Dance events in NYC this week
In this free SummerStage show, Wendy Whelan—the great former New York City Ballet étoile and current Associate Artistic Director—performs an excerpt from Carnival of the Animals, a piece she has been developing with spoken-word artist and playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph (/peh-LO-tah/). Bookending this piece are solo poems by Joseph and a screening of the 2016 documentary Restless Creature, which chronicles Whelan's struggles as a dancer in her late 40s.
Rockaway Beach's annual outdoor dance festival returns with more free, sandy offerings. In lieu of performances, this year's edition focuses on pay-what-you-wish 90-minute outdoor dance classes in styles including house, vogue and Gaga/people. Think of it as a movement-heavy beach party, and come prepared to sweat.
Fadi J. Khoury and his company conclude their monthly Black Box series. The final edition features a repertory performance followed by a talkback.
Dances for Solidarity, a program that aims to give prisoners in solitary confinement a sense of connection to the world through shared choreography, presents a piece created in a Texas prison by Dushaan Gillum and performed by six people who have a history of incarceration in New York. Sarah Dahnke directs.