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  • Photograph: Ian Douglas

    Ralph Lemon, "An All Day Event. The End."

    Ralph Lemon, "An All Day Event. The End."

  • Photograph: Jake Walters

    Micheal Clark

  • Jodi Melnick

    Jodi Melnick

  • Pam Tanowitz's Untitled (The Blue Ballet)

    Pam Tanowitz's Untitled (The Blue Ballet)

Photograph: Ian Douglas

Ralph Lemon, "An All Day Event. The End."

Ralph Lemon, "An All Day Event. The End."

Ralph Lemon, "An All Day Event. The End."
This is a tempting event to dip in and out of: For the finale of Ishmael Houston-Jones's ongoing Platform 2012: "Parallels," Ralph Lemon creates the framework for a day of dancing—11 hours in total—in which nine artists from multiple disciplines will interact with a large sculptural object by Nari Ward. The lineup includes Niv Acosta, Kevin Beasley, James Hanaham, Houston-Jones, April Matthis, Rashaun Mitchell, Okwui Okpokwasili, Omagbitse Omagbemi and David Thomson. Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E 10th St at Second Ave (212-674-8112, danspaceproject.org). Mar 31 11am--10pm; free.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Back in 1962, a ticket for the premiere of the luminous Aureole cost only $3.50. In honor of the company's inaugural season at the David H. Koch Theater, that price will once again be offered on the debut night, which features a special performance of Aureole (in terms of Paul Taylor's propensity for light and dark pieces, it's one of his prettier dances). The season also includes the New York premieres of The Uncommitted, Gossamer Gallants and House of Joy. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), 20 Lincoln Center Plaza at 63rd St (212-496-0600). Mar 13--Apr 1; $10--$150. Mar 13 at 7:30pm; $3.50.

Whitney Biennial 2012
This iteration of the Whitney's contemporary-art survey has some serious dance up its sleeve: The lineup is a bit of a mystery at the moment, but expect contributions from British choreographers Sarah Michelson (Thu 1--Mar 11) and Michael Clark (Mar 29--Apr 8), as well as a screening of Charles Atlas's film Ocean (Apr 11--14). Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave at 75th St (212-570-3600, whitney.org). Thu 1--May 27. $18; seniors, adults 19--25 and students $12; ages 18 and under free.

Jodi Melnick
How to measure the exquisiteness of Jodi Melnick? She's a moving sculpture whose tranquil demeanor shows the delicacy, rigor and precision of dance. The esteemed artist offers an evening that premieres her Solo, Deluxe Version—which includes performances by Jon Kinzel, Hristoula Harakas and Stuart Shugg—along with a piece created in collaboration with Trisha Brown. One of Sixty Five Thousand Gestures, set to a score by Hahn Rowe, explores the craft of movement by two masters. New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (tickets.newyorklivearts.org, 212-924-0077). Wed 7--Mar 10; $30, advance $24. Mar 8; $15.

Pam Tanowitz
In Untitled (The Blue Ballet), choreographer Pam Tanowitz continues her experiment of infusing downtown dance with a dose of uptown. The excellent new-music ensemble FLUX Quartet plays Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 1; the work explores ideas of reduction in classical ballet. And the cast, showcasing Sasha Dmochowski, Jean Freebury, John Heginbotham, Brian Reeder and Ashley Tuttle, is stellar. The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St between Tenth and Eleventh Sts (212-255-5793, ext 11). Mar 8--10; all performances $15.

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