Dance Calendar June 2018
Charmaine Patricia Warren | 6/7/2018, 11:38 a.m.
Under the direction of founder and executive/artistic director, the steadfast, Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO!, the Philadelphia Dance Company, returns to The Joyce Theater after a six-year absence, for a weeklong run. Slated for this long-awaited season are four works, including three New York City premieres by artists who Myers Brown insists are part of a new generation of choreographers.
“I needed to start nurturing [this] new generation…there is no more Talley (Beatty) or Alvin (Ailey)…” she said.
PHILADANCO has always been recognized as a company that “…champions African-American traditions in dance as well as using the art form to tackle social issues which impact African-Americans,” so this program addresses many of the issues that currently affect people of color, according to the release. On the program is “Folded Prism” by Vietnamese choreographer Thang Dao, “A Movement for Five” (premiere) by PHILADANCO alumna Dawn Marie Bazemore, inspired by the events surrounding New York City’s “Central Park Five” incident, “New Fruit” by resident choreographer Christopher Huggins, which looks at the social landscape and its effects on Black and Brown bodies, and “With(in) Verse” by another PHILADANCO alum and artist in residence, Tommie-Waheed Evans.
“We are delighted to return to The Joyce Theater, one of Americas dance meccas after a hiatus of several years,” added Myers Brown. “We know our audiences in NYC are expecting PHILADANCO’s exciting repertory, one that will offer not only the work of diverse styles of chorography but also the talents of the well-trained dancers as they move from ballet to ballet. I am also pleased to showcase the poignant works of two former company members who are on a path of personal success.”
For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
May 10-June 3—The monthlong series, La Mama Moves!, closes with Ni’Ja Whitson (June 1 and June 2). New this year will be two off-site events: panel discussions about artists and cultural identity, and screenings of rarely seen films. For more information ,visit www.lamama.org.
June 7-June 10—Curated by New Dance Alliance founder and director, Karen Bernard, the 32nd annual Performance Mix Festival returns and will feature works by 30-plus artists with “…diverse approaches to performance, inviting audiences to engage with the unexpected and to experience some of the newest voices in experimental dance” at University Settlement, notes the release. The impressive lineup includes Antonio Ramos, Ash R. T. Yergens, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, João Costa Espinho, Melanie Greene and Brianna Taylor, Parijat Desai, Wondertwins (Billy and Bobby McClain) and so many more. For more information, visit www.newdancealliance.org.
June 8 and June 9—Choreographer Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet closes its 2017-18 season with Magloire’s “Schattentanz” (world premiere) and “I am” (2017), plus another from resident choreographer Constantine Baecher set to Debussy’s “Children’s Corner” for piano, which premiered last February. For more information, visit www.newchamberballet.com.
June 8 and June 9—As part of the on-going series, Dance and Process, geared toward presenting new works after a 10-week group process of sharing work and feedback, will be works by Lauren Bakst, NIC Kay, Athena Kokoronis and Angie Pittman. For more information, visit www.thekitchen.org.
June 13-June 17—The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, led by artistic director Robert Battle, returns for their annual Lincoln Center season with three programs: Celebrate Women, with works by Jessica Lang, Judith Jamison and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; Ailey, Then & Now, with works by Talley Beatty and Battle; and Musical Icons, with works by Jamar Roberts, Twyla Tharp and Battle. Each evening will close with Ailey’s signature work, “Revelations.” For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.
June 15—The annual jersey (new) moves! emerging choreographer’s festival, presented by NJPAC, will feature the works of New Jersey residents Joe Monteleone, Barkha Patel, Daniel Padierna, Nijawwon Matthews and Stephanie Nerbak. For more information, visit www.njpac.org.
June 15-June 24—The always-free River to River Festival boasts a lineup that includes It’s Showtime NYC (June 18-June 22) on the steps of the Federal Hall, and an evening of salsa with Los Hacheros (June 23). Also on the program is Catherine Galasso (June 15-June 17), Enrico D. Wey (June 15-June 17), Cori Olinghouse (June 16-June 17) and Naomi Goldberg Haas and visual artist Laura Nova (June 22 and June 24). For more information, visit www.lmcc.net
June 18—At the Playroom Theater, as part of evening titled “Elements” by the International Human Rights Festival, the lineup includes performances by Davalois Fearon, Nai-ni Chen, Sheldon Raymore, Oxana Chi and Open Dance Ensemble. For more information, visit www.ihraf.org.
June 23— The annual one-day-only event, created through collaboration with artists and community members, Paloma McGregor’s iterative Fishtrap project, rooted in the reclamation of her 92-year-old father’s vanishing fishing tradition titled, “Building a Better Fishtrap” returns, made in collaboration with Angela’s Pulse and New York Live Arts. Audiences will again be taken “…by boat on a 1.5-mile stretch of the once embattled waterway.” Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
June 22-June 23—RestorationART Choreoquest Afro Pas De Deux Festival returns with works by Davalois Fearon, Germaul Barnes, Angel Chinn, Rosamund S. King, Sekou McMiller, Johnnie Mercer, Edisa Weeks and Nathan Trice to again “…explore the complex and artificial binaries of gender, sexuality, nationality and more.” For more information, visit www.billyholiday.org.
June 22-July 20—The Contemporary Dance Series, with modern dance curated by Tiffany Rea-Fisher at Bryant Park, returns with performances by Graham 2, Hope Boykin Dance, Kate Weare Company, Mindy Jackson, Tiffany Mills Company, Tina Croll + Company and many more. For more information, visit www.bryantpark.org.
June 24-June 27—For their annual season, the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center’s theme is “So Very Sly: A Dance Suite Featuring the Music of Sly & the Family Stone.” For more information, visit THPAC on Facebook.
June 28—As part of the annual series BRIC Celebrates Brooklyn, Michelle Dorrance (Dorrance Dance), Derick K. Grant, Toshi Reagon (BIGLovely) and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards will perform on this single night of the monthlong festival. For more information, visit www.BRICartsmedia.org.
June 28-July 1—At NYLA, Sidra Bell Dance New York presents the new work, “F R I C T I O N” (prequel) with longtime collaborator and composer Alexey Gorokholinsky, who will perform live. Also on the program is “garment” (Director’s Choice). For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
June 28-July 1—Ninja Ballet, under Artistic Director Shoko Tamai returns to The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, with five dancers and martial artists in their latest work, “MA,” the Japanese word for negative space, with live music. For more information, visit www.secrettheatre.com.
June 28-June 29—For Danspace Project’s seminal series, Food for Thought, where canned goods are collected and donated to The Momentum Project “…which provides nutritious communal meals and supportive services to any person in need in New York City, especially those living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic illness,” concludes with two more evenings: (June 28), curated by Indah Walsh, with Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts, Pamela Pietro and vis-á-vis and (June 29), curated by Katy Pyle, with Deborah Lohse, Stevie May and Mei Yamanaka. For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org.
June 29-July 1—As part of the LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts’ Summer Festival, Urban Bush Women will present “Scat!,” about which founder/visioning partner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar said, “Scat! is my story. It is my family’s story. It is a personal and collective story of a family and a people, moving from the Jim Crow South during the Great Migration.” For more information, visit www.thelumberyard.org.