Vive la Danse

From Paris in the spring to a Delancey Street parking lot, the French make their move


'ORPHEUS'
March 25
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place, 917.686.7178

Angela Jones choreographs aerial dance for a troupe of six performers, to new music by Louis Karchin, with lyrics by former poet laureate Stanley Kunitz. Sharing the bill will be music by Steven Ricks, Jesse Sklar, and Charles Wuorinen.

Garage days: Noemi LaFrance's Noir
photo: Sens Production
Garage days: Noemi LaFrance's Noir


ROD RODGERS DANCE COMPANY
March 25-28
Annex Theater, La Mama E.T.C., 74A East 4th Street, 212.475.7710

Since his death, his dancers struggle to keep Rodgers's company and school alive. This four-day benefit includes his signature piece, Rhythm Ritual, and She Sayings & Soul Songs to music by Nina Simone.


CHRIS YON + KARINNE KEITHLEY
March 25-April 4
The Club, La Mama E.T.C., 74A East 4th Street, 212.475.7710

Un Elephant Terrible is the latest work from this maverick out of California, abandoning his Williamsburg dance palace, Ur, for a "tragicomic vaudeville" involving a re-enactment of the Boston molasses flood. Wear your wellies. Keithley is sound designer and dramaturge.


CREATIVE OUTLET DANCE THEATER
April 1-3
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718.636.4100

Brooklyn-based troupe celebrates its 10th anniversary with new and repertory works by artistic director Jamel Gaines, who fuses modern dance, jazz, and traditional West African movement.


MAUREEN FLEMING
April 1-11
Annex Theater, La Mama E.T.C., 74A East 4th Street, 212.475.7710

This American butoh dancer presents a female response to terrorism in the multimedia Decay of the Angel, loosely based on the myth of Hagoromo.


HUMAN FUTURE DANCE CORPS
April 1-25
P.S. 122, 150 First Avenue, 212.477.5288

In Coming Out of the Night With Names, DD Dorvillier and Peter Jacobs examine the names we absorb and the vessels that hold us. Molly Davies provides video design.


DONNA UCHIZONO COMPANY
April 14-24
Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, 212.924.0077

The new Butterflies From My Hand explores surrender, to music by Guy Yarden.


MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
April 14-25
City Center, 135 West 55th Street, 212.581.1212

Revivals of Circe, Cave of the Heart, and The Owl and the Pussycat, and live music for the whole season, which includes works from 1932 through 1990.


MIZUTO ABURA DANCE/THEATER COMPANY
April 16 and 17
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, 212.752.3015

Its name means "water and oil," and its performances blend gesture, mime, visual effects, and wordless songs.


NEW YORK CITY BALLET
April 27-June 27
New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, 63rd Street at Columbus Avenue, 212.870.5570

The "international" spectrum of George Balanchine's remarkable oeuvre will be celebrated, with evenings devoted to composers of French, British, Austrian, Italian, and German extraction, not to mention Igor Stravinsky. Also a new ballet by Christopher Wheeldon.


LAR LUBOVITCH DANCE COMPANY
May 10-22
Washington Square Methodist Church, 135 West 4th Street, 212.221.7909

Celebrate their 35th anniversary in an intimate space where Lubovitch's work, to music by Richard Woodbury, will gleam through a series of scrims. Designers include Obie-winning Wendall K. Harrington and Tony winner Brian MacDevitt.


RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY
May 11-16
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 212.242.0800

This British choreographer's work was last seen here in 1987; check in on three local premieres to music by Ravel, Terry Riley, and Jean-Philippe Rameau.


'DANCEAFRICA 2004'
May 28-30
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.636.4100

The 27th annual festival, directed by Chuck Davis, features dancers and drummers from New York, New Orleans, and Ghana, as well as a terrific outdoor bazaar-barbecue.

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