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BAM, September 15-26
The centerpiece of this year’s Next Wave Festival dance cycle is a new evening-length work conceived, directed and performed by French actress Juliette Binoche and choreographer Akram Khan, with a set designed by the sculptor Anish Kapoor. The duo trades hats as they recount the tumultuous course of a love affair, with Khan acting and reacting to Binoche’s movements.
Life (In Progress) II
Dance New Amsterdam, September 16-19
For the second episode of a series begun last year, Bill Young and Colleen Thomas reconfigure the theater to put the audience in the middle of a 70s loft party. Every corner and surface of the theater then becomes a performance space where the 12 artists Young and Thomas have invited stage their individual works, all the while interacting with the larger narrative context of the piece.
Chocolate Factory Theater, September 23-26
In her latest evening-length solo multimedia work, This Could Be It
, Sweeney infuses her movements with video, audio, comedy and storytelling to recount a splintered, self-conscious narrative. As we get to know a character, her psyche begins to splinter between reality, her ideal versions of herself and dark fears of what she might become.
The Kitchen, October 22-24
It has nothing to do with the classic TV show, but choreographer Jason Samuels Smith’s latest piece does feature three young women responding to the commands of a man named Charlie. This tap dance performance set to the early recordings of Charlie Parker and created according to many of his musical theories features Samuels Smith and three of contemporary tap dance’s leading women: Chloe Arnold, Michelle Dorrance, Dormershia Sumbry-Edwards.
Jessica Gaynor Dance
Triskelion Arts, November 13-15
Gaynor, whose style of choreography melds individual performances with larger ensemble compositions, presents her latest stripped, colorful, evening-length piece, which takes its inspiration from puzzles. Dancers move into and out of formation to J.S. Bach’s Musical Offering, creating a fluid and shifting sense of unity and disjunction.
(photo credit: Tristram Kenton)