Things to do this week in NYC Mar 3-Mar 10: Cultural ArtsMarch 3, 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.
Mark Morris Dance Group - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Mark Morris' marvelously spirited and musically attuned dances have redefined our ideas of the body in motion. Mark Morris Dance Group returns to BAM this year with the reprise of the opera Four Saints in Three Acts. With orchestral and choral music by Virgil Thomson (performed live by the MMDG Music Ensemble), libretto by Gertrude Stein, and illustrator and author Maira Kalman's luminous sets, Morris' Four Saints is grand, ebullient, and spiritually resonant. By way of delightful processions, sevillanas, and redolent folk dancing, the deliverance to heaven of the Spanish saints Teresa of Avila and Ignatius of Loyola comes to life. The evening begins with the world premiere of Morris' newest work, set to Beethoven's "Fantasia in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80," with costumes by Isaac Mizrahi and lighting design by Michael Chybowski.
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.
Flamenco Festival 2012 - New York City Center
New York's annual flamenco celebration, now in its 11th year, features mesmerizing performances direct from Spain. This year's festival celebrates the tradition of great female choreographers in flamenco.
Ballet du Grande Theatre de Geneve - Joyce Theater
"Exceptionally supple ballet-trained dancers" (The New York Times) are at the core of this acclaimed Swiss company. The ensemble performs an enchanting evening length work by Israeli born choreographer Emanuel Gat, a powerful new voice in contemporary dance. Using Bach's magnificent Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in C minor as inspiration and backdrop, Gat has created a mesmerizing piece, performed beautifully by Ballet de Genève's stunning artists.
Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1 - MoMA PS1
Every Sunday between February 5 and May 13, 2012, the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome will house Sunday Sessions, featuring an amalgam of artistic programming—from light, sound, and music installations to lectures by world-renowned scholars and special performances. Various other galleries and rooms inside of the former schoolhouse will also be activated during these weekly sessions. This Sunday we continue our weekly winter series, SUNDAY SESSIONS, with special programming organized by hosts Darren Bader and Mårten Spångberg. The schedule for the day is as follows: Darren Bader presents E-Party - 12:00–6:00 p.m., the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome; Mårten Spångberg invited by Maria Hassabi, 3:00–5:00 p.m., Mini-Kunsthalle
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.
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.