What To See This Weekend: May 14-17, 2015

Marcelo Gomes and Gillian Murphy celebrate 75 years of ABT.

75 Years of American Ballet Theatre
The first days of American Ballet Theatre’s 8-week season at the Metropolitan Opera House is all about celebrating the company’s 75-year history. They’ll perform some of the most beloved works in their repertory, including George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, for this week of mixed-bill programs.

Check the complete performance calendar for dates, times, tickets, and castings.

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

P.S. Follow the ABT dancers on Instagram for awesome backstage snaps. Check out James Whiteside, Gillian Murphy, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, and Isabella Boylston for starters.

A Season of Firsts for Gibney Dance Company
Gibney Dance Center has undergone an incredible expansion since acquiring the former Dance New Amsterdam studios in 2013, and the professional performance wing of Gina Gibneys creative empire is no exception. For the first time, the company has commissioned choreographers to put together a program of works celebrating female talent, and they didn’t have to look far for candidates. The program will feature the premiere of “Still and Still Moving,” a new work from Gibney Dance Company’s Associate Artistic Director Amy Miller, and the revival of “The Short-Cut,” a work from 2005 choreographed by Hilary Easton, Gibney Dance Center’s Creative Director of Training, Education and Research.

Wednesday, May 13 – Saturday, May 16 at 7:30pm
Gibney Dance Center
280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street)
New York, NY 10007
(646) 837-6809

A Midwestern treat in Chelsea
During their two-week run at the Joyce Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents two action-packed programs (including Crystal Pite’s wickedly cool A Picture of You Falling) to show off their artistic versatility and technical prowess. If you’re willing to sit in the front two rows, tickets are just $10 (call the box office for availability).

For a preview, watch HSDC in Nacho Duato’s Gwana, part of Program B at the Joyce.

Tuesday, May 12-Sunday, May 24
Times vary; click here for complete schedule and ticketing details
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691-9740

The show always goes on: Marjani Forté’s next move
For those that missed Ms. Forté’s provocative mixed-media work at Gibney Dance Center last weekend, or for those who can’t wait to see what she’s up to next, you’re in luck. Drop by NYLA this Friday or Saturday evening to visit Marjani in the studio, where she’ll be showing the beginnings of her newest in-progress work, an evening-length solo piece inspired by her father.

Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at 6:00pm
New York Live Arts
219 W 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 619-6500

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