Things to do this week in NYC Mar 10-Mar 17: Cultural ArtsMarch 10, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor
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.
Jodi Melnick - Solo, Deluxe version - New York Live Arts
Jodi Melnick is truly, madly, deeply, in love with movement. An acclaimed performer, Melnick's work is meticulously designed, flooded with nuanced imagery unfolding into elaborate, hidden agendas. Solo, Deluxe Version is revealed as Melnick is immersed into a world dislocated from something known.
Hora - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Ohad Naharin's choreography is infused with the rarest of qualities, experimenting boldly with body language to produce a distinctive and arresting combination of content and form. Noted for its physical virtuosity and bewitching lines, Tel Aviv's Batsheva Dance Company conveys the daring spirit and exacting discipline of its artistic director. Naharin's Hora unfurls a ravishing vision of abstraction, sensuality, and playfulness. Isao Tomita's inventive soundtrack, a collage of classical masterpieces (Strauss, Wagner, Grieg, Debussy, and even John Williams' Star Wars theme) played on an array of vintage analog synths, provides harmonic elegance to this remarkable work.
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg - New York City Center
This season marks the 35th anniversary of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg and the company's long-awaited return to New York. It also marks the U.S. premiere of Boris Eifman's Rodin, a new full-length ballet based on the life of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) and his turbulent relationship with his mistress and muse, Camille Claudel. Set to music by Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Ravel, Rodin is a tale of artistic inspiration and the terrible price of genius.
Stephen Petronio Company - Joyce Theater
The celebrated Stephen Petronio Company unveils the world premiere of The Architecture of Loss, a work dedicated to the shifting grounds we navigate in a rapidly morphing world. This international collaboration melds Petronio's searing, high octane language with the music of Valgeir Sigurdsson (Iceland) along with the contribution of composer Nico Muhly (New York), the fashion designs of Gudrun & Gudrun (the Faroe Islands) and the lighting of Ken Tabachnick (New York). The evening also includes City of Twist, a 2002 collaboration with the legendary artist/composer Laurie Anderson and fashion provocateur Tara Subkoff. This wildly kinetic yet disarmingly subtle work paints a series of archetypal urban portraits, a love letter to New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. An historic first revival of Intravenous Lecture (1970) conceived by Judson legend Steve Paxton and performed by Stephen Petronio completes the program.
The Armory Show - Piers 92 & 94
The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan. Now celebrating its fourteenth year, the Armory Show is re-establishing itself as the most adventurous and dynamic contemporary art fair in New York City. The 2012 edition will feature an international roster of exciting, leading galleries, the acclaimed Armory Show VIP program, a lively opening night party at MoMA, the eclectic and engaging Open Forum program with major art- world figures, Armory Film, a series featuring an international selection of leading contemporary video and experimental films curated by Moving Image, and Armory Arts Week in partnership with New York's top cultural institutions. This year's Armory Show will feature the work of the 2012 Commissioned Artist Theaster Gates and the vibrant art of the Nordic Countries in Armory Focus. The Armory Show has engaged award-winning, New York-based architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox to redesign The Armory Show, creating a more comfortable, luxurious experience, including a new "farm-to-table" restaurant and cafe by Great Performances.
Reggie Wilson - theREVISITATION - New York Live Arts
theREVISITATION is the simple and intricate exercise of looking back to look forward. Selected previous performance works are cut, pasted and merged with new ideas, thoughts, realities and perspectives, and crafted into a vehicle for Wilson to reflect on his past, his approach to his body and its idiomatic movement. It is a reexamination of the artist's moving body and his provocative body of work.
Diana Vishneva: Dialogues - New York City Center
Prima ballerina Diana Vishneva returns to City Center with Dialogues, a new project from the Mariinsky Theatre, Diana Vishneva Foundation and Ardani Artists, the team that brought us Vishneva's Beauty in Motion in 2008. Dialogues charts the evolution of modern dance through the 20th and 21st centuries with works by four choreographers from various generations and genres: Martha Graham's 1947 classic Errand into the Maze, with music by Gian Carlo Menotti and sets by Isamu Noguchi; Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon's Subject to Change; and Dialogue (2011), a new work created by John Neumeier for Diana Vishneva and Thiago Bordin.
Martha Graham Dance Company - Joyce Theater
Inner Landscape, the latest offering in the company's innovative series of thematic performances including contextual media and narration, features the acclaimed Graham psychological works in which she laid bare the human psyche. The Joyce season includes premieres by Lar Lubovitch and Yvonne Rainer, a revival of Mary Wigman's Witch Dance and Graham's comic Every Soul is a Circus, as well as Graham classics Night Journey, Deaths and Entrances, and Chronicle. One night-only, March 14: leading university dance groups and Graham II perform Inner Landscape works by Martha Graham, Charles Weidman and Anna Sokolow. See the next generation interpret these masterworks. All tickets $35.
CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
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
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.