What To See This Weekend: April 30-May 3, 2015

Click the photo above to watch NYCB Megan LeCrone give her take on Balanchine's "Agon."

Click the photo above to watch NYCB Megan LeCrone give her take on Balanchine’s “Agon.”

Back to Basics: NYCB kicks of Spring Season with a week of Black & White ballets
For those who love the leotard, you’re in luck. New York City Ballet’s Spring Season begins today, and for the first week, they’re celebrating with a series of programs featuring some of Balanchine’s most beloved works, including“Agon,” “Concerto Barocco,” and “The Four Temperaments.”

Click here to view a complete season calendar.

General Schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30PM; Fridays at 8:00PM; Saturdays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM; Sundays at 3:00PM
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center
20 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
(212) 870-5500

Dances from the windows to the walls at the WestFest Dance Festival
The WestFest Dance Festival is back, and regardless of your interests or schedule, there’s something for everyone happening at the WestBeth Artists’ Residence. Buy tickets in advance for one of the “Top Floor” mixed bill performances (Wednesday-Saturday evenings in the Martha Graham Studio Theater), or wander from the ground floor to the roof on Saturday or Sunday afternoon to catch a variety of site-specific compositions (for free!). Tours through the space will depart every 15 minutes, starting at 2:00pm.

Evening Performances: Wednesday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2, 8:00PM
Site-Specific Performances: Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2:00PM – 4:00PM
WestFest Dance Festival
WestBeth Artists’ Residence
55 Bethune Street
New York, NY 10014

A chance for community connection with “Food for Thought” performances
Though the programs are all different in this weekend-long series at Danspace Project, they share the same goal of generating donations to the food distribution program at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. On Thursday, see what some of Danspace Project’s recent Artists-in-Residence are creating during their residencies, curated by Jeanine Durning; on Friday, David Thomson curates an evening of solo projects; and on Saturday, Iréne Hultman brings together three artists she calls “amazing, delicious, funny and sincere.” Admission is only $10 (no reservations), but bring two canned food items to receive a $5 discount.

Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2 at 8:00PM
Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-8112


Click the photo above to watch a preview of Brother(hood) Dance!'s latest work, "Black Jones."

Click the photo above to watch a preview of Brother(hood) Dance!’s latest work, “Black Jones.”

Looking Ahead: Moving Men @ Dixon Place
Next Tuesday night (May 5), head to Dixon Place for a special mixed bill performance that investigates the male body in contemporary dance. Catch works by Pia Vinson, Derling Dance Arts, and Chafin Seymour, as well as Brother(hood) Dance!, a fearless duo performing their latest work concerning the intersection of male intimacy and blackness.

Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30PM
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-0736

A Special Bonus Event: Dance Uptown with Barnard College
The dancers of Barnard College’s Dance Department (I was one of them just last year!) will present their spring concert this weekend on campus at Miller Theatre. Catch a performance of Mark Morris’ “Gloria,” featuring a live choral performance, alongside three new works by John Heginbotham (tackling the almost-lost music of Connie Converse), Jodi Melnick (a preeminent post-modern beauty/wild child), and Diane Coburn Bruning (who has created a new ballet for the talented Barnard group).

Friday, May 1 at 7:00PM, Saturday, May 2 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at W 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-7799


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