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Fly-By-Night Dance Theater: Where Shall I Send My Joys?

April 1, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

CUNY Dance Initiative and
the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Fly-by-Night Dance Theater in the World Premiere of

Where Shall I Send My Joys?

Performances with Aerial-Dance & Live Music


Friday, April 1, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College524 West 59th Street between 10th & 11th Ave, NYC NY 10019

Tickets available HERE

Join us for the premiere of our latest work featuring dancers Maia RamnathCecilia Fontanesi, and Artistic Director Julie Ludwick. The project explores the loss and grief experienced in our pandemic era and how it can be balanced by cultivating and sharing the joys of everyday life. More info on how the project began can be seen HERE





Live Music by Composer Paul Uhry Newman

Cinematography by Cristobal Vivar

Dramaturgy by James Bosley

Costumes by Jane Catherine Shaw

Lighting Design by Miriam Crowe

$15 youth/seniors; $5 John Jay students/ Advance tickets for $25 are available until Noon on April 1st. After that, you will need to purchase a $40 ticket at the door.


At this time, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, wear a mask, and present both photo identification and a valid vaccine card. Please plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your performance time to allow for vaccination checks, security screenings, and ticket pick-up.


If the show is canceled due to COVID restrictions, we will provide current ticket holders the following options:

  • Keep your ticket and use it on our “Rain Date”, Wednesday, April 27
  • Donate ticket/s to Fly-by-Night Dance Theater, Inc. (very much appreciated at this time)
  • Request a refund of your ticket purchase with us electronically

The Joy Project was developed with the support of a 2021-22 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. Additional funding provided by the John Jay College Student Activities Association, Inc.

Julie Ludwick was one of 500 New York City-based artists to receive $5,000 through the City Artists Corps Grants program, presented byThe New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre. Work on The Joy Project started with this support.

PHOTO: VivarPhoto.com

Known for its visceral aerial productions, Fly-By-Night Dance Theater taps the expressive potential of movement and flight to create dances in the air. Where Shall I Send My Joys? is driven by the Buddhist concept that happiness is an emotion we experience, while joy is an attitude we can develop.

Seeds for this work came from a very personal place: Artistic Director Julie Ludwick’s sister was diagnosed with a terminal illness just before the pandemic began, and asked her family to “keep looking for joy wherever you find it and share it with me when you can.” Over the next 16 months, Ludwick kept a journal of small joys while letting go of her sister, who died in May 2021. Where Shall I Send My Joys? translates this experience into a journey of loss, reflection, appreciation, and acceptance.

Where Shall I Send My Joys? features dancers Cecilia Fontanesi, Maia Ramnath, and Julie Ludwick; live music by composer/percussionist Paul Uhry Newman; and video by cinematographer Cristobal Vivar with dramaturgy by James Bosley.

Fly-By-Night Dance Theater is a modern dance company that blends grounded dance with weightless images of flight. Artistic Director Julie Ludwick conceives projects and directs the dancers, using collaborative improvisation to create the movement. FBN has been produced in NYC at The Flea Theater, Performance Space 122, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Mabou Mines, among others, and at college residencies around the U.S. Funding has been received from NYSCA and NYC via LMCC, NYFA, The Puffin Foundation, NoMAA, The Frances Alexander Family Fund, Fleet Bank, The Cartwheel Foundation, among others. FBN produces NYC Aerial Dance Festivals with guest artists from around the U.S., Free-for-Kids series and celebrated its 20th Anniversary season in February 2020. Outreach activities include scholarships to dancers of color, Aerial Dance workshops, and free public school programs and pre-performance workshops.

Fly-By-Night’s residency and performance at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater is part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), which receives major support from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, SHS Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. CDI is part of Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CDI is spearheaded by The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College.

Additional funding provided by the John Jay College Student Activities Association, Inc.

Photo: Cristobal Vivar




April 1, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Gerald W. Lynch Theater
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019 United States
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