Crossing the Line and Performa 11

Check out the best pieces from two of the top festivals.

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    Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion at the Lilian Baylis TheatreBoth Sitting...

    Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

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    Muse de la Danse

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    Muse de la Danse

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    Faustin Linyekula

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    Faustin Linyekula

  • Photograph: Annik Wetter

    Mai-Thu Perret

  • Photograph: Annik Wetter

    Mai-Thu Perret

  • Xavier Le Roy

Photograph: Alastair Muir

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion at the Lilian Baylis TheatreBoth Sitting...

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion

Crossing the Line

Rachid Ouramdane
This French-Algerian choreographer's work appears in the fest twice: The first piece, Ordinary Witnesses, investigates the effects of violence on people's bodies, and the second, World Fair, asks, in part, what physical marks are left by political history? Ouramdane digs deep enough to show both kinds of scars. New York Live Arts (newyorklivearts.org). Ordinary Witnesses: Oct 11, 12 at 7:30pm. World Fair: Oct 14, 15 at 7:30pm. $30.

Xavier Le Roy
Uniting with composer Helmut Lachenmann and eight musicians, the French molecular biologist turned choreographer deconstructs classical music in More Mouvements fr Lachenmann, which explores what it means to look and listen. Florence Gould Hall (at French Institute Alliance Franaise) (fiaf.org/crossingtheline). Sept 19 at 7:30pm. $15--$25.

Faustin Linyekula
The director and choreographer presents more more more...future, an exploration of the history and modern-day struggles of his home, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The provocative work incorporates ndombolo—a regional dance that combines rumba, traditional rhythms and funk—and features live music. The Kitchen (212-255-5793). Oct 12--15 at 8pm; $15.

Performa 11

Boris Charmatz
For this living exhibition, Muse de la Danse, Charmatz replaces objects with artists to examine both the history and future of dance. This version, unique to New York City, showcases dancers including Eleanor Bauer and Marcus Steinweg. Nov 4--6; location and price TBA

Mai-Thu Perret
The Swiss artist teams with choreographer Laurence Yadi in Love Letters in Ancient Brick, which transports George Herriman's Krazy Kat comic strip to a three-dimensional setting. Singer-narrator Tamara Barnett-Herrin and musician Vincent de Roguin bring the kooky love triangle (a cat, a mouse and a police dog) to life. Joyce Soho (performa-arts.org). Nov 3--5 at 8pm; price TBA.

Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
Performa gets elegantly odd with a selection of duets by British choreographer Jonathan Burrows and musician Matteo Fargion. Cheap Lecture translates John Cage's subversive "Lecture on Nothing" into a rhythmic spoken performance, while The Cow Piece uses text, movement and sound to create a fantastical world. Danspace Project (danspaceproject.org). Nov 3 at7, 9pm; Nov 4--5 at 8pm; $18.

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