This month’s dance calendar begins Thursday, Aug. 1 with Kyle Abraham/, part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Door Festival at Damrosch Park Bandshell. will share the evening with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the Living Word Project.

Abraham will present his critically acclaimed 2012 work “Pavement,” which “was inspired by John Singleton’s 1991 film ‘Boyz N The Hood’ and informed by Abraham’s teenage years in historically Black Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The work features music ranging from J.C. Bach, Jacques Brel and Benjamin Britten to Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway.”

“It sits in your throat, burning. And it stays with you,” wrote the Washington Post.

Barmuthi Joseph and the Living Word Project will present the “choreopoem in the form of a narrative verse play ‘Word Becomes Flesh,’ conceived and written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and performed by the Living Word Project.” It is described as “a meditation on fatherhood, race, parental responsibility and absence, [and] was originally a solo spoken word piece in the form of letters Bamuthi wrote to his unborn son to document nine months of pregnancy from a young, single father’s perspective.” Barmuthi Joseph is now joined by five actor-dancers and a DJ.

All events are free at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival. For information, visit or call 212-875-5766.


Aug. 3: For one evening only, at the Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, producers Desiree Godsell and Lia McPherson’s the Pearl return with guests artists Rashad Bailey, Jamila Raegan and the Brooklyn Colored Girls Dance Team. The Pearl is a mixed media dance concert series that gives choreographers and artists the opportunity to present new work. For more information, email

Aug. 9-18: From the world of tango, Gabriel Misse and Analia Centurion return in a series of Argentine tango seminars and performances at Dardo Galletto Studios in New York City. The first hour of each day will focus on technique, then move to styles and sequences of famous milongueros, tango culture, history and appreciation of tango music. In addition to performances by Misse and Centurion, also scheduled is a tango show of Galletto’s New Generation Dance Company and La Romeria Milonga. For more information, visit

Aug. 9-10: The Faison Firehouse and SummerStage presents the Harlem Dance Caravan in Marcus Garvey Park in New York City. Companies slated to perform are Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Illstyle & Peace Productions and OPUS Dance Theatre, with more to come. For more information, visit

Aug. 16: SummerStage presents the Francesca Harper Project in Modo Fusion: Art Prototype, an “hour-long exploration of the world of beauty pageants using a surreal blend of original dance, music, film and narration,” conceived, choreographed and directed by Harper. For more information, visit

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