The World at Our Feet

As days grow short, dancers from around the planet visit our city to share their visions

At the Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, 212-255-5793, ext. 11), Japanese choreographer Kakuya Ohashi makes his U.S. debut in Wish You Were Here, sharing a program with Brooklyn-based Beth Gill (September 29 and 30). John Jasperse shows the trio Prone, to a new score by Zeena Parkins (December 2 and 3, 6 through 10, and 13 through 17).

Dance Theater Workshop (219 West 19th Street, 212-924-0077) offers 12 different programs including extranjeros Yoko Higashino and Hiroaki Umeda, young Japanese dance artists inspired by pop culture (October 6 through 8), and Pascal Rambert, whose Paris-based Side One Posthume Theater offers Paradis (unfolding time) for 10 naked dancers (December 7 through 10). Other events here: Bebe Miller Company's new, high-tech Landing Place; Seattle's Spectrum Dance Theater performing Donald Byrd's long-awaited examination of beauty, evil, gender, and social order called The Sleeping Beauty Notebook, set to Tchaikovsky (November 2 through 12); and Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People in two world premieres (November 30 through December 3).

The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street, 212-239-6200, newvictory.org) leads off with Black Grace, the all-male New Zealand dance company of Maori and Pacific Islander descent that has wowed audiences at Jacob's Pillow, making its New York debut (September 16 through October 9).

And more. And more. Next week, Dancenow/NYC opens at five different Manhattan venues (September 7 through 17, 718-850-2488, dancenownyc.org). Dancing in the Streets has commissioned five choreographers (Ann Carlson, Eiko & Koma, Larry Keigwin, Tere O'Connor, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar), under the direction of San Francisco's Joanna Haigood, to develop new, site-specific works to be performed September 17 at a site that remains a secret until September 12; call 212-625-3505 after that date for complete details, or visit dancinginthe streets.org. This year's Fall for Dance festival opens September 27 at City Center(131 West 55th Street, 212-581-1212); see full details here next week. And remember the fall perennials: World Music Institute's many offerings, mostly at Symphony Space (worldmusicinstitute.org); American Ballet Theatre's season of short works at City Center (October 19-November 6); New York City Ballet at the New York State Theater (Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street, 212-721-6500, November 22 through February 26), and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, also at City Center, November 30 through January 1.

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