The Very Best of NYC Dance

Ailey II, “Swan Lake,” “Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore.”

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2010-2011 World of Dance series with the internationally acclaimed Russian National Ballet Theatre’s interpretation of Swan Lake. With its fairy tale story of a beautiful princess, a passionate prince, and the evil spell that threatens their happiness together, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake has become one of the most beloved full-length ballets of all time (not to mention the inspiration for the film Black Swan). Don’t miss this one-day event on April 17.

Company XIV proudly presents the world premiere of Lover. Muse. Mockingbird. Whore., a dance-theatre meditation on Charles Bukowski’s women, choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick. Drawing inspiration from the female characters present in the works of poet Charles Bukowski, Austin McCormick seeks to both examine and humanize these women, utilizing film, movement and text. The one-woman show stars Laura Careless, who inhabits these archetypes, showing that beauty and ugliness are two sides of the same coin.

Ailey II’s 12 rising stars will once again take the stage in The Ailey Citigroup Theater through April 17. The new season features 14 exciting performances of new works and repertory favorites. Premieres include Robert Moses’ Doscongio, Kyle Abraham’s The Corner, and Donald Byrd’s Shards; repertory favorites include Valse, by former Ailey School student Sidra Bell, Thang Dao’s Echoes, and Proximity by Carlos dos Santos.

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