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7 Dance Performances to See This July

By: Susan Reiter
Date: Jul 02, 2019

Catch Tony-winning tapper Savion Glover, dance-theatre from an Emmy winner, an alfresco freebie and more


New York's dance scene continues its hot streak with visits from renowned international and regional companies, a new work from tap genius Savion Glover and a dance film festival at Lincoln Center. Of the seven offerings we're highlighting, one is FREE and, as of press time, a few others are offering discounts to TDF members. It's best to check our offers daily as ticket availability changes frequently.


Lady5 @ Savion Glover's BaRoQUe'BLaK TaP CaFe
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Runs July 2-7.

Local performances by innovative tap master Savion Glover have been infrequent of late, so this is an excellent chance to catch the genre-busting Tony winner (Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk; Shuffle Along) in action. Glover and seven other dancers star in this brand-new, evening-length work set in a fantastical cafe, which is divided into two distinct parts: the first set to Baroque music, the second performed to contemporary sounds. According to the press release, "the evolution of thought and self-identity" are what's on the menu.


The Bournonville Legacy: Members of the Royal Danish Ballet
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Runs July 9-14.

For many ballet lovers, there is nothing like a Dane. The venerable Royal Danish Ballet, one of the world's oldest and most eminent companies, maintains a repertory of works by August Bournonville, the 19th-century choreographer known for combining compelling narratives with a buoyant, dynamic style. Save for La Sylphide, his most widely performed ballet, Bournonville's repertory is usually only seen in Copenhagen. But for one week in New York City, leading RDB dancers will perform highlights from multiple Bournonville ballets. In addition to the eloquent second act of La Sylphide, there will be excerpts from Kermesse in Bruges and Napoli, notably the latter's famous closing sequence of dances, culminating with the spirited tarantella.


Mark Morris Dance Group
Mostly Mozart Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

Runs July 10-13.

With his wide range of musical knowledge and inspirations, Brooklyn-based Mark Morris is a regular at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. He returns to the fest this month with a program of works set to chamber music: the world premiere of Sport, performed to Erik Satie's Sports et Divertissements, along with Empire Garden, a 2009 piece set to a Charles Ives trio, and 2001's lauded V, danced to Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat major.


Dance on Camera Festival
Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, both located on West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

Runs July 12-15.

This annual celebration of dance cinema opens with a portrait of Spanish choreographer Sol Picó, and closes with Mari, a tale of family and mortality starring American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith with choreography by Punchdrunk's Maxine Doyle. Other features include With Merce, Charles Atlas' tribute to his longstanding partnership with the late Merce Cunningham, and the documentary Yuli about Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta. Many shorts are also on the schedule, notably In This Life, a collaboration between director Bat-Sheva Guez and Tony nominee/former New York City Ballet principal Robert Fairchild, who produced, wrote and stars in the film.


Maria Kochetkova: Catch Her If You Can
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Runs July 16-21.

This petite Russian ballerina came to prominence as a principal with San Francisco Ballet, where she distinguished herself in both classical and contemporary repertory, and she has also performed leading roles with American Ballet Theatre. Currently unaffiliated, she decided to curate her own European-flavored program so she and her peers could perform works by contemporary choreographers she admired. The lineup includes pieces by William Forsythe, Drew Jacoby, Myles Thatcher and David Dawson, to name a handful, plus a custom-created solo by idiosyncratic French dance-maker Jérôme Bel, Masha Machine, inspired by Kochetkova's inner life.


Freddie Falls in Love
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street

Runs July 23-August 4. At press time, TDF member tickets were available for Freddie Falls in Love.

This evening-length, Broadway-style dance-theatre piece by Al Blackstone of So You Think You Can Dance fame had a brief run at Signature Theatre in 2016. Now the Emmy-nominated choreographer is bringing this romantic, coming-of-age movement play back starring Book of Mormon's Matt Doyle and SYTYCD winner Melanie Moore.


Made in NYC 2.0: Next Generation Traditions
Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center, 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

July 28. FREE.

Part of the eclectic Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, this mash-up of cultural music and dance features Nuyorican ensemble Redobles de Cultura, the intergenerational Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York, Brooklyn-based klezmer outfit Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshen, and Inkarayku, an Andean band that specializes in Quechua folk songs. Admittedly more of a concert than a dance performance, there will still be plenty of movement and spectators will undoubtedly be tapping their toes, too.


Susan Reiter regularly covers dance for TDF Stages.

Top image: The Bournonville Legacy. Photo by Costin Radu.

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Susan Reiter covers dance for TDF Stages.