Valerie Green: Dance Entropy – Long Island City, NY U.S.A.

Sharon Harsa

Choreographer: Valerie Green

Dance Entropy


Artist Statement/Philosophy/Mission Statement:
Dance Entropy is a professional modern dance company founded in 1998 that abstracts the potential chaos of the body and creates order through expressive movement reflecting the world within which we live. The word “Entropy” refers to the tendency towards disorder in a social system and chaos in motion. Dance Entropy supports Valerie Green’s vision as Artistic Director where by she creates stage and site-specific work. The company uses creation, performance, and teaching to link dance and the people of a particular community. In 2005 the company founded its current home base, Green Space- a 2000 sq. foot studio, located in Long Island City, Queens. The studio’s existence is a response to the need for professional dance rehearsal, class and performance space in New York City- especially Queens. Green Space serves the public by offering affordable space and services to individual artists and dance companies and by providing a place for the local community to connect through dance performances and classes.

Short Artist/Company Bio:
Valerie Green created Dance Entropy in 1998, adding a permanent company home in 2005 called Green Space in LIC Queens. Ms. Green has created 21 dances and 5 evening length works. Her choreography has been seen in NYC at La Mama, Joyce Soho, Movement Research, St. Mark's Church, Chashama, Mulberry St. Theater’s, Dance Now @ Dance Theater Workshop, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, University Settlement, the 92nd St. Y, Hunter College, Context, The Flea, Cunningham Studio, Dixon Place, Hudson Guild Theater, LaGuardia Performing Art Center, and Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Her work has also toured to various venues throughout the US and to less formal spaces such as parks and art galleries. Internationally she has taught and performed in Canada, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, India, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Albania. As a guest artist, Valerie has received commissions from Texas State University, BITEF Theater in Belgrade, Serbia, and Theater Alternativa in Tirana, Albania. She has also taught at the UNLV, Texas State, LaGuardia Community College, University of Nanterre, France, and at the Faculty of Drama & Art in Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Describe some of your achievements over the course of the last five years:
Creating my own studio, which is the home of my dance company, where I get to create work and keep my dancers dancing! Green Space also provides rehearsal space for over 150 choreographers a year, we produce close to 100 artists a year through our various performance programs, do outreach in the local community.  My not for profit is a valuable service to the NYC dance community at large!

What do you hope to gain from the experience of participating in this festival?
Exposure plus meeting new artists, and seeing a new place is always nice too!

Have you participated in other festivals or showcases?

If so – what were elements you enjoyed and what areas do you think could have been
improved on?

Meeting other artists from various states. Opportunities to mingle with the other artists socially.