Joyce Theater

The Dancer as Superhero

What inspired this new work? Did it start with the music?

Trey: It started with seeing the documentary Amy (2015), honestly. I was so taken with the film. I was taken with the things that I identify with in her life, or at least my projection of what I saw in the documentary maker’s version of her life.

What parts in particular did you connect with?

What I saw and felt was that her demise was really about being great. She was so special, and not just an incredible singer. She reinvented what that kind of jazz vocalist could be and made it completely unique. You cannot listen to her voice and not be taken to a place. [Her talent] was in some ways natural; it came out right out of her. She grew up in this working class life, and I think that the people around her didn’t know how to handle it. I think it’s easy to be judgmental. Her father doesn’t come off great in the documentary. But, how do we know what it is to have a child who is suddenly a mega superstar?

The Joyce and Cuba



2001: The Joyce embarked upon its first trip to Cuba

Using its people-to-people license, The Joyce has led 273 dance colleagues and supporters on 17 trips that have helped bridge the gap with this nearby country through cultural and artistic exchange.


2011: The Joyce presents Danza Contemporánea de Cuba

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba—the first Cuban dance company to perform at The Joyce Theater—was presented in a nearly sold-out two-week engagement during New York’s ¡Si Cuba! Festival in May 2011, as part of the company’s first U.S. tour, which was spearheaded by The Joyce.


2013: The Joyce commissions Ronald K. Brown to make new work in Cuba

The Joyce took Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown to Cuba to select a company to work with on a new commission. Brown selected Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company, one of only a handful of newly emerged, independent Cuban dance companies that does not receive government support.