Two events highlight this month’s dance calendar, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia and Gabriel “Kwickstep” Dionisio’s hip-hop dance group Full Circle (May 1) and Marjani Forte (May 6 to 9).
After five years in the making, in just one night, Full Circle will present “Outside the Bachx,” a Hip Hop Theater Production commissioned by Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, which mixes ballet and J.S. Bach with beatbox, DJ and dance. This debut performance will be held at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture in the Bronx. For more information, visit www.fullcirclesouljahs.com.
For the final act of a three-year project, Harlem-based movement artist Marjani Forte presents “being Here…/this time,” a work “that examines the intersections of mental illness, addiction and systemic poverty. Through nonlinear storytelling, abstracted embodiment and community engagement, Forte investigates the implications of recent neuroscientific research on pleasure and reward in relation to substance abuse legislation,” notes the release. Performances take place at the Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performance Lab. “being Here…/this time” also features a 3-D audio installation by composer and sound designer Everett Saunders. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.
April 9 to May 2: These last two weeks of “Work Up,” the new series for emerging artists at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, will feature Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo (the NWA Project), Elena Rose Light, Alyssa Gersony, Lauren Ree Slone, Eli Tamondong (Projectile Imagery) and Jacob Slominski. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.
April 30: “PEEKS,” “a low-pressure environment to experiment and receive feedback from a live audience,” instituted by the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, will feature works-in-progress by Sidra Bell, Da’von Doane and Lloyd Knight. For more information, visit www.thelmahill.com.
April 30 to May 2: Artistic Director Bradley Shelver and the Steps Repertory Ensemble present works by established and emerging choreographers Mike Esperanza, Francesca Harper, Jae Man Joo, Lar Lubovitch and Shelver at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. For more information, visit www.stepsnyc.com.
April 30 to May 3: The annual WestFest dance festival presented in the Westbeth Artists’ Residence building, will feature site-specific performances in multiple spaces within the building, as well as a series of performances on the top floor studio, which was home to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and now houses the Martha Graham Dance Company. Featured artists include Nathalie Matychak (MATYCHAK), Samsam Yung, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Beatrice Capote, Manuel Vignoulle (M/motions) and many more. For more information, visit www.westfestdance.com.
April 30 to May 9: At chashama in Harlem, Whitney V. Hunter will present a public performance and installation as part of “Open Practice,” “a seven-day public performance/installation experimenting with presence, process, intention and manifestation as modes of operation,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.chasama.org.
April 30 to May 30: The annual BAAD! spring dance festival “The Boogie Down Dance Series” returns with a mix of homegrown dance from the Bronx and around the city featuring works by Brother(hood) Dance!, Raja Feather Kelly, Niv Acosta, Antonio Ramos, Miguel Anaya, Maria Bauman, Jumatatu Poe and many more. For more information, visit www.BAADBronx.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
May 5: The “Moving Men” series curated by Doug Post returns to Dixon Place with works by Brother(hood) Dance!, Pia Vinson, Alyssa Derling and Chafin Seymour. For more information, visit www.dixonplace.org.
May 6: Dixon Place presents the rock ballet “1001 Nights: Love Stories on Death Row” by the Kandake Dance Theatre for social change. For more information, visit www.dixonplace.org.
May 7 to 9: Chen Dance Center presents “newsteps,” its semi-annual emerging choreographers series featuring Jonathan Breton, Hannah Cohen, Bree Nasby, Janice Rosario and Ashley Carter with Vanessa Martinez de Banos. For more information, visit www.chendancecenter.org.
May 8 to 10: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for their annual Mother’s Day weekend performances at New Jersey Performing Arts Center with repertory favorites. For more information, visit www.njpac.org.
May 15 and 16: As part of the New York Live Arts’ Studio Series showings, Marjani Forte-Saunders presents “What else (working title),” her newest solo, evening-length work. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
May 15 to 17: Director and founder Jamel Gaines celebrates 20 years with his company Creative Outlet in a retrospective of works at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.kumbletheater.org.
May 19 to 24: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana comes to BAM Fisher for the first time and brings contemporary works by Ángel Munoz, Enrique Vicent with Antonio Lopez, Guadalupe Torres and more. For more information, visit www.bam.org.
May 21 to 24: The Soaking WET series, curated by Women.in.Motion (WiM) and producers David Parker and Jeff Kazin, will feature works by Maura Nguyen Donohue, Garnet Henderson, Deborah Lohse, Zoe Rabinowitz and Catherine Tharin. For more information, visit www.thebanggroup.com.
May 22 to 25: DanceAfrica 2015 returns for the 38th year under Artistic Director Baba Chuck Davis and Artistic Director designate Abdel R. Salaam. Brazil’s folk dance company Bale Folclorico da Bahia leads this year’s program with the theme “Brazilian Rhythms. African roots.” DanceAfrica 2015 also pays tribute to its beloved founder, Davis, who steps down as artistic director after this year’s festival. As always, the festival will include its traditional Memorial Day weekend extravaganza of dance, music, film and community events. For more information, visit www.bam.org.