March dance calendar
CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN Special to the AmNews | 3/2/2012, 4:30 p.m.
This month, dance comes to America from Jamaica (the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica), Guinea (female dancers and drummers of NIMBAYA!), Spain (the bailaoras of the Flamenco Festival) and Colombia (Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia).
Not to be forgotten, however, are two Americans: Malcolm Low in "Collapsing Giant," March 2-3 at Joyce SoHo, and Andre Zachery of Renegade Dance Group (RDG), March 28 at Dixon Place.
Low's "Collapsing Giant" will feature original text by Low and the dancers, lighting by designer Gregory Bain and visuals by Gautam Kansara. The making of this work, said Low, "started with looking back at my young life and my longing for home [Chicago]." He was struggling with questions about his new home, New York.
"Collapsing Giant" also challenges Low to continue his quest to "find beauty and what is true about [him] and true about [his] life." On this journey, he puts himself in the position to think about "memory, home, love and spirituality...words that keep coming to the forefront and that fuel [his] work."
Low hopes to invite others to be part of his new vision, he said, to "do that which is inside of [you]: speak and say the truth, make work, ask questions, live, laugh, be alive.
"This work," he added, "is the beginning of my story, my truths and what I'm experiencing while on this earth."
Low is one of the freshest choreographers of this time and must not be missed. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
Zachery, artistic director of RDG, will present an excerpt from "Trenches," a work that examines loss, on Wednesday, March 28 at Dixon Place. RDG performs as part of Dixon Place's NYC 10 Dance Initiative, in which 10 emerging dance companies, groups or troupes are given up to 10 minutes to showcase their work. Go see what Zachery is up to. For more information, visit www.dixonplace.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH:
March 1-4: Flamenco Festival at City Center, celebrating female flamenco choreographers and showcasing four of today's most acclaimed bailaoras: Rafaela Carrasco, Manuela Carrasco, Carmen Cortes and Olga Pericet. For more information, visit www.nycitycenter.org.
March 4: Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, Colombia, at Lehman Center Concert Hall in the Bronx, offering music and dance in Mapale, a concert celebrating Colombian culture. For more information, visit www.lehmancenter.org.
March 23-24: NIMBAYA! the first all-women's percussion and dance troupe from Guinea at Peter Norton Symphony Space. For more information, visit www.worldmusicinstitute.org.
March 24-25: The National Dance Company of Jamaica returns to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of their "World Stages" series with two programs of audience favorites. For more information, visit www.brooklyncenteronline.org.
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