February, as always, is filled with dance. Topping this month’s listing is the South Africa choreographer Dada Masilo, known for statement: “You’ve got to know what the rules are before you break them.” Masilo takes on the proverbial ballet classic “Swan Lake” and turns it upside down in the weeklong run at the Joyce Theater Feb. 2 through 7. Her critically acclaimed version, described as “extraordinary, reimagined and avant-garde,” tells the story of a prince, Siegfried, who falls in love with a male Odile and discovers his true self while facing disapproval and controversy within his homophobic family and society. Further, in her fusion of classic, contemporary and politics, she includes the “African drumming tradition of call-and-response, breaking the fourth wall between the audience and the performers,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Feb. 2: Monstah Black previews “HYPERBOLIC! The Last Spectacle,” a work-in-progress at Dixon Place. Set to premiere in July 2016, “HYPERBOLIC!” uses “dance, theater and fashion as main ingredients for a sensual feast [and] imagines the very last party on Earth,” according to the release. Black shares the evening with Diego Funes, who will present “Crisalida.” For more information, visit www.dixonplace.org.
Feb. 5 to 6: Raja Feather Kelly and Brooklyn Dance Club present the world premiere of “Lyrical Dances For A Lost Generation,” “[where] 12 choreographers hit the stage with no concept, no media and no lengthy psycho-babble … [and will] … dance their hearts out, embracing … the ‘JOD’ (Joy of Dance),” notes the release. Performances take place at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center. For more information, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2485867.
Feb. 5 to 14: At Theater for the New City, the Thunderbird American Dancers will present their 41st annual dance concert and pow wow. Slated for this season are storytelling, traditional music from the Iroquois and native peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains, plus dancing. For more information, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net.
Feb. 6 to 7: Tendayi Kuumba, a company member of Urban Bush Women, and Lenka Dusilova, a Czech musical shaman specializing in layering voice and electronics, come together at JACK in “New York Prague Effects.” For more information, visit www.jackny.org.
Feb. 6: “DraftWork,” the informal Saturday afternoon series curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones showing work in various stages, will present “Brother(hood) Dance!” (Riccardo Valentine and Orlando Zane Hunter Jr.) and “The Median Movement” (Xan Burley and Alex Springer). This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org.
Feb. 12 to 16: For the 44th edition of “Dance on Camera Festival,” among an impressive 2016 list featured will be a screening of Lincoln Center at the Movies: “Great American Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,” followed by a Q&A with special guests, a screening of German Kral’s “Our Last Tango,” featuring Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, plus more. For more information, visit www.dancefilms.org.
Feb. 19 to 21: Artistic Director Carla Maxwell and members of the Limon Dance Company explore one of Mexican-born choreographer Jose Limon’s important lost works, “Dialogues,” which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s. A discussion and full performance of the work happens as part of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival. For more information, visit www.92y.org.
Feb. 24 to 27: At Gina Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Malcolm Low premieres his new work, “Speakeasy,” which “draws upon his experience of growing up gay in a religious Black family,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.
Feb. 26: The Consulate General of Lebanon in New York and the Arabic Studies Center at Hunter College will present Fadi J. Khoury’s FJK Dance in “A Fusion of Culture and Dance” at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. For more information, visit www.fjkdance.com.
Feb. 28: Reserve the entire day for Dance/NYC’s seventh annual symposium, which brings together leaders and supporters in the metropolitan New York City area. Keynote speakers include Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre, Virginia Johnson of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Edwin Torres, the acting commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, and Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation. The symposium takes place at Gibney Dance Center. A pre-symposium happens Feb. 27. For more information, visit www.dance.nyc.