Dance Calendar October 2018

CHARMAINE PATRICIA WARREN | 10/5/2018, 2:08 p.m.
Be there when the American Dance Guild honors two dance luminaries, Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, in four ...
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Be there when the American Dance Guild honors two dance luminaries, Jane Comfort and the late Eleo Pomare, in four days of performances by 32 multi-generational artists from across the United States (Oct. 25-Oct. 28) at Ailey Citigroup Theater.

According to Gloria McLean, president of the ADG, this year’s ADG Festival, “Visions Then and Now,” as it has for the past 60 years, promotes the new and preserves “…the living history of modern dance as an art form…[This year’s festival will]…exhibit the inclusiveness of dance and the diversity on which this country was built.”

Comfort recently celebrated her 40th year as a choreographer in a retrospective program, and was nominated for a 2018 Bessie Award for the retrospective. For the ADG event, Comfort will present a medley of shorts from her socially and politically charged dance theater works “Superman,” “Underground River,” “S/He” and “Spiderwoman,” excerpts of interviews and works from the video that accompanied her retrospective. To honor Pomare, a revered choreographer from the 1960s until his death in 2007, sometimes called the “bad boy” for his outspoken commentary on political and social issues, legendary works, including “Radeau/Raft” (1996), danced by Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, and “Hex” (1964), by Dyane Harvey, longtime member of the Eleo Pomare Dance Company, will be performed.

Also slated for the four days are archival footage of interviews with Comfort and Pomare, presented by Celia Ipiotis; a special tribute to Donald McKayle, an adviser to the ADG board, who died in April 2018—Roxanne d’Orleans Juste of the José Limón Company will dance an excerpt from “Heartbeats” (1997) in McKayle’s honor; the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to the honorees; and so much more. For more information, visit www.americandanceguild.org.

Oct. 1-Oct 13—Fall for Dance Festival, the annual two-week festival at New York City Center that brings dance to many for just $15, returns for year 15 with five diverse programs, including performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem, National Ballet of China, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Acosta Danza, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and many more. For more information, visit www.nycitycenter.org.

Oct. 4-Oct. 6—The Algerian-born Parisian, Nacera Belaza, who explores minimalism and Algerian cultural practice in her work, will present Sur le Fil, in which she “…applies a rigorous set of rules to both the body and mind of three dancers to explore the paradoxical space between submission and abandon,” according to the release. On Saturday evening’s program, Belaza performs the tryptich “Sur le Fil,” “La Nuit” and “La Traversée.” For more information, visit www.danspaceproject.org.

Oct. 11-Oct. 13—Gibney’s fall season opens with “Cracks of Light,” a series of performance works co-presented by Sanctuary for Families and part of Gibney’s annual observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The program will also present special performances by Nana Chinara and Truthworker Theatre Company. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.

Oct. 12-Oct. 14 and Oct. 26-Oct. 28—The Alvin Ailey Foundation celebrates the 60th anniversary of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by continuing the direction of the New Directions Choreography Lab, created by Robert Battle in 2011. For this first Choreography Unlocked Festival at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, there will be performances by New Directions alumni Camille A. Brown, Juel D. Lane and Netta Yerushalmy; master choreographer workshops led by Robert Battle, Stefanie Batten Bland and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; a discussion on how institutions can nurture new voices moderated by Robert Battle, with panelists Rennie Harris, Thelma Golden and Darren Walker; and more. The New Directions Choreography Lab continues for an eighth year, assisting choreographers in developing their craft by granting resident fellowships to four emerging and mid-career artists. This year’s fellows and mentors are Kyle Marshall and Rennie Harris; Davalois Fearon and Gus Solomons Jr.; Yusha Sorzano and Charmaine Warren; and Bryn Cohn and Joanna Koetze. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.

Oct. 12 and Oct. 27—The dancers of “It’s Showtime NYC” and many other hands have come together to present a series of dance battles at The Met. MetLiveArts in collaboration with The Met’s Arms and Armor department commissioned the program, along with the South Bronx’s Dancing in the Streets urban dance organization. For more information, visit www.itsshowtime.nyc.

Oct. 14—The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company opens its 2019 season with a theme of collaboration and outreach with other diverse, immigrant women choreographers from Asia. The first event will be a celebration of the Moon, in collaboration with the Jersey City arts venue, the White Eagle Hall of the Jersey City Theater Center. For more information, visit www.nainichen.org.

Oct. 16-Nov. 1—Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival returns with performances by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Oct. 16-Oct. 18), Company Wang Ramirez (Oct. 19-Oct. 20) and Akram Khan (Oct. 31-Nov. 1). The Belgian choreographer Cherkaoui opens the festival with “Sutra,” his melding of contemporary dance with martial arts, which features warrior monks from China’s Shaolin Temple. In Wang Ramirez’s “Borderline,” “dancers attached to cables explore the liberating aspects of multiple dance forms, including contemporary dance, hip-hop dance and aerial movement,” notes the release. And for Khan’s “XENOS,” which marks his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece, he uses his signature mix of classical Indian kathak and contemporary dance. For more information,

visit www.LincolnCenter.org.

Oct. 25-Oct. 27—At Dixon Place, artistic director Chris Bell of chrisbelldances makes his debut with his first evening-length work “YouthandDeath” (premiere), a semi-autobiographical piece investigating themes of mortality and the cyclical nature of life. For more information,

visit www.dixonplace.org.

Oct. 25- Oct. 27—Also at Gibney is Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal in “Mix Fix (Dick No Balls),” where “Leveraging a grand gesture toward this bygone tradition, Pourzal cuts into the fixities and mutabilities of performing his selves for others, of pre-forming others for himself,” according to the release. For more information, visit www.gibneydance.org.