By Albert Samaha
By Darwin BondGraham
By Keegan Hamilton
By Anna Merlan
By Anna Merlan
By Tessa Stuart
By Tessa Stuart
By Albert Samaha
'LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS'
Damrosch Park, 62nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue; South Plaza, 62nd Street behind New York State Theater; North Plaza, north of Metropolitan Opera House; Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, 212.875.5766, lincolncenter.org
AUGUST 10-30: This season's free, al fresco festival focuses on the Pacific Rim, and includes dance performances from South Africa (Soweto Street Beat, August 13), Colombia, Peru, and the Philippines (August 15), Hawaii (A Feast of Hula, August 15 & 16), Korea (August 22), and New Zealand (the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre, August 25). From the American dance community come Battleworks Dance Company (August 16), Parsons Dance Company (August 17), and a gala evening shared by Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and Dallas Black Dance Theatre (August 24 & 25); from Spain hails Maria Bermudez y Sonidos Gitanos Flamenco (August 28). Especially for kids, there are Spanish, tap, and African dance lessons at the August 14 PlayDay; a site-specific "Celebration of Saraswati," honoring the Hindu goddess, on August 11; hula lessons and demonstrations on the morning of August 16; and a morning show of Dallas Black Dance Theatre on August 25.
'MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING'
Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, 212.875.5766, lincolncenter.org
JUNE 10-JULY 16:For five weeks, five nights a week (with the occasional special kids' matinee), the plaza is transformed into a giant dance party, with a specially constructed sprung dance floor, a bandstand for live music, and DJs who spin between sets. Twenty-seven different bands will turn up, beginning opening night with George Gee's Swingin' Big band channeling Count Basie and Glenn Miller. On subsequent nights, Los Soneros de Oriente, Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Avantango, the All-Star Irish Catskill Band and much more, concluding with Illinois Jacquet and his Big Band. June 26 and July 10 are Kid's Days, with special lessons for young 'uns from 4 to 5:30. Buy a season pass, or bring cushy shoes and dance on the adjoining concrete for free.
JULY 29-AUGUST 28:The rambunctious Mark Morris Dance Group offers a Mozart-free but otherwise estimable repertory program (dances to Monteverdi, Haydn, and Bach, played by the Orchestra of St. Luke's) at the New York State Theater August 19 and 21, and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, queen of Belgian dance, brings her 1992 choreography to 24 Mozart arias for her company, Rosas, to the La Guardia Concert Hall, August 25, 27, and 28.
'QUEER @ HERE FESTIVAL 2004'
June 16-26, HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue, 212.868.4444, here.org
'RIVER TO RIVER'
Various venues, 212.219.9401, ext. 304, rivertorivernyc.com
MAY 28-SEPTEMBER 30: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council co-sponsors several site-specific SiteLines dance works, including Stephan Koplowitz's The Grand Step Project (see "Dancing in the Streets") and pieces by Andrea Haenggi (Under Whose Control, a collision of installation, performance, and multimedia spectacle inside a vacant cigar store at One Wall Street Court, June 16-19 and 24-26); Clarinda Mac Low, Paul Benney, and Alejandra Martorell (Tryst, which celebrates the magical in the midst of the ordinary in various downtown sites, July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28); Heather Harrington (Giscard Gamesmutates the sign language used in the futures and commodities markets into a dance work on the steps of the Federal Hall National Memorial, August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, and 18); and Tamar Rogoff (Night for Day, a 30-minute work on a bed that explores insomia at various downtown sites, August 3, 5, 7, 10, and 12).
'SUMMER IN THE SQUARE'
Union Square Park, Union Square East and 16th Street, 212.460.1208
JUNE 30-AUGUST 18:Free Wednesday evening performances under big old trees (bring a blanket!) by such troupes as KR3Ts (an East Harlem-based hip-hop ensemble, June 30), Danzas Españolas (classic Spanish styles, July 7), Taylor 2 (the junior ensemble from the Paul Taylor studio, July 14), Battery Dance (performing works by Jonathan Hollander, August 11), and the Niall O'Leary Dance Troupe (award-winning Irish step dancers, August 18).
'TAP CITY 2004'
The Duke on 42nd Street Theater, 229 West 42nd Street, 212.239.6200, 646.230.9564, nyctapfestival.com
JULY 3-10: The night of July 5 is actually a tap jam on a Circle Line jazz dinner cruise; call right now (646-230-9564) for a discounted ticket. July 6 is the Tap City Gala, a tribute to the late Gregory Hines. July 7 features two performances by international tap artists and ensembles; July 8 is devoted to the youngest dancers; July 9 focuses on local masters, soloists, and ensembles; and the grand finale, on July 10, honors legendary masters and teachers, and hosts the annual Hoofer Awards for leading soloists.