Best dance shows in NYC this month
Dance Now's 24th season offers a massive festival of short works by 40 dance makers of every stripe, all challenged to mount five-minute pieces on the teeny stage at Joe's Pub. TruDee (Deborah Lohse) hosts the fest, which includes performances by the Bang Group, LMnO3, Brandan Drake, Zvi Dance, Doug Elkins, Nicole Wolcott, Caleb Teicher & Company, Tsiambwom M. Akuchu, Alice Sheppard, Loni Landon Dance Project, Claire Porter/Portables, HUMA, Cleo Mack, Adam Barruch, Orlando Hernández, Ruckus Dance and many more. The best of the fest, as chosen by the producers, return for a special encore performance on Sept 26.
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.
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.
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.
Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and artist Rossella Vasta return to Lincoln Center for the ninth annual year of this production, which serves as a tribute to 9/11 and a prayer for peace. The half-hour performance features more than 100 dancers circling the Revson Fountain.
Erstwhile American Ballet Theater principals Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes reunite for this new multimedia dance-theater work, which imagines what dreams may come to Aurora when she has shuffled off this waking coil. The dancers' movement, choreographed by Edward Clug, is augmented by live digital avatars created by Tobias Gremmler and fuse*.