For many of the dance concerts that go up in NYC, it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of deal. One weekend, three shows, and if you weren’t there, you’re out of luck. To prevent the inevitable heartbreak that comes with realizing you missed that guest curator at Danspace or that cool new company at the Joyce, check out some of the following events and put one (or two!) on your calendar. Check back next Wednesday for a new list of my weekend picks.
Yes, this show is unfortunately sold out, but how fortuitous that the man who inspired the name of this site will be performing this weekend. Night Stand, which Nelson and Paxton developed in 2004, continues for a second (and final) week at Dia:Chelsea. Getting a ticket now might be tricky, but if you’re the type of person who knows somebody who knows somebody (or you’re willing to wait around to see if there are any extra tickets right before showtime), it’s worth a shot to see how the real masters work.
Oct. 17, 18, & 19 at 8:00pm Dia:Chelsea 535 W. 22nd St., 5th Floor New York, NY 10011 (212) 989-5566
Highly acclaimed Belgian choreographer de Keersmaeker brings two works to BAM as part of the 2013 Next Wave Festival. The works are a pair, with En Atendant performed at 2:00pm, and Cesena following at 7:30pm. See both or just one; either way, these are the pieces that made me get up early on my first day of school to make sure I bought my tickets as soon as they went on sale.
You might recall hearing about de Keersmaeker in recent years due to her struggle with Beyoncé over the unfair use of her choreography in Beyoncé’s “Countdown” video. If you haven’t seen the comparison yet, click here.
Oct. 19 & 20, 2:00pm(En Atendant) and 7:30pm (Cesena) Brooklyn Academy of Music – Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 230-4352
The latest project of ABT soloist Craig Salstein, INTERMEZZO is a new ballet company dedicated to presenting new works by choreographers who want to work with dancers trained in the classical ballet technique. This first performance series features works by Lisa de Ribere, Marcelo Gomes, Adam Hendrickson, Gemma Bond, and Raymond Lukens, and will be accompanied by live music, played by the Wyrick Quartet.
If you can’t make it to an evening show, catch the pre-premiere for $5 as part of the 92Y Harkness Dance Center’s beloved Fridays at Noon series.
Oct. 18 & 19 at 8:00pm, Oct. 20 at 3:00pm 92Y, Buttenwieser Hall Lexington Ave at 92nd St New York, NY 10128 (212) 415-5500
Talk about an art immersion: in this one-of-a-kind exhibition, MoMA invites 20 dancers to wander the galleries and present a “living archive” of the dance solos that time may have forgotten, but shouldn’t have. Some of the most influential and groundbreaking dancers from the 20th century will be in attendance, including one of my favorite dancers, Valda Setterfield.