Dance Fall Picks 2013

Royal Ballet

September 17–29

Britain's premier ballet troupe arrives at the Joyce with an award-winning dance version of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, choreographed by Arthur Pita and featuring principal dancer Edward Watson as Gregor Samsa, who morphs into a giant insect. Composer Frank Moon plays an original score. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, joyce.org

Fall for Dance Festival

September 16–17 and September 25–October 5

The 10th anniversary season of City Center's immensely popular, bargain-priced dance smorgasbord moves even further in a populist direction. Blue-chip troupes in a variety of genres—New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and Streb Extreme Action Company—offer free outdoor performances as an aperitif for the main event: an array of 20 different native and international dance ensembles, four per night, at an eminently affordable $15 a pop, inside midtown's beautifully refurbished temple of culture. Among the offerings are new commissioned works by NYCB's Justin Peck, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa of Ballet Hispanico, and Liam Scarlett of the Royal Ballet, as well as the festival debut of Irish dancer Colin Dunne. Ticket sales start Sunday; pounce for the best seats. Delacorte Theater, Central Park, and New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, nycitycenter.org

Karinne Keithley Syers

October 2–5

A really smart veteran of tiny spaces, Syers offers an interdisciplinary solo performance, Another Tree Dance, which meditates on a commitment to open-ended process, navigating between bewilderment and sudden clarity. Collaborators include Sara Smith and designer Luke Hegel-Cantarella. Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, chocolatefactorytheater.org

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: A Rite

October 3–5

A little bit Downton Abbey and a little bit avant-garde: With Anne Bogart's SITI Company and Janet Wong, Jones visits the game-changing 1913 Stravinsky/Nijinsky collaboration Sacre du Printemps, already done to death in this centennial year. Barefoot actors and dancers sing and move, a scholar intones, and the story foreshadows the hideous war to come. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, bam.org

Joanna Haigood: The Bronx Revolution and the Birth of Hip Hop

October 5

Walk the South Bronx Culture Trail on this Saturday afternoon and discover yet another brilliant fusion work superintended by Bessie-nominated choreographer Haigood. This free multimedia tour will immerse visitors in the personal narratives of veteran hip-hop dancers Mr. Wiggles and Rokafella; Grand Wizard Theodore (inventor of scratching and the needle drop); photographer Joe Conzo Jr., who shot the emerging hip-hop scene; MC and DJ Grandmaster Caz; and graffiti artist BG183 (Sotero Ortiz). Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, 928 Simpson Street, the Bronx, dancinginthestreets.org

The Forsythe Company

October 9–12

The ballet world's mad scientist, William Forsythe, comes to town with Sider, in which the dancers listen to an Elizabethan text through headphones and deliver a fractured version as they move and build with giant sheets of cardboard. Longtime collaborator Thom Willems provides music. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, bam.org

San Francisco Ballet

October 16–27

Arriving with four mixed bills and the New York premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's new, full-length Cinderella, this sublime troupe, under the direction of Helgi Tomasson, brings dances by eight men, including works by Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Serge Lifar, Edwaard Liang, Yuri Possokhov, and Tomasson himself. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, davidhkochtheater.com

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

The master of transforming classic ballets into trendy contemporary hits (his male swans were the toast of Broadway in the 1990s) celebrates his troupe's 25th anniversary with a gorgeous, Gothic reworking of the 1890 Tchaikovsky/Petipa masterpiece. Princess Aurora goes to sleep in Edwardian England and awakens in a modern world tinged with supernatural qualities. New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, nycitycenter.org

Compagnie Marie Chouinard

November 6–10

This Montreal troupe reappears with a tribute to Belgian artist Henri Michaux and a piece in which dancers take turns at the piano playing Erik Satie's Gymnopédies while their colleagues perform duets. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, joyce.org

Kate Weare: Dark Lark

Nov. 6–9

Weare, this theater's first artist in residence, brings us Dark Lark, set to an original cello score by Chris Lancaster. In small groups and solos, her performers explore exposure, self-censorship, and vulnerability—simply by dancing, beautifully. Fishman Space, BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, bam.org

Ballet Preljocaj

Nov 7–9

You've experienced Seth Rogen's version of the apocalypse; now witness French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj's And then, one thousand years of peace, which backs classical ballet into chaos, alternating Edenic calm with fear of oblivion. Music mixes electronics by Laurent Garnier with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, bam.org

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener

Nov. 14–16

Two former Merce Cunningham dancers, recently listed among Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch for this year, explore the racial, cultural, and class issues that inform taste in Way In, which includes interventions in the form of texts created and compiled by critic Claudia LaRocco. Jmy Leary designs the costumes, and Davison Scandrett the lights. Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, danspaceproject.org

 
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