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Best Spot for Revelatory Dance Theater


Under dance pioneer Bill T. Jones’s artistic directorship, this Chelsea performance space has become one of the city’s best places to catch genre-bending theater and dance — plus, if you feel so moved, to take master classes and attend public conversations on the contemporary performing arts. In recent years, NYLA has been the spot to bone up on the international dance scene, watch local artists test the boundaries of form, and, through the institution’s Fresh Tracks residency program for emerging choreographers, contemplate the very latest in dance. The 2016–17 season opened with the New York premiere of Pandæmonium, a multidisciplinary meditation on isolation in the digital world, by choreographer Nichole Canuso and theatermakers Geoff Sobelle and Lars Jan. This year’s offerings also include works by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; dance duo Yackez, who will present a musical featuring pro-wrestling moves and senior citizens; burlesque artist Adrienne Truscott, whose new piece Wild Bore uses critics’ reviews as performance text; and drag superstar Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, who will curate a performance series dedicated to imagining “a world without binaries.” 

219 West 19th Street, Manhattan