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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.

Muerte Súbita (Sudden Death) by Bridge Playhouse - The Gershwin Hotel
Through June 23, 2012 - New York

Andrés, living in an abandoned building with his girlfriend Gloria, is passionately writing his third novel and refuses to leave their apartment until it is finished. The unexpected arrival of his old friend Odiseo, recently released from prison, drastically disrupts their world and forces them to face the truth: that sometimes destruction is needed before creation can begin anew. In Spanish with English super-titles. Wednesday, June 20 @ 8pm. Friday, June 22 @ 8pm. Saturday, June 23@ 8pm. Tickets: $20. “TSF” Discount code: $16.

Limon Dance Company - Joyce Theater
Through June 24, 2012 -

As part of its 65th anniversary celebration, Limón Dance Company, under the direction of Carla Maxwell, will perform a world premiere pairing world renowned Cuban composer/performer Paquito D'Rivera with Rodrigo Pederneiras, the principal choreographer of Grupo Corpo, Brazil's leading contemporary dance company. This full-company work, Paquito's first dance commission and Rodrigo's first commission for a US dance company, will stretch the boundaries of Limón's legacy by uniting extraordinary music and dance. The program will also include a revival of Limón's 1956 masterwork The Emperor Jones, based on the powerful Eugene O'Neill play and set to the resonant music of Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Free Brazilian Capoeira Demonstration! - Pelham Art Center
June 24, 2012 - Pelham

Taking a cue from Brazil, PAC joins in the street fair fun with the return of last year's popular capoeira demonstration! Learn the basics of this traditional Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, and music. Led by Capoeira Master Ary Lima (Mestre Ariranha) of the group Westchester Capoeira.

David Gordon - Joyce SoHo
Through June 30, 2012 - New York

Beginning of the End of the... is a new movement/theater/music work by David Gordon. For his latest investigation, the postmodern Judson dance pioneer uses emotionally loaded narratives generated from Nobel Prize-winner Luigi Pirandello and the music of Giacomo Puccini to explore the absurd inconsistencies of what we see and how we see it. The world premiere work is a Pick Up Performance Co(s) production in collaboration with The Joyce Theater Foundation. Performance Schedule Previews: Jun 1-3 & 5 Fri & Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm; Tue at 7:30pm

Performances: Jun 6-30 Wed-Sat at 7:30pm; Sun at 2pm

Ticket Price Previews: $15; Performances: $22

For tickets and information visit joyce.org or call JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800

Shantala Shivalingappa - Namasya - Joyce Theater
Through July 01, 2012 -

Born in India and raised in Paris, the "divinely gifted" (The New York Times) Shantala Shivalingappa combines elements from the Southern Indian traditional dance characterized by flowing lines and intricate footwork with a western contemporary dance sensibility. For her Joyce debut, Shantala performs Namasya, a work celebrating her diverse choreographic influences that consists of four solos including one created by Ushio Amagatsu, Sankai Juku's renowned artistic director, and another choreographed during her residency with Pina Bausch. Filled with elegant movement that sheds light on interior thoughts, Namasya clearly establishes Shantala Shivalingappa as one of the most intriguing artists on the international scene.

Limon Dance Company with special musical guest Paquito D'Rivera - SummerStage
Through July 01, 2012 -

Join SummerStage as they celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Jose Limon Dance Company and the "Summer of Limon" series. The company will premiere Come With Me, a specially commissioned dance piece set to live music by world-renowned Grammy Award winning, Cuban composer, Paquito D'Rivera and choreography by Rodrigo Pederneiras of Brazil's Grupo Corpo. This new work is Pederneiras' first commission for a U.S dance company and D'Rivera's first dance commission.

Midsummer Night Swing - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through July 14, 2012 -

Lincoln Center's 24th season of Midsummer Night Swing takes place every Tuesday through Saturday, with 16 dazzling nights of dancing that take place at the band shell in Damrosch Park, on West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.

Revolutionary Ink: The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong - Asia Society and Museum
Through August 05, 2012 - New York

Wu Guanzhong (1919–2010) stands as one of the most important artists of twentieth-century China. Born in Jiangsu Province, Wu studied art at the National Academy of Art in Hangzhou (today's China Academy of Art) and, from 1947, in Paris at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts. He returned to China after three years and taught at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His works were condemned before and during the Cultural Revolution because his oil paintings did not comply with the political interests of the time. In spite of this he continued to paint and emerged as a national cultural figure whose works came to be celebrated inside and outside China. He is also well known for his eloquent writings on art and creativity that sometimes led to controversies and spawned heated debates among Chinese artists and intellectuals. Wu Guanzhong created works that embody many of the major shifts and tensions in twentieth-century Chinese art—raising questions around individualism, formalism, and the relationship between modernism and cultural traditions.

With a career spanning over sixty years, the selection of paintings in this exhibition focuses on some of his best works in the medium of ink and spans the decades from the mid-1970s to 2004. It is notable that Wu began to work more extensively in ink in the 1970s in his mid-career—turning to a traditional medium at a time when most artists looked to western art for inspiration. The exhibition traces the development of Wu's work during this period with a thematic focus illuminating the rich historical legacy of ink painting in China, and also representing his radical individual style steeped in his strong belief in formalist principles. Wu pushed the boundaries of our understanding of how a traditional medium of ink can be made new for a new century.

Revolutionary Ink: The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong - Asia Society and Museum
Through August 05, 2012 - New York

Wu Guanzhong (1919–2010) stands as one of the most important artists of twentieth-century China. Born in Jiangsu Province, Wu studied art at the National Academy of Art in Hangzhou (today's China Academy of Art) and, from 1947, in Paris at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts. He returned to China after three years and taught at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His works were condemned before and during the Cultural Revolution because his oil paintings did not comply with the political interests of the time. In spite of this he continued to paint and emerged as a national cultural figure whose works came to be celebrated inside and outside China. He is also well known for his eloquent writings on art and creativity that sometimes led to controversies and spawned heated debates among Chinese artists and intellectuals. Wu Guanzhong created works that embody many of the major shifts and tensions in twentieth-century Chinese art—raising questions around individualism, formalism, and the relationship between modernism and cultural traditions.

With a career spanning over sixty years, the selection of paintings in this exhibition focuses on some of his best works in the medium of ink and spans the decades from the mid-1970s to 2004. It is notable that Wu began to work more extensively in ink in the 1970s in his mid-career—turning to a traditional medium at a time when most artists looked to western art for inspiration. The exhibition traces the development of Wu's work during this period with a thematic focus illuminating the rich historical legacy of ink painting in China, and also representing his radical individual style steeped in his strong belief in formalist principles. Wu pushed the boundaries of our understanding of how a traditional medium of ink can be made new for a new century.

Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada's Impossible Conversations at Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 19, 2012 -

The spring 2012 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibition, on view from May 10 through August 19, 2012 (preceded on May 7 by The Costume Institute Gala Benefit), explores the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's satirical "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton orchestrate conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of the designers' most innovative work. In the galleries, iconic ensembles by Schiaparelli and Prada are presented alongside short videos of simulated conversations between the two designers directed by Luhrmann, focusing on how the women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.

"Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past," said Koda.

"The connection of the historic to the modern highlights the affinities as well as the variances between two women who constantly subverted contemporary notions of taste, beauty, and glamour," added Bolton

The Met's website includes special, in-depth features on the exhibition: www.metmuseum.org/impossibleconversations.

Follow us on Facebook.com/MetMuseum and Twitter.com/MetMuseum to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala benefit. Use #ImpossibleConversations and #MetGala on Twitter.


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