Camille A. Brown & Dancers brings “Mr. TOL E. RAncE” to Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Dec. 6-7. This evening-length dance-theater work is inspired by Spike Lee’s film “Bamboozled,” Mel Watkins’ book “On the Real Side” and Dave Chappelle’s “dancing vs. shuffling” analogy. It equally “celebrates African-American humor, examines ‘the mask’ of survival and the ‘double consciousness’ (W.E.B. Du Bois) of the Black performer throughout history and the stereotypical roles dominating current popular Black culture.”
This ensemble work brings together live original music by Scott Patterson with original compositions from Jonathan Melville Pratt, Brandon McCune and Kurt “KC” Clayton and “animation, theater and poignantly retrospective dance vocabulary … [while it] … speaks to the issue of tolerance—how much Black performers had to tolerate—and addresses forms of modern-day minstrelsy we tolerate today,” notes the press release. World Dance Reviews describes “Mr. TOL E. RAncE” as “a complex mix of images, associations and references, all emotionally and culturally charged.” For more information, visit www.651arts.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Dec. 3-15: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca returns to the Joyce Theater for a two-week season with “Sombras Sagradas” (“Sacred Dreams”), solos, duets and group works, including the world premiere of “El Cazador,” a duet based on Chekhov’s “The Huntsman,” by Barrio, Martín Santangelo and Juan Ogalla, plus more. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
Dec. 4-Jan. 5: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (AAADT) at the New York City Center. Artistic director Robert Battle again brings a diverse program of premieres, classics and audience favorites. This year’s world premiere is Aszure Barton’s “LIFT” with an original percussive score by Curtis Macdonald. The company premieres are British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s “Chroma” and the 1989 work by Bill T. Jones “D-Man in the Waters (Part I).”
By popular demand, there is the return of Ronald K. Brown’s “Four Corners” (2013) and “Grace” (1999), Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16” (1999), Paul Taylor’s “Arden Court” (1981), Rennie Harris’ “Home” (2011) and more. Not to be missed are Ailey classics “Pas de Duke” (1970), “Night Creature” (1975), “Memoria” (1979), “Revelations” (1960), plus so much more.
This year, the “honored guest” for the celebrated opening night gala benefit (Dec. 4) is Grammy Award-winning music icon Quincy Jones. Actress Gabrielle Union will serve as honorary chair. Two special evenings are also set aside: Dec. 17 will celebrate long-time company member, now rehearsal director and guest artist Matthew Rushing, while New Year’s Eve will highlight past and present company members as they perform “Revelations.” For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.
Dec. 4-7: Reggie Wilson’s “Moses(es)” for his Fist & Heel Performance Group, as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival. This evening-length work examines versions of the Moses narrative and is drawn from Wilson’s travels to Egypt, Turkey, Mali and Israel, his study on the American South, African and African-American folklore, religion and vernacular, and finally, his recent reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Moses, Man of the Mountain.” For more information, visit www.bam.org.
Dec. 5-15: The Faison Firehouse Theater presents “Bah Humbug,” a hip-hop musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic detailing the rise of the Notorious E.B. Scrooge and his spiraling descent into the evils of the 21st century. For more information, email email@example.com.
Dec. 8: For one night only, the Apollo Theater’s “Ellington at Christmas,” a salute to Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” comes to NJPAC with Newark tap dancer Savion Glover, plus students of Dance Theatre of Harlem and more. For more information, visit www.njpac.org.
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