Dance calendar June 2016
Charmaine Patricia Warren | 6/2/2016, midnight
Dance in June is full. Be sure to see the many festivals in and around the tristate area. This month’s highlight is the “New Traditions Festival 2016: Dance Your Caribbean!” which runs June 11-12 at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Brooklyn. Based on, and deeply set in, Brooklyn communities, the 2016 festival takes place during Caribbean Heritage month and features a diverse group of dance artists with roots in Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and Jamaica, active in their communities in the U.S. and back home in the Caribbean. Featured is a collaboration between Christopher Walker and Kevin A. Ormsby, “FACING Home: Love & Redemption,” which “…explores the Caribbean values of love and liberation while interrogating widespread homophobia in West Indian culture,” according to the press release. Also on the program are NYC-based Caribbean choreographers Jessica St. Vil, Maxine Montilus, Safi Hariott, Shola Roberts and Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE founder, Candace Thompson. All work featured in the festival is inspired by Caribbean cultural practices and traditions. For more information, visit www.dancecaribbeancollective.com.
ALSO THIS MONTH
June 2-4: Danspace Project presents the world premiere of Andy Warhol’s “Tropico,” a new dance-theater work by The Feath3r Theory. Artistic director, choreographer, artist, writer and teacher, Raja Feather Kelly’s “Tropico” is “… Loosely-inspired by singer Lana Del Rey’s short film titled ‘Tropico, Andy Warhol’s Tropico,’ [and] sees Kelly and company on a ‘Wizard of Oz’-esque journey,” according to the press release. For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org.
June 2-6: On Martha’s Vineyard, and presented by The Yard, Koma Otake, one half of the performance artists team Eiko & Koma, will present “The Ghost Festival,” the first multi-disciplinary solo project. The other half of the duo, Eiko Otake, will present “A Body in Places,” her own solo project. These events are free. For more information, visit www.dancetheyard.org.
June 2-5: At JACK, Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers brings “Thirsty Mind,” love and starvation sitting in a lonely tree built on “… exaggerated and abstracted characters created from personal neuroses dredged up through the labor of ‘making things,’” notes the press release. For more information, visit www.jackny.org.
June 3: Satoshi Haga is part of First Friday gathering @ Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens. For more information, visit www.jcal.org.
June 3: At NJPAC, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will perform a full evening of works by Chen. For more information, visit www.njpac.org.
June 4: At Gibney Dance Center (890 Broadway), Parijat Desai (Parijat Desai Dance Company) and Heena Patel (MELA Arts Connect) hosts “Dance in the Round 1.0,” a participatory event involving Garba/Raas, the circle dance from Gujarat, India. For more information, visit www.parijatdesai.org.
June 8-19: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater for their two-week spring engagement, which includes the Ailey Spirit Gala benefit with performances by Ailey II, dancers from The Ailey School (aged 6 to 23) and students from AileyCamp. A dance party with DJ M.O.S follows on the promenade. The actor Anthony Anderson and journalist Roland S. Martin are honorary chairs. Performances from the company that round out the spring season includes the world premiere of “Deep” by Mauro Bigonzetti and “Untitled America: Second Movement” by Kyle Abraham. The season will also include new productions of Robert Battle’s “The Hunt” and Ulysses Dove’s “Vespers.” For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.
June 8: As part of Vision Festival 21, Satoshi Haga joins a long list of musicians in “Song of Silver Geese” at Judson Church. For more information, visit http://www.artsforart.org.
June 9: As part of the 30th annual Performance Mix Festival at Abrons/Experimental Theater, Arthur Avilés joins others in a shared evening of “Connecting the Lines: Dynamic Forms,” with “Garden of Mi Amigo El id” from his Kamikaze series presented at Performance Mix 10 years ago. “Garden” will be performed by Jonathan Gonzalez. Also on the program is Tara Bernstein, Barbara Mahler, Emily Wexler and Nina Winthrop and Dancers. The Performance Mix Festival runs June 6-11. For more information, visit www.abronsartscenter.org.
June 16-28: The “River to River Festival,” which takes place across lower Manhattan and Governors Island, will feature works by Saya Woolfalk (16, 21and 23), Dance Heginbotham (17 -19), Eiko Otake (18-22 and 25), Okwui Okpokwasili (18-19), Ephrat Asherie (19-21), Will Rawls (20- 22), Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey, Jillian Peña (23- 25) and luciana achugar (24-26). For more information, visit www.RiverToRiverNYC.com.
June 17: At NJPAC, in its sixth year, “Jersey (New) Moves! Emerging Choreographers” showcases new works by artists selected through an open, online submission process. This year’s artists are Ariel Grossman, Kamille King, Kyle Marshall and Scott Willitis. For more information, visit www.njpac.org.
June 17-July 8: “The Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance” series, produced and curated by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, newly appointed artistic director of Elisa Monte Dance and artistic director of Inception to Exhibition, runs for four consecutive Fridays and feature works by Alia Kache, 227 Dance Project, Willy Laury, Black Boys Dance Too, Earl Mosley & Clifton Brown, BARE Dance Company, Sean Curran Company and more. For more information, visit www.bryantpark.org,
June 18 – Montclair, New Jersey’s “Dance on the Lawn” and SummerStage 2016 co-presents an evening of dance at Coffey Park featuring works by Jersey choreographers Kyle Marshall and Robert Mark Burke, and New Yorker, Gentry Isaiah George. For more information, visit www.cityparksfoundation.org.
June 24-25: binbinFactory/Satoshi Haga & Rie Fukuzawa performs in the STREEB company’s GO!:Emerging Artist Commissioning Program at SLAM. For more information, visit http://streb.org.
June 25: Brooklyn Dance Festival, through SummerStage 2016 at Betsy Head Park, presents professional and emerging artists, including Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards, the Bedford-Stuyvesant-based Dwana Smallwood Dance School, The Bang Group, students of Jeté Dance Centre, Steps Repertory Ensemble under the artistic direction of Bradley Shelver and SynthesisDANCE under the artistic direction of Tracie Stanfield. The festival will be hosted by Brooklyn native, emcee and dancer Shernita Anderson. For more information, visit www.cityparksfoundation.org.
June 25: As part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! PHILADANCO, the Philadelphia-based dance company will feature a program that includes works by Thang Dao, Ronald K. Brown, Abdel Salaam and Christopher Huggins. For more information, visit www.BRICartsmedia.org.
June 29: At Central Park, for SummerStage 2016, there will be a screening of “A Ballerina’s Tale,” the story of Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of American Ballet Theater. Also on the program is Jeremy McQueen’s, The Black Iris Project, performing the entire Black Iris ballet, which “…honors the unique challenges of Black womanhood found in life, work and even ballet,” according to the preee release. For more information, visit www.cityparksfoundation.org.
June 30- July 2: At Gibney Dance Center, Edisa Weeks’ DELIRIOUS Dances brings “To Begin the World Over Again,” which “…explores the writings of Thomas Paine and…[fuses]…the visions of composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. [with] …Weeks” choreography, notes the press release. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.