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This month is jam-packed, but be sure to include the American Dance Guild (ADG) Festival 2019, “Shaping the Now: Dance in Uncertain Times,” where they will honor dance educator and advocate Jody Gottfried Arnhold, dancer/choreographer/teacher/writer Gus Solomons jr, and Abdel R. Salaam, co-founder and director of Forces of Nature Dance Theater, with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” on Oct. 3-6 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. There will be four days of performances by 33 contemporary choreographers from across the United States. Slated for the presentations is Gottfried Arnhold’s film PS Dance!, Solomons jr. will present his new work, PS1 Redone, and Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theater will present a medley of works including a solo dedicated to his mother, E.R., and A Question of Modesty. This year’s theme was chosen in response to what many agree is a stressful time in our national political life. The 2019 American Dance Guild Festival pays tribute to the American dance heritage, and is dedicated to past ADG President Muriel Manings. For more information, visit www.americandanceguild.org


Sept. 25-28–BAAD! and The Chocolate Factory will co-present Maria Bauman-Morales/MBDance’s evening-length (re)Source, “a dance and spoken artwork performed inside an installation crafted by Bauman-Morales in consultation with Zimbabwean-born interdisciplinary artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.baadbronx.org

Sept. 26–28–As part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s “Crossing Line Festival,” the Senegalese and French performer, choreographer and teacher, Germaine Acogny, known as the “Mother of Contemporary African Dance,” returns to New York with the premiere of SOMEWHERE AT THE BEGINNING “…tracing African history interwoven with her own life narrative.” For more information, visit www.crossingthelinefestival.org

Sept. 27-28–At The Billy Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE celebrates the 20th anniversary Gatekeepers and Water, both made in 1999, featuring Brown’s signature fusion of African and contemporary dance with spoken word. For more information, visit www.TheBillieHoliday.org

Sept. 30–The Guggenheim building’s 60th and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s (DTH) 50th anniversaries, coincide for the Works & Process series, and DTH will pay tribute to its history in a restaging of TONES II, by former DTH principal ballerina Lorraine Graves, set to music by Tania León. For more information, visit www.worksandprocess.org


Oct. 1–13–Fall for Dance Festival, the annual two-week festival at New York City Center which brings dance to many for just $15, returns for year 16 with five diverse programs including performances by Misty Copeland, Kim Brandstrup for NYCB principal dancers Sara Mearns and Taylor Stanley, Sonya Tayeh with live music by Moses Sumney, Alicia Graf Mack, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, English National Ballet (United Kingdom), MADBOOTS DANCE, Malevo (Argentina), The Mariinsky Ballet (Russia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Vuyani Dance Theatre (South Africa), and more. For more information, visit www.nycitycenter.org

Oct. 2-12–The Chocolate Factory Theater and Abrons Arts Center come together to present the premiere of Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers’ “El pueblo de los Olvidados, Parte II” (The Village of the Forgotten), “…a dance-theater performance in the genre of science-fiction, prompted by Ramos’s research about Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.

Oct. 4-5–jumatatu m. poe & Jermone Donte Beacham come to BAAD! with Let ‘Im Move You: This Is A Success And A Study, a series of performance and installation works, and a continuation of jumatatu and Donte’s work within and in response to J-Sette’s movement vocabulary and Black queer performance aesthetics. This performance falls under the BlakTinX Performance Series. For more information, visit www.baadbronx.org

Oct. 5–The French Institute Alliance Française’s “Crossing Line Festival” and LaMama presents Stephanie Batten Bland premieres “Look Who’s Coming to Dinner” inspired by the 1967 Stanley Kramer film in which a Black fiancé meets his white soon-to-be wife’s family. For more information, visit www.crossingthelinefestival.org

Oct. 6–As part of Cathy Weis’ Sundays on Broadway series, this one curated by Joanna Kotze, Edisa Weeks will present an excerpt from ARISE! Also on the shared program are Keely Garfield, Ambika Raina and Stuart Shugg. For more information, visit www.cathyweis.org

Oct. 10–The Burkina Faso-born musician/dancer/choreographer Olivier Tarpaga will premier When Bird Refused to Fly as part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s “Crossing Line Festival.” For more information, visit www.crossingthelinefestival.org

Oct. 10-12–Gibney’s fall season continues with Bennyroyce Dance’s Land, Lost, Found, where the Filipino American choreographer “…creates a sacred place where meditation, ritual and performance intersect,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org

Oct. 14–The annual celebration of dance, The New York Dance and Performance Awards/The Bessies, or the homecoming for many in the NYC dance world come together at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts for the 35th annual ceremony. There will be performances from Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Daina Ashbee and Hope Boykin. Joan Myers Brown will be recognized as this year’s Lifetime Achievement in Dance honoree, and Louis Mofsie, for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance. The host is Justin Vivian Bond. For more information, visit www.bessies.org

Oct. 15–17–At Roulette, Koosil-ja/dance KUMIKO will premiere Open Data Story of Profit and Death Open Data… which examines “…our lives [when] reduced to data, or worse some [that] are not being counted,’ according to the release. For more information, visit www.roulette.org

Oct. 16-20–Yanira Castro I Canary Torsi celebrates the company’s 10th anniversary at New York Live Arts with the world premiere of Last Audience “… built upon artist and audience collaboration… collectively navigated and embodied by every person in the theater,” notes the release. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org

October 26–Mount Tremper concludes their summer of promise to support more than 25 artists working in a variety of disciplines for their 2019 Watershed Lab. Featured on October 26, in partnership with JACK is mayfield brooks in “Letters to Marsha,” curated by Marýa Wethers. Participating artists over the series are: Stephanie Acosta, Ballez, Leslie Cuyjet, Jillian Peña, Pourzal and Raha Behnam, David Thomson, Julie Tolentino, Mariana Valencia, Takahiro Yamamoto, and more. For more information, visit www.mounttremperarts.org.