April 2012 dance calendar
CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN Special to the AmNews | 4/3/2012, 12:08 p.m.
Harlem Stage's EMoves, Ailey II and Ballet Hispanico share two weekends in April. Uptown at Harlem Stage are the "E-Merging" and "E-Volving" choreographers who will show works as part of EMoves 13 at their home theater, the Ailey Citigroup Theater; Ailey II celebrate at a bittersweet season as they say goodbye to their 38-year artistic director, Sylvia Waters; and Ballet Hispanico will offer three premieres: one from Ronald K. Brown, another from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and yet another from Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro.
EMoves, now in its 13th year, will showcase 10 choreographers who define the future of dance in its critically acclaimed dance series at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse in two repeating programs over two weekends (April 20-21 and 27-28). The first half of each program features "E-Merging" artists Franklin Diaz, Marjani Forte, Nikki Hefko, Jenni Hong, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Daisuke Omiya, Leslie Parker and Simone Sobers showing short new works.
Presenting longer works for the second half of each program, "representing a direction in contemporary dance that explores the crossing of cultures and continents," are "E-Volving" artists Sheetal Gandhi, a first-generation Indian-American, and Soulemayne Badolo, from Burkina Faso, Africa. This year, the choreographers were mentored by seasoned artists including Ronald K. Brown, Patricia Hoffbauer, Francesca Harper, Kevin Wynn, Nia Love, Tania Issac, Edisa Weeks, Earl Mosley, David Rousseve and Reggie Wilson. For more information, call (212) 281-9240 or visit www.harlemstage.org.
Ailey II, under the direction of Sylvia Waters, returns with two programs April 18-29: "Modern Moves" and "Contemporary Choices." "Modern Moves" features Thang Dao's "Echos" (2010), Mina Yoo's "Boulevard" (2006) and Artistic Director Designate Troy Powell's premiere of "Reference Point."
"Contemporary Choices" will feature the premiere of Stephanie Batten Bland's "The Legacy of Inheritance," Kyle Abraham's "The Corner" (2011) and Donald Byrd's "Shards," originally staged by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1988 and set to music by Mio Morales. For more information, call (212) 405-9082 or visit www.alvinailey.org.
Boasting three notable premieres, Ballet Hispanico returns to the Joyce Theater April 17-29 with a program that "pays tribute to the richness and range of the company's Latino roots and the diverse talents of the dancers, [featuring] African and Caribbean influences."
Slated for this season are the world premiere of Ronald K. Brown's "Espiritu Vivo," set to music by Afro-Peruvian Latin Grammy Award winner Susana Baca, who will perform live; Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's Joyce premiere of "Asuka," his first work for the company, described as "an exuberant homage to salsa legend Celia Cruz"; and the New York premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's "Nube Blanco." For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
- March 28-April 8: DanceBrazil, under the direction of Jelon Vieira, returns to the Joyce Theater with the New York premiere of "Imfazwe" and "Batuke" (2011). "Imfazwe" ("war" in Xhosa), presented to an original score by Brazilian composer and percussionist Eduardo Pereira Santos, will explore the fighting and dance aspects of capoeira, "aspects [that] are inseparable and create an ongoing dialogue in a capoeira roda, the circle, the actual physical space in which capoeira is traditionally performed." "Batuke" (2011), which in Brazil means "anything that can make a good sound," is amplified by rhythms created by human body movements through "smooth samba steps, capoeira lethal kicks and the stick dance Maculele." For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
- March 29-April 1: Sidra Bell's "ReVUE" (2010), which concludes a two-week season at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, is said to offer "13 sketches [that] range in mood from ribald and humorous to melancholic and haunting." For more information, visit www.sidrabelldanceny.org.
- March 31: To conclude the two-month-long series "Parallels," curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the framework for an all-day event was conceived by Ralph Lemon, who extended invitations to singular artists from multiple disciplines to be part of the piece on this final day of PLATFORM 2012. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. and taking place every hour for nearly 10 hours, a new performer will enter the space to engage with a large sculptural object specifically created for the event by Brooklyn-based visual artist Nari Ward. For more information, visit www.dancespaceproject.org.