Making its Manhattan debut on Jan 21 is the Miami City Ballet. With two programs over six performances, the troupe will perform classics by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp to scores by Stravinsky, Vivaldi, and others. Artistic Director Edward Villella returns to the stage at the City Center where he began his career in the mid-1950s under the direction of Balanchine. These programs will be powerful, and only last until the 25th, so don’t hesitate or you’ll miss them.
Also running from Jan 21–25 is Elisa Monte Dance at the Joyce Theater, presenting its 27th season, including a revival of Audentity, as well as the world premiere of Arrow’s Path. Making its New York premiere is Zydeco, Zaré which features a six-piece zydeco band that takes us through the rich cultures of creole Louisiana by combining the syncopated sounds with Monte’s “uniquely patterned and fast-paced choreography.”
On the more experimental end of the dance spectrum, Dance New Amsterdam presents Raw Material, which was created as a way of bringing forth new works by emerging artists and encouraging them to experiment and find new ways of crafting their work. Expect some oddities, like dancers becoming post-apocalyptic robotic Amazon warriors, as well as comparatively mundane but equally evocative searches for identity in a world of pre-defined roles. These selected performances will run for three nights only, Dec 12–14.
For two weeks, beginning Jan 28, the White Wave Cool New York 2009 Dance Festival takes place in the group’s own John Ryan Theater. Opening night will host a dinner to benefit future projects as well as the construction of the company’s new performance space, set to open in 2015. All other performances in the festival are free of charge and include some of the most innovative performance troupes from prior White Wave festivals.