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The South African choreographer, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, no stranger to New Yorkers, comes to The Joyce Theater (Jan. 15-18) with “Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro,” “…set in a graveyard filled with the haunting music of Isicathamiya singers—an a cappella style originating from the Zulu people,” according to the release. And from Maqoma, the show he says, is “a lament, a requiem required to awaken a part of us, the connection to the departed souls.” For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
Dec. 4-Jan. 5––The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under artistic director Robert Battle, returns for their annual New York City Center five-week season. Included on this season’s program are world premieres: “Greenwood” by Donald Byrd and “Ode” by Ailey dancer and newly announced Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts; company premieres of “BUSK” by Aszure Barton and “City of Rain” by Camille A. Brown; new productions of “Divining” (1984) by Judith Jamison and “Fandango” (1995) by Lar Lubovitch; plus, repertory favorites including Ailey’s “Memoria” and “Revelations.” For more information visit www.nycitycenter.org.
Dec. 17-Jan. 5––Dorrance Dance brings a holiday program that runs into the New Year “…with a jazz-infused program of enchanting tap dance works,” in an inspired interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” The impressive list of collaborators includes Josette Wiggan-Freund, Hannah Heller, Melinda Sullivan, Bill Irwin and many more. Also on tap is original live music by Donovan Dorrance, Gregory Richardson and Aaron Marcellus; Harlequin & Pantalone. For more information visit www.joyce.org.
ALSO IN JANUARY:
Jan. 4-12––Here are only some of the many performances that happen in and around New York City as part of the annual coming together of dance artists and representatives, Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP): Mariana Valencia a Performance Space AIR recipient (performancespacenewyork.org Jan. 9-11); Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Marjani Forté-Saunders and more at New York Live Arts (newyorklivearts.org––Jan. 12); Kyle Marshall, Kimberly Bartosik, Ivy Baldwin Dance, Kazunori Kumagai and more, all AIR recipients at the 92nd Street Y (92y.org––Jan. 10 & 12); DELIRIOUS Dances/Edisa Weeks Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X (651ARTS.org––Jan. 8-11); Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company at City Center Studio (nainichen.org––Jan. 11-12); and Sidra Bell Dance New York at The Ailey Studios (sidrabelldanceny.org––Jan. 12).
Jan. 7-12––The fifth annual “American Dance Platform” returns to The Joyce Theater, this year curated by Christy Bolingbroke, the founding executive/artistic director at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. This year’s lineup includes Urban Bush Women (Brooklyn), Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Dayton, OH), Bruce Wood Dance (Dallas, TX), Limón Dance Company (New York), Embodiment Project (San Francisco, CA), ODC/Dance (San Francisco, CA), Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre (Miami, FL), and Rennie Harris Puremovement (Philadelphia, PA). For more information, visit www.Joyce.org.
Jan. 9-12––At Baruch Performing Arts Center, Japan Society presents Blood Moon “…a poetic opera-theatre piece for three characters who encounter the past on the night of a full moon: a nephew who returns to the mountain-top where he left his aunt to die forty years earlier, the ghost of the aunt he abandoned, and the moon that presides over this night of reckoning,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.japansociety.org.