Theater archives

Summer Guide: Dance


Yanira Castro/a canary torsi: The People to Come

June 25–29

Yanira Castro’s 2009 Bessie-winning Dark Horse/Black Forest involved fraught duets in a lobby restroom at the Gershwin Hotel. For The People to Come she invites audiences to participate in the creative process by submitting videos, visuals, and texts to the project’s website. At each four-hour performance installation, five male dancers, accompanied by five musicians, will create 19-minute solos based on the material they receive. An onsite archive will be open daily from 1 to 10 p.m., with dancing beginning at 6. The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn,

Natalie Green: Building a Shrine

May 29–June 1

In her new trio, Building a Shrine, Natalie Green confronts a painful divorce by “building an altar . . . stacking crystalline images on top of dark ones, using expressive textures like vibrating, undulating, circling, and pulsing.” Green describes her work as “building a world while simultaneously molting.” The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City,

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

May 29–June 2

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the troupe shows works by Roberto Lorca and Angel Muñoz. Santana also collaborated on the fantastic exhibit “100 Years of Flamenco in New York” at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through August 3. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue,

La MaMa Moves!

June 2–July 7

Nicky Paraiso, who sees everything and picks winners, curates this month-long festival. Chris Yon, one of our livelier creators, moved to Minneapolis with his bride, Taryn Griggs, five years ago. The pair returns with the world premiere of The Very Unlikeliness (I’m Going to KILL You!) [again&again version] for two late-night shows and a matinee, June 14–16 at The Club. The following weekend Pavel Zustiak/Palissimo Company offers The Painted Bird Trilogy, inspired by Jerzy Kosinski’s novel, in the nearby Ellen Stewart Theatre, with live music by Christian Frederickson, Ryan Rumery, and Jason Noble. There’s more, including the fledgling East Village Dance Project on June 24–25. La MaMa ETC., 74A East 4th Street,

Coming Together/Attica

June 13–15

A live performance (by indie-classical ensemble NEWSPEAK) of Frederic Rzewski’s passionate 1971 “Coming Together,” written after the Attica prison riots, inspires what choreographer Rebecca Lazier calls “a kinetic meditation on isolation and collision, order and chaos.” Dancers Asli Bulbul, Jennifer Lafferty, Pierre Guilbault, Rashaun Mitchell, Christopher Ralph, and Silas Riener collaborate on the immersive, site-specific piece. The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn,

Global Water Dances NY

June 15

Part of a worldwide collection of interactive performances in more than 60 cities, intended to transform our personal and cultural relationship to water, the local contingent is led by Dr. Martha Eddy, a pioneer in applying bodywork modalities to conflict resolution. She’ll spearhead events at Hudson River Park at Pier 63 from 5 to 7 p.m.; other nearby locations with lunchtime and evening dances include Red Hook, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bowling Green, Rockaway Beach, and Huntington. Events will be live-streamed at

Savion Glover

June 18–July 6

The tap world’s enfant terrible approaches middle age with bravado and the fleetest feet in the field intact. Mostly he plays jazz clubs, but this proscenium engagement brings Glover and his STePz ensemble into “the realm beyond the combination,” offering the most complex renderings of rhythm and melody you’ll ever hope to hear. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue,

Mark Dendy: Ritual Cyclical

July 24–25

Dendy, for 30 years a golden boy in the downtown scene, has also directed opera, Broadway musicals, and the Rockettes. He opens the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors festival with a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Kronos Quartet: Eighty dancers will draw inspiration from the pattern of movement in public spaces, forming short, repeating loops to recordings by the avant-garde musicians, traversing Hearst Plaza and nearby Barclays Capital Grove. Also at the festival: Kyle Abraham and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, two of the hottest talents on the urban scene, perform August 1 in the Damrosch Park bandshell. It’s all free. Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th streets,

Ballet v6.0

August 6–17

Six small ballet troupes from across the country, most directed by escapees from larger ensembles, demonstrate their nimbleness. Beginning August 6 and 7 with the Philadelphia-based BalletX, directed by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, formerly of the Pennsylvania Ballet, the festival continues with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater from Houston (August 8 and 10); Company C Contemporary Ballet of Northern California, led by Charles Anderson (August 9 and 10); Whim W’him out of Seattle (August 12 and 13); the Satellite Ballet and Collective–NYCB dancers (August 14 and 15); and Jessica Lang Dance, a diverse group of modern and ballet vets (August 16 and 17). Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue,