The month of March is jam-packed! Brooklyn-based writer, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili partners with Judy Hussie-Taylor, Danspace executive director and chief curator, in “PLATFORM 2020: Utterances from the Chorus” which runs Feb. 22 through March 21 at Danspace Project. The list of participants and events are numerous, so be sure to check Danspace’s website. But in brief, with her husband, Peter Born, Okpokwasili and Born’s durational practice, “Sitting On a Man’s Head,” will have its New York City premiere and will be the focal point of the Platform. This is “[a] space of restoration and restitution is our concern,” writes Okpokwasili and Born. “We are engaged in a creative practice concerned with the formation of new bonds of kinship around essential questions,” Okpokwasili and Hussie-Taylor used these ideas as a point of departure for the Platform’s curatorial inquiries, conversations, and programs.

“In early 2017, Okwui and I began a conversation about ‘Sitting on a Man’s Head’ and how that piece might inform a Platform at Danspace Project,” writes Hussie-Taylor. “We were also extremely interested in creating containers for sharing artistic practices. Could we create a Platform for artists to be in a conversation with one another and offer that to a broader audience?” The result is a program that will unfold over four weeks and that includes multiple voices, artistic collaborations, and interdisciplinary juxtapositions. As an inquiry-based extension of the Platform, Danspace invited individual artists to be part of two artistic Research Groups that have been meeting regularly over the last eight months. They will curate two long-form programs as part of the Platform, one exploring ideas around “Kin & Care,” and the other exploring ideas around “Voice & Body.” Research group participants include: devynn emory, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Benedict Nguyen, Maura Nguyen Donohue, iele paloumpis, Angie Pittman, Jaime Shearn Coan, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum, and Asiya Wadud. Marking 10 years since Hussie-Taylor conceived of the series, this Platform will be the centerpiece of Danspace’s 45th anniversary year. For more information visit


Feb. 25-Mar. 1––Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE celebrates its 35th anniversary with the return of seminal works “High Life” (2000) and “Grace” (1999/2004), plus the newly commissioned “Mercy,” featuring original music by Meshell Ndegeocello, all works exemplify Brown’s contemporary African style. For more information visit

Feb. 29––Lotus Music & Dance with George Faison presents a celebration of Mahatma Ghandi’s 150th birth anniversary at the Faison Firehouse Theatre. Artists included on the roster includes: Bharata Natyam dancers Harinin Srinivasan and Akhila Konuru; Kuchipudi dancers Nithya and Nishta Nandakumar, plus more. For more information visit


Mar. 5-6––At BRIClab, Davalois Fearon Dance will share “For C.J.” (work-in-progress) drawn from the passing of Fearon’s nephew from an asthma attack. For more information visit

Mar. 5-21––Gibney’s “Work Up” series returns, (“Work Up 6.1- 6.3”) with performances by Audre Wirtanen, Glenn Potter-Takata a.k.a. GORN, Christine C. Wyatt (March 5-7), Wendell Grey II, Kalliope+Symara, Ramona Sekulovic (March 12–14), and Emma Rose Brown, Gabriella Carmichael, Clement Mensah & Michel Kouakou: dance project (March 19–21). For more information visit

Mar. 6-7––“Fruits borne out of rust,” a multimedia dance performance conceived and directed by Japanese visual artist Tabaimo comes to Japan Society. For more information visit

Mar. 12-14––La MaMa presents Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage in the New York premiere of Philippine-born, artistic director Potri Ranka Manis’ “Pananadem (Remembering)” which “…looks back across time to gain inspiration and perspective from one’s ancestors,” according to the release. For more information visit

Mar. 13––Bronx-based choreographer Alethea Pace offers a lecture/demonstration and preview of excerpts from two works: “I swallowed your absence” and “Here goes the neighborhood,” as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative at Hostos Community College. For more information visit

Mar. 13-14––As part of Flamenco Festival New York, Spain’s Patricia Guerrero brings “Proceso Eterno” (U.S. premiere) to Baryshnikov Arts Center. For more information visit

Mar. 19-28––Cuban-American artist Stephanie Acosta will premiere “Good Day God Damn,” a new “…multi-frame assemblage of video projection, cinematic lens, and theatrical frame,” to The Chocolate Factory, notes the release. For more information visit

Mar. 19-Apr. 5––La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre hosts the return of artistic director Martín Santangelo and dancer Soledad Barrio’s dance-theater work “Antígona,” an adaptation of Sophocle’s “Antigone” which premiered in 2015. For more information visit

Mar. 20-21––The Brooklyn Dance Festival returns, this time in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum with performances by choreographer, Preston Chamblee, New York City Ballet dancers and Ballet Hispanico’s BHdos, plus the premiere of the Brooklyn Dance Festival Dance Company, under the creative direction of Bradley Shelver. For more information visit

Mar. 24-29––Havana’s Malpaso Dance Company returns to the Joyce Theater with “woman with water” by Mats Ek, Robyn Mineko Williams’ “Elemental,” and “Duo de la Escoba––Revisited,” by the company’s own Daileidys Carrazana, featuring live music by Arturo O’Farrill. For more information visit

Mar. 25-Apr. 5––Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s (AAADT) junior company returns to its home, The Ailey Citigroup Theater for their annual two-week season with works by emerging and established choreographers including former AAADT member Kirven Douthit-Boyd, former Ailey II rehearsal director Alia Kache, Ailey company member Yannick Lebrun, Renee McDonald, Andrea Miller, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Ailey School alum and former Ailey II dancer Bradley Shelver. For more information visit

Mar. 29-30––As part of the “Works & Process at the Guggenheim” series, Les Ballet Afrik will present the world premiere of “New York is Burning” by Omari Wiles, founding father of the House of Oricci, and in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1990 documentary “Paris is Burning.” For more information visit

Mar. 31-Apr. 5––The Limón Dance Company brings a season of celebrated works by founder Jose Limón: “The Traitor” (1954), “Mazurkas” (1958) to live accompaniment, and “Orfeo” (1972), one of Limón’s final works. For more information visit