July 2015 dance calendar
Charmaine Patricia Warren | 7/9/2015, 10:42 a.m.
Tap City, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s weeklong celebration of tap dance, returns for the 15th year July 6 to 11 with performances, award presentations, theater showcases, films and master classes. Artistic and Executive Director Tony Waag, who recently won a Dance magazine Award in 2014, noted, “The creation of an international tap dance festival in New York City secures the preservation of tap dance and perpetuates its continued growth as a thriving contemporary art form.”
This year’s festivities will include film presentations and performances honoring recipients of the Hoofer Awards, Heather Cornell and Karen Callaway Williams, and the Tap Preservation Awards, Al Heyward and the late Carl Schlesinger, as well as inductees into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame, including the late Ray Bolger and Henry LeTang. Performing and presenting awards is Deborah Mitchell (New Jersey Tap Ensemble artistic director) in tribute to Williams, Max Pollak and friends in tribute to Cornell and Waag in tribute to Bolger. Video tributes will be presented to LeTang, Heyward and Schlesinger. A live jazz trio will accompany all. For more information, visit http://atdf.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
July 6-12: The Vision Festival, celebrating their 20th anniversary, will present dance works in collaboration with Arts for Art, a collective showcasing music, visual art, poetry and dance. Dance performances will be presented by Ni’Ja Whitson, Douglas Ewart, MoralesDance, Connie Crothers, Urban Bush Women and many more. For more information, visit www.artsforart.org.
July 8-11: Fadi Khoury’s FJK Dance returns to New York Live Arts with four premieres (“Home,” “Echoes,” “Serenade” and “Dum Tak”), all by Khoury offering his “contemporary fusion of culture and dance,” according to the release. For more
information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
July 8-12: As part of the 20th annual Lincoln Center Festival, the National Ballet of China and National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra will present two evenings of story ballets representing two different periods in Chinese history. The works are “The Peony Pavilion,” a romance based on a 400-year-old epic masterpiece of Kunqu opera by Fei Bo and “The Red Detachment of Women” by Li Chenxiang, Jiang Zuhui and Wang Yangiao, created in 1964 as a celebration of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. For more information, visit www.LincolnCenterFestival.org.
July 13-Aug. 8: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca present the New York premiere of “Antigona,” the company’s adaptation of Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Performances take place at West Park Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit www.nocheflamenca.com.