Dance calendar: March 2015
Charmaine Patricia Warren | 3/5/2015, 10 a.m.
For the first time since their 50th anniversary tour in 2012, the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica returns to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of the venue’s 60th anniversary season March 21-22.
Two programs are slated for this momentous return, which includes co-founder Rex Nettleford’s “Drumscore” (1979), “Dialogue for Three” (1963) and “Kumina” (1971), plus “Sulkari” (1980) by Eduardo Rivero-Walker and “Incantation” (2002) by Jeanguy Saintus.
As always, the NDTC singers who will accompany “Drumscore” and “Kumina” will offer a round of traditional Jamaican folk songs in “Playtime” (2014). Co-founded by Nettleford and Eddy Thomas in 1962, at the time of Jamaica’s independence, NDTC, in their continued vision to “encourage the Jamaican public to better appreciate the art of dance, and to research and utilize indigenous dance-forms and movement pattern from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean,” manages to fill the house with a range of dance enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.brooklyncenter.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
March 3-8: Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company returns to the Joyce Theatre with two New York premieres: “Despedida” by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado and “Under Fire” by Trey McIntyre.
For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
March 4-7: Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras brings the U.S. premiere of “Voces, Suite Flamenca” by Baras to New York City Center as part of the A Bailar: Dance at the Center Festival. For more information, visit www.newyorkcitycenter.org.
March 17-22: Ailey II returns to the Joyce Theater with two programs of premieres and audience favorites for their first independent season, including works by Jennifer Archibald, Amy Hall Garner, Dwight Rhoden, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Manuel Vignoulle and Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.
March 20: Manolete, Concha Vargas, Pepe Torres and Gema Moneo come together for one night only in “Festival Flamenco Gitano USA” at Town Hall. For more information, visit www.thetownhall.org.
March 22: New York Live Art’s “Open Spectrum Critical Dialogues” presents “Creative Resistance: A Rising Economic Movement.” “The moderator is Piper Anderson, and panelists include Laura Flanders of GritTV, feminist scholar Joan Morgan and performer-actor Okwui Okpokwasili. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
March 25-April 4: Flex dancer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and director Peter Sellars were commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory to create the new work FLEXN, which promises to “transform the dance from its individual, combative style to create a collaborative work of social commentary inspired by both personal experience and current events,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.armoryonpark.org.