Dance Calendar May 2018

Charmaine Patricia Warren | 5/3/2018, 2:38 p.m.
Heading up this month’s calendar is Paloma McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black at BAAD! (May 3-May 5) in celebration of ...
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Heading up this month’s calendar is Paloma McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black at BAAD! (May 3-May 5) in celebration of their fifth anniversary. A full weekend of events is planned: May 3—Dancing While Black comes together with Bronx youth and families in their home for the past five years; May 4—A shared evening of works by current DWB fellows, Alethea Pace, J. Bouey, Jasmine Hearn, Kayla Hamilton, NIC Kay and Shelby Felton; May 5— “A Long Table,” curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa; film screenings by Gabri Christa; and performances by Bronx youth, special guest artists and a dance party. McGregor launched DWB, “an artist-led initiative that supports the diverse work of Black dance artists by cultivating platforms for process, performance, dialogue and documentation” in 2012, notes the release. Also in 2012, BAAD! hosted the very first DWB event, and after five years of continuous partnership, both artist-run programs have come together again for this momentous celebration. For more information, visit


May 1-May 4—At The Joyce Theater, Kyle Abraham and his company, A.I.M. (formerly Abraham.InMotion), offers two programs of works by Andrea Miller, Bebe Miller and Doug Varone, plus Abraham’s “Meditation” (world premiere), his first solo work in nearly a decade, “INDY” and the revival of “Drive.” For more information, visit

May 2-May 5—Harlem Stage’s dance series E-Moves returns, featuring works by three contemporary African choreographers: Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe), Lacina Coulibaly (Burkina Faso) and Ousmane Wiles (Senegal). For more information, visit

May 2-May 5—At Abrons Arts Center, Mariangela Lopez will premiere the evening-length “RAPHAEL,” made with collaborators Laurel Atwell, Anna Azrieli and Mor Mendel, along with composer Jason Grisell, who performs live. For more information, visit

May 3-May 26—The Boogie Down Dance Series, BAAD!’s signature monthlong celebration of dance, returns with Dancing While Black’s fifth anniversary events (May 3-May 5), the Itinerant Performance Art Festival (May 22), Dance Your Future: Artists & Mentor – Collaborative Mentorship, presented by Pepatián and BAAD!, and Dancin’ in the Bronx (May 26), with works created by artists from the Bronx and beyond. For more information, visit

May 6—For one-afternoon-only, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and her company, Ephrat Asherie Dance, will offer a sneak peek into the making of her new work, “Odeon,” where she and the dancers “…explore what happens when dances from the African Diaspora… intersect and remix with the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazarethas,” according to the release. This event is part of Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim. For more information, visit

May 6—Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance offers up “Rise Up – A Salon Showing,” aimed at supporting curated rental opportunities for the dance community at Gibney Dance Center. For more information, visit

May 7-May 21—Movement Research at Judson continues their free, ongoing, Monday night performance series of experimentation and works-in-progress with Kim Brandt, Marion Spencer, Alexandra Tatarsky, Jana (JL) Lynne Umipig (May 7); J. Bouey, mayfield brooks, Courtney Krantz, Kate Watson-Wallace (May 14); and J. Bailey Allshouse, Lorene M. Bouboushian and Keith Hennessy (May 21). For more information, visit