The young choreographer, social activist, Jamaican native living in Brooklyn, Marguerite Hemmings, tops this month’s calendar, and there are two chances to see her this month. At JACK (Feb. 2-3), as part of their yearlong series, “Reparation365,” Hemmings will present “to make ready again,” and at Gibney Dance (Feb. 23-25), “we free.” Hemmings describes “to make ready again” (referring to the etymology of the word “reparation”) as “a non-performance…a call to a very very very obvious collective action.” While “we free” “…focuses on what liberation means for the millennial generation…[and]…is centered in the livelihood and reparation of the African continent and diaspora.” For Hemmings, “we free” is also “…a social experiment, a conversation, a non-performance, a call to action, a bashment party, an ode to and in moments a critique of, the millennial generation and what we are doing, right now, to be free,” notes the release. The first installment of “we free” was shown at Gibney Dance’s “Double Plus Series.” curated by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Since then, iterations have been shown at Brooklyn Museum, BRIC Arts Media and MoCada. For more information, visit www.jackny.org and www.gibneydance.org.
Jan. 24-Feb. 5—Under artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, for their 23rd season, Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to the Joyce Theater with two programs of works by Rhoden, including the world premiere of “Gutter Glitter,” the New York premiere of “Star Dust,” repertory works and the launch of “The Collage Series,” an ongoing initiative created by Rhoden in which new works are presented “in a visual collage format that seeks to find the line of commonality within diverse elements,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.joyce.org.
Jan. 27-Feb. 5—The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers presents their 43rd concert and pow-pow at Theater for the New City. Featured will be dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and native peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. All proceeds benefit the Native American scholarship fund. For more information, visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net
ALSO THIS MONTH
Feb. 4—At Symphony Space, and as part of their 16th anniversary celebration, the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater premieres “Ghana: The Place Where the Chief Sleeps,” a blend of traditional aesthetics of African drum and dance with modern expressions found in the African Diaspora. For more information, visit www.symphonyspace.org.
Feb. 10—At The Bronx Museum, and with a list of 20 artists who bring dance from the street to the stage, “It’s Showtime NYC!” returns. Slated to perform are Shyheim “Star Platinum” Blake, Christopher “Venom” Brathwaite, Quinn “Qu” Brown, Jerry “Jay” Joseph, Isryel “Tailz” Jules, Stefon “Martian” Williams and Dayrome “Bad Day” Wright, among others. Promised is a celebration of New York City street culture dance styles and an open dance floor for all. This event is free for all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. “It’s Showtime NYC” is a program of Dancing in the Streets. For more information, visit www.itsshowtime.nyc.
Feb. 10-11—Miro Magloire presents his New Chamber Ballet in works by Magloire to music by Michel Galante, Friedrich Cerha, Rebecca Saunders and Beethoven, and a world premiere to music by Ryan Brown, in the company’s home base, City Center Studio 5. For more information, visit www.newchamberballet.com.
Feb. 12—At Dixon Place, in “Voices,” a Bharatanatyam solo by Srinidhi Raghavan, she promises to explore “… whispers in the wind…cries from the heart, screaming the truth…[and those that]…call out to us and lead us down a path, often determining the course of our lives,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.danceplace.org.
Feb. 16 – Dixon Place hosts “Black Herstory Night,” curated by Layla Zami and Oxana Chi, with performances by Rosamond S. King in “Tiny Wine,” Candace Thompson in “Of Circles and Bright Colours,” and Afro-Caribbean Dance & Movement with Pat Hall, featuring live percussions by Pam Patrick and Yuichi (Brown Rice Family). Zami and Chi are also set to perform. For more information, visit www.danceplace.org.