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March 2013 dance calendar

CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN Special to the AmNews | 2/28/2013, 4:22 p.m.

The amount of dance this month is staggering! Highlighted here are two significant representatives of dance and their companies: Bill T. Jones of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, a longtime giant, and Troy Powell, the newly named artistic director of Ailey II, himself a force.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to the Joyce Theater for two weeks with two programs. First up is "Play and Play," an evening of movement and music during their 30th anniversary, playing from March 26-April 7. Joining the company on both programs will be the Orion String Quartet. Program A includes repertory works "D-Man in the Waters" (1989, revised 1998), "Continuous Replay" (1977, revised 1991) and "Spent Days Out Yonder" (2000).

On Program B is the New York premiere of "Ravel: Landscape or Portrait (2012)," and the world premiere of "Story." In "Ravel," Jones responds to Maurice Ravel's "String Quartet in F Major," "reflecting the wistful and melancholic sentiment of the score as well as its precision and restraint. Similar to the music's complicated internal logic, one of two choreographic variations for the third movement (either landscape or portrait) is selected by chance procedure before each performance." Jones reaches to the success of "Story/Time" (2012) in creating "Story," described as an "energetic new work" danced to Franz Schubert's "String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (Death and the Maiden)." For more information, visit www.joyce.org.

For this highly anticipated first season (March 13 - March 24) as artistic director, Powell presents two programs: "All New" and "Returning Favorites." "All New" features three premieres and one new production. The premieres are "One Forgotten Moment" by Malcolm Low, offering a story of "love and loss of various relationships" and is set to music by Damon White, Cole Porter and Arvo Part. There is also "Rusty," by Benoit-Swan Pouffer (former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the current artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) about "the challenges [dancers] face and the relationships they build as performers," set to a score by Mikael Karlsson. The last premiere is "Virtues," a contemporary modern jazz work by Amy Hall Garner. Rounding out the program is the new production of Jessica Lang's memorable solo "Splendid Isolation II, the Calling," set to choral music ("O Maria, Stella Maris" performed by Trio Mediaeval.

On the "Returning Favorites" program is Powell's "The External Knot" (2007), "a series of solos, duets and ensemble," Ailey's "Quintet" (1968), billed as "thematically the first of its kind created by Alvin Ailey," and Judith Jamison's critically acclaimed "Divining" (1984). For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

ALSO THIS MONTH

March 5 - 24: See Paul Taylor Dance Company's "Michelle Fleet" as the company celebrates the 50th anniversary of classics that include "Scudorama" and the 25th anniversaries of "Brandenburgs" and "Speaking in Tongues," plus the premieres of two works: "Perpetual Dawn" and "To Make Crops Grow" at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. For more information, visit www.ptdc.org.

March 6 - 9: Celebrating their 19th season, the 19 dancers, singers and musicians of Spain's Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia, under the direction of Ruben Olmo, returns as part of the Flamenco Festival with the premiere of "Metafora," filled with the tradition of flamenco dance. For more information, visit www.NYCityCenter.org.