Fall dance events: Ballet, contemporary and postmodern dance

See what the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre have in store with our rundown of the best fall dance events.

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    New York City Ballet

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    Lucinda Childs in DANCE, 1979, Judson Now

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    Crossing the Line: Jack Ferver

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    Crossing the Line, Raimund Hoghe "Pas de Deux," Takashi Ueno

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New York City Ballet

In our preview of fall dance events, we look at the New York City Ballet’s and American Ballet Theatre’s fall seasons, the Crossing the Line festival, the latest use of a museum as dance venue and more.


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New York City Ballet

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Once again, ballet crashes into Fashion Week during NYCB’s fall season: This year, the company showcases a new work by Justin Peck, a promising choreographer who sets his latest ballet to the music of indie superstar Sufjan Stevens. The season continues with the best of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, including a stellar mixed bill of Apollo, Moves and Symphony in C

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Sat Oct 13 - Sun Oct 14
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Platform 2012: Judson Now

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The fall Platform, presented by Danspace Project, pays homage to the artists of the revolutionary Judson Dance Theater, which rejected the principles of modern dance in favor of a fresh, pedestrian approach. This year marks the organization’s 50th anniversary, and it’ll celebrate with a series of events and performances by postmodern luminaries including Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer. Danspace will also host showings by current choreographers inspired by Judson ideas. 866-811-4111, danspaceproject.org. Various times, visit the website for details. $18, members $12; conversations $10.

  1. Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E 10th St at Second Ave
  2. Wednesday, September 5 - Saturday, December 1, 2012

Some sweet day

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The use of NYC museums as venues for dance continues this fall, when the Museum of Modern Art commissions the artist and choreographer Ralph Lemon to curate a three-week program of contemporary choreography. For each segment, Lemon will pair two choreographers from different backgrounds and generations: Steve Paxton and Jérôme Bel; Faustin Linyekula and Dean Moss; and Deborah Hay and Sarah Michelson constitute the lineup. 212-708-9400, moma.org. Various times. Included with museum admission; $25, seniors $18, students $14, children under 16 free.

  1. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Monday, October 15 - Sunday, November 4, 2012

Crossing the Line 2012

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This interdisciplinary festival—presented by the French Institute Alliance Française—is one of the season’s great joys. For this sixth installment, Lili Chopra, Gideon Lester and Simon Dove have chosen work that defies genre, including pieces by choreographers DD Dorvillier, Sarah Michelson and Jack Ferver, as well as the return of Raimund Hoghe and the French director Pascal Rambert. Forget about categories; this is a whirlwind of art. 

  1. Various locations 466 Grand St, at Pitt St
  2. Until Sun Oct 13
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American Ballet Theatre

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The delight of ABT’s brief fall season is sure to be the premiere by Alexei Ratmansky: Set to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, the new work marks the first of three one-act ballets to be unveiled at the Metropolitan Opera House in the spring. Other City Center highlights include the 70th anniversary of Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Mark Morris’s Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. The last one, in particular, is a slice of heaven. 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org. Various times. Tickets start at $20.

  1. New York City Center, 131 W 55th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Tuesday, October 16 - Saturday, October 20, 2012

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