April 2017 Dance Calendar
CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 4/6/2017, midnight
Two ballets companies will again share their season of dance: Ballet Hispánico (April 18-23) at The Joyce Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem (April 19-22) at New York City Center.
Called “the nation's premier Latino dance organization,” Ballet Hispánico returns to the Joyce Theater with a program of female-choreographed works: Michelle Manzanales’s “Con Brazos Abiertos” (world premiere), “…an exploration of iconic Mexican symbols that Manzanales was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas”; Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Línea Recta,” “…a work pairing the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering”; and Tania Pérez-Salas’ “Catorce Dieciséis,” which “…draws inspiration from the number pi to reflect on the circularity of the human condition.” For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
In four performances only, Dance Theatre of Harlem’s season will feature four programs of works with New York premieres and audience favorites. New this season is “System” (New York premiere) by Francesca Harper, “Chaconne” (DTH premiere) by José Limón, “Dialogues” (New Production) by Glen Tetley and “Brahms Variations” (New York premiere) by resident choreographer Robert Garland. Returning is Dianne McIntyre’s “Change,” Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Vessels” and Garland’s “Return.” Moultrie’s “Equilibrium (BROTHERHOOD)” and a Glen Tetley Tribute performed by special guest artists are slated for special programs. For more information, visit www.nycitycenter.org.
March 9-April 8—The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance BAAD! ASS Women Festival, the usual mix of dance, comedy, poetry, music and performance aimed at “…celebrating the empowerment of women through art, culture and performance,” closes this weekend with Davalois Fearon Dance’s multi-media work, “Time To Talk.” For more information, visit www.BAADBronx.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH:
April 7-8—Maria Valencia’s solo, “Album,” which brings text, song and dance “…together in choreographic methods … from a tableaux of personal narratives…” notes the release, opens at BAX. For more information, visit www.bax.org.
April 7-8—Miro Magloire and his New Chamber Ballet returns to City Center Studio 5 with the world premiere of a work to Mozart, plus repertory works including the recently premiered “Sunrise.” For more information, visit www.newchamberballet.com.
April 8—As part of DraftWork, the on-going series curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, Candace Thompson and Tara Willis will share the informal afternoon. For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org.
April 9—In New Jersey at Centenary Stage Company, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company celebrate the Company’s artistic vision and heritage in “CrossCurrent,” a showcase of the different aspects of Nai-Ni Chen’s work. For more information, visit www.centenarystageco.org.
April 10—The free, on-going Movement Research at the Judson Church performances will feature Movement of the People Dance Company, plus Elena Demyanenko/Eva Karczag, NIC Kay, Jordan Martin and Julia Santoli and Kaia Gilje. For more information, visit www.movementresearch.org
April 19-22 and 26-29—In collaboration with director and visual designer Peter Born, the Stryker/Ranjelovic resident commissioned artist, Okwui Okpokwasili, will premiere “Poor People’s TV Room” at New York Live Arts, this performance marks the culmination of her two-year residency. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
April 21-22—Beth Graczyk, Zavé Martohardjono and Fana Fraser share a program at Gibney Dance. In Fraser’s “Stillbirth,” she examines “…mythic dreams of ovarian teratomas and the vagina dentata collide with Caribbean Carnival practices.” For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.
April 22-23—As part of World Music Institute’s fifth annual Dancing the Gods Festival at Symphony Space, slated are performances by dancer Neena Prasad, musician Sanjukta Sinha and more. For more information, visit www.worldmusicinstitute.org.
April 27-30—The on-going series “From the Horse’s Mouth,” conceived and directed by Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham, celebrates Indian dance in America at Theater at the 14th Street Y. Curated by Rajika Puri, dubbed the “doyenne of Indian dance in NYC,” the lineup will include performances by more than 25 dancers, musicians, historians and choreographers of Indian dance will participate, ranging from pioneers to the current generation of dancers, exploring a range of Indian dance forms. For more information, visit www.horsesmouth.org.