Now that Labor Day has come and gone, kids are heading back to school, and the long holiday weekend festivities have ended, many say summer is over. However, just because one season is quickly coming to a close, doesn’t mean that the fall isn’t full of exciting dance events!
Here is a list of just a few dance events that I personally am looking forward to:
Making Space Fall 2016
On selected dates starting September 7th through December, join Gibney Dance for the Making Space Fall 2016 as they bring artists from around the world in a series of dialogues through live performance. Artists include: jill sigman/think dance, par Terre/ Anne Nguyen Dance Company, Cracks of Light, Niall Jones, Yasmeen Godder, Julie Mayo and Gina Gibney. All performances will take place Gibney Dance, located at 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street). For tickets and more information, please visit their website at gibneydance.org or email [email protected]
Fall for Dance Festival
It wouldn’t be fall in New York City without the ever popular Fall for Dance Festival. Now in its 13th year, audiences gather to see world-renowned dance companies perform alongside with daring new artists on the same stage. This year’s festival will bring dancers from across the globe! Performers include the Brazilian troupe Grupo Corpo, the supremely beautiful Hong Kong Ballet, and the primal power of Australia’s Bangarra Dance Theatre. Performances will take place Sept 26-Oct 8 at the New York City Center located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Tickets are just $15 and go on sale Saturday, Sept 10th at 11am! For more information, please visit their website at newyorkcitycenter.org.
Mark Morris Dance Center Open House 2016
As part of their community engagement initiatives, their fall open house provides free samplings of a wide array of programming including dance classes, performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group, a chance to mix and mingle with the faculty and staff, along with free food and refreshments. The open house will take place on Saturday, September 10th at the Mark Morris Dance Center, located at 3 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn. For the schedule of events or to RSVP, please visit their website at markmorrisdancegroup.org.
9/11 Table of Silence Project
The 9/11 Table of Silence Project is a multi-cultural prayer for peace conceived by Jacqulyn Bulgisi, to commemorate the loss of life and the bravery of all those affected by the act of terror which occurred on 9/11 while celebrating our determination and the strength of our belief in freedom for all humanity. Featuring 100+ dancers from the NYC dance community, I am happy to say that I will be performing in this piece. The performance will take place on Sunday, September 11th at 8:15-8:46AM at the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. For more information, please visit their website at tableofsilence.org.
Disability. Dance. Artistry. Town Hall
Dance/NYC is continuing its series of conversations on the intersections of dance and disability in an effort to bring forth a place for disabled artists and artistry in New York City. For this second town hall- Race, Disability, and the Practice of Dance, Dr. Carrie Sandhal and Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox will explore ways in which systematic forces of oppression have influenced dance practice and scholarship. This event will take place on Tuesday, September 20th at New York Live Arts at 219 West 19th Street, 3rd floor studio from 6-8PM. It is FREE, but registration is required. For more information, please visit their website at dance.nyc.
Diversity & Dance Conversation
As part of the Center for Ballet and the Arts’ fall public programs and co-presented with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, will host a Discussion on Race, Equity, and Other-ness in Ballet and Society. This is in response to the recent backlash the ballet world has faced due to scrutiny for perpetuating traditions that are at odds with contemporary life in regards to racial diversity, equality, and social justice. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Benjamin Millepied, and historian Jennifer Homans discuss race, equity, and other-ness in ballet, against a larger backdrop of identity politics in American and French society today. Join this conversation on Sunday, November 6th at 5:30PM at the Center for Ballet and the Arts located at 20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor. This event is free but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please visit their website at balletcenter.nyu.edu.
Diwali Festival of Lights
Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with folk dances of historic India (India,Bangladesh, and Pakistan) to celebrate their shared history and traditional dances from each region.This family-friendly program will take place Saturday, November 12th at 1PM at Flushing Town Hall located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. For tickets or more information, please visit their website at flushingtownhall.org.
Here is a video with more information about Diwali: