By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
'THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL'
Various venues, 420-8877, www.fringenyc.org
August 9-25:Fourteen dance and dance-theater events embrace Nijinsky, Baudelaire, Le Corbusier, and less well-known personalities in this anything-goes festival, with multiple performances at odd hours and locations. High points look to be Tharp alum Richard Colton's take on a man obsessed with Vaslav Nijinsky, Darrah Carr's high-energy Irish dances, and Regina Nejman's exploration of eight women named Maria, based on a Brazilian proverb.
HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue, 647-0202, www.here.org
June 17 & 19Object Dances: A Purse, a Table, and a Feather+Variations on E+A Brief History of the Body
'RECLAIM OUR CITY WITH DANCE'
Various venues, 625-3505, www.dancinginthestreets.org
July 16-August 25:Free outdoor shows offer opportunities for private reflection and public celebration, including a six-stop, seven-performance park tour of Eiko & Koma's Offering, a "living sculpture" in which they're joined by Indian dancer Lakshmi Aysola and clarinetist David Krakauer (July 16- 30, from Battery Park City through the Clinton Community Garden, with stops in between). Taylor 2, Paul Taylor's lively junior troupe, performs his masterworks outdoors at lunchtime in Lower Manhattan August 1-2. And San Francisco aerialist Joanna Haigood makes breathtaking dance out of the hopes and dreams of residents of Red Hook, working with video artist Mary Ellen Strom and composer Lauren Weinger.
'SUMMER IN THE SQUARE-DANCE'
Union Square, 14th Street and Broadway, 460-1208, www.unionsquarenyc.org
June 12-August 21:Free after-work dance concerts outside under the trees; no chairs provided, so bring a poncho to sit on! Young troupes ranging from neighborhood kids to acrobats, from the Joffrey Ensemble Dancers to Andrea Del Conte Danza España, from contemporary experimenters to traditional African and Irish performers; stop at the Greenmarket first or later. Toddlers toddle, planes roar overhead, sirens blare: The dancers persevere through everything.
June 12 Washington Irving High School Dance Company
June 19 Jump! and Dancewave Kids Company
June 26 Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre
July 3 Djoniba Drums & Dance Center
July 10 Sarah East Johnson's LAVA
July 17 Joffrey Ensemble Dancers
July 24 Andrea Del Conte Danza Espana
July 31 KR3Ts
August 7 Paula Hunter & Eva Dean Dance Company
August 14 Niall O'Leary & Darrah Carr Irish Step Dance
August 21 Battery Dance Company