Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows

These dance performances are among the best things to do in New York this fall: See the New York City Ballet and other companies this season.

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows: New York City Ballet

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows: Crossing the Line

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows: San Francisco Ballet

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows: Disabled Theater

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows: Premiere

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows: American Ballet Theatre

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    Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

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Things to do in New York this fall: NYC’s best dance shows: New York City Ballet

This season, there are plenty of ballet, contemporary and postmodern dance performances to keep culture vultures satisfied. Check out these dance events, which are some of the best things to do in New York this fall; there are details on premieres at the New York City Ballet (from Justin Peck and Benjamin Millepied), as well as information on the Crossing the Line Festival, the San Francisco Ballet’s return to New York, and more.


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New York City Ballet

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The big news at Lincoln Center this season is three premieres, choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, the future Paris Opera Ballet artistic director; Justin Peck, a current company member and rising talent; and Angelin Preljocaj, a French choreographer. Inspired by New York Fashion Week, designers Iris van Herpen (Millepied), Prabal Gurung (Peck) and Olivier Theyskens (Preljocaj) will tackle costumes.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Tue Sep 17 - Sun Oct 13
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Crossing the Line

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Prepare yourself now for 25 days of imaginative, daring art. This fest boasts robust international programming in the form of talks, performances and more. Presented by the French Institute Alliance Française, the event, cocurated by Lili Chopra, Simon Dove and Gideon Lester, is always a perfect way to kick off the season.

  1. Various venues
  2. Thu Sep 19 - Sun Oct 13
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San Francisco Ballet

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The California troupe lands in New York for the first time in five years with a wealth of premieres, including Christopher Wheeldon’s full-length Cinderella and Ghosts, as well as Alexei Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Mark Morris’s Beaux. In the latter, Morris choreographs a work for nine men, set to music by Bohuslav Martinu.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Wed Oct 16 - Sun Oct 27
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Disabled Theater

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  • Critics choice

For this series of performances, French choreographer Jérôme Bel teams up with Theater Hora, a company based in Zurich that features actors with disabilities. Presented in conjunction with Performa 13, the production explores the notion of disability with Bel’s typical candidness; he looks at the fine line between what is considered normal and what is not.

  1. New York Live Arts 219 W 19th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Tue Nov 12 - Sun Nov 17
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Maria Hassabi

Premiere

For her latest work, choreographer Maria Hassabi, known for her solos and duets, works with a larger cast: Joining the artist and her longtime collaborator Hristoula Harakas are Paige Martin, Robert Steijn and Andros Zins-Browne. The piece, copresented by The Kitchen and Performa 13, looks at what makes any creation a work of art. With sound design by Alex Waterman, Hassabi delves into the idea of a first performance—not only the anticipation it entails, but the idea of the spectator as viewer and critic. 212-255-5793, ext 11. $15.

  1. The Kitchen, 512 W 19th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Nov 6 - Sat Nov 9 at 8pm

American Ballet Theatre

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Finally, a change has come: ABT performs at the Koch Theater this fall in a selection of works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Michel Fokine, José Limón, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Twyla Tharp and Stanton Welch. A definite highlight is the premiere of Ratmansky’s The Tempest, but the sure thing is Tharp’s Bach Partita, a dazzling work set to Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor and featuring 36 dancers. Let’s hope they’re up for it.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Mon Sep 30 - Sun Nov 10
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Matthew Bournes Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

In Matthew Bourne’s alternative version of the well-known tale, Aurora wakes up to a modern world—and you can almost certainly expect a gothic twist. The British director and choreographer, who has a special talent for twisting the classics—his Swan Lake features a flock of male swans—presents his third work set to Tchaikovsky. 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org. $30–$130.

  1. New York City Center, 131 W 55th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Wed Oct 23 - Sun Nov 3


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