Celebrate the beginning of March with dance in Harlem and Elisa Monte Dance as they celebrate their 35th anniversary and welcome their new artistic director, Tiffany Rea-Fisher. From March 2 to 5 at City College Center for the Arts’ Aaron Davis Hall, an array of events is scheduled for this momentous season.
Past company member Rea-Fisher, who retired from the stage in 2010, will premiere “Newton’s Cradle and Current.” Rea-Fisher will also return to the stage in a solo performance of Monte’s signature “Run to the Rock” (1998).
Among the many varied programs scheduled, included is the 20-member alumni reunion in a special reprise of Monte’s “Shattered” (2000). A photographic retrospective of the company’s 35-year legacy will also be on display in the lobby of Aaron Davis Hall. Finally, the company will participate in free pop-up performances at the Microsoft Store and Hunter College, leading up to this milestone season. For more information, visit www.adhatccny.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
March 2 – 5: At BAM, kathak dancer Akram Khan and flamenco dancer Israel Galvan come together in “Torobaka,” an evening-length New York premiere that is part dialogue and part duel, and continues Khan’s ongoing collaboration with artists of other cultures and disciplines. For more information, visit www.bam.org.
March 2 – 6: At the Joyce Theater, dancers Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo join forces with pianist Bruce Levingston for “TRIO ConcertDance” and will present works by Russell Maliphant, Demis Volpi, Fang-Yi Sheu and Angelin Preljocaj. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
March 3: Soloist Fana Fraser will introduce “Rosie,” a work-in-progress as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s “Best of the New Works Series,” curated by Paul Adams, Derek Jamison, Scott Klavan, Scott Raker and Vanessa Shealy Younger at the TADA! Theater. For more information, visit www.fanafraser.com.
March 4: For one night only, Aakash Odedra Company comes to NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts with the New York premiere of “Rising,” four solo dance works created by Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Odera. For more information, visit www.nyuskirball.org.
March 5: After nearly a decade away from New York City, at the Kumble Theater and to open 651 ARTS’ “Classically Black” spring season, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company brings the New York City premiere of Donald Byrd’s “The Geography of the Cotton Field” plus a selection of works under the title “Tapestries.” For more information, visit www.651arts.org.
March 2 – 19: The Flamenco Festival returns to New York at BAM, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City Center and Joe’s Pub with performances by Farruquito, Compania Manuel Linan, Compania Rocio Molina, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia and Nelida Tirado, to name only a few. For more information, visit www.flamencofestival.org.
March 15 – 20: In two programs at the Joyce Theater, the Hong Kong Ballet will present works by Nacho Duato, Krzysztof Pastor and Fei Bo for their weeklong season. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
March 21 – 28: As part of Maria Hassabi’s “PLASTIC” at MoMA, David Thomson and large and rotating cast performs as part of these “overlapping live installations that shift the temporal space and encourages the public to witness the performer as a transforming object where presence, gaze and architecture coalesce,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.moma.org.
March 22 – 27: For their New York debut, New Mexico’s Juan Siddi Flamenco Sante Fe comes to the Joyce Theater with works ignited by Artistic Director Siddi’s “artistic roots in Barcelona and Granada,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
March 30 – April 2: As part of a weeklong series of events and performances dancer, choreographer, actor, writer and educator, Gus Solomons Jr. will be celebrated at the next theater and dance performance event hosted by From the Horse’s Mouth. A talk back is scheduled for March 30 with Solomons, hosted by Wendy Perron, former editor-in-chief of Dance magazine, at the 14th Street Y. For more information, visit www.horsesmouth.org.
March 30 – April 10: Ailey II returns for their two-week season at their home, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, with two programs of premieres and repertory works. Slated for this season are works by Jean Emile, Ray Mercer, Kyle “JustSole” Clark, Dwight Rhoden, Manuel Vignoulle, Jennifer Archibald and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer, Jamar Roberts. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.