November is perhaps the busiest month for many dance companies and theaters, and consequently, one of the best times to see dance. Fall Seasons are already in full swing at the bigger players (The Joyce, City Center, David H. Koch Theater, and BAM, to name a few), but that’s not a free pass to forsake some innovative work being presented at the smaller theaters in town (The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen, Movement Research). Keep reading to learn a little bit more about what I’m hoping to see this November.
This year’s White Light Festival at Lincoln Center is already underway (it began Oct. 24), but there’s still plenty to be seen. The first week in November features the U.S. premiere of DESH, the Olivier Award-winning solo by English-born dancer Akram Khan (who gained widespread acclaim for his choreographic contribution to the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremonies), showing at the Rose Theater. Later in the month, Brooklyn-based choreographer Mark Morris, known as much for his outrageously unpredictable personality as he is for his beautiful dances, will be spending a weekend (Nov. 21-23) at the David H. Koch Theater, where the Mark Morris Dance Group will present his L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, an undeniable masterpiece set to music by Handel and inspired by the poems of John Milton.
Akram Khan: Nov. 6 & 7 at 7:30pm
Mark Morris Dance Group: Nov. 21-23 at 7:30pm
Broadway at 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Still riding the worldwide success of his Blanche Neige and the buzz surrounding the world premiere of Spectral Evidence at NYC Ballet’s 2013 Fall Gala in October, Angelin Preljocaj is on his way to becoming a household name. Known for his creative mixture of ballet with the avant-garde, the French choreographer and his Provence-based company, Ballet Preljocaj, return to the US for the New York premiere of And then, one thousand years of peace at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this November.
Nov. 7-9 at 7:30pm
Brooklyn Academy of Music – Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
*If you’re a student under age 29, or are over age 65, check out BAM’s excellent Rush Ticket policy here.
A new contender in the experimental dance scene, the Center for Performance Research has lost no time in taking on its mission of presenting and developing new works in contemporary dance and performance art. This month, CPR presents its Fall Movement series, in which six emerging choreographers will present their latest creations. Each night features a different mix of four out of the six choreographers.
Nov. 7-9 at 7:30pm
Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Whether it’s your first time seeing the daredevil “action heroes” of STREB or your tenth, it’s never a dull moment at SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics), the company’s “Williamsburg playground.” This season, the Extreme Action Company STREB (led by crazy cool super-woman Elizabeth Streb) revamps an audience favorite, entitled Forces, for their Fall Performance series. Though the action can be cringe-inducing (since the danger is definitely real), the courage of Streb’s Action Artists gives “performing arts” an entirely new meaning.
To get an idea of what STREB is up to, click here.
Nov. 8 – Dec. 22
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm
51 N 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249