The year in dance begins with the not-to-be-missed New York premiere of Nora Chipaumire’s “portrait of myself as my father,” Sept. 14-17 at BAM Fisher. In “portrait of myself,” the Zimbabwe-born, Brooklyn-based choreographer explores the “…complex relationship with her absentee father … and fraught assumptions about Black masculinity.” Chipaumire is joined by Senegalese dancer Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye, known as Kaolack and Shamar Watt. Their stage is a makeshift boxing ring, where audiences view from the sides, and where Whatt serves as the ringmaster. “portrait of myself” is “…rooted in Chipaumire’s signature fusion of traditional African and contemporary dance … uses the metaphor of sports to explore the question: How are men displayed and how are they consumed? It is at once aggressive, playful, personal and furious, compelling viewers to engage with what scares and intrigues us about a male body that happens to be Black,” notes the release. Chipaumire adds, “I want to create some kind of fracas.” “portrait of myself as my father” is part of the 2016 Next Wave Festival new initiative the Brooklyn/Paris Exchange, a new collaboration between BAM and Paris’ Théâtre de la Ville, where companies chosen by the institutions’ respective artistic leaders Joseph V. Melillo and Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota make their Paris or Brooklyn debuts. For more information, visit www.bam.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Sept. 14, 21, and 28—Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Movement Research at Judson’s Monday night series continues their “…free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress,” according to the release, with Fana Fraser, Milka Djordjevich, James Gardella, Kyli Kleven, Greer Dworman, Ehizoje Azeke/Z LINES and more. For more information, visit www.movementresearch.org.
Sept. 15-23—Beat Festival brings The FLEX Program, a mix of local artists from Brooklyn who promises to “…merge street dance with Greek mythology…” to Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn, notes the release. For more information, visit www.kumbletheater.org.
Sept. 20—For one night only, at Abrons Arts Center Playhouse, South African artist Mamela Nyamza will present the autobiographical work, “Hatched,” which “…seeks to convey deeply personal and challenging issues of culture, tradition, and woman’s evolving sexuality within the customary rites and rituals of marriage,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.abronsartscenter.org.
Sept. 23-24—As part of the CUNY Dance Initiative, a City University of New York-wide residency program, Dzul Dance, known for fusing dance with aerial and circus arts, will premiere “Rites of Passage” at Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu/gerald-w-lynch-theater.
Sept. 28-Oct. 8—Fall for Dance Festival, the annual two-week festival that brings dance to many for just $15, returns for year 13 with five diverse programs, including performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Bangarra, Compagnie Accrorap, Dada Masilo, Grupo Corpo, Hong Kong Ballet, Richard Alston Dance Company with Montclair State University Vocal Accord, Shantala Shivalingappa and more. For more information, visit www.NYCityCenter.org.