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14 Dance Performances to See in March

By: Susan Reiter
Date: Mar 08, 2023
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See The National Ballet of Canada, Ailey II, City Center's Flamenco Festival and more

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March is bursting with dance events for every taste, including small enterprising companies, feisty independent choreographers, Ailey's junior troupe, the return of City Center's annual Flamenco Festival, a popular perennial at The Joyce and Canada's leading classical company. In terms of COVID-19 safety protocols, masks are optional and proof of vaccination is not required unless otherwise noted. While we are trying to keep this article up to date, be sure to double-check the protocols before purchasing tickets so you arrive prepared.

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Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch: Água

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

Runs March 3-19.

Pina Bausch's influential company returns to BAM for the first time in six years with Água, a sprawling, sensuous work inspired by the sounds, scenery and atmosphere of Brazil. Created by the late choreographer in 2001 but never before seen in the US, it's an exuberant piece that gives the glorious Bausch women an exceptional showcase.

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Jody Oberfelder Projects: Rube G.-The Consequence of Action

Gibney 280 Broadway, 53A Chambers Street between Broadway and Elk Street in Tribeca

Runs March 4-19.

Masks are required.

Jody Oberfelder is an adventurous choreographer who mounts eclectic and immersive site-specific projects. For this world premiere, she takes inspiration from the work of artist and engineer Rube Goldberg, best known for his beloved cartoons of kooky, convoluted gadgets. Collaborating with musician Frank London of The Klezmatics, she originally developed Rube G.-The Consequence of Action as a dance film during the pandemic shutdown. In this live iteration, the piece uses audience members' actions as triggers for new movements and new connections.

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New Dance Alliance: WORKSession In Four Walls

One Brooklyn Bridge Park, 360 Furman Street between Piers 5 and 6 in Brooklyn Heights

Runs March 9-18.

Four multidisciplinary artists and longtime colleagues—Karen Bernard, Rachel Thorne Germond, Jil Guyon and Lisa Parra—debut new works informed and influenced by their disparate creative approaches. Exploring the theme of the body, each participant uses a different wall to display visual media that complements a series of live dance performances at this waterfront gallery.

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Keely Garfield Dance: The Invisible Project

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

Runs March 10-12.

Proof of full vaccination and booster required. Masks are optional.

An imaginative and invaluable veteran of NYC's downtown dance scene, Keely Garfield presents the premiere of The Invisible Project, which is inspired by her other calling beyond choreography: working as a hospital chaplain. Jeff Berman's score fuses emotional testimonials and percussive soundscapes to underscore this poignant ensemble piece.

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Parsons Dance

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

Runs March 15-26. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Masks are required.

Boasting incredibly athletic dancers, David Parsons' eponymous company returns to The Joyce with a pair of world premieres. The dance-maker uses the timeless hits of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bill Withers ("Lean on Me," "Just the Two of Us") for Mr. Withers. The other debut, The Ride Through, is by choreographer Rena Butler and set to Darryl J. Hoffman's score. Parsons classics Swing Shift and Balance of Power are also on the program.

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Triskelion Arts: Synthesis

Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street at Banker Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Runs March 17-18.

Guest curator Miz Jade, a self-described Black, trans, queer drag performer, is in charge of this theatrical variety show celebrating nightlife performers in the LGBTQ community. Dance is just one of the many disciplines on display, also expect music, drag and burlesque.

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Juilliard: Spring Dances 2023

Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

Runs March 22-25.

See tomorrow's dance stars today! Juilliard's impressive students show off their skills in this seasonal showcase featuring challenging works by high-profile choreographers Justin Peck of New York City Ballet, three-time Tony nominee Camille A. Brown, Israeli dance-maker choreographer Hofesh Shechter and Medhi Walerski, the artistic director of Ballet BC. Interestingly, all four works were choreographed between 2010 and 2012, so the program will offer a snapshot of the dance scene a decade ago.

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Ailey II in NYC

Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street at Ninth Avenue in Midtown West

Runs March 22-April 2.

Another chance to catch up-and-coming dancers. The 12 members of Alvin Ailey's junior troupe are tackling a wide array of repertoire, including excerpts from the lyrical Ailey classic The Lark Ascending and William Forsythe's cutting-edge Enemy in the Figure; mediAcation, a world premiere by former Ailey company member Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish; and pieces by Andrea Miller and Ailey II artistic director Francesca Harper.

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Flamenco Festival

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

Runs March 23-26.

Sara Baras, the Olivier Award-winning flamenco artist who's considered a legend of the genre, returns to City Center to headline this year's festival after her acclaimed performance of Sombras in 2019. She and her company present Alma, which she describes as a love letter to flamenco's origins.

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Bereishit Dance Company: Balance & Imbalance

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

Runs March 24-25. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Proof of full vaccination and booster required. Masks are optional.

Soon-ho Park's Korean dance troupe draws inspiration from many sources, including street dance, athletics and martial arts. For this program, Bereishit presents two NYC premieres: performed by six men, Judo examines the role of sports in our society, while Balance & Imbalance tests the laws of physics with daredevil partnering, accompanied by traditional Korean drumming.

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Norte Maar's CounterPointe

The Mark O'Donnell Theater, 160 Schermerhorn Street between Smith and Hoyt Streets in Downtown Brooklyn

Runs March 24-26.

The focus is female at CounterPointe, a decade-old series that pairs women choreographers with women visual artists. All seven new works feature choreography for pointe shoes, but otherwise the artists are given free rein, so expect a wide range of collaborations.

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Neville Dance Theatre: Celebrating Women Composers

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street between Amsterdam and Eleventh Avenues on the Upper West Side

Runs March 25. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

This evening of dance set to music by women includes premieres by the company's artistic director Brenda R. Neville as well as guest choreographers Kristen Klein and Lauren Settembrino. Their styles range from classical to contemporary, and the scores are by an array of adventurous composers.

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Atamira Dance Company

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

Runs March 29-April 2. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Founded in 2000, this company from Aotearoa, New Zealand is a leading exponent of Māori contemporary dance theatre. For the troupe's Joyce debut, it's presenting the full-length work Te Wheke inspired by The Octopus, a potent mythological symbol for Oceanic peoples.

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The National Ballet of Canada

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

Runs March 30-April 1.

This lauded Toronto-based company rarely performs in New York—the troupe was last seen at City Center 15 years ago! So, this repertory program is an ideal opportunity to see what The National Ballet of Canada has been up to under new artistic director Hope Muir. Joined by its own orchestra, the company will perform two recent works: Crystal Pite's expansive ensemble piece Angels' Atlas, set to original music by Owen Belton, and David Dawson's Anima Animus, set to Ezio Bosso's Violin Concerto No. 1. Also on the program, Kenneth MacMillan's eloquent Concerto, his 1966 interpretation of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Top image: Bereishit Dance Company, who are performing at NYU Skirball this month. Photo by Robert Torres.

Susan Reiter covers dance for TDF Stages.