In just the first weekend of February, three performances are a must see: Urban Bush Women (Jan. 31–Feb. 9); DELIROUS Dances/Edisa Weeks (Feb. 4–6); and Camille A. Brown and Dancers (Feb. 5– 10). First up, in Brooklyn at BRIC is choreographers and associate artistic directors Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis new iteration of the 2001 work, “HairStories.” Now known as “Hair & Other Stories” (New York premiere) this evening-length “…experience, blends dance-theater performance and conversation to explore disquieting perceptions of beauty, identity, and race through the lens of hair, primarily that of African American women…a medley of personal narratives gathered from community, kitchen and living room conersations, social media, and YouTube,” according to the release. For more information visit www.bricartsmedia.org. Second, in Manhattan at Mabou Mines is “THREE RITES: Liberty” by multimedia artist Edisa Weeks of DELIROUS Dances. “Connected like a puppet to objects that have informed the Black experience in America, Weeks alternates between black face, white face, storytelling and visceral dance to dig into the foundations of Liberty in America,” notes the release. Weeks shares the evening with Cristina Pitter. For more information visit www.maboumines.org. And finally, also in Manhattan at The Joyce Theater, Camille A. Brown and Dancers return with part three of her trilogy on identity, “ink.” “Driven by live rhythms of both African and handmade instruments, ink explores self-empowerment, Black love, brotherhood and resilience through blues, hip-hop, jazz, swing music and movement inflected with myriad styles, from African to tap, African-American social dance to modern, and more,” notes the release. For more information visit www.joyce.org
ALSO THIS MONTH:
Jan. 30–Feb. 2—Brazil’s Groupo Corpo returns to BAM with two contrasting works, “Bach” and “Gira.” Dressed in gold, black and blue, the dancers ascend, drop and hang from giant steel tubes in “Bach,” a mix of contemporary and classical forms, whereas in “Gira,” in collaboration with São Paulo punk-jazz-rock band Metá Metá, the company honors Brazil’s diaspora by “…invoking ritualistic rhythms and movement rooted in the rites of Umbanda—one of the most widely practiced Brazilian religions which combines Candomblé with Catholicism and Kardecism—and serves as the primary source of inspiration for the Gira’s aesthetics,” according to the release. For more information visit www.bam.org
Feb. 2—Benedict Nguyen, the Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow at The Issue Project, curates “revolutionary new moon in aquarius (rnma),” with Ambika Raina, Katrina Reid, and lily bo shapiro. Taking place at The Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, the evening is their first program “in soft bodies in hard places,” a series of transdisciplinary events circling planetary events. For more information visit www.issueprojectroom.org
Feb. 2—ASASE YAA African American Dance Theater will present “Drum Love” a classic rites of passage and coming of age story at Symphony Space, by artistic director Yao Ababio and performed by dancers, drummers, and a traditional Malian band. For more information visit www.
Feb. 2–3—Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns with their annual “Chinese New Year Celebration,” this year, in a new Bamboo themed production to celebrate the “Year of the Pig,” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. For more information visit
Feb. 8—The dancers of “It’s Showtime NYC!” continue their regular presentations at The Met combining hip-hop and the age of chivalry by matching freestyle dance with knights in armor. This series is commissioned by MetLiveArts in collaboration with The Met’s Arms and Armor department and the urban dance organization Dancing in the Streets of the South Bronx. For more information visit
Feb. 13—“Sorry I Missed Your Show,” curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, curatorial director at Gibney, will offer a screening of “Descent by Kinetic Light” with Alice Sheppard. In conjunction with this event, Kinetic Light is also offering a movement workshop Feb. 12. For more information visit www.gibneydance.org
Feb. 15—At The Museum of the Moving Image, for “Moving Body-Moving Image,” program creator and curator Gabri Christa, hosts another evening of “Moving Brown Body on screen.” For more information visit www.movingimage.us.
Feb. 18–19—Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet continues its series with the world premiere of “Sanctum,” plus “Magloire’s Morning Song,” a solo to music by John Cage, at City Center Studio 5. For more information visit www.newchanberballet.com.
Feb. 19–March 3—Under artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates its 25th anniversary season with three programs over two weeks. The programs are: Program A – the NYC premiere of “BACH 25” and “Star Dust” (2016); Program B – the world premiere of “Woke” and “From Then To Now”; and Program C – a matinee program, with “BACH 25” and “From Then To Now.” For more information visit www.joyce.org
Feb. 25—“Movement Research at Judson,” a free, and on-going, Monday night performance series of experimentation and works-in-progress features different artists each week. Featured Feb. 25 are: Alfonso Cervera and Irvin Gonzalez, Evelyn Lilian Sanchez Narvaez, Deneane Richburg. For more information visit www.movementresearch.org
Feb. 28–March 2—Angie Pittman shares an evening with Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC at Danspace Project. For her Danspace commission, Pittman will present “Came Up in a Lonely Castle” and Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, “process memoir 4: The word, the spirit, and Little Rock.” For more information visit www.danspaceproject.org.