November 2015 dance calendar
By CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 11/13/2015, 3:40 p.m.
In the same year that they celebrate 45 years of Latin culture through dance, Ballet Hispanico, under Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, comes together with the Apollo Theater in co-commissioning the evening-length, world premiere of “If walls could speak” by Brazilian choreographer Frenando Melo, Nov. 20 to 21. The Chicago Tribune describes the work as “tantalizing in its mild surrealism and fun to watch.” This annual holiday treat at the Apollo will also include a specially priced family matinee, “Saturday en Familia,” Nov. 21. Acclaimed repertory slated for the “Saturday en Familia” program includes excerpts from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sombrerisimo,” Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s “El Beso,” Pedro Ruiz’s “Club Havana” and Melo’s “If walls could speak.” Says Vilaro, “I’m delighted to be partnering with the Apollo Theater to introduce New York audiences to the work of Fernando Melo.” Apollo’s executive producer, Mikki Shepard, added, “We are thrilled to have Ballet Hispanico back at the Apollo … African-American and Latin American culture have long been paired in innovative ways at the Apollo … We continue to celebrate that legacy through collaborations with … Ballet Hispanico.” For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org..
ALSO THIS MONTH
Nov. 10-15: Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion come to the Joyce with an evening of new works and live music, including “The Gettin’” with music by jazz artist Robert Glasper and his trio, and “Absent Matter” (New York premiere) in collaboration with Blue Note recording artist Otis Brown III, plus “The Quiet Dance” (2011). For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
Nov. 12-14: The Performance Project at University Settlement presents Sydnie L. Mosley Dances in Body Business, “an interactive production that re-envisions the economic practices of the dance world,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.universitysettlement.org.
Nov. 12-22: BRIC presents resident artist Ronald K. Brown / Evidence, A Dance Company in two programs that draw on two decades of repertory work and also celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. For more information, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.
Nov. 12: “Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance” continues with Ballet Hispanico and will conclude with New York City Ballet (Dec. 5). For more information, visit www.LincolnCenterattheMovies.org.
Nov. 13-29: The 24-member company of dancers and musicians in Lizt Alfonso Dance returns to the U.S. at the New Victory with Cuba Vibra! For more information, visit www.newvictory.org.
Nov. 13: At BAAD!, the Rebecca Lloyd-Jones’ dance theater will present “Behind the Language,” which “delves into the complexities of how two people attempt to connect to each other and audiences as they navigate and experience relationships,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.baadbronx.org.
Nov. 14: Back at BAAD! “In Our Skin” will showcase “dance and performance by young male artists embracing their bodies and rejecting fear,” according to the release. Choreographers include Gentry George, Jonathan Gonzalez, Alvaro Gonzalez Dupuy and Benjamin Lundberg. For more information, visit www.baadbronx.org.
Nov. 17: The Clark Center presents a not-to-be-missed symposium celebrating the life and legacy of dance legend Thelma Hill in collaboration with 651Arts at MOCADA in Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.651arts.org.
Nov. 17-29: Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to the Joyce Theater for their annual season with the five premieres, including “Strum,” “Ballad Unto,” “Chronicle” and “Cryin’ to Cry Out,” all by co-artistic director Dwight Rhoden, and “Imprint/Maya,” which honors Maya Angelou and features a performance by co-artistic director Desmond Richardson and a special guest. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
Nov. 19-21: Taiwan’s U-Theatre returns to BAM with “Beyond Time,” a visual and auditory work that blends “traditional Taiwanese drumming and folk music meld with contemporary dance-theater and martial arts, infusing the performance with reverence and ceremony,” notes the release. For more information, visit bam.org.
Nov. 21: BAAD!’s signature compilation dance concert “Souls of Our Feet: Blaktino Dance Concert” brings together a range of dance styles and talents from the Bronx and beyond. Featured this year are Gierre Godley, Jasmine Hearn, Zave Martohardjono, Angie Pittman, Christopher Rudd, Acharo Smith, Nelida Tirado and Lorenzo Walker. For more information, visit www.baadbronx.org.
Nov. 28: Edisa Weeks and her company Delirious Dances brings her brand of dance that “integrates [with] text and interactive art to explore life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to Snug Harbor. For more information, visit www.snug-harbor.org.