Dance in February includes the return of Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, a Dance Company to the Joyce Theater Feb. 12-17, and the celebration of the life and times of Olu Dara, a long-time friend and collaborator of Dianne McIntyre and her company, Sounds in Motion, Feb. 2 at the Schomburg Center.
Brown and Evidence bring two programs of audience favorites and a world premiere. Program A includes “Order My Steps” (2005), an excerpt of “Ife/My Heart” (2005) performed by guest artist Matthew Rushing of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, excepts from “Incidents” (1998) and the world premiere of “Torch,” “dedicated to the life and memory of dancer Beth Young.” “Torch” is described as “a heartfelt, joyous celebration of the life of Brown’s friend, dance student and Evidence supporter Young, who died in January 2012.” Program B includes classic Evidence repertory “Walking Out the Dark” (2001) and “Upside Down” (1998). Brown and his company, Evidence, are renowned for presenting works that meld African, ballet and social dance into Brown’s signature audience-pleasing vocabulary. For more information, visit www. joyce.org.
On Feb. 2 at the Schomburg Center, for a well-deserved evening of honor, a lineup of celebrities will come out to celebrate the incomparable musician, long-time collaborator and friend of Dianne McIntyre, Olu Dara. Fresh from celebrating the 40th anniversary of her dance company Sounds in Motion, for this special occasion, the company–along with Cassandra Wilson, the Olu Dara Band with Lady Cantrese, Melba Joyce, the Brawner Brothers, Amiri Baraka, Omar Edwards, the Tony Terrell Caribbean Jazz Quartet and Makane Kouyate with Dembaya–will help celebrate Dara. For more information, visit www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg.
Until Feb. 1: See Francesca Harper in “Zinnias: The Live of Clementine Hunter,” an opera based on the life of Hunter with direction, set and light by Robert Wilson; music and lyrics by Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon; and story and book by Jacqueline Woodson. For more information, visit www.peakperfs.org.
Until Feb. 1: Camille A. Brown will present her solo from “Mr. Tol E. Rance” as part of the Joyce Theater’s “Working Women” series, a program of work by female choreographers. Also on the program are Kate Weare, Carolyn Dorfman and Monica Bill Barnes. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Feb. 11: Toussaint JeanLouis, Jimena Paz and Juliette Mapp, devynn emory, Lance Gries and Nina Martin/Lower Left as part of Movement Research at Judson Church. For more information, visit www.movementresearch.org.
Feb. 14 – 16: As part of the “Dancenow” series at Joe’s Pub, Nicholas Leichter Dance presents “The Whiz: Emerald City” (2010), a reimagining of New York’s underground communities through song, dance and “Prince-esque extravaganzardry.” For more information, visit www.dancenownyc.org.
Feb. 15 – 16: Okwui Okpokwasili will present a work-in-progress as part of New York Live Arts’ Studio Series. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
Feb. 25: There is more from Movement Research at Judson Church with Koosil-ja, Chris Aiken and Ray Chung, Naomi Goldberg Haas and Katia Castaneda Urzua. For more information, visit www.movementresearch.org.
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