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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 9-Jun 16: Cultural Arts

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.

Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions Dance / Restoration Dance Theatre Company - SummerStage
June 09, 2012 - Brooklyn

Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions Dance was formed in 1993 by Bessie Award winner, Germaul Barnes. The company has gained world renowned attention, performing across the U.S. and at major international festivals, showcasing its style of contemporary dance that fuses a broad range of movements: athletic, gestural and theatrical. The New York Times has claimed that Barnes, "[has] a stage presence that [is] both larger than life and casual." Barnes has infused this vitality into the company. With a commitment to live music, which is a feature of every performance on its international touring schedule, the company collaborates with leading orchestras, opera companies and musicians such as GRAMMY award winning pianist and composer, Paul Sullivan among numerous others. The Restoration Dance Theatre Company (RDTC) members are ambassadors for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Center for Arts and Culture's Youth Arts Academy Dance Department. The company receives professional training, attends master classes, and participates in the ChoreoQuest mentorship project working with artistic directors and/or choreographers. RDTC has an eclectic repertoire grounded in African, ballet, modern and jazz and performs throughout the tri-state area, and is showcased annually at Brooklyn Academy of Music's, DanceAfrica! with visiting companies from the African diaspora. The ChoreoQuest troupe will perform a special dedication to the late choreographer, Niles Ford.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - New York City Ballet
June 09, 2012 - Lincoln Center

A ballet about the transforming power of love, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings, of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. The ballet, through its themes of reality versus illusion, change versus constancy, displays love in all its guises.

Pre-Performance Children's Workshop - New York City Ballet
June 09, 2012 - Lincoln Center

Kids ages 4-7 can participate in a 45-minute pre-performance movement workshops. Have your child join the artists of New York City Ballet in an exploration of the music, movement, and themes of "A Midsummer's Night Dream." NYCB Teaching Artists guide the children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends. Performance tickets must be purchased separately. Both children and adults will need a ticket in order to attend.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - New York City Ballet
Through June 10, 2012 -

A ballet about the transforming power of love, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings, of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. The ballet, through its themes of reality versus illusion, change versus constancy, displays love in all its guises.

Gotham Dance Festival - Joyce Theater
Through June 10, 2012 -

The Festival returns for two weeks with programs featuring cutting-edge artists, world premieres, and Joyce debuts. Week One begins with Brian Brooks Moving Company in the premiere of BIG CITY, a work that examines the concept of rebuilding after a destructive event. The week also highlights choreographer Jodie Gates, who will set work on Ballet X and Colorado Ballet. Sharing the program with Gates will be Peter Quanz, whose Canadian-based company Q Dance/Quanz Danse will perform two works, including In Tandem, set to a score by Steve Reich. Week Two opens with a special one-night celebration featuring multiple artists and continues with the Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC performing a world premiere as well as Stijn Celis' Fragile Dwellings, with a light installation by Erwin Redl. The Festival concludes with Gallim Dance, under the direction of Andrea Miller, who performs a world premiere exploring how the knowledge that we are going to die shapes the way we love. One Night Celebration Program - On Tuesday June 5th, Gotham Arts Exchange celebrates the choreographic work of American women. The program includes work from the legends of our time and the women who bring audience members to their feet. We're also going to throw in a few up and coming voices. Scheduled to participate are: Carmen deLavallade, Carolyn Dorfman, Kate Weare, Monica Bill Barnes, and Camille A. Brown.

Playing with fire - New School for Drama
Through June 10, 2012 - NYC

May 18 to June 10, 2012 at New School for Drama, 151 Bank Street (West Village). Presented by August Strindberg Repertory Theatre and Negro Ensemble Company in association with Theater Resources Unlimited. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Matinees Saturdays at 2:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, no shows May 26 and 27 (Memorial Day Weekend). Tickets $18; groups of 20 and more $13.50; students $9. TDF accepted. Box office SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com. Production's website: http://www.strindberg.org/ TRANSIT DIRECTIONS: 1-2-3 to 14th Street and A-C-E to 14th Street. M20 bus stops at Abingdon Square and M11 and M14A terminate there. Running time: 90 minutes. CRITICS ARE INVITED on or after MAY 20. DETAILS AND ARTIST INFO: August Strindberg's Chekhovian comedy, "Playing With Fire" (Leka med elden, 1893), in a translation by Ulrika Brand that has been newly adapted by Obie-winner Leslie Lee, Executive Director of Negro Ensemble Company, will be presented May 18 to June 10 with an all-black cast as the inaugural production of August Strindberg Repertory Theatre, directed by Robert Greer. The play, to be staged at New School for Drama, 151 Bank Street (West Village), will be a co-production of August Strindberg Repertory Theatre and Negro Ensemble Company in association with Theater Resources Unlimited.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - New York City Ballet
June 10, 2012 - Lincoln Center

A ballet about the transforming power of love, George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings, of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. The ballet, through its themes of reality versus illusion, change versus constancy, displays love in all its guises.

2012 Flamenco Latino Children's Recital: Flamenco Dance & Ballet! - Flamenco Latino Studio Theater
June 10, 2012 - New York

Support the young students of Flamenco Latino at their end of season recital in Flamenco dance and Ballet! Featuring students from: --Children's Flamenco Class --Prof. Rosemary Lindt's Ballet Class --Site Partner students from Once Upon A Time and Uptown Dance Academy Sunday, June 10, 2012, 4:30 PM at Flamenco Latino Studio Theater 244 West 54 Street, 404 New York, NY 10019 Tickets: $10/Advance $12/Door $5/Children Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. www.flamencolatino.com

Infinity, Australian Ballet's Triple Bill - David H. Koch Theater
June 12, 2012 - New York

The Australian Ballet shows off its agility, athleticism and unique Australian style in Infinity, a daring mixed bill. The program features Wayne McGregor’s rule-breaking Dyad 1929, a work created in 2009 especially for the company’s dancers; an electrifying collaboration between The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia’s Indigenous dance company; and a sensational selection of excerpts from the company’s most loved ballets set against a multimedia backdrop.

Infinity, Australian Ballet's Triple Bill - David H. Koch Theater
June 13, 2012 - New York

The Australian Ballet shows off its agility, athleticism and unique Australian style in Infinity, a daring mixed bill. The program features Wayne McGregor’s rule-breaking Dyad 1929, a work created in 2009 especially for the company’s dancers; an electrifying collaboration between The Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia’s Indigenous dance company; and a sensational selection of excerpts from the company’s most loved ballets set against a multimedia backdrop.

Swan Lake - David H. Koch Theater
June 15, 2012 - New York

The Australian Ballet celebrates 50 years on the world stage with two landmark programs: a bold interpretation of Swan Lake and a mixed bill of all-Australian works. This dazzling version of Swan Lake, created by superstar Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy, gives this most classical of ballets a modern twist. Set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score, this spectacular interpretation features a contemporary storyline full of drama, wit and passion.

Swan Lake - David H. Koch Theater
June 16, 2012 - New York

The Australian Ballet celebrates 50 years on the world stage with two landmark programs: a bold interpretation of Swan Lake and a mixed bill of all-Australian works. This dazzling version of Swan Lake, created by superstar Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy, gives this most classical of ballets a modern twist. Set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score, this spectacular interpretation features a contemporary storyline full of drama, wit and passion.

Swan Lake - David H. Koch Theater
June 16, 2012 - New York

The Australian Ballet celebrates 50 years on the world stage with two landmark programs: a bold interpretation of Swan Lake and a mixed bill of all-Australian works. This dazzling version of Swan Lake, created by superstar Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy, gives this most classical of ballets a modern twist. Set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score, this spectacular interpretation features a contemporary storyline full of drama, wit and passion.

Music in the Garden Series: BodyArtDance - Queens Botanical Garden
June 16, 2012 - Flushing

Saturday, June 16, beginning at 6pm BodyArtDance, Leslie Scott/Director, presents a "roving dance tour" of Queens Botanical Garden. Join us for an evening of dance and nature with one of our most adventurous Queens-based dance companies. The tour will allow the audience to view both dance and the Garden in a new way through a site-specific work created especially for QBG. Free with Garden Admission. For more information, please call 718.886.3800 ext. 330

KEIGWIN + COMPANY - Joyce Theater
Through June 17, 2012 -

Pop culture fuses with high art in KEIGWIN + COMPANY's electrifying brand of contemporary dance. K+C returns to The Joyce in 2012 with three New York premieres that combine Larry Keigwin's theatricality and wit, ranging from a work for 12 dancers set to a score by electronic composer and longtime collaborator Jonathan Pratt to a quartet for the company's dancers and a solo danced by Keigwin. Celebrated by The New York Times as "divinely well-structured," Megalopolis will round out the program. This is a dazzling work that blends a futuristic urban vision with nightclub camp to a mash up of minimalism and hip-hop.

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

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