Digital Access to Dance October 2020

CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 10/1/2020, midnight
Since March, because of COVID-19, a full calendar of live dance performances was not possible.
Dianne McIntyre Photo by Larry Coleman

Since March, because of COVID-19, a full calendar of live dance performances was not possible. For the fall season, venues have decided to roll out even more virtual offerings, some commissioned, many archival. Topping the list is the American Dance Guild’s (ADG) “10 Years Over 10 Weeks,” a collection of video performances featuring 25 honorees and guest artists over the last ten years (2009-2019). Appearing sequentially by year, the legendary artists are: Donald McKayle, Erick Hawkins Paul Sanasardo, Jane Dudley, Linda Tarnay, Elaine Summers, Dianne McIntyre, Lar Lubovitch, Marilyn Wood, Remy Charlip, Joan Myers Brown, Douglas Dunn, Bill Evans, Doug Varone, Liz Lerman, Alice Teirstein, Jean Erdman, Garth Fagan, Martha Myers, Louis Mofsie , director of Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Jane Comfort, Eleo Pomare, Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Abdel R. Salaam. The events will stream on Vimeo and through the ADG website and will run from October 12 to December 20. The showings are free, with donations welcome. Get access here: www.americandanceguild.org

ALSO THIS MONTH:

Sept. 22 – Oct. 19––At The Joyce Theater, for their first round of online performances, the lineup includes Contra-Tiempo (Los Angeles), Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago), Ate9 Dance Company (Los Angeles) and Far From the Norm (London). Get access here: visit www.Joyce.org.

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1––American Ballet Theatre (ABT) premieres the series Moving Stories: An ABT Film Festival featuring short films created by ABT dancers hosted by ABT’s Misty Copeland and producer Leyla Fayyaz. Get access here: https://www.youtube.com/americanballettheatre.

Oct. 2 & 9––San Francisco’s Alonzo King’s will stream King’s evening-length piece, “Constellation” featuring a light installation by electronic artist Jim Campbell, plus Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani who joins the Company onstage. Get access here - www.linesballet.org

Oct. 8 & 22––DANCE NOW has reimagined its fall festival at Joe’s Pub, creating an alternative virtual space in monthly “chapter” presentations. The October Performance Chapter will feature works by Jamal Jackson, Katy Pyle, and Nicole Wolcott and archival works by Katherine Helen Fisher and Wanjiru Kamuyu. The Artist-to-Audience Celebration (10/22) will honor choreographer and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle. The event will be hosted by Christal Brown. Get access here: www.dancenow.online

Oct. 9––As part of Gibney’s fall season, Living Gallery returns with virtual live performances of storytelling, monologues, spoken word, stand-up or creative talks. First up is Melanie Greene, who will present Sapphire Chronicles. Get access here: www.gibneydance.org

Oct. 10––New York Live Arts (Live Arts) partner and independent performance series, EdgeCut, begins the first of three showcases exploring our complex relationship to the digital and how “liveness” is defined during this current moment. The international group of artists selected from an open call are: Carrie Sijia Wang, Emily Twines, Theater In Quarantine, Kate Ladenheim + The RAD Lab, Rourou Ye, Sadi Oortmood, Sylvain Souklaye, and XUE. Get access here: www.newyorklivearts.org

Oct. 15-25––At the Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute there will be online performances of works by butoh dancers from Asia, Latin America, South Africa, New York and the United States. Get access here: www.vangeline.com

Oct. 17––The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance and the Dance Studies Association will co-host a program series exploring the politics, aesthetics, and alchemy of African diasporic dance. Get access here: www.dancestudiesassociation.org

Oct. 17––Yoshiko Chuma will offer a 24-hour livestreamed event through La MaMa, Love Story, The School of Hard Knocks, the latest chapter in her ongoing multidisciplinary performance series. The event will feature an international cast of more than 50 artists from four decades of collaboration. Audiences are also invited to tune in to Chuma’s residency at La MaMa beginning Oct. 5, to view archival footage, sketches and rehearsals of the work leading up to the performance. Get access here: www.lamama.org.

Oct. 18––The annual World Dance Festival: Dancing Across Cultural Borders will spotlight how hand gestures are used in dance and will feature Bharata Natyam with Baladevi Chandrashekhar, Hula with Makalina Gallagher and Burmese Dance with U Win Maung. Get access here: www.lotusmusicanddance.org

Oct. 21––four/four presents vogue dancer Omari Wiles is part of The TETHERED series with jazz musician Kassa Overall, multidisciplinary duo slowdanger and Los Angeles-based dancers Mike Tyus and Joy Isabella Brown. Founded by choreographer Loni Landon and music presenter Rachael Pazdan, four/four came together during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get access here: https://publicrecords.tv/