January 2016 dance calendar
By CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 12/31/2015, 12:39 p.m.
There is still a great deal of dance to see as we close out 2015, and even more to open 2016. Beginning Jan. 11 at New World Stages, legendary tap dancer Maurice Hines is joined by the tap dancing Manzari brothers and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra in “Maurice Hines: Tappin’ Thru Life.” Described as a swinging song and dance musical, “Maurice Hines: Tappin’ Thru Life” “celebrates the astonishing showmanship of one of the last great tap dancers of a bygone era working today.”
Hines began working at 5 years old when his brother Gregory was just 3. Hines will share stories about working with Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Judy Garland and many others. “The show is a tribute to his loving family, both on stage and off,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.tappinthrulife.com.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Dec. 11-Jan. 23: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca return for another run of Barrio’s critically acclaimed production of the Greek tragedy “Antigone” by Sophocles, adapted and renamed “Antigona,” at West Park Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit www.soledadbarrioandnocheflamenca.com.
Dec. 2-Jan. 3: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater concludes their month-long run at City Center with premieres, audience favorites and special celebrations, including Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison’s 50th anniversary on New Year’s Eve, and so much more. For more information, visit www.nycitycenter.org.
Jan. 5: AAADT’s “Ailey Extension” celebrates what would have been Ailey’s 85th birthday with a panel discussion on his life’s work. Panelists include Judith Jamison, Sylvia Waters (Ailey II artistic director emerita) and Donna Wood with moderator and 30-year company member Renee Robinson. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.
Jan. 7: Dance Theatre of Harlem hosts “Thursdays @ DTH: Making Dance Communicate.” The audience will get a first look at sections of a new work by Dianne McIntyre for the company, plus be part of a discussion with Artistic Director Virginia Johnson and dance icon Carmen de Lavallade. For more information, visit www.dancetheatreofharlem.org.
Jan. 7-10: At the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, the China Arts and Entertainment Group presents the American debut of the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble in “Dragon Boat Racing,” which “tells the story of the creation of one of the most iconic and enduring pieces of Cantonese music … [and] follows two lovers whose passion for each other is equaled only by their passion for music,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.lincolncenter.org.
Jan. 8-17: At Abrons Arts Center, for the “American Realness” series, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko/Anonymous Bodies will present “#Negrophobia,” a performance piece exposing the psychic impact of oppressive forces on the Black male body,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.abronsartscenter.org.
Jan. 14-16: Chen Dance Center presents “newsteps,” its semi-annual emerging choreographer’s series featuring Hannah Garner, Gina Montalto, Takeshi Ohashi, Laura Henry and Ayaka Kamei. For more information, visit www.chendancecenter.org.
Jan. 16: Love|Forte (Marjani Forte and Nia Love) will present “The View From Here” in the third floor studios of New York Live Arts as part of the “Live Artery Series.” For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
Jan. 17: By invitation only, “Camille A. Brown’s: The Gathering” returns for the third year and will be hosted by New York Live Arts in their third floor studios. The annual gathering “of over 60 female choreographers, scholars, teachers and administrators of color [gather] to analyze current trends in the performing arts sector, determine new methods of support and encourage each other in the spirit of sisterhood,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.camilleabrown.org.
Jan. 18: New York Live Arts will present “Preeti Vasudevan/Thresh: Stories By Hand” (2015), “a one-woman show … that takes the hand gesture of Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance, to tell a story, interweaving east and west, past and present, and the mythic and the everyday,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.