Roxane Butterfly/BeauteeZ’n the Beat
March 9, 10, 12 & 13
The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W 42nd, 212-239-6200. Jazz and world-beat styles of tap and hip-hop dancers include spoken word, singing, and video in Hoofalogie, which has interactive electronica by Graham Haynes. Surprise guests improvise nightly.
March 16, 17, 19 & 20
The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W 42nd, 212-239-6200. Adept at making simple movement into choreography for large groups, Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig offer the new THAW, as well as reprising Widrig’s Alpsegen and remixing A Curious Invasion.
Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W 19th, 212-924-0077, dtw.org. French choreographer makes his American debut with The Show Must Go On, to vintage pop songs, performed by 18 dancers.
March 30-April 2
Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W 19th, 212-924-0077, dtw.org. Too long missing from these precincts, Froot choreographed, wrote, and performs the new Shlammer, a contemporary deconstruction of Jewish masculinity that combines slapstick violence, props, audience participation, and song-and-dance routines. Dan Hurlin directs; the DeLuxe Vaudeville Trio performs live music.
Juilliard Dances Repertory Edition 2005
Juilliard Theater, 155 W 65th, 212-769-7406. Exquisite student dancers, a plush and comfy theater, live instrumental and vocal music, and choreography by our finest living modern-dance artists (Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe)—what’s not to love?
National Ballet of Canada
April 5 & 7-9
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Bklyn, 718-636-4100. The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin—sank in David Parsons’s ballet for ABT a few years back. Can Canadian choreographer James Kudelka make it work? To music by Michael Torke, his The Contract (The Pied Piper) is limned by this beautifully trained troupe.
Martha Graham Dance Company
New York City Center, 135 W 55th, 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org. A world premiere by Martha Clarke inspired by Francisco Goya highlights a season that includes live music, revivals of Graham’s 1943 Deaths and Entrances and her masterful Primitive Mysteries, and much more.
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Rose Theater, Time Warner Center, 60th & Bway, 212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, this transcendent troupe offers two programs: a compilation of works by Brown designed by Robert Rauschenberg and a world premiere called how long does the subject linger on the edge of the volume . . . , using newly developed motion-capture techniques, plus two other works.
Mark Morris Dance Group
April 19 & 21-23
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, 718-636-4100. Ten years of choreography to live music ranging from Stephen Foster to Schubert, the latter accompanying Morris’s Rock of Ages, a New York premiere for four dancers.
Dance and Music from Cambodia
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, 212-242-0800. In Seasons of Migration, performers from Phnom Penh’s Royal University of Fine Arts show us the beauty they have salvaged from recent disasters.
New York City Ballet
April 26-June 26
New York State Theater, Columbus Ave & 63rd, 212-870-5570, nycballet.com. New dances from Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, and company members Albert Evans and Benjamin Millepied highlight the season, which also includes 17 works by George Balanchine and eight by Jerome Robbins.
Dean Moss/Laylah Ali
May 5-7 & 12-14
The Kitchen, 512 W 19th, 212-255-5793 x11, thekitchen.org. Moss and Ali have been collaborating on figures on a field, in which six dancers respond to Ali’s Greenhead characters, visible in last year’s Whitney Biennial, exploring patterns of cultural consumption and the formation of identity.
P.S.122, 150 First Ave, 212-477-5288. Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins, inspired by gory legends surrounding Saint Ursula and other early virgin martyrs, consists of short solos for 11 women of various ages (including this writer). Music ranges from original electronic compositions by Peter Kirn to early music, performed by two singers from the Anonymous 4.
American Ballet Theatre
May 23-July 16
Metropolitan Opera House, Columbus Ave & 64th, 212-362-6000, abt.org. Sir Frederick Ashton’s 1952 Sylvia, to music by Leo Delibes, highlights the season, ballets by Michel Fokine and the full-length Don Quixote, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, and Giselle. Also eight programs of dances to Tchaikovsky, by Balanchine, ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie, and John Cranko.