“Mr. Ueyama has an unusual gift for creating and putting together big, bold movement.
… His dances are freshly and distinctly his own.”
– Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
TAKE Dance is a NYC-based contemporary dance company founded by Artistic Director Takehiro Ueyama. Since its inception in 2005, TAKE Dance has been praised for its exciting athletic movement and unusual sensitivity to create distinctive work that is uniquely “TAKE”. The Company’s mission is to create and stage works that deepen society’s sensitivity and understanding of the human condition. The fusion of Eastern and Western culture is a key element in what makes Take’s work truly one of a kind. By making bold choices in movement, musical selections, and subject matter, TAKE Dance strives not simply to be seen but rather, fully experienced. Take utilizes action to inspire action: the works created and performed by the Company are based on socially relevant issues and seek to make a positive impact on society. TAKE Dance seeks to use the human body to its fullest capacity, smashing the barriers created by language, skin color, gender, or religion. By taking these aforementioned differences that have become so enormously divisive and linking them, Take’s work speaks to a wide range of audience members and demonstrates that despite the variation that exists between us, we are all ultimately connected to one another.
The company has performed at NY venues such as Central Park Summer Stage, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Joyce Theater, Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The Cunningham Studio, PS/21 Chatham, Bryant Park, National Academy Museum, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Cedar Lake Theater, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Studio, The Judson Memorial Church, Galapagos Art Space and The Schimmel Center at Pace University.
The company has also performed at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, New Noises Festival at Perry-Mansfield, Sardinia, Italy’s Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza, WestFest Dance Festival, DanceNOW Festival, Saratoga ArtsFest, San Francisco’s West Wave Dance Festival, Spring to Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis, Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and Dance Place, Norwood Village Green Concert Series, The Lewis Center at Princeton University, Nort Maar Fete de Danse, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks and the Burgos, Spain International Dance Festival.
TAKE Dance has been the company-in-residence at Skidmore College, University at Albany, Randolph College, Kingsborough College and DANCENOW at Silo.