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.
Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre - Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Through November 10, 2012 - Manhattan
Described as "one of the most highly original dance theatre companies in the world," Ireland's Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre will make its New York debut with the U.S. premiere of Rian. Named after musical director Liam Ó Maonlai's 2005 album, Rian is an exuberant evening-length work combining narrative, theater, contemporary dance, and traditional Irish music in a piece that suggests a communal pub gathering.
Morphoses WITHIN (Labyrinth Within) - The Joyce Theater
Through November 11, 2012 - New York
Morphoses returns to The Joyce with the New York premiere of WITHIN (Labyrinth Within) by Swedish choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg that is inspired by and expands on Lidberg's award winning 2010 film "Labyrinth Within." Playing with perceptions of reality by weaving together film, live performance, interconnected relationships, and music by David Lang, Lidberg creates a mysterious and powerful experience. On stage is a cast of five dancers, including New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring, who gradually relinquish performance space to the filmed images of Wendy Whelan, Giovanni Bucchieri, and Lidberg himself. Company website: http://www.morphoses.org/ performance schedule Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm Dance Chat: Thu, Nov 8 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
MAXIM GORKY DRAMA STATE THEATER - BMCC TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Through November 17, 2012 - NEW YORK CITY
The Internationally acclaimed, thrilling State Theater of Vladivostok, Russia, appears for the first time in New York with a cast of 37 of Russia's most honored artists. The United States Premiere of the Original Drama, TOVARICH, by Jacques Deval, will be performed November 15 and November 16 at 7:30 pm. The Second attraction is CHEKHOV'S masterpiece, IVANOV. English audio
The Shades of Gray Presents 'Peace/Piece of Mine' - West Park Presbyterien Church
Through November 19, 2012 - New York
Based on the one-act monodrama 'Request Concert' published by Franz Xaver Kroetz in 1973, 'Peace/Piece of Mine', conceived and performed by Miriam Ibrahim, is the portrayal of a spectacularly unspectacular suicide.
'Peace/Piece of Mine' invites the audience to accompany a woman during the last few hours of her mundane life. A wordless story of isolation, loneliness, desolation and unfulfilled desires is told through the actress's physical enactment of the protagonist's internal struggle. Accompanied by David Salazar's and Carla Fabiani's original music and performed on a plain, unpretentious set, 'Peace/Piece of Mine' asks us to listen for the silent scream that all too often remains unheard.
The creative team includes David Salazar (Violin), Carla Fabiani (Viola), Nick Innacone (Set), Leonie Ettinger (Production Stage Manager), Nao Daboshi and Aria Pretzel (Video/ Photos), Gabriela Aragon (Production Assistant).
Tickets are $15 and available at http://www.theshadesofgray.org.
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024 (Amsterdam and 86th St.; accessible from the 1, C and B train to 86th St.)
Complexions Contemporary Ballet - The Joyce Theater
Through November 25, 2012 - New York
"Explosive energy, ferocious technique, and eye-watering hyper flexibility," proclaims The New Zealand Herald about Complexions Contemporary Ballet, whose celebrated dancers, innovative works, and pioneering spirit have made it a leader in American contemporary ballet. For its Joyce season, the company performs three New York premieres, including a work set to Rockjazz virtuoso ELEW that features unique renditions of songs by the Foo Fighters and Linkin Park; Threshold, set to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1; and a duet set to music by New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Also on tap—repertory favorites like Testament, On Holiday, and a new production of Pretty Gritty Suite, set to the music of Nina Simone. Company website: http://complexionsdance.org/ performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm Dance Chat: Wed, Nov 14 No performance on Thanksgiving, Nov 22 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 20, 2013 - Prospect Heights
Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power. Origin of the Universe, Thomas's first solo museum exhibition, highlights recent bodies of work that examine interior and exterior environments in relation to the female figure. Their settings are often inspired by her 1970s childhood.
Materializing 'Six Years': Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 03, 2013 - Prospect Heights
This exhibition is devoted to examining the defining impact Lucy R. Lippard's groundbreaking book Six Years had on the emergent Conceptual art movement. Published in 1973, Six Years simultaneously catalogued and described the development of conceptual art practices in the late sixties and early seventies, and is now widely considered an essential reference work for the period. Using the book's content to structure the exhibition, Materializing "Six Years" showcases the artists brought together and championed by Lippard, and demonstrates how her curatorial projects, critical writing, and political engagement helped to redefine exhibition-making, art criticism, and the viewing experience.
The exhibition will feature more than 170 objects by nearly ninety artists who were working internationally across a range of mediums. In addition to presenting important artworks, the exhibition will convey the political foment of an era that saw both the emergence of Conceptual art and the rise of the Women's Rights, Civil Rights, and anti–Vietnam War movements, and will illustrate the period's experimental impulses through catalogues, artist publications, periodicals, photographs, and ephemera from key exhibitions and events.