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14 Dance Performances to See in March

By: Susan Reiter
Date: Mar 06, 2024
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Catch the Flamenco Festival, Justin Peck's new dance musical, the Mark Morris Dance Group and more

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Dance into spring with the annual Flamenco Festival, Mark Morris Dance Group's celebration of Burt Bacharach, a thrilling new dance musical from Justin Peck and international choreographers at The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center and NYU Skirball.

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Illinoise

Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets on the Upper East Side

Runs March 2-26.

Visionary choreographer Justin Peck—who's made his mark in ballet, on Broadway and on film—is behind this genre-spanning project, a dance musical without dialogue. Illinoise conjures a youthful community of characters experiencing love and loss in the Prairie State as they dance to new arrangements of songs from Sufjan Stevens' seminal 2005 album Illinois, which has been close to Peck's heart since his teens. The narrative is by Pulitzer Prize winner Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview, Marys Seacole) and the cast of 16 includes ballet and Broadway veteran Robbie Fairchild.

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Ursula Eagly: Dream Body Body Building

The Chocolate Factory Theater, 38-33 24th Street between 38th and 39th Avenues in Long Island City, Queens

Runs March 5-9.

In Ursula Eagly's new work, which was devised in collaboration with her dancers, the performers navigate a dreamscape that straddles the line between sleep and consciousness. Bucharest-based artist Lala Misosniky provides the trippy soundscape.

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Pontus Lidberg: On the Nature of Rabbits

The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street in Chelsea

Runs March 6-10. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Multifaceted Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg evokes the peak of the AIDS epidemic in On the Nature of Rabbits, an evening-length piece inspired by the true story of a young dancer from former East Germany moving to Paris in 1993. Through dreamlike action, enhanced by projections by Emmy-winning animator Jason Carpenter, Lidberg explores reality versus imagination during a time of fear.

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Merce / Misha / More_A Film Event

Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in Midtown West

Runs March 7-9.

This screening celebrates the artistic relationship between legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham and dance luminary Mikhail Baryshnikov, who collaborated on several occasions and shared a deep mutual admiration. The evening includes rare rehearsal footage as well as the world premiere of dancer-turned-filmmaker Daniel Madoff's Event at REDCAT, a 2010 performance featuring Baryshnikov with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Charlie Atlas' short Just Dancing, which captures Cunningham's 1999 tribute to disco, rounds out the program.

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Ariel Rivka Dance

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Chelsea

Runs March 7-9. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Ariel Rivka Dance's namesake choreographer, Ariel Grossman, shares five emotional and personal pieces, including duets, solos and the world premiere of (Un)Coupled, an exploration of the aftermath of a breakup.

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Flamenco Festival

New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Midtown West

Runs March 8-17. Several Flamenco Festival offerings are available to TDF members. Log in and search for Flamenco Festival.

For more than two decades, the Flamenco Festival has presented premier practitioners of the rhythmic dance style at venues across the city. But the centerpiece is always the two-week extravaganza at New York City Center. This year's edition opens with National Ballet of Spain's 38 dancers in Invocación, celebrating the evolution of Spanish dance. Next up is Olga Pericet's sensual solo La Leona. The Gala Flamenca, featuring dancers Manuel Liñán, Alfonso Losa, El Yiyo and Paula Comitre accompanied by vocalist Sandra Carrasco, rounds out the fest.

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street in Chelsea

Runs March 12-24.

The dynamic Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is the quintessential repertory company, casting a very wide net when selecting choreographers to commission and showcase. Now under the insightful direction of former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater star Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, HSDC settles in for two weeks at The Joyce with two fascinatingly diverse programs. The first features Darrell Grand Moultrie's epic Dichotomy of a Journey, Thang Dao's gothy Nevermore and Dear Frankie, Rennie Harris' celebration of Chicago house music. The second includes Coltrane's Favorite Things by Lar Lubovitch and return to patience by the troupe's resident artist, Aszure Barton.

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ZviDance: The Field

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Chelsea

Runs March 14-16. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

After recovering from a stroke, choreographer Zvi Gotheiner returns to action with the world premiere of The Field. A collaboration among Gotheiner, composer Scott Killian, lighting designer Mark London and seven dancers, the work examines a fertile space and those who seek to possess it.

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Dongpo: Life in Poems

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza at 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue in Lincoln Square

Runs March 15-17. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

World-renowned choreographer Shen Wei brings Dongpo: Life in Poems, his latest fusion of Chinese culture and contemporary dance to Lincoln Center. Inspired by the life and times of acclaimed Chinese poet Su Dongpo (1037-1101), this combination of movement, music and audiovisual elements is performed by the China Oriental Performing Arts Group and features live guqin accompaniment.

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Mette Ingvartsen: Moving in Concert

NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South in the West Village

Runs March 16-17. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Skirball presents the US premiere of Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen's Moving in Concert, an investigation of the sensory impact of our digitalized world featuring nine dancers manipulating illuminated sticks. Note: This work contains nudity.

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Mark Morris Dance Group: The Look of Love

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Runs March 20-23. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

After his witty, original take on The Beatles with Pepperland, the ever-surprising Mark Morris turns to Burt Bacharach for inspiration with The Look of Love, which finally gets its New York premiere. Bacharach's enduring hits, including "Alfie," "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now," are performed by Broadway vet Marcy Harriell, and Morris' longtime collaborator, Isaac Mizrahi, designs the production and costumes.

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Doug Varone: To My Arms/Restore

NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South in the West Village

Runs March 22-23. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Doug Varone juxtaposes a pair of powerful works in this two-part evening. Set to arias by G. F. Handel, To My Arms is an intimate exploration of love and loss, while Restore, danced to Nico Bentley's Handel Remixed, centers community, defiance and resilience in the face of widespread danger. MasterVoices and the New York Baroque Incorporated provide live accompaniment.

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Trisha Brown Dance Company

The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street in Chelsea

Runs March 26-31.

Trisha Brown helped shape the contemporary dance scene. Seven years after her death, her eponymous troupe continues to break new ground with In the Fall, a fresh work by French choreographer Noé Soulier, performed alongside a pair of classics by Brown: Glacial Decoy (1979) and Working Title (1985), incredible feats of athleticism and stamina.

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Juilliard Spring Dances

Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side

Runs March 27-30.

This annual showcase is a rite of spring for Juilliard's talented, ready-for-anything Dance Division students as they perform works by an eclectic mix of established choreographers. This year's lineup includes pieces by Kyle Abraham, Shen Wei and the duo Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber danced to live music by Beethoven, Nico Muhly and Steve Reich.

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Susan Reiter covers dance for TDF Stages.