When scheduling your fall NYC arts itinerary, don’t leave out dance. There is a storm of movement coming from both the established companies and individuals with experimental ideas about what movement and the body can mean on stage.
Here are seven performances that hold promise — both debuts and revived performances that show the breadth of what this city has to offer in dance:
Pascal Rambert: A (micro) history of world economics, danced
Last year, French playwright and director Pascal Rambert presented Love’s End at Crossing the Line, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Fall Festival. That work was a tense study on a shattered relationship, but this year he’s exploring human interaction on a much more massive scale. A (micro) history of world economics, danced, will have its US premiere presented by PS122 with LaMaMa as part of this year’s Crossing the Line, with New Yorkers delving into the experiences of their lives in a large-scale dance piece. It also involves a choir and readings by an economist from the University of Montreal. That all seems like it could really weigh down the stage with stodgy chaos, but it also has the potential to be something special that hovers between the movement of dance and our everyday lives.
October 11–13 at La MaMA (74 E 4th St, East Village, Manhattan)
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: A Rite
The collaboration between Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI company made its debut earlier this year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and now NYC gets to see the mix of acting and dance that reacts to the pounding Stravinsky score for The Rite of Spring which almost caused a riot 100 years ago. A Rite at the Brooklyn Academy of Music isn’t a reinterpretation of Vaslav Nijinsky’s flat-footed choreography or a pure run through of the music, but an attempt to look at its impact, and the raw nerves of it could be caustic.
October 3–5 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (321 Ashland Pl, Fort Green, Brooklyn)
Royal Ballet: The Metamorphosis
What better challenge for the contortions of a dancer’s body than the transformation into a hideous cockroach? Originally produced by the London Royal Ballet, the Joyce Theater’s season opener The Metamorphosis will feature Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson as the unfortunate Gregor Samsa of Kafka’s novella. The choreography by Arthur Pita has already caused a stir in the UK, and is likely to be grotesque and unsettling — not to mention weirdly beautiful — as Watson melds himself into a repulsive creature.
September 17–29 at Joyce Theater (175 8th Ave, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Akram Khan: DESH
Making its US premiere as part of the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, Akram Khan’s solo show DESH was considered the choreographer’s best work when it debuted back in 2011. The piece traces his family to Bangladesh, mixing narrative with movement, and although you might have seen some of his choreography in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, witnessing the talented performer on his own shift shape through his heritage should be something not to miss.
November 6–7 at Lincoln Center (10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, Manhattan)
Gallim Dance: Fold Here
If you seek dancers colliding and interacting with a mess of cardboard boxes (perhaps you missed out on Yvonne Meier’s The Shining last year), don’t miss Gallim Dance’s Fold Here. But with the collaboration of video artist Tal Rosner and lighting designer Robert Wierzel, the piece choreographed by Andrea Miller should be more than just a free-for-all of box destruction, and promises to be an interesting look at the dancers’ own bodies for containment of movement. You can get a preview at the Guggenheim’s Works & Process Series before Fold Here is premiered at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.
September 22–23 at the (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
September 26–29 at Montclair State University’s Peak Performances (Alexander Kasser Theater, Normal Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey)
Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener: Way In
Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, two former Merce Cunningham company members, will debut their newest work Way In at Danspace Project in collaboration with Davison Scandrett and Claudia La Rocco. Details are scarce, but as Mitcehll and Riener have been experimenting with site-specific experiences since 2009 that have included VEAL earlier this year at the Invisible Dog that had the dancers responding to the idea of being animals corralled, and meat suspended in the air, the visuals of whatever comes from the couple’s new piece are likely to be provocative.
November 14–16 at Danspace Project (131 East 10th Street, East Village, Manhattan)
Juilliard Dance: Pina Bausch’s Wind von West (Wind from the West)
Influential choreographer Pina Bausch spent time studying at the Juilliard School, and this December the Juilliard Dance seniors will be giving the US premiere of her 1975 Wind von West (Wind from the West). The piece, set to Cantata by Stravinsky, was originally performed alongside her The Rite of Spring, and the performance is part of an international celebration of the 40th year of her company Tanztheater Wuppertal. You can even catch a discussion with Bausch dancers at the Guggenheim prior to the performances of Wind from the West.
December 11–15 at Juilliard Dance (155 West 65th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan)
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