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).

Pool Party: Lafrance (front) and the ensemble in Agora
photo: Tim Knox
Pool Party: Lafrance (front) and the ensemble in Agora

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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