The amount of dance this month is staggering! Highlighted here are two significant representatives of dance and their companies: Bill T. Jones of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, a longtime giant, and Troy Powell, the newly named artistic director of Ailey II, himself a force.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns to the Joyce Theater for two weeks with two programs. First up is “Play and Play,” an evening of movement and music during their 30th anniversary, playing from March 26-April 7. Joining the company on both programs will be the Orion String Quartet. Program A includes repertory works “D-Man in the Waters” (1989, revised 1998), “Continuous Replay” (1977, revised 1991) and “Spent Days Out Yonder” (2000).

On Program B is the New York premiere of “Ravel: Landscape or Portrait (2012),” and the world premiere of “Story.” In “Ravel,” Jones responds to Maurice Ravel’s “String Quartet in F Major,” “reflecting the wistful and melancholic sentiment of the score as well as its precision and restraint. Similar to the music’s complicated internal logic, one of two choreographic variations for the third movement (either landscape or portrait) is selected by chance procedure before each performance.” Jones reaches to the success of “Story/Time” (2012) in creating “Story,” described as an “energetic new work” danced to Franz Schubert’s “String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (Death and the Maiden).” For more information, visit

For this highly anticipated first season (March 13 – March 24) as artistic director, Powell presents two programs: “All New” and “Returning Favorites.” “All New” features three premieres and one new production. The premieres are “One Forgotten Moment” by Malcolm Low, offering a story of “love and loss of various relationships” and is set to music by Damon White, Cole Porter and Arvo Part. There is also “Rusty,” by Benoit-Swan Pouffer (former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the current artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) about “the challenges [dancers] face and the relationships they build as performers,” set to a score by Mikael Karlsson. The last premiere is “Virtues,” a contemporary modern jazz work by Amy Hall Garner. Rounding out the program is the new production of Jessica Lang’s memorable solo “Splendid Isolation II, the Calling,” set to choral music (“O Maria, Stella Maris” performed by Trio Mediaeval.

On the “Returning Favorites” program is Powell’s “The External Knot” (2007), “a series of solos, duets and ensemble,” Ailey’s “Quintet” (1968), billed as “thematically the first of its kind created by Alvin Ailey,” and Judith Jamison’s critically acclaimed “Divining” (1984). For more information, visit


March 5 – 24: See Paul Taylor Dance Company’s “Michelle Fleet” as the company celebrates the 50th anniversary of classics that include “Scudorama” and the 25th anniversaries of “Brandenburgs” and “Speaking in Tongues,” plus the premieres of two works: “Perpetual Dawn” and “To Make Crops Grow” at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. For more information, visit

March 6 – 9: Celebrating their 19th season, the 19 dancers, singers and musicians of Spain’s Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia, under the direction of Ruben Olmo, returns as part of the Flamenco Festival with the premiere of “Metafora,” filled with the tradition of flamenco dance. For more information, visit

March 9 – 10 and 16 – 17: In two programs, the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, under Artistic Director Igal Perry, brings an excerpt of “Ohad Naharin’s Mabul” (1992), and four premieres: Perry’s “Infinity,” Enzo Celli’s “Primo,” Sidra Bell’s “Vivian & Paul” and a yet-to-be-titled work by Dwight Rhoden. Two repertory works by Perry, “Conflicted Terrain” and “Twilight,” round out the programs. For more information, visit

March 14 – 15: Rashaun Mitchell (Merce Cunningham dancer) premieres “Interface,” “examining the physicality and transmission of emotions,” performed by Mitchell and former Cunningham dancers Silas Riener, Melissa Toogood and Cori Kresge. For more information, visit

March 15 – 17: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company joins a roster of artists on the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival’s Stripped/Dressed format (devised by curator Doug Varone). “Stripped/dressed” means an artist deconstructs his creative process and shows portions of a dance “stripped,” without lights or costumes, before presenting it “dressed” in its normal theatrical garb. At each performance, Evidence will present the same three dances in a sort of round-robin: March 15, he’ll “strip” “Come Ye” and show “Ife/My Heart” and “Gatekeepers” “dressed”; March 16, “Ife” will be stripped and Come Ye and Gatekeepers will be dressed; March 17, the stripped dance will be “Gatekeepers,” the dressed ones “Come Ye” and “Ife.” For more information, visit

March 16 – 22: South Africa’s Via Katlehong Dance returns to Peak Performances at Montclair State University with the premiere “Katlehong Cabaret,” which combines “the group’s powerhouse style with … vocal performances of traditional folk music.” For more information, visit

March 19 -24: DanceBrazil, under the direction of Jelon Vieira, returns for its 36th season at the Joyce Theater with the New York premiere of “Fe do Serto” plus “Banguela” (2010), “featuring the company’s signature fusion of capoeira, Afro-Brazilian dance.” For more information, visit

March 19 – 24: The American Tap Dance Foundation presents two separate programs: “Rhythm is Our Business” and “Rhythm in Motion” at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, featuring Derick K. Grant, Michelle Dorrance, Ali Bradley, Mable Lee, Cartier Williams, Hank Smith and so many more. For more information, visit

March 21 – 23: A longtime member of Urban Bush Women Dance Company, Marjani Forte will present the premiere of her first evening-length work “being Here,” created as “an observation of mental health in the face of systemic oppression.” For more information, visit

March 25: Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers, David Thomson and many others present works as part of “Movement Research,” the Judson Memorial Church’s free, weekly series “for the exploration of movement-based ideas.” For more information, visit

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