In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) returns to New York City Center (April 10 through 13) offering a mixed bill of classics and repertory favorites. For the 2019 season, the lineup pays homage to and highlights works by the co-founder, Arthur Mitchell: “The Greatest,” “Creole Giselle” (Mr. Mitchell’s interpretations of the classic ballet, set in Louisiana), “Bach Passacaglia” (danced by students of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School), and “Tones II,” which Mitchell was setting on the company at the time of his passing. Also included in the lineup is resident choreographer Robert Garland’s “Return,” and Nyman String Quartet #2; plus, Geoffrey Holder’s masterwork “Dougla,” revived last season by the DTH company. A special opening night performance and “Vision Gala” will honor the legacy of Mitchell with revivals of timeless works by revered choreographers including Louis Johnson’s “Forces of Rhythm,” George Balanchine’s “Agon,” and John Taras’ “Firebird,” Mitchell’s “The Greatest” and others. Several special guests have been invited to dance some of these works including Ashley Murphy, a former DTH company member currently with The Washington Ballet; former DTH principal dancer Paunika Jones; and Brooklyn Mack. Post-performance conversations with artistic director Virginia Johnson and founding Dance Theatre of Harlem company members are also scheduled. There is no performance Thursday, April 11.
For more information visit www.nycitycenter.org.
March 9–31: Noche Flamenca, under artistic director Martín Santangelo and dancer Soledad Barrio, comes to the Connelly Theater with “Entre Tú y Yo” (Between You and Me), an evening-length program of duets, solos and ensemble works exploring “the constraints imposed and the possibilities afforded by human relationships,” according to the release.
For more information visit www.soledadbarrioandnocheflamenca.com.
March 26–31: Ballet Hispánico’s returns to The Joyce for their annual season, this time with attention to connections between the Latinx and Asian diasporas. Works include Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sombrerísimo.” World premieres by Edwaard Liang (not yet named) and Bennyroyce Royon (Homebound/Alaala) that touch on migration, immigration, journeying and assimilation. For more information visit www.Joyce.org..
March 29: Kyle Marshall Choreography, shares the bill with Tatyana Tenanbaum in an evening of in-progress works. For more information visit www.manacontemporary.com
March 30–31: Kyle Marshall Choreography will present his solo “King” as part of the Social Justice Concert // at Raritan Valley Community College. For more information visit www.raritanval.edu
March 30–31: OcampoWang Dance presents come 2gether—an evening of works by Chien-Ying Wang (USA) and YuChen Pan (JueDai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theatre, Taiwan), two cultures and two dance companies at The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center. For more information visit https://z976817.wixsite.com/chienyingwang.
March 22–April 7: At La Mama, Nicky Paraiso returns to the stage with the world premiere of “now my hand is ready for my heart: intimate histories,” where he dives into a “…deep exploration of [his] life, investigating aging, identity, sexuality, class and race.” Paraiso is joined by choreographer/dancers Irene Hultman, Jon Kinzel, Vicky Shick, and Paz Tanjuaquio in performance and as collaborators. The work is directed by John Jesurun. For more information visit www.lamama.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH:
April 4–6: Kyle Abraham in collaboration with his company, A.I.M, brings the acclaimed evening-length, 2011 work, “Live! The Realest MC,” to NYU’s Skirball Center after a year and a half of international touring. Inspired by both the story of Pinocchio and an early solo titled, “Inventing Pookie Jenkins,” “Live!…” “…takes a darkly humorous approach to gender roles and masculinity in the Black community and the quest for acceptance in the world of hip-hop celebrity,” according to the release. For more information visit www.nyuskirball.org.
April 4–6: Senegalese-born dancer, Omari Mizrahi, performs his new work-in-progress, “Crossroads” as part of Gibney’s “New Voices Spotlight” series. For more information visit www.gibneydance.org.
April 10: Davalois Fearon/Davalois Fearon Dance performs as part of the Pentacle Dance Series at the Rubin Museum of Art’s site-specific works aimed at reflecting the theme of “Power—Within and Between Us,” which the Rubin will explore through exhibitions and programs all year long. For more information visit www.rubinmuseum.org
April 24: Antonio Ramos/Antonio Ramos & the Gangbangers as part of the “Pentacle Dance Series” at the Rubin Museum of Art’s site-specific works aimed at reflecting the theme of “Power—Within and Between Us,” which the Rubin will explore through exhibitions and programs all year long. For more information, visit www.rubinmuseum.org
April 1–29: The free, on-going Movement Research at the Judson Church performances will feature: Rodney Bell, mayfield brooks, Lisa Parra, Ogemdi Ude, David Zambrano (May 1); Gabriella Carmichael, Caroline Garcia, NiNi Dongnier | FIELD MOTION, Diana Crum (May 8); Paul Singh / Singh & Dance, Sarah A.O. Rosner, Te Ao Mana, Cathy Weis (May 16); Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Janeill Cooper, K.Go, Ye’ela Wilschanski (May 22); and Deborah Afuang, Meredith Glisson, LVJ Performance Co, Thomas Tyger Moore & Adrianne Ansley (May 29). For more information visit www.movementresearch.org