The Very Best of NYC Dance

Sleeping Beauty, Flamenco, Nordic Dance Festival, Dzul

Is there a ballet more timeless than Sleeping Beauty? The New York City Ballet will be reviving the fantastic fairytale, about the princess who needs a prince’s kiss to awaken, from Feb 14 to the 24 at Lincoln Center. With choreography by two of the greatest names in the dance world—the legendary Peter Martins and the late George Balanchine—gorgeous sets, stunning costumes and music by Tchaikovsky, this is one ballet not to miss!

A century of flamenco dance and music is celebrated in the new exhibit 100 Years of Flamenco in New York, 1913-2013, on view Mar 12 through Jul 13 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Experience the art of flamenco in photographs, costumes, and panel discussions. The exhibit also includes a March 30 performance by the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Ensemble and an April 2 screening of the Academy Award-winning 1983 short Flamenco, directed by Cynthia Scott.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Dzul Dance, a critically acclaimed company founded by renowned choreographer Javier Dzul. To celebrate this special milestone, the company will be performing at Baruch College Feb 9 through the 10. Blending contemporary dance, contortion, Mayan influence and acrobatics, Dzul Dance creates a unique, multi-dimensional experience for audiences around the world, with a special aim to educate about indigenous pre-Hispanic and Mexican cultures.

The Joyce Theater heats a cold winter up with Ice Hot: A Nordic Dance Festival Mar 6 through the 17. New York audiences will be treated to the best the Nordic dance world has to offer with performances by the Tero Saarinen Company, Danish Dance Theatre and Carte Blache, three of the most cutting edge troupes currently on the scene. Tero Saarinen will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with a solo dance work entitled HUNT, and will be presenting the American premiere of Scheme of Things, a group dance about relationships. The Danish Dance Theater, will present a work called Love Songs, featuring jazz classics from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, while Carte Blanche incorporates a military style into Corps de Walk, a piece with the music of Debussy and David Byrne.

Moriah Evans is a choreographer who uses gender, visual art and dance history in her performances. With her latest piece, Another Performance, she combines talents with visual artist Alan Calpe at the Danspace Project Feb 21-23. Inspired by female dance masters of the past, like Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan and Lucinda Childs, Evans charts a new path as she focuses on the performance of the body and materials we use every day.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents The Nostalgia of Vigorous Dancing, a work-in-progress choreographed by Jen McGinn and Rebecca Warner. McGinn and Warner believe dance training is something to be remembered nostalgically “like an old family member,” and with desire “like a middle school crush.” Their work is full of exact and energetic movements, celebrating the idea of paradise and a perfect world. This dance piece is curated by Jillian Pena, a Brooklyn dance and video artist who takes her inspiration from queer theory and media, among other topics. The performances will be presented from Feb 22 to Feb 23.

The 92nd Street Y showcases the groundbreaking work of choreographer Liz Gerring in she dreams in code, part of this year’s Harkness Dance Festival. Designed to remind you of the amorphous, poetic ambience of your most memorable dreams, it features a group of flexible, athletic dancers performing against the stunning, ever changing scenic design of Canadian artist Willy Le Maitre. The multi-dimensional soundtrack includes a woman recalling her dreams and sound effects such as train rumblings. You can attempt to decipher this mysterious world for yourself Mar 8 through Mar 10.

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