November 2014 Dance Calendar
Charmaine Patricia Warren | 10/30/2014, 1:45 p.m.
The 20th anniversary celebration of Complexions Contemporary Ballet is the highlight of this month’s calendar. For two weeks, Nov. 18 to 30, at the Joyce Theater, artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson will present a program of three premieres, repertory works and special guest appearances by Richardson and American Ballet Theater soloist, Misty Copeland. The premieres include two by Rhoden, “Head Space,” set to music by New Orleans jazz musician Terence Blanchard, and “The Grove,” “inspired by the house music scene of the 1980s,” according to the press release. The presentations also include “Igual” by American Ballet Theater principal dancer Marcelo Gomes, set to an original score by Ian Ng.
Rhoden’s repertory works, “Hissy Fits,” “Ave Maria,” “Testament,” “I Am Your Man” and “Innervisions” will round out the programs.
Since founding the company in 1994, Rhoden and Richardson, in their words “have created in Complexions an institution that embodies its historical moment, a sanctuary where those passionate about dance can celebrate its past while simultaneously building its future.” Today, they boast a company of 14, but many have passed through the doors of this ever-evolving group. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
Oct. 29 to Nov. 9—Spain’s Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, under the direction of Martin Santangelo, at the Joyce Theater. The company will present an evening titled “Noche Flamenca y Antigona.” For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Nov. 4 to 15—The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company brings the premiere of Jones’ critically acclaimed “Story/Time #35, 36, 37, 38 & 39” to New York Live Arts. Jones says, “Using chance procedures to create a unique performance for each show, I plan to add a special element for these New York City performances. To quote John Cage, it’s ‘experimental action.’ I hope you’ll join us to see what surprises ensue.”
Joining the company will be installation artist Theaster Gates, members of the Black Monks of Mississippi, actress Kathleen Chalfant and Lois Welk, director of Dance/UP. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
Nov. 4—Fadi J. Khoury’s FJK Dance will present works-in-progress at the 92nd Street Y. For more information, visit www.92y.org.
Nov. 6—The Native American troupe Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will present traditional rhythms and movements from tribal dances at Kumble Theater. For more information, call Community Works at 212-459-1854 or contact email@example.com.
Nov. 6 to 9—Choreographer, musician and club hero Monstah Black comes to JACK with the first installment of his dance film “Cotton.” For more information, visit www.jackny.org.
Nov. 7—As part of the CUNY Dance Initiative, tap dancer Chole Arnold and her Syncopated Ladies, described as the “first female tap dance band,” will perform for one night only at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu/Theater.
Nov. 14—Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, during their 30th anniversary season. The company will premiere “The Soul of Flamenco,” a work built on the purity of traditional flamenco and classical Spanish dance. For more information, visit www.BrooklynCenter.org.
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