A virtuoso storyteller snips a movie classic into a wordless dance

'The Nothing Festival'
April 18–21 and April 25–28 Tere O'Connor, whose works eschew narrative and linearity, invites eight choreographers to make new works from—well, nothing. By freeing the artists from marketing and fundraising concerns, O'Connor hopes to produce something revelatory; either way, he'll be moderating the post-show discussions. The intriguing lineup includes Luciana Achugar, Douglas Dunn, and HIJACK. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W 19th, 212-924-0077,

'American Ballet Theater'
May 14–July 7 Highlights of the company's eight-week season at the Met include the world premiere of Kevin McKenzie's fresh take on "Sleeping Beauty" and the first revival of Lar Lubovitch's "Othello" (1997) in nine years. Also on tap: Natalia Makarova's "La Bayadére," Sir Kenneth MacMillan's "Manon" and "Romeo and Juliet," James Kudelka's "Cinderella," and McKenzie's "Swan Lake." Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, 150 W 65th, 212-362-6000,

May 10–13 and May 18–20 In its eighth year, the uptown series for established and emerging choreographers continues to draw exciting talent, like Tania Isaacs, David Rousseve, and Erick Montes. The venue is Harlem's gorgeous new theater. The Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave, 212-650-7100,

Sharp-dressed man: Edward Scissorhands
Bill Cooper
Sharp-dressed man: Edward Scissorhands

'Doug Varone and Dancers'
May 16 and May 18–20 On his company's 20th anniversary, the popular Doug Varone finally makes his BAM debut with "Dense Terrain," a piece about the need to couple and connect. Torn letters lie strewn about the stage as the intense performers move to an original score by Nathan Larson, the indie-rock film composer of Velvet Goldmine. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St, Bklyn, 718-636-4100,

'30 Years of DanceAfrica'
May 25–27 The annual Memorial Day dance/film/art/music/food/craft festival just got bigger, with the celebration of two major birthdays: its 30th, and founder Baba Chuck Davis's 70th. Uganda's Ndere Troupe joins African-inflected dance companies from New York and Philadelphia on the mainstage. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Bklyn, 718-636-4100,

'Wally Cardona Quartet'
May 29–June 2 Fresh off a Bessie award, the man who likened viewing his dances to watching an ant farm returns with "SITE," the latest vehicle for his obsession with bodies in space. Ace lighting designer Roderick Murray again collaborates. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, 212-924-0077,

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