Upcoming Events

Artistic Director Chris Elam speaks at the inaugural Floria V. Lasky Symposium
April 28, 2:15pm
Online at Livestream: Tune in here.

We hope you'll join us for the Livestream of the tactics panel this Sat at the inaugural Floria V. Lasky Symposium. It's a great set of panelists. Chris will touch on some techniques from and have a conversation with Jessica Kantor, Head of Marketing & Content at Livestream, about tactics used in our recent streaming of Misnomer's NYC season. The full Symposium is streamed live, 1-5pm, and our panel is on at 2:15pm. Tune in online here.

Dance/ USA's Engaging Dance Audiences Learning Exchange
May 13, 10am-5pm
Gibney Dance Center
890 Broadway, Fifth Floor
New York, NY

This is a special opportunity for dance companies to get to learn from the innovative dance initiatives undertaken by the recipients of the Engaging Dance Audiences's first round awardees. As one of the dance companies awarded in the first round, Misnomer will share insights from our project during this day-long Learning Exchange. The event is suitable for artists, managers, marketing staff, agents and educators.  There will be a second session held in San Francisco on June 27th, from 10am - 5pm.
Register for the NY session here.

"Dance Under the Influence" Series
June 1 and 2, 7:30 pm
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

Catch Misnomer's performance as part of the mad-cap, acclaimed "Dance Under the Influence" series at the delightful Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. Misnomer will present two dances on this program alongside dances by Souleymane Badolo, Bridman/Packer Dance and Claire Porter. Join us on June 1 and 2 for what is sure to be a festive night of dance.  For more information on the performance, visit the Museum of Arts and Design website
Click here to purchase tickets

Dance/ USA's Engaging Dance Audiences Learning Exchange
June 27, 10am-5pm
ODC Theater
3152 17th Street
San Francisco, CA

This is a special opportunity for dance companies to get to learn from the innovative dance initiatives undertaken by the recipients of the Engaging Dance Audiences's first round awardees. As one of the dance companies awarded in the first round, Misnomer and the other recipients will share insights from our respective projects during this day-long Learning Exchange. The event is suitable for artists, managers, marketing staff, agents and educators.
Check out the EDA Promo Video 
Register for the San Fran Event

Flash mob wedding proposal in Central Park
July 17, arrive at 5:30 pm for 6 pm proposal
Naunburg Bandshell

Be a part of an awesome dance flash mob as Alex gives a surprise proposal! Have a fun time and cross flash mob off your "bucket list"!  Details can be found here.

Jack the Ripper
August 2012
New York, NY
Misnomer is at work on a special dance project this August. Stay tuned for details and attend our October 4th First Thursdays Studio Showing to learn more.

First Thursdays Studio Series
October 4, 8- 9 pm
DANY Studios
New York, NY

Misnomer's behind-the-scenes studio showings are a unique opportunity for our guests to get up close and personal with Misnomer's choreography in an intimate and relaxed setting. Attendance is free. To RSVP email [email protected]

First Thursdays Studio Series
November 1, 8-9 pm
DANY Studios
New York, NY

Misnomer's behind-the-scenes studio showings are a unique opportunity for our guests to get up close and personal with Misnomer's choreography in an intimate and relaxed setting. Attendance is free. To RSVP email [email protected]

2011 Past Events

Misnomer's 2011 New York Season Premiere

December 8-11 and 15-17, 7:30 pm
Joyce SoHo
155 Mercer St.
New York, NY

Get ready for our New York Season! See the World Premiere of our newest work, Time Lapse, along with the rarely seen Future Perfect, now re-imagined as, Future Perfect-er.Don't delay, get your tickets!

December 9 & 16 will be Livestreamed at at 7:30 pm.

Sign up for our email list to recieve show details, to read announcements and to track our progress. 

SIME Stockholm
November 15-16
Stockholm, Sweden

Artistic Director Chris Elam is going to Sweden this November to participate as a speaker and entertainer in the SIME Stockholm conference. This year's theme is "Surfing the Next Wave" which seeks to explore how to most effectively use the plethora digital opportunities that are available. Click here to read the write up about Chris on SIME's website or here for more about the conference itself. 

First Thursdays
Studio Series

November 3, 8- 9 pm
New York, NY

October 6
New York, NY

September 1
New York, NY

This fall, Misnomer opened its doors to give our audience a sneak peek at works from out upcoming New York Season! Featuring the Company's new work, Time Lapse, and a reimagining of an old favorite, Future Perfect-er, this evening was a unique opportunity for our guests to get up close and personal with Misnomer's choreography in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Chris Elam Co-Leads Marketing Forum at Dance/USA!
Chicago, IL, July 16

Chris Elam co-lead two panels at Dance/USA's annual conference this past July. The sessions were as follows:

The Art of Seduction: Marketing Tools for Audience Engagement,
Customer Management Systems for Small Companies and Individual Artists, 11:20-12:45

Please see the Dance/USA Conference page for more information about the event.

Misnomer Discovery Series: "Through Our Eyes"
New York, NY, April 13

Artistic Director Chris Elam and Company dancer Jennifer Harmer went with a group of ten of Misnomer's audience members to see a dance performance, followed by drinks and discussion. This was a unique opportunity to get ot know the art form "through our eyes." Stay tuned for ticket information and for additional instances of this new series with each of our dancers throughout the year.

Misnomer Speaking Series: "Careeres in Cultural and Performing Arts"

New York, NY, March 24

Chris spoke on a panel aimed at bringing students and professionals in cultural and performing arts together to learn, network and socialize. He talks about his experience and knowledge of the performing arts field and offered guidance for emerging professionals.

Studio Performance and Reception

New York, NY, February 17

Misnomer was awarded a special month-long residency to create new choreography in the Baryshnikov Arts Center's gorgeous studios. This event featured the culmination of the residency, providing a glimpse of the company's newest choreography.

Studio Showing
New York, NY February 9

This event was a sneak peek at our choreographic process. Misnomer was awarded a special month-long residency to create new choreography in the Baryshnikov Arts Center's gorgeous studios.

APAP Company Performance
New York, NY, January 8

Misnomer performed a full length production for NYC audiences at part of the APAP annual conference for the arts.

APAP 2012
January 7, 2012, 4 pm, 5pm, 7pm and 8pm
Alvien Ailey American Dance Theater
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 W. 55th St (at 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10019

Performance at SUNY Orange
January 29, 3pm
Orange Hall Theater
Middletown, NY

Misnomer 2010 Season

The National Arts Marketing Project Conference


TYPE: Talk
Chris led a panel entitled 'Shaping the Artist-Audience Relationship', which discussed new web-based efforts created to invigorate audience engagement, including the Audience Engagement Platform ( Other speakers included Ron Evans, of Arts Marketing Consultants, Caleb Carter, of Design Brooklyn, and Amy Kweskin, of California State University East Bay.

Misnomer's Season Benefit Performance & Party!


TYPE: Performance Benefit Party
This dance party featured a sneak-peek of our latest work, along with choreography by the each of the company's dancers.



TYPE: Talk Performance
 Misnomer performed "Maggie and George", followed by a talk by Chris Elam on the creative process at TEDxGOTHAM's inaugural event, "Collaborate, Experiment, Inspire". TED is an thought leadership event devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. At TEDxGOTHAM, we heard amazing speakers explore how the NYC community is coming together to inspire a new wave of innovation.

Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Conference 2010

TYPE: Talk
Chris joined the panel entitled Developing Audiences: Consumption and Capital, which invesitgated opportunites and challenges for the arts in supporting intellectual capital and socioeconomic development as arts consumption evolves. Other speakers included Craig Hatkoff, founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, and Randall Bourscheidt, President of the Alliance for the Arts.

DanceNOW [NYC] Festival

TYPE: Performance

Misnomer performed their quartet entitled "Misnomer," which was the first piece ever choreographed by Elam for Misnomer, after which the company was named in 1998. Misnomer opened the program, followed by works of several hot downtown NYC dance company's on the closing night of this annual NYC dance festival.

Misnomer 2010 Season @ Symphony Space
APRIL 2,3,9,10

TYPE: Performance

Misnomer's New York Season at Symphony Space included the premier of "Cellophane". 

Alabama Arts Festival 
TYPE: Talk

Misnomer dancer Jen Harmer and web guru Jaki Levy spoke at the Festival.

Emelin Theater



TYPE: Performance

Misnomer Visited Chris's hometown for a performance.

APAP Conference



TYPE: Talk

Chris was a panelist on the discussion: "Dynamic New Directions in Dance".


TYPE: Talk
 Chris was a discussant for the talk: "New Frontiers in Technology - What's Next?"


TYPE: Performance
 Misnomer Dance Theater presented an hour-long performance of new and old works followed by a reception. 

Misnomer 2009 Season


January 9-11, 2009

New York, NY 

Misnomer will offer several showings at APAP - click for full schedule.  For more information and for presenters to receive complimentary access to our showcase please contact [email protected].

Temple University

January 12-17, 2009

Philadelphia, PA 

Long Island University

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts

January 28, 2009

Brooklyn, NY

Misnomer performed selections from Being Together.

University of Southern Mississippi

February 4-18, 2009

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

New York Civil Liberties Union Big Gay Variety Show

March 3, 2009

The Box 

New York, NY

Southeastern Louisiana University

March 16-26, 2009

Hammond, LA 

DTW:Lobby Talks @ Dance Theater Workshop

June 9, 2009

New York, NY

Summer Stages Dance
July 12-16, 2009

Concord, MA

DanceNOW Festival, Dance Theater Workshop
September 10, 2009

New York, NY

Harkness Dance Festival

October 10, 2009

New York, NY

Chris performs Cast Iron Crutches.

Opera Europa Budapest Conference

October 17, 2009

Adam Huttler, Misnomer board member, discusses AEP and CRM tools for the performing arts.
National Arts Marketing Conference

November 1, 2009

Providence, RI

TEDxEast Conference

November 6, 2009

New York, NY

Chris Elam gave a performance of Cast Iron Crutches and a presentation entitled “Shaping your Connection with Art and Artists”.

Misnomer  2008 Season

Skirball Center

January 9, 2008

New York, NY

Baryshnikov Arts Center

January 12, 2008

New York, NY

The Ailey Theater

January 14, 2008

New York, NY

DANCE / USA Winter Forum

January, 17-18 2008

Los Angeles, CA

The Winsor School

April 18, 2008

Boston, MA

Residency in Denmark

April 21-May 23, 2008

Copenhagen, Denmark

Chris Elam spent a month in Denmark choreographing on the Danish Dance Theater in preparation for the premiere of Labyrinth.

Guggenheim Museum

April 28, 2008

New York, NY

Misnomer performs as a featured guest for the Brown University Gala Development Event. 

Danish Dance Theatre premieres new commission of Labyrinth
May 21-June 15, 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark

Fortune Magazine
July 21-23, 2008
Half Moon Bay, CA

Chris spoke at Fortune's BrainStorm Conference about how artists and audiences can use the web to engage each other in new ways.  Misnomer performed Breakfast With You. Meeting
August 11-12, 2008
Half Moon Bay, CA

Arts & Business Council of NY
September 6, 2008
New York, NY

The Field
September 30, 2008
New York, NY

Chris was a panelist as part of The Field's ERPA Invention Sessions.  This session titled No more Grants and Grandma took place at Joe's Pub.

Arts & Business Council of NY
October 2, 2008
New York, NY

Chris gave a talk at an Arts & Business Council of NY Forum.

Technology in the Arts Conference
October 10, 2008
Pittsburgh, PA

Misnomer gave a keynote speech and performance.

DanceNOW Festival, Dance Theater Workshop
October 28, 2008
New York, NY

University of Wisconsin
November 1-23, 2008
Madison, WI

Joyce SoHo
December 4-7 & 11-14, 2008
New York, NY

Misnomer presented its new evening length season, Being Together.

Misnomer 2007 Season

Brown University Entrepreneurship Forum, Invited Speaker

March 2007

Fuel4Arts, Case-Study on Misnomer Dance Theater

April 2007

Misnomer Dance Theater is one of three companies world-wide selected as a case-study in this two week online forum for 10,000 readers.


April 23, 2007


April 24-28, 2007



May 12 - 20, 2007


Weston Awards, Keynote Speaker
May 2007

Chris Elam gave the Keynote Address for the Annual Weston Creative Arts Awards Ceremony at Brown University.

The Yard on Martha's Vineyard
July 2 - 28 with performances on 26, 27, & 28, 2007
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Misnomer spent a month on choreographic residency on Martha's Vineyard.

Summer Stages Dance at The Concord Arts Academy

July 29 - August 10, 2007

Concord, Massachusetts
Misnomer Dance Theater was in residency at Summer Stages Dance as the first winner of the newly created Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Artists Residency Project.

August 20 - 25, 2007

Providence, Rhode Island

Misnomer set a work on the FusionWorks Repertory Company

Misnomer choreographs BJORK's Wanderlust music video 

August 2007

New York, NY

DanceNOW Festival @ Dance Theater Workshop  

September 5, 2007

New York, NY

Townson University

September 9 - 15, 2007

Baltimore, Maryland

Baryshnikov Arts Center 

September 17 - October 7, 2007

New York, NY

Misnomer was in residence for three weeks at the Baryshnikov Arts Center for the second part of their SSD/BAC Artist Residency. Danish

Dance Theater Commission

Chris Elam choreographed work in collaboration with Tim Rushton.
"Conversations between Artists and Audiences and Open Rehearsals illustrated with dance videos and movement demonstrations.  Ever wonder how dances are created?  Join us for these works in progress open rehearsals with our Joyce SoHo Artists-In-Residence and find out.


Labyrinth – a movable, moving art installation, Labyrinth is not a traditional dance performance; it is a gigantic art installation created in close collaboration with artists within contemporary dance, music and video art. 

Friday, October 19, 2007, 2:00-4:00 pm

Join us anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm as New York choreographer Chris Elam rehearses members of Danish Dance Theatre in a section he is creating for Tim Rushton’s larger work.

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 4:00-6:00 pm
Choreographer Tim Rushton and members of Danish Dance Theatre show their work in progress and take questions from the audience."

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

October 24, 2007

Chris Elam spoke with the NYU Tisch dance majors about careers in dance. 

Workshops at The Field

October 15, 22, 29, 2007

New York, NY 

Misnomer led a workshop series at The Field called "Strategies for Internet Outreach". 

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Dance Department

October 31, 2007

Chris Elam gave a talk to students as part of the guest speaker series at the NYU Tisch Dance Department. 

NYU Tisch School of the Arts - Speaker Series

November 7, 2007 
Wasserman Center for Career Development

Chris Elam served on a panel for the "Get Your Career in Gear Speaker Series: Careers in Cultural & Performing Arts" for Graduate Students and Alumni.

Misnomer 2006 Season

DancemOpolitan at Joe's Pub
March 3-4, 2006
The Public Theater
New York, New York

Joyce Theater Educational "Dance Talks" Series
March 7, 2006
Joyce SoHo Theater
New York, New York

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
March 8, 2006

Kumble Theater
Brooklyn, New York

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council "Borough Arts Bash"
March 30, 2006
New York, New York

NDA's Performance Mix
April 2, 2006
Joyce SoHo Theater
New York, New York

May 11-14, 2006
Thursday through Saturday, 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 5pm
Performance Space 122

150 First Avenue at the corner of 9th Street Benefit Party includes show, festive reception, and T-shirt for $60.  Special $35 tickets for artists (with no T-shirt).  Meet and greet, listen to live music by Andy Teirstein and DJ ~LVR~, show your support, and have a fun time!  Regular tickets also available for the Saturday performance.


For tickets click here


To order Party tickets with credit card choose from the selections below or call Misnomer's office
at 917-602-0478.
(Photo credit: Mark Sadan)





Rotterdam Residency
June 11, 2006
Rotterdam, Holland

Misnomer performed a showing of a new work created in collaboration with the Dutch inter-active video artists, Blue Noise Productions.

August 17 - 27, 2006
Thursday through Sunday, 7pm
Additional shows Saturday, 5pm

Brooklyn Lyceum Theater
@ 227 4th Ave,
Corner of President Street
Brooklyn, NY
R Train to Union Street

click here or call: 866-gowanus.
$20 general admission

click here for more information
(Photo credit: Mark Sadan)


Rhode Island College Dance Company October Concert with Misnomer Dance Theater
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: October 13, 2006


Misnomer 2005 Season


Brown University
January 24 - May 10, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island

Elam was on faculty at Brown University teaching a course entitled “Improbable Partnering and Exceptional Physical Interactions."  The class culminated with the creation and performance of a new dance theater piece performed May 5-8.

Harvard University
February 26, 2005
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Elam conducted a master class open to Havard students.

Boston Conservatory
February 26, 2005
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Elam conducted two master classes for Boston Conservatory students.

American Dance Legacy Institute
Brown University

March 5, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island

Misnomer performed Tin Man on a shared concert.  Elam conducted a partnering workshop for participants of the
American Dance Legacy Institute National Conference.

Performance Studies International Conference
Brown University
March 31 & April 1, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island

Misnomer performed Tin Man and Breakfast With You for two evening concerts.  Elam co-directed a three-day movement workshop with Yin Mei and Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, for members of PSI.

April 20-24, 2005
Chris Elam's Misnomer Dance Theater merges fast-action modern dance, humor and theater with LIVE MUSIC and influences from recent projects in Cuba, Indonesia, Turkey, and Brazil.

The centerpiece of the evening is the World Premiere of Toes of a Snail, a piece that explores the palette of emotions, ranging from pleasure to anguish, that drive the interpersonal connections people forge with one another.

Inspired by Elam's two-month choreographic commission in Cuba, Toes of a Snail lives in a delightfully warm yet volatile environment, punctuated by absurd and fantastical events, and coupled with the melodic and wry new music performed live by rock composer Rob Erickson.  Costumes: Sarah McMillian.

Performers are Brynne Billingsley, Abbey Dehnert, Chris Elam, Jennifer Harmer, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, and Adam Scher.

Nagelberg Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center
25th Street between Lexington & 3rd.
To reach us by subway or bus:
take the #6 to the 23rd street station at Park,
take the N, the R or the F to the 23rd and Broadway station,
take the #1 to the 23rd and 6th Ave. station
or take the bus down Lexington or up 3rd Ave

Sat, April 23 – Gala Benefit Event includes show and festive reception. $60 single ticket/ $100 for two. Regular tickets also available for the Saturday performance.

Brown University
May 5 - May 8, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island

Riverside Park Summer Festival
July 21, 2005
New York, New York

Union Square Park Summer Festival
August 10, 2005, 7:30pm
New York, New York

MISNOMER PERFORMS Several Stories for 14 shows this AUGUST in NYC
NYC River-to-River Festival
SITELINES - Commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

August 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 at 12:30pm & 1:30pm at Battery Park.
August 9 at 12:30pm & 1:30pm at Wagner Park.
August 11 at 5:30pm & 6:30pm at Wagner Park.

New York, New York

Several Stories is a free outdoor site-specific performance in a busy park during lunchtime. The piece draws from Elam's rich travels and dance research in Cuba, Turkey, Indonesia, and Brazil. Merging modern dance with humorous theater and lots of climbing, twisting, and leaping, Misnomer Dance Theater presents an entertaining and intimate combination of human tales translated by the body. For outdoor fun for all ages come check out this unique dance event!

(Photo credit: Jason Somma)

Dance Theater Workshop
September 9, 2005
New York, New York

Fractured Atlas Benefit Event
November 10, 2005
New York, New York

Hofstra University
November 17-20, 2005
Long Island, New York

Manhattanville College
Hartsdale, New York
Dec 1-4, 2005

Brown University
Dec 9, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island

Brooklyn Museum
Dec 11, 2005
Brooklyn, New York

PACE Theater
December 16 & 17, 2005
Mamaroneck, New York


Misnomer 2004 Season

Harkness Dance Center
March 5, 2004
New York, New York

Symphony Space
May 15, 2004
New York, New York

Tea Dances
May 22, 2004

525 West 22nd Street, buzzer 5A
(bet 10th & 11th Aves)
New York, New York

DanceNow/NYC Festival
September 18, 2004
Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
New York, New York

Hobart and William Smith College
December 2, 2004

Geneva, New York

Harkness Dance Center
December 12, 2004

New York, New York



Misnomer 2003 Season

“First Weekend” at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
Feb 28 & March 1, 2003

March 28, 2003

Tea Dances
April 19, 2003

The Body Project at WAX
April 24, 25, 26, 2003

Creative Time Choreographic Residency
May 1 - May 16, 2003

Joyce SoHo Presents
May 15-17, 2003

Center for Translation

June 8, 2003

Summer Stages Dance Festival
July 10, 2003

Bates Dance Festival
July 26 - Aug 14, 2003

DanceNownyc Festival
September 8, 13, 2003

'Food For Thought' at Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church
November 7, 2003

December 11 - 13
December 14
December 18 - 20
December 21


Misnomer 2002 Season


Hosted by

the Chip Deffaa Invitational Festival
With special guest choreographers: Ann Carlson, Yoshiko Chuma, Sean Curran, Heidi Latsky, Edisa Weeks, and Thoth (of Academy-Award winning documentary “Thoth”).

DUMBO Dance Festival
October 17, 2002

Terry Dean and Katie Liles Put On A Dance Show
October 22-23, 2002

PACE Theater Show
November 1-2, 2002

Saturday, December 7, 2002
Benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS
Danspace Project in St. Mark's Church