African contemporary choreographers/performers command this month’s calendar. From the Democratic Republic of Congo, Faustin Linyekula begins with a two-week run (Sept. 9-24) at various Manhattan venues, Zimbabwe-born Nora Chipaumire will have two nights (Sept. 14-15) at FIAF and Rwandan-born Dorothée Munyaneza opens at Baryshnikov Arts Center Sept. 21.
Linyekula returns to New York as part of BRIDGING: An International Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts, and in association with the French Institute Alliance Française’s annual Crossing the Line 2017 Festival, plus The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYU Skirball, Dancing in the Streets, 651 Arts, BRIC, University Settlement, the Soul of Brooklyn Festival and the Third Avenue BID. Linyekula will premiere three works: the site-specific “Bantaba [new work],” generated by The Met’s collection of art from the Kingdom of Kongo and the political landscapes and history of the DR Congo; with a group of dancers and actors, the U.S. premiere of “In Search of Dinozord” (“Sur les traces de Dinozord”) “…a poetic, political fairy tale that begins, like all fairytales, with ‘once upon a time…’ as they explore the history of the Congo; and “Festival of Dreams,” in which Linyekula/Studios Kabako (his Kinshasa-based space) brings the community together for two free performances, notes the release. Linyekula will be accompanied by South African dancer Moya Michael on “Bantaba [new work]” and “Festival of Dreams.” For more information, visit www.crossingtheline.org.
Also a part of FIAF’s annual Crossing the Line 2017 Festival, soloist Nora Chipaumire will premiere #PUNK, “… inspired by 1970s independent music, ‘Americana,’ and her own formative years in Zimbabwe in the ’70s-’90s … #PUNK paints a riotous sonic and visual landscape with voice, dance, installation and performance. #PUNK is the first part of a triptych titled #PUNK 100% POP*NIGGA,”a live performance album that confronts and celebrates three sonic ideologies: punk, pop and rumba, explored through the radical artists Patti Smith, Grace Jones and Rit Nzele,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.crossingtheline.org.
Dorothée Munyaneza premieres “Unwanted” at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. After her New York debut in 2016, where at the Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival, she premiered “Samedi Détente,” unearthing childhood memories before fleeing genocide-ridden Rwanda at age 12. In “Unwanted,” “…she continues her examination of the generational wound of genocide and, specifically, the physical and mental repercussions of rape used as an instrument of war.” Munyaneza wrote, “I want to share their testimonies, I want to sing their sorrows and hopes, I want to dance their lives, their scars, their marks, for they leave some behind. We cannot remain indifferent.” For more information, visit www.bacnyc.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Sept. 6-9—The annual Dance NOW Festival known for its “…adventurous short-takes format,” according to the release, returns with yet another packed lineup featuring 40 emerging and established choreographers. Included are Gus Solomon Jr., binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa, Lawrence Goldhuber/BIGMANARTS, Raja Feather Kelly/The Feath3r Theory, Cleo Mack Dance Project, TAKE Dance, Christal Brown, Shaina & Brian/BS Movement, The Dash Ensemble, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Nicole Wolcott, Gibney Dance Company, Kyle Marshall Choreography and so many more. For more information, visit
Sept. 7-10—The American Dance Guild celebrates 60 years and will give the Lifetime Achievement Award to three leading dance icons: choreographer Garth Fagan, educator Martha Myers and Louis Mofsie, the director of Thunderbird American Indian dancers. In four nights of performances featured will be Garth Fagan’s duet, “No Evidence of Failure,” danced by Natalie Rogers and Vitolio Jeune, a tribute to Martha Myers, and a program of traditional dances by Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. For more information, visit www.americandanceguild.org.
Sept. 14-16—Maria Bauman/MB Dance opens the Gibney Dance season with the premiere of “dying and dying and dying,” “…a meditation on various kinds of endings. Choreographer Maria Bauman feels charged with alive-ness while at the same time embracing the paradox of multiple deaths happening every moment,” notes the release. For more information,
Sept. 14-15—Fadi Khoury’s FJK Dance returns to New York Live Arts with premieres and repertory works in two different programs. Premieres are “Mundo” and “Tango on Point,” and repertory works “Echoes” (2015) and “Reflections” (2016) round out the season. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.
Sept. 14-16—The U.S. debut of Cuba’s Ballet Contemporaneo De Camaguey with choreography by Cuban-born, artistic director Pedro Ruiz at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. For more information, visit www.hunter.cuny.edu.
Sept. 15-30—At Dixon Place, Antonio Ramos and his company, The Gangbangers, will present “ALMODOVAR DYSTOPIA,” a “…humorous celebration of queer culture, and part an outrageous political statement against the body-negative and repressed nature of the world we live in,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.dixonplace.org.
Sept. 18—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 Nia & Ness, Oxana Chi, Feng Jiang, Melanie Maar, Zac Mosely and more. For more information, visit www.movementresearch.org.
Sept. 19—Fast Forward, curated by Sangeeta Yeseley to “…provide opportunities for choreographers working in all dance forms to workshop longer, more developed pieces…” features Janice Rosario and Company, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Rastro Dance Company and many others at Dixon Place. For more information, visit www.dixonplace.org
September 23—For one-night-only, at Symphony Space, Bharatanatyam performer/scholar Bala Devi Chandrashekar will present her solo “KARNA–DESTINY’S CHILD,” the story of one of the most powerful warriors, Karna, from the great Indian epic “Mahabharatha.” For more information, visit www.symphonyspace.org.