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Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.

FOCUS DANCE - Joyce Theater
Through January 08, 2012 -

FOCUS Dance, an exciting week-long celebration showcasing eight dance companies, is a new initiative aimed at promoting American dance to the national and international community. The Joyce partners with Gotham Arts Exchange and the Dance/USA Agents Council for this exciting project that will feature some of the most riveting companies in America today.

Christopher Wheeldon in 2012 - New York City Center
January 09, 2012 - New York

Studio 5 at City Center utilizes in-studio performances and an interactive format to take the audience beyond the proscenium and deep into the worlds of dance and musical theater. Christopher Wheeldon in 2012

January 9th at 7:00pm

The acclaimed choreographer in conversation, featuring excerpts of his works performed by distinguished guest artists.

Tickets $20 Box office: 212.581.1212 New York City Center 130 West 56th St New York, NY 10019 NYCityCenter.org

Meg Stuart and Francisco Camacho - BLESSED - New York Live Arts
Through January 14, 2012 -

A collaboration between the American, Brussels-based choreographer Meg Stuart and the Portuguese choreographer and dancer Francisco Camacho, BLESSED comforts with the sensitive power of the aesthetics of destruction. In BLESSED, basic elements such as rain, cardboard and the human body form the basis for a defense against total ruin and final destiny. A work of great somberness and beauty focused on the unrelenting struggle for life.

Shen Yun - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through January 15, 2012 - New York

Through classical Chinese dance and music in a colorful and exhilarating show, Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes, thunderous drums, and spectacular backdrops take you to another world. The performance will be held at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, January 11-15, 2012. Shen Yun’s program features traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be; a beautiful blend of artistry, energy, and grace. Each year boasts a brand new show, with dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. A live orchestra blends East and West, thunderous drums shake the stage, and spectacular backdrops transport you to another world. Comprised of a variety of Chinese culture, Shen Yun has an inspiring story created through the following:

Dance: o Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. Other than complete training in the fundamentals, it also entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques. And so, alongside ballet, classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world. Costumes: o Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle—from the Tang Dynasty’s “Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers” to imperial dragon robes, phoenix coronets, and cloud capes, from the civil official’s headdress and robes to the warrior’s helmet and armor, and from the traditional rightward cross-collared Han clothing to the ethnic attire of the Manchurian, Tibetan, Dai, Mongol, and Uyghur ethnic groups. Music: o The Chinese instruments in the show are classified by their material construction into eight categories: jin (metal), shi (stone), tu (clay), ge (hide), si (silk), mu (wood), bao (gourd), and zhu (bamboo). Collectively, these eight classifications are known as the ba yin, or “the eight sounds.” All materials used to make these instruments originate from nature, and the significance and symbolism of each is closely tied to its natural origin. While each of the Chinese instruments differs greatly in character, their interactions produce euphonious sounds that may surprise the listener. In fact, the emotions that these instruments are capable of invoking are as refined and subtle as they are complex. Through the performer’s technical excellence and emotive expression, any human emotion can be depicted. Vocals o The fundamental characteristic of Shen Yun Performing Arts vocal soloists is their use of bel canto vocal technique while singing Chinese lyrics. This means that the singer must grasp the highly difficult technical requirements of bel canto operatic singing while retaining the proper Chinese articulation and diction—today, this is unparalleled. The lyrics are all original compositions. Brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and deep layers of meaning, they traverse the boundaries of nation, race, and culture and have been fondly received and appreciated the world over. Some audience members even call Shen Yun’s songs "hymns." ABOUT: Shen Yun has performed to acclaim in more than 100 cities worldwide. At the core of Shen Yun’s performances is classical Chinese dance, and China's numerous ethnic and folk dance styles round out the evening along with masterful vocalists and musicians. In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture’s creation over 5,000 years ago to contemporary tales of courage; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Website: http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/shenyun2012

Shen Yun - The David Koch Theater
Through January 15, 2012 - New York

Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization.

Every year, Shen Yun unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores. At the core of Shen Yun’s performances is classical Chinese dance with it’s explosive techniques, synchronized movements, enchanting elegance, and expressive powers. China’s numerous ethnic and folk dance styles round out the evening. In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture's creation over 5,000 years ago to contemporary tales of courage; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Award-winning vocalists perform piano-accompanied solos, along with a regular favorite—the stirring melodies of the two-stringed erhu. Shen Yun’s one-of-a-kind orchestra, with its all-original compositions, blends East and West like no other. The distinctly Chinese sound of ancient instruments like the bamboo flute and pipa are bathed in a rich sea of Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass. The result—two great classical traditions producing one fresh, unexpected sound. Animated backdrops transport the audience to another world. Projected behind the dancers, the hi-tech images lift the stage and set it amidst blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises. The David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, January 11-15, 2012. For tickets and information: 1-800-818-2393 / ShenYun2012.org

Parsons Dance - Joyce Theater
Through January 22, 2012 -

"One of the great movers of modern dance" (The New York Times) and "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers" (New York Magazine), David Parsons brings his company back to The Joyce with a program that includes one world premiere and two programs filled with selections from the company's repertory of more than 70 Parsons works. The programs will feature an assortment of audience favorites, including Swing Shift, with music by Kenji Bunch, and Touched by Time, with music by John Corigliano and costume design by Donna Karan. All programs will include David's stroboscopic masterwork, Caught.

CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
Through March 04, 2012 - New York

Play the role of a crime scene investigator at CSI: The Experience! As the latest recruit in the world of forensic science, guests are guided by videos featuring CSI: cast members and real-life forensic scientists. Throughout the exhibition you must examine blood types, while matching DNA to potential suspects in order to complete the investigation process and solve the crime. Complete with 3 Crime Scenes, 15 Forensic Lab Stations, and dazzling special effects, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge exhibit goers deep into the science of solving crimes.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times - Discovery Times Square
Through April 15, 2012 - New York

Take a fascinating archaeological journey through the Holy Land. This rare exhibit features the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, a stone from the Western Wall from the Second Temple in Jerusalem and more than 500 never-before-seen artifacts from biblical times. Experience firsthand the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that impact world religions today.


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