January 2016 | Performance Corner

Our sneak peek at dance shows we’d love to see

Swan Lake

Choreography by Dada Masilo

When and where: January 30, Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets and info: trustarts.culturaldistrict.org

South African dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo has created a Swan Lake whose Odette is a young woman promised in marriage to Siegfried, while Odile is the man Siegfried loves. Masilo’s work brings forward issues of homophobia, AIDS, forced marriage, and gender roles. Drawing from contemporary movement and African dance and music, as well as from Petipa/Ivanov choreography and Tchaikovsky’s score, Masilo offers a take on Swan Lake that’s entirely unique. Some nudity.

Company Wayne McGregor

Atomos

When and where: January 14-16, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Tickets and info: ybca.org/wayne-mcgregor-atomos

McGregor’s choreography for his company and others, including New York City Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Paris Opera Ballet, has garnered worldwide acclaim. His 2013 Atomos combines movement, sound, light, and film to place science, technology, and art up against one another in ways that challenge preconceptions of all three. A family matinee on Saturday, January 16, will feature excerpts from the work and explanations of how McGregor devised its movement.

Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal dancers Cline Cassone and Mark Francis Caserta perform works that bear the influence of jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance. Photo by Alan Khol

Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal dancers Cline Cassone and Mark Francis Caserta perform works that bear the influence of jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance.
Photo by Alan Khol

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

Repertory Program

When and where: January 13-17, Prince Theater, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets and info: princetheater.org/events/bjm

Founded in 1972 as a ballet- and jazz-inflected company that danced only to jazz music, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal has since broadened its horizons to include works by ballet and contemporary choreographers, set to a variety of music. The Philadelphia program features dances by Kristen Céré, François Chirpaz, and Grupo Corpo’s Rodrigo Pederneiras, performed by a group of charismatic, polished dancers.

Streb Extreme Action Company

Forces

When and where: January 30-31, South Miami–Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, FL
Tickets and info: smdcac.org/events

If you’ve never seen Elizabeth Streb’s work, be prepared to redefine your idea of extreme. The word only modestly describes the challenges she sets her dancers: they’ve slammed themselves against floors, glass walls, and one another; run a gauntlet of swinging concrete blocks; flung themselves from scaffolds. Giant hamster wheels, spinning ladders, and bowling balls are among the equipment of these daredevil artists, who have performed at venues—conventional and not so conventional—across the globe.

The men of Compagnie Herve Koubi bring power, athleticism, and vivid artistry to the stage. Photo by Nathalie Sternalski

The men of Compagnie Herve Koubi bring power, athleticism, and vivid artistry to the stage. Photo by Nathalie Sternalski

La Compagnie Hervé Koubi

What the Day Owes to the Night

When and where: January 28-30, Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Tickets and info: whitebird.org/calendar

Koubi’s full-length work for an all-male company of 12 dancers hailing from Algeria and West Africa combines contemporary and urban dance, capoeira, and acrobatics. The highly physical, gravity-defying power of the piece, amplified by thematic and musical influences drawn from Koubi’s Algerian roots, has left audiences and critics breathless since its premiere in 2013.

American Realness

Seventh Season

When and where: January 7-17, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
Tickets and info: americanrealness.com/performance

Now in its seventh year, the American Realness festival features cutting-edge dance and dance theater work from U.S. and international artists. Presented over 11 days, events include workshops, readings, and conversations with and performances by artists whose work helps drive the direction of contemporary performance. This year’s highlights include a collaboration between West Coast postmodern heavy-hitters Sara Shelton Mann and Keith Hennessy, and dead, disappears, a work by Heather Kravas, whose The Green Surround was named by Artforum as one of 2011’s best dance performances.

Koresh Dance Company dancers like Robert Tyler are well equipped to dance works by a wide range of choreographers. Photo by Bicking Photography

Koresh Dance Company dancers like Robert Tyler are well equipped to dance works by a wide range of choreographers. Photo by Bicking Photography

Koresh Dance Company

January Tour Dates

When and where: January 20, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
January 22-23, Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
January 30, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown, TN
Tickets and info: koreshdance.org/performanceschedule.php

Roni Koresh, who is trained in contemporary, jazz, and Israeli folk dance, founded his company in 1991. The company’s outstanding dancers, who also come from diverse training backgrounds, dance Koresh’s choreography and the works of guest choreographers such as Donald Byrd and Ohad Narahin with polish and power. “Mezze,” a program of short repertory works, will be presented in Davidson and Germantown, and Koresh’s full-length ev•o•lu•tion can be seen in Asheville.