming." This sentiment beautifully expresses my own experience with Reiki energy. I cannot wait to share it with you! There are TWO different trainings happening this February. Hopefully one of them works for your schedule and location. Space is limited so that everyone has ample time to immerse and absorb. Pick a date and sign up now...




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Save The Date! November 29 - Dec 9  
Keely Garfield Dance - Perfect Piranha

Presented by The Chocolate Factory.


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“Garfield’s work is an act of disruption, an unmasking with occasional masks, a mouthful of Pop Rocks, a baptismal immersion in feelings that continuously build.”
— Eva Yaa Asantewaa - Infinite Body

Perfect Piranha emerges as an uninterrupted flow of continuous movement, veering between a whisper and a roar. Declarative dancing gives sway to mixed emotions, evaporating patterns, and vaudevillian flourishes. The dance concludes in an immaculate outpouring – Mandala – a dance within a dance. Mandala is an extraordinarily intricate ascending spiral that serves as soulful completion. 

Winston Churchill said, “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” What can be expressed is simple. What cannot be expressed is most urgent. What if there are no words yet for what we are living through? Meaning accrues - intonation, accumulation of speed, diminishing space, hate speech, embodied listening, sublime utterance – who are we now? I hit you and you hit me is one way to communicate. Inchoate and tentative, we turn away. A Piranha’s teeth are serrated, sharp as blades, and ideal for shearing and tearing flesh. A veneered smile is heralded as indication of how smart and happy a person is. Let’s turn back, reach deep into our subterranean hearts, and remember who we can be. Imagine a piranha’s strong jaw and teeth closing in, and turn towards this awareness. Snap! Wake up! We struggle with what we have made. Let’s start over. Compassionate and in accord, we turn…None of us can do this alone.

Perfect Piranha is choreographed by 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Keely Garfield. Garfield is joined in performance by Bessie awarded dancers Molly Lieber and Raja Feather Kelly, Bessie nominated Paul Hamilton, and newcomer, Emma Rose Brown. Lighting design is by Madeline Best. 

“Keely Garfield has been on a phenomenal tear in recent years, creating work that seems always on the verge of plunging off a cliff — you watch spellbound, waiting for the car to crash and burn in spectacular fashion. Somehow, though, she always makes the curve...If you are going to make a stand best to make it at the height of your powers!”
— Claudia La Rocco - The New York Times

Keely Garfield joyfully participates in the great body of the world as a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and curator. Born in London and based in New York City, Garfield is the artistic director of her company, Keely Garfield Dance (KGD), which has been widely commissioned and presented at theaters and festivals nationally and internationally, garnering several Bessie awards and nominations. Garfield is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, a NYFA Fellow and received the Chancellor’s Award from University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she obtained her MFA in choreography. Garfield is an adjunct professor in dance at The New School and has taught at many universities and colleges. Alongside her artistic career, Garfield is an integrative yoga therapist, yoga teacher, and Reiki Master focusing on wellness for dancers, and works in oncology and hospice. A spirit of philosophical inquiry and compassionate concern unites her dedicated engagement in all her endeavors.  

Garfield has created over sixty dances for KGD, and made work for other modern dance companies, theater, musicals, ballet, film, MTV, site-specific projects, schools and universities. She has collaborated with dancers, actors, musicians, students, children, people with disabilities, young adults in under-served communities, and even animated the movements of mechanical robots and antique puppets. Highlights include: Deep (The Joyce Theater), Twin Pines (Danspace Project), Disturbing The Peace (Zenon Dance Company), Iron Lung (Groundworks Dancetheater), Disturbulance (NYLA), Sinister Slapstick (Queen Elizabeth Hall), My Father Was A Spanish Captain (Tanzmesse), Scent of Mental Love (A film for Radio Bremen/Canal Arte), Damsel (Dance Theater of Harlem), Body Wisdom (Rubin Museum of Art), and Gypsy (Sundance Theater), Folk Dance In Gold (The Wooden Floor).