Dance in NYC This Week

Dance in NYC This Week


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Nicholas Sciscione of the Stephen Petronio Company.

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Julie Lemberger

Our guide to dance performances.

BALLET DU NORD WITH GERMAINE ACOGNY at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Fisher (Oct. 4-7, 7:30 p.m.). The revered Senegalese dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny is credited as a catalyst for the development of contemporary dance in Africa, both for her work as an artist and as the founder of an influential school in Dakar. The solo “Mon élue noire (My Black Chosen One): Sacre #2” was created for her by Olivier Dubois, the provocative director of Ballet du Nord. To the sounds of Stravinsky’s seminal work “The Rite of Spring,” Ms. Acogny takes a raw, personal and at times feverish journey while trapped in a dramatically illuminated box. 718-636-4100, bam.org

BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater (Oct. 3-7 at 7:30 p.m.). Lance T. Briggs previously served as a tragic muse for his uncle, the choreographer Bill T. Jones, as one of the subjects of Mr. Jones’s “Analogy” trilogy. In his new work, “A Letter to My Nephew,” Mr. Jones again turns to Briggs — a dancer, model and male escort in the 1980s and ’90s who fought addiction and illness — this time juxtaposing Briggs’s struggles with the chaotic state of the nation today. On a deconstructed catwalk, with a club beat, sobering projections and live singing, Mr. Jones transform’s one man’s personal demons into a cultural critique of our shared national demons. 718-636-4100, bam.org

BOUCHRA OUIZGUEN at the Brooklyn Museum (Sept. 30 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.). The Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen takes over the Brooklyn Museum’s vast and lovely Beaux-Arts Court with “Corbeaux (Crows),” a performance that is something of a breathing site-specific installation. Women clad in black with white kerchiefs on their heads cover the space in shifting configurations, pairing sharp, coordinated head movements with vigorous chanting, giving the work the weight of a ritual. Presented as part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s annual Crossing the Line Festival. 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

FALL FOR DANCE at New York City Center (Oct. 2-14 at 8 p.m.) On Monday and Tuesday, the first of five programs on this popular seasonal sampler platter offers work by Christopher Wheeldon performed by the stellar Miami City Ballet; a riveting solo by the South African dancer Vincent Sekwati KoKo Mantsoe; a subtle, sensuous duet by Trisha Brown (who died in March), performed by members of her company; and a new commissioned work from the frequent guest and audience favorite the tap virtuoso Michelle Dorrance and her company. Program 2 (Wednesday and Thursday) delivers another work by Mr. Wheeldon, performed this time by the Pennsylvania Ballet; a thrilling fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance from the French troupe Cie Art Move Concept; a tribute to the postmodern trailblazers Yvonne Rainer and Steve Paxton by the Stephen Petronio Company; and German Cornejo’s flashy Tango Fire. 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org

METTE INGVARTSEN at N.Y.U. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (Sept. 29-30 at 7:30 p.m.). It’s long been a cultural stereotype that Americans are prudes. So what better way to confront our discomfort with sex and nudity than to fill a theater with naked dancers simulating sex? In “7 Pleasures,” the Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen presents 12 dancers in what has been called a “choreographic orgy.” But that construct isn’t meant to merely titillate — Ms. Ingvartsen is interested in challenging clichés, pointing to the inherent politics of the body, and addressing broader questions about where we find pleasure all around us. 212-998-4941, nyuskirball.org

NEW YORK CITY BALLET at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center (through Oct. 15, at various times). This weekend concludes the two-week reign of the swan queens, with the final performances this season of “Swan Lake.” Tuesday’s program brings together the three most celebrated ballet choreographers of the century thus far, with “Liturgy” and “Polyphonia” by Christopher Wheeldon, “Odessa” by Alexei Ratmansky and “The Times Are Racing,” a well-received recent ballet by Justin Peck, danced in sneakers. Wednesday’s program comprises newly revealed commissions from Mr. Peck, as well as the City Ballet dancers Lauren Lovette and Troy Schumacher, and the School of American Ballet graduate Gianna Reisen. Thursday’s program is a threesome of Balanchine classics: “Square Dance,” “La Valse” and “Cortège Hongrois.” 212-496-0600, nycballet.com



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