Dance Calendar October 2018

CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 10/5/2018, 2:08 p.m.
Be there when the American Dance Guild honors two dance luminaries, Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, in four ...
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Be there when the American Dance Guild honors two dance luminaries, Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, in four days of performances by 32 multi-generational artists from across the United States (Oct. 25-Oct. 28) at Ailey Citigroup Theater.

According to Gloria McLean, president of the ADG, this year’s ADG Festival, “Visions Then and Now,” as it has for the past 60 years, promotes the new and preserves “…the living history of modern dance as an art form…[This year’s festival will]…exhibit the inclusiveness of dance and the diversity on which this country was built.”

Comfort recently celebrated her 40th year as a choreographer in a retrospective program, and was nominated for a 2018 Bessie Award for the retrospective. For the ADG event, Comfort will present a medley of shorts from her socially and politically charged dance theater works “Superman,” “Underground River,” “S/He” and “Spiderwoman,” excerpts of interviews and works from the video that accompanied her retrospective. To honor Pomare, a revered choreographer from the 1960s until his death in 2007, sometimes called the “bad boy” for his outspoken commentary on political and social issues, legendary works, including “Radeau/Raft” (1996), danced by Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and “Hex” (1964), by Dyane Harvey, longtime member of the Eleo Pomare Dance Company, will be performed.

Also slated for the four days are archival footage of interviews with Comfort and Pomare, presented by Celia Ipiotis; a special tribute to Donald McKayle, an adviser to the ADG board, who died in April 2018—Roxanne d’Orleans Juste of the José Limón Company will dance an excerpt from “Heartbeats” (1997) in McKayle’s honor; the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to the honorees; and so much more. For more information, visit www.americandanceguild.org.

Oct. 1-Oct 13—Fall for Dance Festival, the annual two-week festival at New York City Center that brings dance to many for just $15, returns for year 15 with five diverse programs, including performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem, National Ballet of China, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Acosta Danza, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and many more. For more information, visit www.nycitycenter.org.

Oct. 4-Oct. 6—The Algerian-born Parisian, Nacera Belaza, who explores minimalism and Algerian cultural practice in her work, will present Sur le Fil, in which she “…applies a rigorous set of rules to both the body and mind of three dancers to explore the paradoxical space between submission and abandon,” according to the release. On Saturday evening’s program, Belaza performs the tryptich “Sur le Fil,” “La Nuit” and “La Traversée.” For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org.

Oct. 11-Oct. 13—Gibney’s fall season opens with “Cracks of Light,” a series of performance works co-presented by Sanctuary for Families and part of Gibney’s annual observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The program will also present special performances by Nana Chinara and Truthworker Theatre Company. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.

Oct. 12-Oct. 14 and Oct. 26-Oct. 28—The Alvin Ailey Foundation celebrates the 60th anniversary of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by continuing the direction of the New Directions Choreography Lab, created by Robert Battle in 2011. For this first Choreography Unlocked Festival at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, there will be performances by New Directions alumni Camille A. Brown, Juel D. Lane and Netta Yerushalmy; master choreographer workshops led by Robert Battle, Stefanie Batten Bland and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; a discussion on how institutions can nurture new voices moderated by Robert Battle, with panelists Rennie Harris, Thelma Golden and Darren Walker; and more. The New Directions Choreography Lab continues for an eighth year, assisting choreographers in developing their craft by granting resident fellowships to four emerging and mid-career artists. This year’s fellows and mentors are Kyle Marshall and Rennie Harris; Davalois Fearon and Gus Solomons Jr.; Yusha Sorzano and Charmaine Warren; and Bryn Cohn and Joanna Koetze. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.