Now and Later

Two Generations of Dance Keep It Cutting Edge

After snagging three Bessies in the wake of its 2001 Joyce run, Rennie Harris's Rome & Jewels finally makes it to Brooklyn. A hip-hop retelling of the Shakespeare classic as filtered through the movie by Baz Luhrmann and the film of the Robbins-Bernstein-Sondheim musical West Side Story, it's a brutal, funny, multimedia take on gang violence and erotic longing (Jewels, represented by a beam of light, may be a figment of Rome's imagination). Featuring a taut script, live video feeds, and onstage DJs, it lets the members of Harris's Philadelphia-based Puremovement stomp, shine, pine, and die. Seasoned on the streets, Harris is a master collaborator with the right partners helping him hammer his sad story home. (May 17-18, BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100)

As day to Harris's night, as airborne alone as he is down with the Bard, postmodern minimalist diva Lucinda Childs returns to her origins in solos dating back to 1979, accompanied by performance documentation. She takes up residence at the Kitchen for three April weeks; collaborating are Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Susan Sontag, Sol LeWitt, and Hans Peter Kuhn. Break bread with most of them at a "TV Dinner" celebrating Childs's decades in dance, with a video retrospective and elegant vegetarian fare in the upstairs space on April 6. (April 3-6, 10-13, and 17-20, the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 255-5793)


SEAN CURRAN COMPANY
March 6-7 and 9-10
The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street, 415-5552

Postmodern ethnic Curran's dazzling Irish-inflected footwork unfolds to music by Janácek, Young Marble Giants, and Seamus Egan.


NEW YORK BAROQUE DANCE COMPANY
March 7-10
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, 674-8194

A 25th-anniversary Baroque Costume Ball.


JULIA RITTER
March 8-9 and 15-16
Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, 924-0077

Love After Death examines private grieving and public rituals.


WIL SWANSON/ DANCEWORKS
March 13-14 and 16-17
The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street, 415-5552

Naked Singularities, to a new score by A-Zong Lu, and older works.


YOSHIKO CHUMA
March 14-31
The Club at La MaMa, 74A East 4th Street, 475-7710

A dance-touring nightmare


URBAN TAP
March 19-29
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 242-0800

Tamango brings his marvelous multiethnic rhythm fantasy, with live music and complex video scenery.


'DANCE ON A SHOESTRING'
March 22-23, April 19-20, May 10-11
Dance Gallery, 30 East 31st Street, 679-0401

New choreography and classic-ballet revivals.


BALLET BUILDERS
March 23-24
Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, 355-6160

The form is classic. Young artists—Ian Carney, Colleen Cavanaugh, Penelope Freeh, Salim Gauwloos, Ryan Kelly, Stephen Mills, Gina Patterson, and Gabriela Poler—make it new.


'VIOLETTE ET MR. B'
March 26
Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, 355-6160

Dominique Delouche's new documentary about Violette Verdy's years at New York City Ballet


HEADLONG
April 4-7
The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street, 924-0077

Philly's always startling trio (David Brick, Amy Smith, Andrew Simonet) and friends bring Subirdia—Bird-love in the Atomic Age and Gracelessness.


SUSAN MARSHALL & COMPANY
April 4-6
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 864-5400

A "staged film noir," One and Only You has an electronic score and text by Christopher Renino.


GREGORY HINES
April 13
Walt Whitman Theater, Brooklyn College, 718-951-4500

Great-hearted, gifted crossover tap artist sings, jokes, and dances.


ANN CARLSON
April 24, May 1-2 and 8
Leonard Nimoy Thalia, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 864-5400

She weds movement theater to history, language, and human foible, opening a new series in a new space with a one-woman show.


BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY
April 30, May 2-4
BAM Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100

Israeli troupe directed by the terrific Ohad Naharin.


NEW YORK CITY BALLET
April 30-June 30
New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, 870-5570

A retrospective of the dances premiered during 10 years of the Diamond Project.


NAI-NI CHEN
May 3
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, 840-2824

Spring Thunder uses classic Chinese dance techniques to create a transcendent adventure.


PHILADANCO
May 7-12
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 242-0800


AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
May 13-July 6
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, 362-6000

A "modern masters" program May 24 includes Ashton's The Dream and Balanchine's Symphony in C.


COMPAGNIE KAFIG
May 14-19
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 242-0800

French hip-hop troupe


DANCEBRAZIL
May 21-26
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 242-0800

Unparalleled capoeiristas strut their gorgeous stuff.


DANCEAFRICA
May 24-27
BAM Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100

For this 25th anniversary, the Cuban troupe Cutumba headlines.

 
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