Richard B. Fisher Center, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 845-758-7900, fishercenter.bard.edu
July 8-10 The Martha Graham Dance Company is looking terrific; catch them in this brand-new, Frank Gehry-designed futuristic auditorium, performing Herodiade, Cave of the Heart, and Appalachian Spring, all with sets by Isamu Noguchi.
Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, 718-855-7882, celebratebrooklyn.org
June 15-August 7 On June 18, Philadanco, the terrific Philadelphia troupe directed by Joan Myers Brown, offers a high-energy, eclectic program. On June 24, Hugh Masekela and William Kentridge: 9 Drawings for Projection participate in the Village Voice Dance Party, with Soulive/Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. On July 8, live hip-hop dancers meet classic kung fu cinema, as B-boys from Illstyle Peace Productions open for a movie night with live sound overlaid on the 1982 Prodigal Son.
CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park at 72nd Street, 212-360-2777
June 4-August 18 This outdoor venue welcomes the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company on July 22, performing Another Evening, which combines dance, spoken word, and song. On August 11, the Trisha Brown Dance Company offers a program of repertory featuring distinguished collaborators.
St. Mark’s Church, 10th Street and Second Avenue, 212-674-8194, danspaceproject.org
June 9-12 Donna Uchizono Company offers a new piece inspired by an Indian spiritual guide, to music by Guy Yarden. On June 11, Pele Bauch and Chantal Yzermans show work in progress at a free performance.
June 23-26 The site-specific masters Eiko & Koma unveil their new Death Poem and meet with audiences afterward.
‘JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL’
358 George Carter Road, Becket, Massachusetts, 212-243-0745, jacobspillow.org
June 18-Aug 28 After an opening-night gala with Savion Glover and other featured artists from the upcoming season, a remarkably diverse parade of dance artists make their way to this remote hilltop in the Berkshires, where two theaters and many rolling acres create the perfect diversion for a summer night. Glover runs through June 26, followed by the Martha Graham Dance Company (June 29-July 3) and Australia’s Chunky Move (June 30-July 3), Ron Brown (July 6-10) and Rennie Harris (July 7-10), Alonzo King (July 13-17) and Ben Munisteri (July 14-17), Garth Fagan (July 20-24) and the Mexican troupe A Poc A Poc (July 21-24), Mark Morris (July 26-31) and Aszure & Artists (July 28-31), Stockholm/59° North (August 3-7) and Susan Marshall (August 4-7), and much more. Make the trip!
‘LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL 2005’
Various venues, 212-875-5766, lincolncenter.org
July 12-July 31 The Merce Cunningham Dance Company opens the festival with five performances of the 90-minute Ocean, the final collaboration between Cunningham and John Cage, which premiered during LCF’s first season in 1996 (July 12-16, Rose Theater). The Anarchic Philharmonic performs Andrew Culver’s orchestral score; David Tudor contributed electronic sounds. Next up are two solos by Mugiyono Kasido, a 38-year-old Indonesian dancer-choreographer making his New York debut on a table-size stage (July 18-20, Clark Studio Theater). The British troupe Random Dance, under the direction of Wayne McGregor, collaborates on AtaXia, which grew out of McGregor’s research into mind-body interaction. The score, by Michael Gordon, will be played live by the British new music group Icebreaker (July 21 and 23, New York State Theater). Concluding the dance offerings is Shen Wei Dance Arts performing the New York premiere of Near the Terrace Part I and the world premiere of an untitled new work; this Chinese choreographer has lived in New York for a decade (July 19, 23, and 24, New York State Theater).
‘LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS FESTIVAL 2005’
Various venues, 212-875-5766, lincolncenter.org
August 13-September 4 Everyone’s favorite free festival opens with Playday, featuring four international folk troupes inviting the whole family to dance along (August 13). Souloworks/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers appear in two programs with Women of the Calabash (August 16 and 17). The superb Paul Taylor Dance Company offers three performances (August 18-20) in Damrosch Park, and the Bronx-based Arthur Aviles Typical Theater salutes disco dancing (August 20). On August 21, a/k/a Heritage Sunday, there’s a World Dance Party, with performances by Los Macondos, Kotchegna Dance Company, and the Near Eastern Music Ensemble. On the 24th, five Brooklyn-based folk troupes perform, and Stephen Petronio and Complexions Contemporary Ballet share an evening show in Damrosch. Jamel Gaines’s Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn performs August 26, the Limón Dance Company is up August 27, and the Hung-Sheng Lion Dance Theater offers acrobatics and drumming August 29 and 30. On August 31 the hip-hop Fly Dance Company performs twice, and D.C.-based KanKouran West African Dance Company plays Damrosch in the evening.
‘MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING’
>Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, 212-875-5766, lincolncenter.org
June 16-July 16 Enjoy al fresco dancing to the sounds of the Nelson Riddle Orchestra (on opening night), enjoy rumba and son with Chico Alvarez and his Palomonte Cuban Big Band (June 17), swirl to salsa by Johnny Pacheco y Su Tumbao Añejo (June 18), swing to the Stardusters Big Band (June 21), and demonstrate your gay pride to classic disco (June 22). Samba to the rhythms of Grupo Jangada (June 23), master the zydeco shuffle with Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (June 24), and bring the kids on Saturday afternoon, June 25, for a ballroom lesson with Pierre Dulaine and Yvonne Marceau. That evening, more heat from Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers. Wayne Roberts and the Onyx Club Sextet play for swing dancing June 28, Francisco Ulloa pumps out merengue June 29, and the Harbor Latin Big Band offers Palladium-era mambo and cha-cha June 30. Duke Robillard plays jump blues July 1, and July 2’s Western swing all day, with a kid’s class in the afternoon and John England and the Western Swingers in the evening. After the holiday, Rosie Flores and special guest Wanda Jackson offer rockabilly and swingin’ country (July 5), La Excelencia play salsa caliente (July 6), and a band called Bohola underscores an evening of traditional Irish sets and ceilidh (July 7). Blue Sky 5 play small-band swing July 8, and Hector Del Curto’s Eternal Tango Orchestra helps celebrate Argentine Independence Day with a sultry night of tango (July 9). The last week of the season kicks off with two New Orleans bands July 12, the West Coast group Swingadelic July 13, a Bastille Day celebration with Café Accordion Orchestra July 14, the Cuban band Quimbombó July 15, and the grand swing finale, a tribute to Illinois Jacquet on July 16, featuring Clark Terry’s big band, film clips, and many special guests.
‘RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL’
Various venues, 212-835-2789, rivertorivernyc.com
June 1-September 17 This outdoor floating festival opens with dancing horses and more in an UnParade on June 1. On June 2 and 3, choreographers Yoshiko Chuma, Jane Comfort, and Marta Renzi revisit the original Art on the Beach series and sites in a 90-minute traveling waterfront spectacular. Mary Seidman has a troupe of 10 present Bridges June 2 through 4 at lunchtime, and mobilizes 20 bicyclists to “dance” across Canal Street June 11, 12, 18, and 19. Monica Bill Barnes stages the large-scale Limelight in the fountain at Bowling Green Park, June 27 through July 1. Tom Pearson offers Reel in the rotunda of the National Museum of the American Indian, July 7-9 and 14-16. Chris Elam offers Several Stories, dances drawn from his international travels, August 9 and 11. The season wraps in September with four nights of Evening Stars.
‘TAP CITY 2005’
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 212-242-0800, 646-230-9564, atdf.org
June 25-July 3 In addition to super classes for dancers of all levels in a Chelsea studio, the festival this year relocates to a much larger theater. At the Tap City Gala (June 28), sample all the upcoming shows and witness award presentations. The All-Stars and Internationals bill (June 29 and July 1 and 3) features performances by leading choreographers and “improvographers,” as well as artists from around the world. The Masters, Mentors, Divas, and Legends program (June 30 and July 2 and 3) salutes masters living and dead with historic material gleaned from Honi Coles, Gregory Hines, and the Copasetics, as well as performances by tap’s leading ladies and some legendary seniors. At the Saturday matinee (July 2), kids, teens, and young professionals strut their stuff.