Volume 5, Number 12 | March 23 - 29, 2006
KINGS OF THE DANCE “Kings of the Dance,” a one-of-a-kind program featuring the best male dancing on the international ballet circuit, makes its New York premiere at NY City Center. Ethan Stiefel and Angel Corella of American Ballet Theatre, Johan Kobborg of The Royal Ballet and Nikolay Tsiskaridze of the Bolshoi Ballet will perform together for the first time in a new Christopher Wheeldon ballet set to music by Franz Schubert. There will also be solo works created specifically for each of the dancers by Nils Christe, Tim Rushton, Stanton Welch and Roland Petit. Additionally, the four dancers will perform classic works by Balanchine, Grigorovich, Petipa and Bournonville, and each show will feature a different “King” performing with principal ballerinas Gudrun Bojesen and Deirdre Chapman, from the Royal Danish Ballet and The Royal Ballet respectively, in Flemming Flindt’s macabre masterpiece, “The Lesson.” Feb. 23–25 at 8 p.m., Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. $35–$150 at 212-581-1212 or nycitycenter.org. NY City Center, 55th St. btwn. Sixth & Seventh Aves.
CARRIE AHERN Choreographer Carrie Ahern, in collaboration with composer/soprano Kristin Norderval, presents a work of beautiful suffocation, a grand façade. Taking inspiration from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” as well as the clean lines of St. Mark’s Church, “Red” explores the machine of repression under the guise of supreme order and calm. At once aggressive and vulnerable, shrill and hushed, this timely piece exposes the chaos in the underbelly of every society. It recognizes every human being’s capacity both for violence and acts of tenderness. Featuring an all female ensemble of ten, “Red” is created and performed in collaboration with Julie Betts, Donna Bouthillier, Christina Briggs, Jennifer A. Cooper, Eun Jung Gonzalez, Carolyn Hall, and Yoko Sugimoto. Composer Kristin Norderval and the dancers provide a live acoustic and electronic score, Naoko Nagata creates costumes, and Carol Mullins designs the lights. Feb. 23-26 at 8:30 p.m. $15 at 212-674-8194.
Regina Nejman & Company The Outstanding Choreography Award winner from the New York City International Fringe Festival of 2005, “The Velocity of Things” returns for encore performances at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer St., btwn. Houston & Prince Sts. Feb. 23-26 at 8 p.m. $18 at 212-334-7479.
SEÁN CURRAN COMPANY Curran kicks off the performance series at Dance New Amsterdam, New York City’s newest dance space—for the moment—and also the newest regular presenter. Three dances make up the program, including a duet for Curran and long-time collaborator Heather Waldon called “Companion Dances.” 280 Broadway at Chambers St., second floor. $25, $17 members at 212-279-4200 or ticketcentral.com. Feb. 23-25 at 8 p.m., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
THE ATLANTA BALLET The Atlanta Ballet, under the artistic direction of John McFall, will appear at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts as part of its acclaimed World of Dance series. The Atlanta Ballet has been at the forefront of American dance for 75 years, performing an eclectic repertoire spanning the history of ballet, highlighted by the most beloved classics and the most inventive originals. This is the company’s only New York City appearance this season, and will feature two New York premieres—“Jupiter” by McFall and “Sinfonietta Giocosa” by Christopher Hampson—and the world premiere of “Shoo Pah Minor,” with choreography by Lauri Stallings, music by Antonio Vivaldi, costumes by Elena Abdoullaeva and lighting by Robert Hand Jr. Walt Whitman Theater on the campus of Brooklyn College, one block from the junction of Flatbush & Nostrand Aves. $15-30 at 718-951-4500 (Tue.-Sat. 1-6 p.m.) or brooklynce