Spring Dance Preview: Emanuel Gat's Club Mozart

Hallowed music gets the Gat treatment

Mandance Project
April 9-12

Since disbanding Ballet Tech a few years ago, Eliot Feld has been dubbing his projects "Mandance." This season, his most tantalizing offering is a solo for a woman: the volcanic Fang-Yi Sheu. Since she left the Martha Graham company to develop the dance scene in her native Taiwan, Sheu has been missed here. Feld casts her as Isis, presents another solo for her countryman Wu-Kang Chen, and hands over an entire program to Chen's Taiwanese ensemble, Horse. Call it Taiwandance. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 212-242-0800, joyce.org

Chris Yon
April 9-12

Messing with the museum: choreographer Emanuel Gat
Bruno Poinsard
Messing with the museum: choreographer Emanuel Gat

To describe Chris Yon, reviewers reach for comparisons outside his medium: Buster Keaton, Jackie Gleason, John Belushi. He doesn't look like a traditional dancer, and in a usually self-serious field, he's shockingly funny. As a budding choreographer, he's specialized in elaborate speculations taken to absurd lengths. Hugo, his highest profile showing to date, addresses itself to an audience 50,000 years from the present. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, 212-924-0077, dtw.org

Akram Khan
April 23-27

Fashionable multiculturalism has had much to do with the British-Bangladeshi choreographer's straight-to-the-top success, but he came by his fusion honestly—through biography—and his mix of European contemporary and traditional Kathak delivered genuinely new aesthetic thrills. His more recent, willful, and weaker United Nations efforts make one wary of bahok, a Tower of Babel project for dancers from five countries. But the bill also includes zero degrees, a powerful duet, not yet seen in New York, with another extraordinary mover, the Flemish-Moroccan dancer-choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. City Center, 135 West 55th Street, 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org

New York City Ballet
April 29–June 29

In years when there's no Balanchine anniversary to celebrate, there's probably one for Jerome Robbins. Number Two would have been 90 this year, so we get 10 all-Robbins programs, including some rarities: his original 1965 staging of Les Noces; his 1972 attempt at Robert Wilson avant-garde, Watermill; and his bravura 1983 collaboration with Twyla Tharp, Brahms/Handel. Also on tap is a new work by the fiercely talented Alexei Ratmansky, who's just quit the Bolshoi and was offered—but declined—Christopher Wheeldon's vacated seat as City Ballet's resident choreographer. New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, 212-721-6500, nycballet.org

Rachid Ouramdane
May 8-10

French-born and of Algerian descent, Ouramdane knows something about the confusions of identity. During his U.S. debut two years ago, he demonstrated an unusual skill in putting those confusions into theatrically compelling form. His new solo draws on diaries his father kept while serving in the French army in Algeria and Vietnam. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, 212-924-0077, dtw.org

American Ballet Theater
May 19–July 12

This is a busy year for Twyla Tharp: For Miami City Ballet, she's working with Elvis Costello; for ABT, she's collaborating with Danny Elfman. The as-yet-untitled work will be the film composer's first ballet, her 15th for this company alone. It's been a long while since she made a great one. Perhaps it's time. Regardless, there's still Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, and the rest of the small canon of story ballets for the troupe's stellar dancers to interpret each spring. Metropolitan Opera House, 212-362-6000, abt.org

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