Heading up this month’s calendar is LaMama Moves! Dance Festival (May 18-June 4), now in its 12th year, curated by Nicky Paraiso with a lineup of “…different generations of choreographic artists dealing with the actual day-to-day contemporary, political, social and ecological challenges that we face in our world,” said Paraiso. The impressive lineup includes White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company (May 18-21), Jeremy Nelson and Luis Lara Malvacías “3rd CLASS CITIZEN” (May 19-20), Company SBB Stefanie Batten Bland (May 25-28), Shared Evening: Beth Graczyk | Mariana Valencia (May 25-26), Astad Deboo (May 25-26), Malini Srinivasan (May 27-28), Shared Evening: Brendan Drake | Jasmine Hearn (May 27 – 28), Shared Evening: Yoshiko Chuma | Rady Nget | Brother (hood) Dance! (May 25-26,) Shared Evenings: “Curated” by Maura Nguyen Donohue (May 27-28), and Maura Nguyen Donohue
(May 25-26 and June 1-3).
Paraiso continued, “In these perilous, challenging and unpredictable times in our country and in the world, we can look to the performing arts for some clues as to how we might respond and continue to live our lives with vigilance, and hopefully a modicum of wisdom, to keep asking even more vital and bold questions.”
La MaMa’s 55th season of the Block Party takes place Saturday, May 20. For more information, visit www.lamama.org
April 28-May 27—The Bronx Dance Fest continues with “Dancin’ in the Bronx” (May 6). BAAD!’s signature concert featuring nine choreographers from the Bronx and beyond, including Francheska Alcantara, William Briscoe, Rodney A. Brown/The Brown Dance Project, Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts Collective, Alvaro Gonzalez Dupuy, tsaihsi hung, Gerard Minaya and slowdanger. Francesca Falchi and Marta Proietti Orzella “Der Puff” (May 10), co-presented with in Scena, and “…borders on a German cabaret that tells the stories of women living under Nazism.” “Dancing While Black: Epic Memory Lab,” (May 13), where dancer/choreographer/artist Nia Love invites everyone to come together to share age-old traditions. Nelida Tirado “Dime Quién Soy” (May 19-21) “…embarks on a…journey between bomba, salsa and flamenco ‘dancing between cultures’ in celebration of her authentic self,” notes the release. Two free events: “On the Verge” Lehman College Dance Concert (May 22), with artists from the Lehman College Dance Program as they take over BAAD!’s stage, and Meet the Artists: Dance Your Future 2017 (May 25), which offers an opportunity to meet Beatrice Capote and Miguel Aparicio/The Sabrosura Effect, Tatiana Desardouin and Maleek Washington, from the artist-in-residency project with Pepatián and BAAD! The season closes with the Blacktino Queer Performance Dance Concert (May 27), in collaboration with Northwestern University. Includes Wendell Cooper, Jonathan González, Anthony Rosado and Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson. For more information, visit www.baadbronx.org
ALSO THIS MONTH
May 2-7—The Limón Dance Company returns to the Joyce Theater with two programs that include José Limón’s “The Exiles” (1950), staged by former company members, “Concerto Grosso” (1945), “Chaconne” (1942) and “Suite From a Choreographic Offering, for Doris Humphrey” (1964), plus new works: “Night Light” by Kate Weare and “Corvidae” by artistic director Colin Connor. For more information, visit www.joyce.org
May 4-6—For their annual GRIT (Gibney Repertory Initiative for Tomorrow) series, Gibney Dance Company commissioned new works and reimagined signature works by contemporary dance artists Joanna Kotze (“Already Ready”) and Reggie Wilson (“Config Khoum-Baie”). For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.
May 7—For one day only, the National Park Service and Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company come together for the Ellis Island Asian-American Heritage Festival, with ceremony and performances at the Great Hall of Immigration at Ellis Island. The festival will showcase traditional and contemporary Asian-American music and dance from New York and New Jersey, including the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and more. For more information, visit www.nainichen.org
May 11-13—Chen Dance Center presents its semiannual emerging choreographer’s series, “newsteps” at Chen Dance Center. Featured this year is Joshua Dunn, Molly Mingey, Deborah Gladstein with Helen Yee, Quinn Dixon & Bree Nasby, Ryan Pliss and Mary Grace McNally. For more information, visit www.chendancecenter.org.
May 11-13—Best known as one-half of the performance duo Eiko & Koma for 40 years, Koma Otake brings his first multidisciplinary solo project, the Ghost Festival, to Danspace Project. Koma uses a mobile trailer, located outside of Danspace Project’s home, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, along with 24 painted panels placed in the trailer and around St. Mark’s sanctuary, to create an interactive visual art installment, as well as a performance space. For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org.
May 12-14—Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New Jersey Performing Arts Center for the annual Mother’s Day weekend celebration. On the program is artistic director Robert Battle’s “Ella,” company member Hope Boykin’s “r-Evolution, Dream” and returning AAADT choreographer Kyle Abraham’s “Untitled America,” Ailey’s “Revelations” and other repertory favorites, plus myriad community events. For more information, visit www.njpac.org
May 15—Movement Research at the Judson continues their free, ongoing, Monday night performance series of experimentation and works-in-progress with Argelia Arreola AcustiKorp Project, Parijat Desai, Espiritu Theater, Molly Poerstel and Kate Watson-Wallace. For more information, visit www.movementresearch.org.
May 16-21—At BAM Fisher, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana returns with new works: “El Pintor” by associate artistic director Antonio Hidalgo, “Pa’ Triana Voy,” by José Maldonado and “A Solos” (working title) by Angel Muñoz. For more information, visit www.bam.org
May 18-21—Flex dancer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and director Peter Sellars leads “FLEXN Evolution” at Park Avenue Armory, “… re-envisioned with newly created scenes since the Armory’s premiere of ‘FLEXN’ in 2015,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.armoryonpark.org.
May 26-29—Under artistic director Abdel R. Salaam, DanceAfrica, the largest showcase of African dance, celebrates the 40th anniversary under the theme “The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond” at BAM. Featured in this year’s lineup is Asase Yaa, Forces of Nature, Illstyle & Peace Productions, Wula Dance and Drum Ensemble (a company of Guinean dance and drum masters led by M’Bemba Bangoura) and BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble. For more information, visit www.bam.org.