Dance Listings for April 19-25

April 19th, 2013

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Atlantic Ballet Theater of Canada (Sunday) This troupe from New Brunswick is run by Igor Dobrovolskiy, whose choreography is, according to press materials, the company’s raison d’être. Mr. Dobrovolskiy seems to specialize in full-length story ballets; here he presents “Amadeus,” a study of the young Mozart’s arrival at the Austrian court and his famed rivalry with Antonio Salieri. At 3 p.m., Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn College, Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues, Flatbush, Brooklyn, (718) 951-4500, brooklyncenter.com; $ 30 to $ 40. (Roslyn Sulcas)

Souleymane Badolo with Cynthia Oliver (Thursday through April 27) Souleymane Badolo was born in Burkina Faso, and started his dance career with a traditional African troupe. Since moving to New York in 2009, he has worked with the contemporary choreographer Reggie Wilson, but his own pieces draw strongly from his history and heritage. In “Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO,” he looks at the cultural legacy passed from his own great-great-grandfather to his son. And his new “Barack,” is, press materials say, an acknowledgment of the people who have helped him in his move to New York. Opening the evening is a duet by Cynthia Oliver, persuasively titled “BOOM!” At 7:30 p.m., New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 924-0077, newyorklivearts.org; $ 15 to $ 20, $ 16 for students and 65+. (Sulcas)

Ballet Hispanico (Friday through April 28) For its 25th season at the Joyce Theater, the company has acquired a classic by the Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, “Jardi Tancat.” The earthy, lyrical evocation of Mediterranean cultures, made 30 years ago, is paired with two works by younger Spaniards on Program A: a premiere by Cayetano Soto and a Europop-driven romp by Inma García and Meritxell Barberá. Program B offers tastes of tango, flamenco and Cuban danzón in works by Eduardo Vilaro (with live Latin jazz by the Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble), Alejandro Cervera and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Friday and Thursday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 242-0800, joyce.org; $ 10 to $ 59. (Siobhan Burke)

★ François Chaignaud and Marie Caroline Hominal (Wednesday and Thursday) The French choreographer and performer François Chaignaud has made a name for himself as a creator (often with Cecilia Bengolea) of subversive, thought-provoking works; Gia Kourlas described their work in The New York Times as finding “an exhilarating place where fear meets bravery.” For “Duchesses,” shown for the first time in the United States, Mr. Chaignaud has collaborated with Marie Caroline Hominal, though the nature of the piece isn’t entirely clear from the Web site description. (A sample: “Between arid ecstasy, radiant meditation and cruel hypnosis.” Possibly it sounds better in French.) Hula hoops, however, seem to be involved. At 7:30 p.m., Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, near Smith Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; e-mail lucien@theinvisibledog.org for reservations, theinvisibledog.org; suggested donation, $ 10. (Sulcas)

E-Moves (Friday and Saturday) In past years this series has nurtured young choreographers by pairing them with more experienced mentors. For the 14th edition, previous participants come together in teams of three to create new works. The teams are Nia Love, Germaul Barnes and Maurice Chestnut; Nathan Trice, Marguerite Hemmings and Hattie Mae Williams; and Adia Whitaker, Satoshi Haga and Nelida Tirado. In keeping with the mentorship theme, each choreographer has selected an emerging artist to devise a site-specific piece for the closing night’s “Harlem Stage Takeover.” At 7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at 135th Street, Hamilton Heights, (212) 281-9240, Ext. 19 or 20, harlemstage.org; $ 20, $ 16 for students and members. (Burke)

Martita Goshen (Friday and Saturday) In her new “Turning Home,” Martita Goshen pays tribute through dance and film to the storied American racehorses Barbaro and Ruffian. Nine dancers are joined by the equestrian Sara Morgan and jockey Janice Blake-Baeza, in a work set to original live music by Art Baron and David Darling, as well as excerpts from Rachmaninoff, Arvo Pärt and Dario Marianelli. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, at Flatbush Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (212) 868-4444, smarttix.com; $ 20. (Sulcas)

Francesca Harper Project (Wednesday) Francesca Harper, a longtime dancer with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet, has a formidable stage presence — and a great voice. In “The Freedom Series,” described in press materials as a “live installation,” in a “motion gallery,” she is presenting multigenre pieces that include her own work — a piece created for Louis Vuitton during Fashion Week this year — alongside pieces by Sidra Bell, Karine Plantadit, Aubrey Lynch, Tiffany Rea-Fisher and Nejla Yatkin. There will be original music by Earl Maneein, as well as Ms. Harper’s own compositions, and a slew of great dancers, including Desmond Richardson. And after the motion gallery, there will be a party, so the audience can dance too. At 7:30 p.m., Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street, Clinton, smarttix.com; $ 30, $ 20 for students. (Sulcas)

Rosie Herrera Dance Theater (Friday) Ms. Herrera’s eclectic bio jumps from the nightclubs of Little Havana, where she worked as a cabaret dancer, to Miami’s New World School of the Arts, a top-notch conservatory where she earned a B.F.A. in dance. (Somewhere along the way, she also trained as a classical opera singer.) She unleashes those influences in “Dining Alone,” a dance-theater work that mines the metaphorical potential of food and reveals Ms. Herrera’s appetite for dark humor. At 7:30 p.m., Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, (866) 811-4111, bacnyc.org; sold out. (Burke)

Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory (Saturday) The annual concert of this well-regarded dance school is notable for featuring its professional-level award-winning students. This year they are joined by the American Ballet Theater soloists Craig Salstein and Alexandre Hammoudi in a program that includes excerpts from 19th-century classics like “Raymonda,” “The Flames of Paris” and “Le Corsaire,” as well as contemporary works. At 7 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, symphonyspace.org; $ 35, $ 25 for children and 65+. (Sulcas)

★ Live Ideas (Friday through Sunday) New York Live Arts dedicates its inaugural festival of arts and ideas to the esteemed writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, exploring notions of mind-body connection through the lens of his writings. The constellation of discussions and performances centers on theatrical, musical and choreographic adaptations of Dr. Sacks’s 1973 “Awakenings,” including a new dance by Donna Uchizono, which shares a program with her 1999 “State of Heads” on Saturday at 4 p.m. The full festival lineup is at newyorklivearts.org/liveideas. At various times, New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 924-0077, newyorklivearts.org/liveideas; prices vary. (Burke)

Newsteps Choreographers Series (Friday and Saturday) Presented by the Chen Dance Center, the biannual newsteps series offers a group of emerging choreographers, selected through open audition, both the rehearsal space in which to develop work, and the chance to show it in performance. (And — important — not just once.) This year’s first batch consists of Cristin Cawley, Wanda Gala, Juan Michael Porter II, Katie Dean, Mei Yamanaka and Kristen Klein, and their descriptions of their work include “a movement exploration of specificity,” “a psychological tale,” “the tension between pain and beauty,” and an exploration of “qualitative, quantitative and site specific star data to generate the tempo, dynamics and the content of the dance.” Sounds clever at least; go take a look. At 7:30 p.m., Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street, Chinatown, (212) 349-0438, chendancecenter.org; $ 12, $ 10 for students and 65+. (Sulcas)

The Series (Friday through Sunday) Conceived by Juan Michael Porter II, this admirably eclectic weeklong event has presented three different artists each night, covering the spectrum of concert dance. Its last three performances offer the same kind of variety, from tap (Andrew J. Nemr) and musical theater (Glitter Kitty) to a retelling of “Swan Lake.” A schedule with each night’s program is at danceseries.org. At 8 p.m., Secret Theater, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens, ; $ 20. (Sulcas)

★ Vicky Shick (Friday and Saturday) In “Everything You See,” Ms. Shick situates her signature attention to detail within an uncharacteristically chaotic framework — an attempt perhaps to scramble her own exquisite sense of precision. Her longtime collaborators — Barbara Kilpatrick (set and costumes), Elise Kermani (sound) and Carol Mullins (lighting) — are on board, along with a large multigenerational cast that should produce some exciting chemistry. At 8 p.m., Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street, East Village, (866) 811-4111, danspaceproject.org; $ 18. (Burke)

★ Anna Sperber (Wednesday through May 4) A tension between formality and chaotic wildness has been a defining feature of Anna Sperber’s compelling works, and her new “The Superseded Third” — a duet performed by the choreographer and Molly Lieber — seems (at least, according to the Chocolate Factory Web site) to run along similar lines. Ms. Sperber’s work is architectural and patterned, but also holds a barely contained emotional charge, given additional resonance through her collaboration with the trumpeter and composer Nate Wooley. At 8 p.m., 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (212) 352-3101, chocolatefactorytheater.org; $ 15. (Sulcas)

Steps Repertory Ensemble (Friday and Saturday) The dance center Steps on Broadway is well-known throughout the dance world. Less well-known, however, is its resident company, Steps Repertory Ensemble, a small troupe directed by Claire Livingstone that presents both repertory and commissioned work. There are two new works, by Shannon Gillen and Manuel Vignoulle, on this program, as well as pieces by Zvi Gotheiner, Ricky and Jeff Kuperman, Yesid Lopez and Nathan Trice. At 7:30 p.m., Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street, Clinton, (212) 874-2410 Ext. 27, stepsnyc.com; $ 25, $ 20 for students and 65+. (Sulcas)

Jasmin Vardimon Co. (Friday through Sunday) Publicity materials for Ms. Vardimon’s “Freedom” issue a warning: the production contains volatile contents, including “tube jungles, Led Zeppelin, rinse cycles, balloons,” and “a swan with an altitude problem.” On her company’s first visit to the East Coast (and only its second to the United States), the British choreographer and her adventurous dancers offer this raucous multimedia mash-up, which claims to be “taking the rule book and throwing it through the window.” Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, (973) 655-5112, peakperfs.org; $ 15. (Burke)

★ Works & Process (Sunday and Monday) The only problem with the lively Works & Process series at the Guggenheim is that it tends to sell out to subscribers before the general public ever hears about its events. But all credit to the Works & Process organizers, who have seized on the possibilities of live-streaming with alacrity. It is my happy duty to report that although there are no more tickets for the two live programs of “American Ballet Theater — The Versatile Dancer,” you can watch the event on Sunday, and hear (perhaps) answers to the question, “What makes an ABT dancer?” The event is moderated by John Meehan, who used to direct Ballet Theater’s studio company, and who will chat with (unnamed) artistic staff and dancers between excerpts from various pieces. These include a mouthwatering assortment: Mark Morris’s “Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes,” Antony Tudor’s “Leaves Are Fading,” Bournonville’s “Flower Festival in Genzano,” Frederick Ashton’s “Month in the Country,” Ratmansky’s “Carnival of the Animals” and more. And then there are the dancers: Isabella Boylston, Stella Abrera, Sascha Radetsky, Hee Seo, Alexandre Hammoudi, among others. You can see the whole marvelous lot at 7:30 on Sunday at ustream.tv/worksandprocess. At 7:30 p.m., 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, (212) 423-3587, worksandprocess.org; sold out. (Sulcas)

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