Fall is when New York welcomes back the dance scene after a major summer slowdown. You’ve probably noticed all of the ads in the subway (you know, the ones with the attractively toned dancers in mid leap?). There are plenty of anticipated premieres, and New York is teeming with great dance, so open wide for some culture. Here’s the breakdown and a few highlights.
Heather Olson, Shy Showoff (Sept. 21-24): Don’t let the crafty title confuse you, Shy Showoff is acclaimed choreographer/dancer Heather Olson’s exploration of what we feel (“emotional landscape”) and how we show it (“external presentation”), with original sound by James Lo and sure to be stunning lighting by Chloe Z. Brown. Olson will perform —wait for this exciting tidbit—six months pregnant along with Levi Gonzales and Erin Gerken. Tickets are only $15!
The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City
Performances begin at 8 p.m.
New York City Ballet, Ocean’s Kingdom (Sept. 22-29): Since it was announced last February, Beatles and ballet fans alike have been seriously pumped for the new Paul McCartney ballet. The collaboration between Sir Paul and NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins will also include fantastic costumes by designer gold Stella McCartney. Ocean’s Kingdom is the first original orchestral score for McCartney, and upon hearing the recently released music clip, has a completely absorbing and driving sound with perfect moments for a dancer’s grand stage entrance.
There are still tickets available (not on the cheap though: they range from $29 to $149), but many are selling out for the five fall season performances. Good news is that there are five more performances during the winter season.
David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center
Fall For Dance Festival (Oct. 27-Nov. 6 ):The annual two week festival will include 20 dance companies and choreographers in five programs, and all tickets are amazingly priced at $10. This is a great way to see a variety of dance and still have enough money to take your culturally stimulated self out for a cocktail afterwards.
There are a number of great companies and performances at this year’s festival, including a world premiere solo for fiercely exquisite contemporary ballet dancer Drew Jacoby, choreographed by Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance; a tap piece called Something Different, by Steven McRae, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet in London; and the US premiere of Weight x 3 by emerging modern company TAO Dance Theater of China. But purchase your tickets ahead of time unless you love long lines.
New York City Center, West 55th St., Between 6th and 7th Ave.
Tickets go on sale Oct. 2.
Keigwin + Company, Balloon Dance (Oct. 30-31): The last time Works & Process at the Guggenheim commissioned a dance by Larry Keigwin it was an infectiously fun site-specific work called Sidewalk. Now two years later, we’re ready and pretty excited. Balloon Dance features a set by sculptor Jason Hackenwerth in all of his balloon glory, and original music by Adam Crystal. Also on the program are Keigwin’s Sidewalk and 2006 Love Songs (see the video below). And because it is called Works and Process after all, there is a discussion with Keigwin moderated by Vassar Professor and former dancer John Meehan.
Peter B. Lewis Theater, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St. Performances at 7:30 p.m.
John Jasperse, Canyon (Nov. 16-19): The newest work by innovative modern choreographer John Jasperse, Canyon, will receive its NY premiere as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival. The elusive description goes something like this: an evening length work performed by six dancers that plays with disorientation, and attempting to articulate the inarticulate. But here’s what’s for sure—throughout Jasperse’s career he has created ground breaking dances with visionary dance artists. Canyon was made in collaboration with performers Lindsay Clark, Erin Cornell, Kennis Hawkins, Burr Johnson, and James McGinn, and there will be a live performance of an original score by Hahn Rowe.
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.