Topologie, the opening salvo in DANSE, an 18-day, multi-venue celebration of “French-American performance and ideas,” is both free and peripatetic. Les gens d’Uterpan, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet, provoke “the conditions for a new reflection on the different methods of representation, production and interpretation of dance,” not to mention the relation of performers to spectators. Five local dancers follow five distinct itineraries through the streets of Long Island City, analyzing the identity, characteristics, and construction of their individual territories, accompanied by a sound score played over streaming radio and at the Chocolate Factory, where you can pick up a map of the itineraries they’re charting. On closing day from 5 to 6, discuss the whole project with Vigier, Apertet, sound designer Nicolas Martz, and the CF’s Sheila Lewandowski at Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center.

Thu., May 1, 10 a.m., 2014