What To See This Weekend: May 6-10, 2015

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Marjani Forté’s “being Here…/this time” will be presented May 6-9 at Gibney Dance Center’s Agnes Varis Performance Lab

Speaking Up for the Community: Marjani Forté performs at GibneyThe final part of a three-year-long project, “being Here…this time” is Marjani Forté’s investigation into the intersection of mental illness, addiction, and systemic poverty. Forté is known for her projects that bridge performance and community activism, and this time around she has partnered with composer and sound designer Everett Saunders to create a 3-D installation space that is sure to provoke discussion of these pressing issues.

Wednesday, May 6 – Saturday, May 9 at 7:30pm
Agnes Varis Performance Lab at Gibney Dance Center
280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street)
New York, NY 10007
(646) 837-6809

Nimbus Dance Works celebrates 10 Years
Artistic Director Samuel Pott has pulled out all the stops for his company’s 10th Anniversary Season this weekend at BAM’s Fishman Space. Live music, world premieres, and artistic collaborations stand alongside timely revivals of classic modern dance works by Pearl Primus (“Strange Fruit”) and Charles Weidman (“Lynchtown”).

Saturday’s matinee performance will feature a special public forum on Dance, Race, and Social Justice, led by Baraka Sele, Assistant Vice President of Programming at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Curator/Producer of NJPAC’s Alternate Routes series.

Friday, May 8 at 8:00pm and Saturday, May 9 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
BAM Fisher – Fishman Space
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 636-4100

A New Iron Age: CarteBlanche presents “FERRUM” in Red Hook
A few weeks ago I wrote about dances performed in a converted brass foundry in Gowanus. If that piqued your interest, head to Pioneer Works, an iron foundry-turned-art space in Red Hook that will present ten artists with a variety of projects in a free “Open Studio” showing this Sunday. For the movement-inclined, catch “FERRUM” (that’s Latin for “iron”), a new site-specific dance work by Brooklyn-based choreographer Shandoah Goldman that draws inspiration from the building’s history and questions of public vs. private space.

Sunday, May 10th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
FERRUM: 5:30pm and 7:30pm
159 Pioneer Street (between Imlay & Conover streets)
Brooklyn, New York 11231
(718) 596-3001

Looking Ahead: 75 Years of ABT

For its 75th Anniversary Season, American Ballet Theatre is celebrating in style. Opening Monday, May 11 at the Metropolitan Opera House, the season begins with a week of “Classic ABT” mixed programs (including favorites like Jerome Robbins’ “Fancy Free” and Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo”) before kicking into high gear with grandiose productions like Lar Lubovitch’s “Othello” and Alexei Ratmansky’s new version of “The Sleeping Beauty.”

Check the full season schedule for complete dates and times.

To learn more about ABT in the past 75 years, catch Ric Burns’ documentary “American Ballet Theatre: A History,” premiering May 15 on PBS stations.

Metropolitan Opera House
Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 362-6000

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