205 West End Avenue, #16E
New York NY 10023
Infinity Dance Theater
December 6-8 (Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 3 & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM)
Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets)
Kitty Lunn's company for dancers with and without disabilities will present a program entitled "Unbound: Dancing From Here to There," consisting of two programs: a repertory evening with works by Lunn, Peter Pucci, Alice Sheppard, and Carla Vannucci, and two matinees of "Women's Stories," featuring moving, upbeat stories of courage.
Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory's annual Nutcracker
Saturday December 7 at 3 PM and 7 PM
Symphony Space, 95th Street & Broadway
Valentina Kozlova presents her Dance Conservatory, with special guests, in two performances of the full length Nutcracker. Choreography for Act I is by Margo Sappington, who will also appear as Countess Drosselmeyer; Act II choreography is based on Vainonen.
H.T. Chen & Dancers in "Eight Strokes & the Moving Word"
December 10 through February 13, all performances at 10:30 AM
Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street
The Company will present a total of 30 performances over the next three months at the Chen Dance Center of Eight Strokes and the Moving Word, an innovative and educational one-hour performance with live narration, audience interaction, video, and both traditional and contemporary dance. A lesson not only in choreographing and dancing, but in Chinese history and culture.
Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO)
January 16 & 17 at 7:30 PM
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
CCO will pay tribute to composer Hans Werner Henze with performances of his El Cimarron (The Runaway Slave), featuring baritone Eric McKeever in the title role. Not performed in NY since 1986, the opera is based around the autobiographic passages recounted to writer Miguel Barnet by former slave Esteban Montejo, a Cuban man of African descent. Barnet interviewed Montejo, then 103 years old, at the Veteran's Home in Cuba and published his story in 1966.
Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street
The popular series for emerging choroegraphers, sponsored by Chen Dance Center. Selected through an open audition, the January newsteps choreographers are Adam Wile, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Hilary Brown & Briana Brown, Calen Kurka, and Luis Gabriel Zaragoza.
Jeanette Stoner and Dancers
83 Leonard Street
New and repertory works by Stoner; lighting by Zvi Gotheiner; performers include chase Booth, Peter Davis, Amos Pinhasi, Valerie Vann Oetti, along with several male students from the NYU Experimental Theater School.
January 24-26 & January 31-February 2
Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue
Dzul will perform Mexico Maya, a journey through the rich history of Maya and Mexico into contemporary western culture, created by Javier Dzul, dancer/choreographer who grew up in the jungles of southern Mexico performing Mayan ritual dance. In New York he has danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble.
Soaking WET Series
January 30-February 2
West End Theater, 263 West End Avenue (in the Church on 86th Street & West End)
David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin's popular Soaking Wet Series, which has produced 97 individual artists over the past 10 years at the West End Theater, where they are in residence. The January/February roster consists of Tze Chun, Aviva Geismar, Erin Gottwald & John Carrafa, Sara Du Jour, Heidi Latsky Dance, Khaleah London, Ben Munisteri & Angela Maffia. Guest curator is Valerie Gladstone.
Karyn Levitt sings Eric Bentley's Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Monday February 3 at 7:30 PM
Symphony Space/Leonard Nimoy Theater, 2537 Broadway (entrance on 95th Street)
Singer Karyn Levitt, accompanied by pianist Eric Ostling, presents a unique program: Eric Bentley's Brecht-Eisler Song Book. Bentley adapted Eisler's song texts, which are poems by Brecht and other master poets, from their original German into English, unlocking Eisler's starkly beautiful songs for American audiences. Levitt will read the peoms aloud before singing them.
Limon Dance Company
2013-14 season includes international performances in Colombia, Africa, and a 3-week tour in Germany; performances at Kent State University and the University of Buffalo, and a New York season at the Joyce Theater, April 28-May 4th.
Valentina Kozlova's International Contemporary Choreographers & Dancers Competition
April 28 & 29
Symphony Space, Broadway & 95th Street, NYC
Kozlova's competition in 2014 is going modern! The April event will be the debut of the new Kozlova competition in which solos, duets and ensemble works of contemporary dancers and choreographers will be shown - no age restriction.
Lisa Jo Sagolla's new book Rock 'n' Roll Dances of the 1950s, a fresh look at those cool dances of the 50s, including The Bop, The Slop, The Stroll, The Madison, The Hand Jive, and the Jitterbug. Dance historian/critic/choreographer/educator Sagolla is also the author of The Girl Who Fell Down: A Biography of Joan McCracken.
PENTACLE announces that Ivan Sygoda, co-founder of the organization with Mara Greenberg, will assume a new role on July 1, 2013. After 37 years, Ivan will get a well-earned reprieve from the daily responsibilities and pressures of a running not-for-profit arts organization, and will move to the new position of "Founding Director." Ivan will still maintain a hectic schedule as he continues to work at Pentacle with artists and serve the greater dance community, as Pentacle's representative, through his affiliations with the Bessie committee, the NYC Arts Coalition, the NYS DanceForce, and the SouthArts Dance Touring Initiative.