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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 13-Oct 20: Cultural Arts

October 13, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor
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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.

Fall for Dance Festival - New York City Center
Through October 13, 2012 -

The ninth annual Fall for Dance Festival, now expanded to 12 evenings, includes some of the most groundbreaking and breathtaking dance in the world today. With tickets to this year's Festival, you can sample a diverse lineup of 20 companies and experience everything from hula to ballet, flamenco to tap. Fall for Dance presents an exciting mix of treasured favorites and undiscovered gems. So bring your family, grab your friends, join us and fall in love... Fall for Dance!

So You Think You Can Dabkeh: Dabkeh-Off: Dabkeh Showcase, Concert with Anas Tabash and More - Alwan for the Arts
October 13, 2012 - New York

3:30pm / $10 - Workshop/demo by local dabkeh experts teaches variations of dabkeh from rural homeland villages to New York City’s hip hop flavored neighborhoods. Learn how dabkeh has remained a dynamic and vital part of everyday life. 5:00pm / $5 -"Staging Dabkeh: The Emergence of a Levantine Folk Art", presentationby ethnomusicologist Shayna Silverstein with discussant Christopher Stone, author ofPopular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation. Shayna Silverstein addresses the emergence of dabkeh as a folk art throughout the Levant. From the formation of state folk dance troupes in the 1950s and 1960s to dance theater (raqs misrah) in the new millenium, she will look at how dabkeh has been staged for domestic and international audiences over the past fifty years. Folkloric dabkeh celebrates the cultural diversity of the Levant at the same time that it preserves the traditions and customs considered common to village life. 7:00pm / $15 - Dabkeh-Off citywide showcase and competition features local student and professional troupes such as Shabab Al Hurreyya, Nujoom, and students from the festival’s Dabkeh Workshops with Ramzi Edlibi. The evening concludes with a concert by Palestinian singer, Anas Tabash, known for his folk style mawwawil and popular dabkeh tunes.

Doug Varone & Dancers - The Joyce Theater
Through October 14, 2012 - New York

Whether creating whirlwinds of movement that dazzle with complexity or tracing the interior landscape of terse gesture, Doug Varone places indelible humanity at the core of his work. For its 25th Anniversary season, the company will perform the New York premiere of Oratorio, set to Mozart's mythic oratorio "La Betulia Liberata," as well as another new work. The season also includes Boats Leaving, Varone's 2006 Bessie Award winning work; Ballet Mécanique, which he set to George Antheil's iconoclastic score from 1925, and his hallmark solo, Nocturne. Company website: performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 10 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

AjkunBT Presents Hamlet - MMAC Theater
Through October 17, 2012 - New York

WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE! Perhaps the most influential tragedy by William Shakespeare, Hamlet speaks of the betrayal, revenge and madness of the wretched Prince of Denmark. The powerful choreography by Leonard Ajkun mixes dynamic contemporary dance with the commanding emotions of stellar performers. Not to be missed.

Aphotic - Galapagos Art Space
October 19, 2012 - Brooklyn

Aphotic ( is an interactive dance and digital video performance, integrating experimental animation with motion tracked, live choreography. Created site-specific to the Galapagos Art Space and visualized through a series of five video projectors, a vacillating environment will surround the audience. Broadening the existing techniques of dance and motion tracking, this performance provides a groundbreaking, surrealist approach to visual narrative. Following three generations of women as they struggle to survive in an ever-changing environment, three walls of projection will provide the backdrop for a mesmerizing story told through a montage of movement and light. The performance includes elements of aerial, contortion, modern dance and martial arts from some of New York City's most innovative and adventurous performers, and a sprinkling of surprises throughout the night. Aphotic is both a benefit and a precursor for a short film, "Development" (visit Development's process website here), starting production late this fall. Starring: Seanna Sharpe (Choreographer) Sarah Sadie Newett Megan Hornaday Rachel Hsuing Directed by: Drew Arnold Projection work: Jason Aston Matt Swenson Followed by live video/audio performances by: Rui Pereira and Michael Clemow - performing 'Philament(s)' Winslow Porter Matt Swenson

American Ballet Theatre - New York City Center
Through October 20, 2012 -

American Ballet Theatre's 2012 Fall season at City Center opens with a Gala benefit and continues with a world premiere by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Agnes de Mille�s Rodeo, a revival of Jose Limon's The Moor'd Pavane and performances of Mark Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Antony Tudor's The Leaves Are Fading. Principal Dancers for the City Center engagement include Roberto Bolle, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, Julie Kent, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Polina Semionova and Cory Stearns.

Dance Your Way to Health - The Ritz Plaza Firefighters' Memorial Park
October 20, 2012 - New York

Discover the beauty of dancing and experience the passion within as the New Yorker Social Dance Club takes over the Ritz Plaza Park for an afternoon of dance! This family friendly event will include: Group Classes Performances Local Healthy Vendors Live Music Dance Fashion Face Painting …and more! Free and open to the public, this celebration of the joy of dancing is the perfect way to spend an October afternoon in New York.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet - The Joyce Theater
Through October 21, 2012 - New York

"Simply breathtaking," proclaims the Chicago Sun Times about Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, whose Joyce season features a new program of contemporary ballet that exemplifies its commitment to commissioning dance by both world-renowned and emerging choreographers. Born in the American West and now touring internationally, this tiny troupe of eleven classically trained dancers has developed a large following worldwide. The Joyce program includes the New York debut of choreographic discovery Norbert De La Cruz III's ballet Square None, as well as a new piece, commissioned by The Joyce, by Spanish choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, and OVER GLOW by Jorma Elo. Company website: performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 17 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)

American Craft Show NYC, Contemporary Art Fair NYC, Art Off the Main - Javits Center
Through October 21, 2012 - New York

A trilogy of shows, under one roof, kick off the fall art scene when Art Off the Main joins the 2012 Contemporary Art Fair NYC and American Craft Show NYC at the Javits Center, October 19, 20 and 21, 2012. The art fair and craft show celebrate their third year. Art Off the Main, founded by Loris Crawford, is a showcase for paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture and installations by artists of Caribbean, African and Latin American ancestry. Launched in 2004, and most recently in an online format, it comprised artists from 20 countries including the United States. Contemporary Art Fair NYC exhibitors include established and emerging painters, photographers, sculptors and artists working in mixed media. The three shows, in 70,000 square feet of space, will offer New Yorkers and international audiences the chance to see the original works of 250 artists and artisans selected by Richard and Joanna Rothbard of American Art Marketing. “We look for exceptional work, execution, perspective and flair and pick the most compelling, creative, gifted artists and artisans from the thousands we see every year,” said Richard Rothbard. About Art Off the Main, Crawford, said, “This was the first fair to showcase combined works of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, regions which share historical, ethnic and political experiences resulting in cultural expressions with common elements. The show, which presents a body of work not typically offered at an art fair, received positive response from media, critics and the public.” For information about the Contemporary Art Fair NYC, Art Off the Main and the American Craft Show NYC—its exhibits range from fashion, jewelry and accessories to furniture, ceramics, glass, wood, metal and textiles--visit One ticket opens three doors to the juried events.

Union Square Open Studios - 41 Union Square West
Through October 21, 2012 - New York

Over 40 artists will open their studios to the public during this weekend-long event. There will be refreshments, demonstrations, and a raffle for drawings. You will find images of artist's work on the website and more information to help plan your tour. Of interest is the building's history: Over 100 years ago 41 Union Square was built specifically to meet the northern exposure light requirements of New York artists. Union Square was the scene of major movements in 20th century art, from the Ashcan School through the 14th Street School--including Arshile Gorky, Morris Kantor, Sol Steinberg, Reginald Marsh, Jack Levine, Andy Warhol; our building housed the Partisan Review with Allen Ginsberg in Studio 1427, The New Yorker's Janet Malcolm, and Isabel Bishop, who worked in Studio #41.

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.

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