New York City Ballet
May 1–June 10

American Ballet Theatre
May 14–July 7

Our two world-class ballet companies have long, overlapping seasons at Lincoln Center. New York City Ballet offers beautiful, mostly homegrown dancers in classics by Balanchine and Robbins, plus premieres by Peter Martins and Benjamin Millepied. American Ballet Theatre focuses on acts-long fairy tales, augmenting its stellar roster with guests from overseas. In mid May, Alina Cojocaru, Diana Vishneva, and Natalia Osipova will all waft through Giselle. NYCB, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, nycballet.org; ABT, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, metoperafamily.org

Pavel Zustiak/Palissimo
May 3–13

In November 2010, La MaMa unveiled the first part of Pavel Zustiak's trilogy, The Painted Bird—a solo (Bastard) for the extraordinary Slovakian performer Jaro Vinarsky. In June 2011, spectators at the Baryshnikov Arts Center for the second part, Amidst, moved among and around the dancers. Zustiak's long dark journey with its themes of solitude, displacement, and transformation will finally conclude with Painted Bird III: Strange Cargo, presented by Performance Space 122 in a different environment—one with a religious aura. Synod House, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (entrance at Amsterdam Avenue and 110th Street), ps122.org

John Jasperse Company
May 9–12

John Jasperse's Fort Blossom was a 40-minute work. His revised and expanded Fort Blossom revisited (2012) lasts an hour, and its potency to provoke, astound, and conjecture has at least doubled. Jasperse juxtaposes two fully clad women, who resemble robotic airline stewardesses, to two naked men. The latter twine coolly and thoughtfully together, not prudish about presenting themselves to us ass-first. Issues of gender and sexuality, formalized by Jasperse's artistry, will invade your brain long after the show. New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, newyorklivearts.org

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
May 15–27

Cedar Lake, an ensemble of some of the city's most physically gifted dancers, usually performs in its own black-box theater on West 26th Street. It'll be interesting to view its New York premieres on a proscenium stage. As usual, director Benoit-Swan Pouffer has brought in choreographers from outside the U.S., notably the Israeli Hofesh Shechter (whose own company resides in the U.K.) and the equally intriguing Canadian Crystal Pite, as well as Sweden's Alexander Ekman and the Netherlands's Regina van Berkel. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, joyce.org

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