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7 Dance Performances on the Prime of Our Should-See Lists in October


Final dances, first-time collaborations, gatherings of disparate dancemakers—October’s dance card is stuffed with intriguing occasions. Listed below are seven of probably the most engaging performances.

Rainer’s Final Dance

Six dancers of varying ages, genders, and ethnicities are in the midst of what seems to be a pillow fight. All wear variations of athletic clothes and sneakers.
Patricia Hoffbauer, Kathleen Chalfant, Vincent McCloskey, Timothy Ward, Emily Coates, Emmanuèle Phuon and Brittany Engel-Adams in rehearsal for HELLZAPOPPIN’: What concerning the bees? Photograph by Paula Courtroom, courtesy New York Reside Arts.

NEW YORK CITY  What Yvonne Rainer says might be her “final dance” is ready to premiere this month. HELLZAPOPPIN’: What concerning the bees? incorporates projected excerpts from 1941 Hollywood musical HELLZAPOPPIN’ and Jean Vigo’s 1933 movie Zero for Conduct alongside textual content and dance because the work displays on the U.S.’s ongoing racial reckoning. Co-commissioned by Performa, the work for 9 performers seems­ at New York Reside Arts Oct. 5–8. newyorklivearts.org

Holding On and Letting Go

Jean Butler is seen in profile, smiling intently while holding a folded sheet of written notes. Blurry behind her are a number of youthful dancers, all wearing white shirts and black trousers as they lean against a white wall, listening.
Jean Butler. Photograph courtesy NYPL Jerome Robbins Dance Division.

DUBLIN  Jean Butler’s What We Maintain locations conventional and modern Irish dance aspect by aspect. Carried out for audiences of 30 by a multigenerational solid all through the rooms of Dublin’s Metropolis Meeting Home, the intimate work attracts on the little-documented historical past of Irish dance because it considers what’s held by our our bodies and the consequences of letting go. Co-produced by Butler’s Our Steps, the work premieres Oct. 5–9 on the Dublin Theatre Competition. dublintheatrefestival.ie.

One Massive Umbrella

nora chipaumire holds a wired microphone in one hand as she raises her bent arm beside her head. Her opposite knee is raised high, as though she is exaggeratedly running or high-stepping. Older individuals who appear to be audience members are behind her, but looking at something off camera.
nora chipaumire. Photograph by Ian Douglas, courtesy Bread and Butter PR.

LONDON  Up to date dance descends on London in a serious method with the annual Dance Umbrella pageant. It opens with the UK premiere of Georgia Tegou and Michalis Theophanous’ fantastical Reverie and closes with the premiere of Alleyne Dance’s Near Residence: Mass Dance Occasion, a large-scale out of doors work co-created and carried out by an intergenerational solid of some hundred Lewisham locals. In between: the premiere of nora chipaumire’s audiovisual dub tradition journey ShebenDUB, Chiara Bersani’s In search of Unicorns, showing on the Nationwide Gallery, and Oona Doherty’s Sadler’s Wells debut along with her current Navy Blue. The digital program (out there by way of Oct. 31) is headlined by the movie premiere of Abby Z and the New Utility’s Radioactive Observe, alongside chipaumire’s #PUNK, Doherty’s Hunter and The Satan, and panels together with a dialog moderated by Dr. Funmi Adewole between firms Candoco and Boy Blue. Oct. 7–23. danceumbrella.co.uk.

Liar, Liar…

In the foreground, a dancer lies on her side, curled around the legs of another. The standing dancer bends forward, clasping the prone dancer's hand. Danielle Rowe observes from behind them, gesturing as she gives direction.
Danielle Rowe in rehearsal with Grand Rapids Ballet’s Madison Massara and Nigel Tau. Photograph by Bailee Columber, courtesy GRB.

GRAND RAPIDS  With Liar Lear King, Danielle Rowe units the Shakespearean tragedy of an growing old monarch in Nineteen Seventies New York Metropolis. Made in partnership with Satellite tv for pc Collective, the work premieres on Grand Rapids Ballet’s Elemental Motion program, which additionally options Lar Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck and Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Off the Canvas. Oct. 14–16. grballet.com

Dance On By

Dancers Karlie Budge, who is wearing a black shirt, and Brandon Randolph, who is wearing a blue shirt, are both standing on one leg with their arms outstretched before them.
Mark Morris Dance Group’s Karlie Budge and Brandon Randolph. Photograph by Nan Melville, courtesy Mark Morris Dance Firm.

SANTA MONICA  The place do you go after The Beatles? If you happen to’re Mark Morris, the reply is Burt Bacharach. The ever-musical choreographer follows 2017’s Pepperland with The Look of Love, collaborating with composer Ethan Iverson to plumb Bacharach’s songbook of chart-toppers. The brand new evening-length is ready to premiere at BroadStage Oct. 20–23 earlier than touring to the Kennedy Heart (Oct. 26–29) and past. markmorrisdancegroup.org.

Camille A. Brown Throughout City

Two Black dancers are in motion on a darkened stage, landing on one leg, arms outstretched and gazes downcast. Upstage, a drum kit and other instruments. Paintings in muted colors that suggest street art are shown at an angle upstage against a black backdrop.
Maleek Washington and Yusha-Marie Sorzano in Camille A. Brown’s ink. Photograph by Christopher Duggan, courtesy Resnicow and Associates.

NEW YORK CITY  Camille A. Brown’s 2012 Mr. TOL E. RAncE—a searing, comical examination of minstrelsy—marked a serious turning level within the choreographer’s profession. She adopted it with BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play in 2015 and ink in 2017, however the three works have by no means been offered collectively—till now. In a first-time partnership between two powerhouse presenters, the primary two items in what Brown has dubbed The Trilogy will seem at The Joyce Theater (in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood) Oct. 25–30, adopted by the third on the Apollo (uptown, in Harlem) Nov. 4–5. Amidst all of the firsts, although, will even be a bittersweet final, as Brown makes her closing onstage appearances earlier than turning her focus fully to choreographing and directing. joyce.org and apollotheater.org.

Fall for One 

Three dancers pose together against a light grey backdrop. A flamenco dancer raises her ruffled skirt high, while a male dancer twists with arms spread wide in front of her, gazing at the camera. A third dancer is downstage, head ducked as she catches herself with one hand as she crouches, reaching forward.
Members of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Atlantis13 and Threads Dance Challenge. Photograph by Galen Higgins, courtesy The Cowles Heart.

MINNEAPOLIS  The Cowles Heart serves a feast of Minnesota dancemakers with the brand new Fall Ahead Competition. Shared applications place Cowles mainstays alongside up-and-comers and new works beside beloved favorites, spanning—and sometimes interrogating—genres. Duniya Drum and Dance Ensemble, Twin Cities Ballet, Rhythmically Talking, Threads Dance Challenge, Atlantis13, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Black Label Motion, Crash Dance Productions, HIJACK and Aparna Ramaswamy are slated to carry out over 4 weekends, Oct. 29–Nov. 20. thecowlescenter.org.

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