Two women top this month’s calendar: Germaine Acogny with the U.S. premiere of “Mon élue noire (My Black Chosen One): Sacre #2” (Oct. 4-7) and Cynthia Oliver’s world-premiere “Virago-Man Dem” (Oct. 25-28), both at BAM Fisher.
Known as “the mother of contemporary African dance,” Acogny collaborates with choreographer and director of Ballet du Nord, Olivier Dubois as part of his “…ongoing exploration of all truths and myths surrounding the legendary premiere of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring.’” This “…reimagined solo dance by a mature and strong Black woman…enclosed in a rectangular box for the entirety of the dance, dives deep into her 70-plus years of experience, delivers a laser-focused performance, and renders expressive every tiny muscle movement. In the process, she questions Western (mis)conceptions of Africa and Black bodies,” according to the release. Conversely, Oliver offers “…a nuanced study in the multiplicities of masculinity, within Caribbean and African-American cultures…” in “Virago-Man Dem.” Based on the lives of its African-American and Afro-Caribbean performers Duane Cyrus, Jonathan Gonzalez, Niall Noel Jones and Ni’Ja Whitson, and shifting from their specific experiences to broader cultural perspectives, “Virago-Man Dem” also “…explores both the overt and unspoken expressions of Black masculinity through movement, spoken word.” She asks, “How can a woman choreograph masculinity, without resorting to stereotypes?” notes the release. For more information on both performances, visit www.bam.org.
Sept. 30—At Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Kiran Rajagopalan’s “Twin Rivers,” “…a multidisciplinary work that explores the similarities between West African, West Indian and Indian spirituality” will be presented as part of Snug Harbor’s monthly Performing Arts Salon Saturdays, according to the release. For more information, visit www.http://snug-harbor.org.
Sept. 28—DANCE NOW’s 2017 Festival ENCORE!, a one-night-only event, will feature the 12 choreographers/companies selected by the DANCE NOW producers for having most successfully met the 2017 DANCE NOW Challenge: to create a clear and complete artistic statement in five minutes or less for the specifics of the stage at Joe’s Pub. This year’s Challenge winner is Christal Brown. The lineup also includes Jane Comfort and Company, Gregory Dolbashian/The DASH Ensemble, Brendan Drake, the feath3r theory, Jamal Jackson Dance Company and more. For more information, visit www.dancenownyc.org
Sept. 28-30—Artistic director and choreographer André M. Zachery of Renegade Performance Group will present the premiere of Untamed Space,” “…an interdisciplinary performance about ‘marooning’ in the 21st century,” notes the release. A half-hour long pre-show discussion will take place each night. For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1—As part of the Crossing the Line Festival, the French Institute Alliance Française, with the Brooklyn Museum, Abrons Arts Center and Movement Research, Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen will offer the New York premiere of her site-specific “Corbeaux (Crows)” at the Beaux-Arts Court of the Brooklyn Museum. For more information, visit www.crossingthelinefestival.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
Oct. 2-14—Fall for Dance Festival, the annual two-week festival that brings dance to many for just $15, returns for year 14 with five diverse programs, including performances by Abraham.In.Motion, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Sanjukta Sinha, Vincent Mantsoe and more. For more information, visit www.NYCityCenter.org.
Oct.3-7— Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company presents Jones’ latest work, “A Letter to My Nephew,” a meditation on a troubled life, “…an intimate and impressionistic collage…setting a portrait of Jones’ beloved nephew Lance T. Briggs,” as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, notes the release. There is live music by composer Nick Hallett, performed by baritone Matthew Gamble and Hallett, set design by Bjorn Amelan, imagery from video designer Janet Wong and Jones’ words to his nephew. For more information, visit www.bam.org.
Oct. 4—At Harlem Stage and co-presented with 651 Arts, creator and choreographer Olivier Tarpaga will present “Declassified Memory Fragment,” “…a dance work…inspired by the ideas and themes of memory, history, politics and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.harlemstage.org.
Oct. 12-14—At Danspace Project, in a shared evening Jasmine Hearn and Mariana Valencia will present new works, Hearn’s “shook” and Valencia’s “Yugoslavia.” For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org
Oct. 14—As part of BAAD’s BlakTinX Performance Series featuring art and performance by Black, Latin and other artists of color, the lineup for the “Souls of Our Feet: Blaktinx Dance Concert” includes Miki Tuesday, J. Bouey, Edgard Toro, Titilayo Mayogdbe, Shango Bartley, Rokafella and Sarah Sandford. For more information, visit www.BAADBronx.org.
Oct. 17-18—The Martha Graham Company’s artistic director, Janet Eilber, created the “Lamentation Variations” project in 2007, and since then 14 of today’s choreographers have been invited to create works based on Graham’s 1930 signature solo, “Lamentation.” The festival is now called LamVar10. For this iteration, choreographers include Lil Buck, Kyle Abraham, Aszure Barton, Larry Keigwin, Gwen Welliver and more. A two-day celebration, NEW@Graham will take place at the Martha Graham Studio Theater. For more information, visit www.marthagraham.org
Oct. 18-21—Poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s evening-length “/peh-LO-tah/,” which “…explores the links between dance and sport, as well as the complexities of soccer… as a source of both joy and exploitation,” will premiere as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, notes the release. For more information, visit www.bam.org.
Oct. 29—Sundays on Broadway, a free and intimate, ongoing series featuring performances, film screenings and discussions, presented by the Cathy Weis Projects at WeisAcres, continues with “Shared evening: Dean Moss, Fast Forward, Ishmael Houston-Jones.” For more information, visit www.cathyweis.org.