Spring Arts Guide Picks: Dance

Stephen Petronio Company

April 30–May 5

His inspirational evening-length work, Like Lazarus Did, sets Petronio's fleet, fluid contemporary dancers loose to an original score by Son Lux, performed live by members of Bon Iver, yMusic, and 30 members of the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Its subject: transcendence, elevation, and regeneration. Janine Antoni provides meditative visual design. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, joyce.org

Then She Fell

Through May 30

Third Rail Projects, a bunch of articulate dancers and theater pros, grabs the backstory to Alice in Wonderland and fashions an amazing phantasmagoria set in an asylum. In this immersive experience for 15 people, you're often alone with Lewis Carroll, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and a pair of queens, not to mention two Alices. You'll be fed, plied with mysterious libations, forced to take dictation, and handed the keys to doors and desks. A triumph. Wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared to show ID; you must be over 21. Kingsland Ward at St. Johns, 195 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, thenshefell.com

Lil Buck & Yo-Yo Ma

April 2

A viral video comes to life onstage as former ballet star Damian Woetzel yokes the Memphis jookin' virtuoso and the ever-game cellist with string quartet Brooklyn Rider, bagpiper Cristina Pato, trumpeter Marcus Printup, and percussionist John Hadfield. Also, a new dance accompanied by Ma playing a new solo piece by Philip Glass. Two shows, one night only. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, lepoissonrouge.com

Mark Morris Dance Group

April 3–14

Two world premieres, a local premiere, and the reprise of a great favorite comprise the bill for a 12-show run by this delicious modern company in Morris's own 150-seat space. Live music by Carl Maria von Weber accompanies the new Crosswalk; Jenn and Spencer is danced to Henry Cowell; Mikhail Baryshnikov joins the group for A Wooden Tree, to words and music by Scottish poet Ivor Cutler. The Office (1994), a folk-based dance to Dvorak reverberant with political overtones, completes the program. Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, mmdg.org

Nederlands Dans Theater

April 10–12

It's been eight years since this Dutch troupe last visited New York. The Joyce, flexing its presenting muscles, hosts them uptown for an opening night gala (with Wendy Whelan, Desmond Richardson, and other sparkling guests), unveiling the 2006 Sh-boom! by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, as well as two additional performances featuring beautiful bare-chested men, also choreographed by León and Lightfoot, to Beethoven. Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater, Columbus Avenue at 62nd Street, joyce.org

Bebe Miller Company

April 12–13

We've missed Miller around these parts; she's now a full professor at Ohio State, making dances with a "virtual company" that gathers in various cities to develop new work. On sabbatical this year, and the recipient of the David R. White Award, she gathers longtime collaborators Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones to tour A History, which mines the troupe's archives while exposing its present vitality in words and movement. Talvin Wilks is the dramaturg and Lily Skove provides video; New York Live Arts co-presents offsite. Long Island University, Kumble Theater, Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, kumbletheater.org

Royal Ballet of Cambodia

May 2–4

Her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi collaborates with Proeung Chhieng and Soth Somaly on The Legend of Apsara Mera, a fusion of two origin stories that mobilizes celestial serpents, nymphs, and other divine fantastics in this post-Khmer renaissance of an ancient, sacred troupe. Also available: a pre-show talk on April 30, a post-show talk with Buppha Devi, moderated by Jennifer Homans, on May 3, and a master class on May 4. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, bam.org

Purchase Dance Company

May 22–25

Some of the richest, most interesting concerts in town are the products of conservatory dance programs, including this one based at the arts crown jewel of the SUNY system. But you don't have to drive to Westchester or take Metro North; this crop of beautifully trained performers offers new works by Loni Landon, Claire Porter, and Ori Flomin, as well as Bill T. Jones's Spent Days Out Yonder and Balanchine's Valse-Fantasie, in Chelsea. New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, newyorklivearts.org

 
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