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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 6-Aug 13: Cultural Arts

August 6, 2011 - 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.

Pilobolus - Joyce Theater
Through August 06, 2011 -

For forty remarkable years, Pilobolus has created and performed work that uses movement to express the beauty of physical and emotional interconnectedness in conflict with the glorious possibility of individual freedom. All this translates into a compelling canon that, through both intelligent humor and melancholy, continually draws audiences to it. The company's special 40th anniversary season features three extraordinary programs that look back in delight — with works like Untitled, a 1975 winner, and Duet, a passionate piece from 1992 — and, at the same time, celebrate the amazing range of more recent endeavors that include startling multimedia initiatives and collaborations with artists representing genres far beyond the realm of dance. The season premieres highlight this amazing diversity — a mind?boggling solo featuring flying robots from MIT's Distributed Robotics Laboratory Flight Team; a rhythmically?propelled work created in collaboration with OK Go, the hot rock n' roll band; and a full?company piece created with Takuya Muramastu, the principal choreographer from Dairakudakan, one of Japan's most intriguing butoh companies.

herStay - Dance Theater Workshop
Through August 06, 2011 -

Monica Emilie Herstad introduces her performance Movers and Shakers – Tangible channeling the existence of nature, a work inspired by Rosmerholm and The Masterbuilder by 19th-century Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen. Movers and Shakers addresses urban life and draws content from the writings themselves. Rosmerholm examines the illusive nature of truth itself, and The Masterbuilder - one of Ibsen's towering achievements - undermines the distinction between reality and fantasy.

Dzul Dance - Baruch Performing Arts Center
August 06, 2011 - New York

Together with New York nonprofit performing arts institution, Teatro IATI, internationally acclaimed aerial and dance company Dzul Dance kick off the 2011 Performing Arts Marathon (PAM) with the revival of Artistic Director Javier Dzul’s 2005 choreography, From a Wounded Heart, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (at 25 Street) in Manhattan, on Wednesday, August 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM. PAM 2011, dedicated to promoting Latin culture and established Latin artists, features 12 cutting-edge performances across a two week span offering the City’s best of dance, music and theater. Javier Dzul’s From a Wounded Heart, is a heart-wrenching series of vignettes featuring classical Latin American love songs that celebrate our unwavering search for unrequited love. Accompanied by the live music of singer Lucia Pulido, From a Wounded Heart explores the ever-changing relationships between lovers and breathes new life into the highly emotional boleros and waltzes, made famous by greats such as Julio Jaramillo and Cuco Sanchez. The choreography features spectacular performances by Artistic Director, Javier Dzul, along with Dzul company members Robin Taylor Dzul, Kyla Ernst Alper, Jason Jordan, So Young An, Ji Hyeun Bang, Cornelius Brown, Kara Walsh, Noriko Naroaka and Matthew Smith. Lucia Pulido’s ensemble includes Sergio R. Reyes (violin), Sebastian Cruz (guitar), and Pedro Giraudo (bass). Dzul Dance is a company of extreme athleticism, intricate partnering, unique sensuality and daring aerial artistry. With this eclectic and talented group, Javier Dzul has created a movement vocabulary that embodies his own distinct style and pushes the boundaries of the human body and imagination.

ODC/Dance - Joyce Theater
Through August 13, 2011 -

Hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for its "exuberant repertory... daredevil intensity and considerable emotional candor," ODC/Dance returns to The Joyce with its ten magnificent dancers to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. Artistic Director and Founder Brenda Way presents the New York premiere of Waving Not Drowning (A Guide to Elegance), her wry treatment of culture, fashion, manners and feminine perspectives set to a commissioned score by Pamela Z. The program also includes Co?Artistic Director KT Nelson's piece Grassland, performed to a commissioned score by Marcelo Zarvos; and Way's shape?shifting piece In the Memory of the Forest, named one of the top ten dance pieces in San Francisco in 2009, that touches on her late mother?in?law's memories of flight from Warsaw in 1941.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 14, 2011 -

The 41st season for this NYC summer favorite offers more than 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center. More than ten premieres and debuts highlight the three weeks, which have a strong streak of soul, funk and R&B running through them, with generous helpings of jazz, gospel, and star turns by giants of their genres -- Mavis Staples, Malkit Singh, Laurie Anderson, Tan Dun -- and great contemporary dance.

Pompeii The Exhibit - Discovery Times Square
Through September 05, 2011 - New York

Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the life and death of those frozen in time by ash - including the largest collection of body casts ever presented. Over 250 artifact, including some never-before-seen objects and the largest collection of body casts ever on display including a dramatic skeleton collection. A brand-new, immersive movie experience depicting a time-lapsed representation starting from the moment of Vesuvius' massive explosion.

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