Irvine Barclay Theatre

Irvine Barclay Theatre to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts


[Irvine, CA]—National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Irvine Barclay Theatre in support of IBT’s Dance and Movement Portfolio. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 972 grants in this category.


“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Barclay’s President, Jerry Mandel, remarked: “Irvine Barclay Theatre is honored by the NEA recognition of the theatre’s legacy of diverse, high-level dance programming and substantive outreach. This grant will allow the Barclay to deepen our work in the community through the presentation of these dance and movement opportunities.”


The Dance and Movement Portfolio is a comprehensive, multi-dimensional program embracing five unique tracks – international dance, creation of new work, home-based presentations, cirque and flamenco presentations, and related educational outreach and audience engagement – with the goal of integrating and leveraging these activities to expand IBT’s contribution to the field locally and beyond.


Irvine Barclay Theatre's international contemporary dance programming establishes the foundation of the Portfolio. The current season featured Jessica Lang Dance and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company [Israel] this past fall. Up next will be the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company on February 27 and Malpaso Dance Company [Cuba] on March 20. Home-based favorite Backhausdance, appears on May 22 with the world-premiere of a new work by Dwight Rhoden. 


Programs supporting the presentation of new works include the National Choreographers Initiative under the artistic direction of Molly Lynch, which culminates in new ballets by four choreographers. Cirque and flamenco presentations included performances by the renowned Les Sept Doigts de la Main in its show Réversible along with Spanish flamenco star Jesus Carmona in his show Amatør.


The Portfolio’s activities provide unique learning opportunities, stimulate discussion, advance cultural awareness, and build community audiences and support, The Barclay’s ArtsReach program augments the dance programming with meaningful experiences to help participants see into the richness that dance can reveal about the human journey.

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About Irvine Barclay Theatre

Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit to learn about our exciting new season!