Hitting the Stage: Four Performance Festivals

05/07/2009 1:00 PM |

2feb/1241712619-lamamamoves.jpgIt’s festival season in the worlds of dance and theater, and given that it’s rainy season everywhere else this seems like a good time to spend entire weekends indoors clutching programs, passes and the like. Since Tuesday (and until the end of May) all three spaces at La Mama E.T.C. in the East Village are given over to the annual dance festival La Mama Moves. With festival passes running $100 for all ten shows, this’ll be the perfect occasion to catch up on the newest (NYU’s Collaboration Project this weekend) and most canonical (Merce Cunningham Generations, which closes the fest) strands of the modern dance community. Festival round-up continues after the jump.

Nearby at DR2, the soloNOVA performance festival features soliloquists, storytellers and monologue enthusiasts performing their latest works (many of which incorporate music, role-play and audience participation), vying for audience votes to see who wins the week-long post-fest run (L Mag theater critic Alexis Clements has a full preview here).

The Downtown Urban Theater Festival also began this week, with its seventh edition running at HERE Arts Center until May 16. Performers from around the hemisphere tap into the various commonalities and idiosyncrasies of the modern urban experience. Shows run one night only, though, so don’t hesitate and miss DUTF entirely (Alexis Clements previews some highlights here).

Finally, 59E59 Theaters kicks off its inaugural Americas Off Broadway festival tomorrow, providing a big city venue for the best out-of-town theater. Things begin with Massachusetts’ Chester Theatre Company production of The Dishwashers, about the dispirited minimum income-earners at a fancy restaurant.