Dance calendar November 2019
CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 10/31/2019, 11:34 a.m.
A devout resident of Harlem and a long-time dance maker, Nia Love tops this month’s calendar with the premiere of “g1(host): lostatsea” at Gibney, Nov. 7-9. According to the release, “…‘g1(host): lostatsea’ grapples with what it means to live within conditions shaped by the ‘afterlife’ of slavery.” And Love adds, “As a serial, multi-media performance and mobile site of study, I pursue questions regarding my body’s status as it pivots on this fundamental query: what remains of the Middle Passage as force, gesture and affect? Exploring themes of loss, alchemy, geological debris and generational accretions, I trace a dense, energetic nothingness. Here, “wake work,” as scholar Christina Sharpe asserts, operates as a mode of suspension, a sensory field of historical being, an oceanic black thing that we’re all drenched by and in.” There is a post-show Toast on Nov. 7, and post-performance discussion moderated by Melanie Person on Nov. 8. For more information visit www.gibneydance.org
ALSO THIS MONTH:
Oct. 29–Nov. 3: Neil Ieremia’s New Zealand-based company Black Grace comes to The Joyce Theater with repertoire of Ieremia’s own works, which fuse Samoan and Maori movement with contemporary dance. On the program is the U.S. premiere of Kiona and the Little Bird Suite, set to a score of body percussion along with live drumming, singing and chanting, plus excerpts from recent evening-length pieces, including As Night Falls, and Crying Men. For more information visit www.joyce.org
Oct. 31–Nov. 2: The 10 male dancers of Brazil’s Grupo de Rua make their BAM debut with Bruno Beltrão’s street dance, Inoah that harkens “…relationship between the inner and outer world, tackling issues of dialogue, conflict, coexistence and collectivity,” according to the release. For more information visit www.bam.org
Oct. 31–Nov. 2: The Brooklyn-based experimental choreographer, performer, and teacher Sam Kim returns to the Danspace sanctuary with her latest work, “Other Animal,” “…in which she incorporates media elements into a dance for the first time––animation by celebrated filmmaker Stacey Steers,” notes the release. For more information visit www.danspaceproject.org
Nov. 1: The Limón Dance Company returns to Aaron David Hall with youth performances and a single evening of dance specifically for the community. For more information visit www.
Nov. 2–23: The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) some events presented with Pepatian, continues their annual multidisciplinary festival, “BlakTinX Performance Series,” featuring art and performance by Black Latinx and artists of color. Still to come is “Souls of our Feet” where eight choreographers share the evening (11/2), Candace Tabbs (11/8-9), Nile Harris (11/15-16), and Joan Bradford (11/22-23). For more information visit www.baadbronx.org
Nov. 3: At the Birdland Jazz Club, hosted and presented by Mercedes Ellington, Artistic Director/Founder of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, Inc., and Tony Waag, Artistic Director of The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF), “CrackerJazz” is based on the 1960 Duke Ellington album “Three Suites,” a jazz interpretation of “The Nutcracker” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Duke Ellington Center Big Band, conducted by Bobby Sanabria, will perform and the program will include special appearances by jazz vocalists Sharon K. Janda, Antoinette Montague and Ty Stevens, as well as tap dance performances by DeWitt Fleming Jr., Felipe Galganni, members of the Tap City Youth Ensemble, Karen Callaway Williams and belly dancer Anna Pipoyan. For more information visit www.birdlandjazz.com