The Very Best of NYC Dance (February 2010)

Remember Me, The Gratitude Project, and More!

Celebrating 29 years of rich history, Elisa Monte Dance premieres its new season at  The Ailey Citigroup Theatre Feb. 25-Mar. 7. Elisa Monte continues to illustrate her intimate connection with many of the century’s greatest masters such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Agnes deMille, while maintaining a fresh vitality to her work that is widely respected for its emotional, sensual style and intricate technique. This year’s season features world premieres of "Continuum,” “By Your Side“ and “Pockettangle,” with revival performances of “Dreamtime," “Absolute Rule,” "Shattered, "Treading" and "Hardwood"

Parsons Dance presents Remember Me, an all-new version of last season’s sold-out, rock dance opera playing at the Joyce Theater through Feb. 21. Featuring Parsons Dance and the lead vocalists and music of the Grammy nominated rock opera band East Village Opera Company, “Remember Me” has an entirely fresh look and feel. New choreography, all-new costumes by "Project Runway" designer Austin Scarlett, dramatic new lighting by Tony award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley turn up the passion and embolden David Parsons’ electrifying dance. The piece runs in repertoire with Parsons’ favorite dances including the audience favorite “Caught.”

Noted choreographers and performers, Dawn Robinson of Nicholas Leichter Dance and Maria Bauman of Urban Bush Women will present The Gratitude Project at the Wow Café Theatre Feb. 12-13. The Project is two evenings of dance performance centered on the ideas of abundance and thanks, an exploration of gracious ceremony and abundance through movement, comprised of multiple pieces by each individual choreographer. Among the works performed will be Bauman’s “Movement Prayer” (2009) and “Robinson’s Tribute” (1998). Each choreographer will exemplify her own understanding of gratitude in collaboration with local poets, visual artists and musicians, in addition to the dancers.

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