Before the curtain rose for the New York City Ballet’s annual Choreography & Couture fall gala, the dancers were announced, and in warmup clothes, gala outfits and, curiously, a T-shirt that read “Libre” (“Free”), a full stage of dancers flanked Teresa Reichlen, who delivered a statement written by her and Adrian Danchig-Waring (both principals) concerning the continued spotlight on the company surrounding misconduct and sexual harassment.
New York choreographer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili is one of 25 fellows who received a MacArthur “genius” grant. This award, which often comes as a welcome surprise for artists, is unrestricted in that they are acknowledged for their originality and dedication to making work, with no strings attached.
The New York dance community has been busy this summer celebrating advocates, choreographers, performers and those who make dance happen across our rich landscape.
There are still many opportunities to see dance outdoors this summer. Now in its second year, INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival 2018 transforms the Western Queens waterfront Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 with 20 new commissioned works by regional, national and international choreographers in Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park.
Under the direction of founder and executive/artistic director, the steadfast, Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO!, the Philadelphia Dance Company, returns to The Joyce Theater after a six-year absence, for a weeklong run.
Heading up this month’s calendar is Paloma McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black at BAAD! (May 3-May 5) in celebration of their fifth anniversary.
For five years now, Camille A. Brown had been processing a dance trilogy that aims to engage audiences beyond their seats.
The recent production of the dance/drama at Japan Society, “Left-Right-Left” “…was developed based on the never-seen-before concept of combining noh music and contemporary dance.”
This month’s calendar begins with the world premiere of Preeti Vasudevan’s “Stories by Hand,” created and performed by Vasudevan, at New York Live Arts, Nov. 2 to Nov. 4.
Fabulously talented Broadway veteran Chuck Cooper is starring in “Prince of Broadway” at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Cooper, who has one of the most distinctive voices on Broadway, is featured throughout the production singing songs that would be traditional and nontraditional for a Black actor.