Things to do this week in NYC Oct 27-Nov 3: Cultural ArtsOctober 27, 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.
Dance on a Shoestring - New York Theatre Ballet
This program of dance will feature excerpts of new work from Pam Tanowitz, Antonia Franceschi, and Marco Pelle, as well as excerpts from Keith Michael's GOOSE!. and featured guest artist, David Parker and The Bang Group. About Dance On A Shoestring: Dance on a Shoestring performances have been given in New York Theatre Ballet's intimate in-house performance space, The Dance Gallery, for many years. This popular and affordable series enables established and developing artists to try out new ideas and roles. The program also gives our dancers the opportunity to regularly perform and learn from small classic masterworks that reflect the Company's Cecchetti aesthetic. The performances are offered in a venue where our community can come with minimal cost to see high quality ballet offered by "their" neighborhood company. The work presented this season will be a combination of classic ballets, new works, and popular NYTB productions. Three different programs will be presented 7-8 pm. Special choreography for children from the NYTB training school is often included in the program.
AjkunBT Presents Hamlet - MMAC Theater
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.
$10 Tango Trial - Introductory Tango Lesson - STAT NYC (Pearl Studios)
$10 Tango Trial - Introductory Tango Lesson Twice a month we offer a taste of tango for totally beginners for just $10. You will get a 45 minute class introducing you to all the basic fundamentals of tango. It is guaranteed you will be dancing at the end of the class. It is a good way to have fun starting out with tango for those that have never danced it before. October •Saturday, October 27th, at 2pm •Monday, October 29th, at 7pm November •Saturday, November 24th, at 2pm •Monday, November 26th, at 7pm Where: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave. 12th fl. (and 35th St.). Ask for Strictly Tango NYC dance school at the desk. SPECIAL OFFER: All attendants to the $10 trial will receive $30 toward an 8 week Beginners Class Package. (Reg $180) NO PARTNER REQUIRED BRING COMFORTABLE SHOES and CLOTHES See you there! To pre-register contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballet Next - The Joyce Theater
After last season's sold out gala performance, Ballet Next?the new classical ballet company founded by former American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet luminaries Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard?returns to The Joyce for its first week-long run. The acclaimed dancers perform two programs that feature classical works by Petipa and Balanchine and highly-anticipated contemporary premieres by choreographers Margo Sappington and Brian Reeder. Another highlight is Ballet Next's original work La Follia, created by Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, with performances by renowned dancers from major companies, including New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. The Ballet Next Ensemble will accompany the dancers with live music led by acclaimed Israeli cellist Elad Kabilio. Company website: http://www.balletnext.com/ performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm Opening Night Benefit: Tue, Oct 23 For benefit tickets, call 212-203-0409 Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 24 ticket price Tickets start at $10! (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
Kuromori Kagura Traditional Music and Dance Family Program - Japan Society
Kuromori Kagura is traditional folklore-based Japanese music and dance developed several hundred years ago in worship of the divine spirit of the Kuromori Shrine in Iwate prefecture, the region devastated by the recent Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Children of all ages will enjoy Kuromori Kaguraâ€™s ritual dances which act as prayers for health, harvest, and maritime safety, and receive good luck from the lion-head-shaped sculpture (Gon-gen). Try some basic movements of Kagura and enjoy festival related crafts-making. Recommended for children of all ages and accompanying adults. TICKETS12/5 Japan Society members; children ages 2 or under free. Members may purchase tickets for family at the discounted price.
Cajon Workshop w/ Ramon Porrina! - Flamenco Latino Studio
Join us for a special opportunity to study with cajon master, Ramon Porrina. Flamenco Latino hosts 2 days of workshops at their midtown studio. Thursday, Nov. 1st, 12-2 PM AND Friday, Nov. 2nd, 12-2PM at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 West 54 Street, 404 (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.) New York, NY 10019 212-399-8519 Advance Payment: Both Classes $105, One Class $57 Day-of Workshop: Both Classes $110, One Class $60 RESERVE TODAY by pre-paying through PayPal at: http://www.flamencolatino.com/artists/ramon.shtml Ramon Porrina is the premiere cajon player in Spain today. The son of Ramon El Portugues and grandson of Porrina de Badajoz he has recorded with Paco de Lucia, Camaron de la Isla, and toured with Joaquin Cortes, Antonio Canales, Tomatito and many others! Call 212-399-8519 or email with questions or to reserve.
Yatra-Seeking: Malavika Sarukkai, choreographer and dancer - Baryshnikov Arts Center
The third season of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival continues in November with "The Spirit of the Body," a work by dancer/choreographer Malavika Sarukkai showcasing her exquisite interpretations of South India's classical dance, Bharatanatyam. Accompanied by four musicians from Madras, India.
Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal - The Joyce Theater
Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal takes on the sounds, rhythms, and music of the city in Night Box, its high-voltage new piece by provocative choreographer Wen Wei Wang. Combining contemporary ballet with street dance, Night Box explores love, loss, sexuality, and joy. The work is "brilliantly theatrical, in turns witty, poignant and unsettling." (The National Post) Wen Wei Wang collaborates with Montréal fashion design duo UNTTLD to reveal the full spectrum of the city at night—its private spaces, clubs, and streets—against a backdrop of darkness that bathes these spaces in light to evoke a refreshing perspective inspired by urban street life. The program also includes a new work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Barak Marshall, and Zero in On by Cayetano Soto, an innovative piece highlighting the Spanish choreographer's energetic style. Company website: http://www.bjmdanse.ca/ performance schedule Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm Dance Chat: Wed, Oct 31 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
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
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.