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14 Dance Performances to See This March

By: Susan Reiter
Date: Feb 28, 2020


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Catch works by two Broadway choreographers, Bessie Award winners and a slew of international companies


This month's dance events are all over the map—literally. The Joyce Theater presents troupes from Cuba, Scotland, Belgium and France, with the latter two dancing work by two different Broadway choreographers. The Harkness Dance Festival's Passport to Dance concludes with choreographers from Northern Ireland, Japan and Spain. A leading Dutch company performs at City Center, and La MaMa showcases indigenous Filipino dance. Of the 14 performances we're highlighting, at press time we have TDF member discounts to two, but we expect to have many others in the coming weeks. It's best to check our offers daily as ticket availability changes frequently.


Ballet Vlaanderen
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Runs March 3-7.

Led by artistic director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui—who's choreographed for The Royal Ballet, Beyoncé and Broadway's Jagged Little Pill—this 51-year-old Belgian company makes its Joyce debut with a trio of culturally diverse works by internationally admired choreographers. Akram Khan's Kaash evokes the Hindu god Shiva through a blend of Kathak dance and contemporary ballet. Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite's Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue is a series of intensely intimate duos. And Cherkaoui offers a sensual take on a Nijinsky classic with Faun.


Nederlands Dans Theater 1
New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

Runs March 4-7.

This influential contemporary troupe from Holland is presenting three U.S. premieres. Gabriela Carrizo's The missing door is a dark and violent work in which a dying man enters a nightmarish realm. Marco Goecke's Walk the Demon is set to a variety of music as well as the dancers' own vocalizations. Shut Eye, by the veteran NDT team of Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, showcases the dancers' individuality and technical aplomb.


Kimberly Bartosik / daela: through the mirror of their eyes
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Runs March 4-7. At press time, discount tickets were available to through the mirror of their eyes.

A former Merce Cunningham dancer and 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, Kimberly Bartosik presents her latest full-evening work through the mirror of their eyes, set to an original score by Sivan Jacobovitz. An investigation of time, aging, destruction and renewal, it features three compelling dancers, Dylan Crossman, Burr Johnson and Joanna Kotze, alongside a trio of youngsters.


Scottish Ballet
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Runs March 10-15. At press time, discount tickets were available to the Scottish Ballet.

Another company marking its half-century anniversary, the Scottish Ballet presents This is my Body... at the Joyce, a double bill of dances exploring the physical form. In MC 14/22 (Ceci, est mon corps) by well-known French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, a dozen men perform a tribute to the male figure. Sibilo by newcomer Sophie Laplane features eight dancers celebrating the power and emotional range of their bodies.


Pananadem (Remembering)
La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street between Bowery and Second Avenue

March 12-15.

Experience the rich performing traditions of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao, Southern Philippines with NYC-based dance-theatre troupe Kinding Sindaw. Its latest piece, Pananadem (Remembering), is conceived and directed by founder-artistic director Potri Ranka Manis, a native of the region, and depicts a tale of young refugees who find inspiration through connecting with their ancestors.


Abby Z and the New Utility: Radioactive Practice
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Runs March 18-21.

Bessie Award-winning choreographer Abby Zbikowski presents the world premiere of Radioactive Practice, the culmination of her residency at New York Live Arts. In the piece, ten performers challenge notions of what constitutes dance with movement that draws on diverse styles, including hip-hop, modern and tap, as well as synchronized swimming and ice-skating.


Lyon Opera Ballet
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Runs March 18-22.

Three iconic women choreographers—Lucinda Childs, Maguy Marin from France and Belgium's Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who's currently represented on Broadway by West Side Story—were commissioned by Lyon Opera Ballet to set dances to Beethoven's Grosse Fuge. The result is Trois Grandes Fugues, a program of their contrasting interpretations, which is being presented as part of Carnegie Hall's citywide Beethoven Celebration marking the 250th anniversary of his birth.


Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca: Antigona
La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street between Bowery and Second Avenue


Greek tragedy meets Flamenco in this superb adaptation of Sophocles' classic, which is being revived at La MaMa for a two-week run. Choreographer-director Martin Santangelo studied the original text and translated it into lyrics for songs that are performed live while his wife, Bessie Award winner Soledad Barrio, embodies the proud but ill-fated heroine.


Harkness Dance Festival 2020
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street

Through March 21.

After kicking off in February, the 92Y's fest wraps up this month with three weekends of international artists. Oona Doherty from Belfast dances with chaotic, no-holds-barred ferocity in her solo Hope Hunt and Lazarus and the Birds of Paradise (March 6-7). Kazu Kumagai, an impressively musical tap dancer from Japan, performs with a live band (March 13-14). Finally, Spain's Sara Cano infuses her Flamenco solo with Japanese Butoh, Israeli folk traditions and contemporary moves (March 20-21).


Malpaso Dance Company
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Runs March 24-29.

This spirited modern-dance troupe from Cuba has been inviting an increasingly diverse range of choreographers to add to its repertory. For this Joyce run, the company performs woman with water, an intimate work by Mats Ek; Elemental by Robyn Mineko Williams; and Duo de la Escoba – Revisited by company member Daileidys Carrazana, featuring live music by Arturo O'Farrill.


The Juilliard School on Stage: Spring Dances
Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue


See the dance stars of tomorrow today! For The Juilliard School's annual showcase, the Dance Division students perform works by three modern-dance luminaries who died in recent years. Trisha Brown's Set and Reset/Reset is a 2020 adaptation of her seminal 1983 work, set to a Laurie Anderson score. Broadway Inspirational Voices croon uplifting spirituals for Donald McKayle's eloquent Rainbow Round My Shoulder. Promethean Fire, a late masterwork by Paul Taylor, is set to a Bach score performed by the Juilliard Orchestra.


Colleen Thomas: light and desire
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Runs March 25-March 28.

For the world premiere of light and desire, choreographer Colleen Thomas has brought together an array of female artists to explore how creative women cope under unjust and manipulative power structures. Her international collaborators in this project include Venezuelan filmmaker Carla Forte; Hungarian-German dancer-choreographer Ildikó Tóth; dance curator, critic and choreographer Joanna Lesnierowska from Poland; Albanian-Greek choreographer Ermira Goro; and American teacher and dancer Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo.


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

Runs March 25-April 5.

Ailey's vibrant junior troupe steps into the spotlight with two alternating programs. New repertory includes a duet by Ailey's main company dancer Yannick Lebrun, and former member Kirven Douthit-Boyd's Still about gay artists during the Harlem Renaissance. A full-company work by Andrea Miller and Alia Kache's The Gone are also set to premiere.


Megan Williams Dance Projects: can I have it without begging
Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street between Second and Third Avenues

Runs March 26-March 28.

Choreographer Megan Williams and composer Eve Beglarian continue their rich four-year collaboration with this new program of dance and live music. Two of Beglarian's scores—performed by new-music luminaries and the Young People's Chorus of New York City—are world premieres, as are all four of Williams' dances.


Susan Reiter regularly covers dance for TDF Stages.

Top image: Ballet Vlaanderen in Kaash by Akram Khan. Photo by Filip Van Roe.

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Susan Reiter

Susan Reiter covers dance for TDF Stages.