November 2016 | Performance Corner

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

Nederlands Dans Theater

North American Tour

When and where: November 1–5, Théâtre Maisonneuve, Montreal, QC, Canada
November 9, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, ON, Canada
November 16–19, New York City Center, New York, NY
Info: ndt.nl/en/tickets/tours/ndt-on-tour.html

When this bold, stylish, and virtuosic Dutch troupe comes to town, run, don’t walk, to get tickets—it has been three years since the main company last visited New York, seven years for Toronto, and 20 for Montreal. The fearless dancers fuse formidable contemporary ballet technique with the individual charisma and emotional intensity characteristic of European dance theater artists. In Montreal and Toronto, the troupe will perform Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Sehnsucht and Stop-Motion, and Crystal Pite’s In the Event. In New York, the company will dance León and Lightfoot’s Safe as Houses and Stop-Motion, Pite’s The Statement, and Marco Goecke’s Woke Up Blind.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre rehearses Matthew Rushing’s Tribute, which chronicles 100 years of African American dance masters. Photo by Jirard

Dallas Black Dance Theatre rehearses Matthew Rushing’s Tribute, which chronicles 100 years of African American dance masters.
Photo by Jirard

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

“Director’s Choice”

When and where: November 4–6, Wyly Theatre, Dallas, TX
Info: dbdt.com

The esteemed Dallas modern dance company celebrates its 40th anniversary season with a focus on history and innovation. For “Director’s Choice,” DBDT presents two commissioned world premieres. In Tribute, a multimedia work set to jazz and spirituals, longtime Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater star Matthew Rushing honors 100 years of African American dance icons. In The B Side, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, artistic director of Elisa Monte Dance, looks to a future of individual, customizable experiences: “silent disco” meets modern dance as audience members choose the music they want to hear on their headphones.

Ballet BC

Four Ballets by Cayetano Soto

When and where: November 3–5, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Info: balletbc.com

The first program of the 2016–17 season allows Cayetano Soto, Ballet BC’s resident choreographer, to demonstrate his range to Vancouver audiences in four works—two new and two Canadian premieres. One new work features the Spanish choreographer in full artistic control as dancemaker, costumer, and lighting designer; the other takes as its starting point his 2015 work Conrazoncorazon. The older works are Fugaz (2007), inspired by the illness and death of Soto’s father, and Sortijas (2013), a duet to music by singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela.

Fusionworks Dance Company’s Amy Burns performs Deb Meunier’s Bounded by a Curve. This month, the company premieres works from its inaugural Northeast Choreographers Festival. Photo by Brandon Morsilli

Fusionworks Dance Company’s Amy Burns performs Deb Meunier’s Bounded by a Curve. This month, the company premieres works from its inaugural Northeast Choreographers Festival.
Photo by Brandon Morsilli

Northeast Choreographers Festival

Fusionworks Dance Company

When and where: November 5, McVinney Auditorium, Providence, RI
Info: necf2016.eventbrite.com

Fusionworks’ inaugural festival aims to connect Rhode Island with cutting-edge modern dance nationwide. In summer residencies, five emerging choreographers—Lane Gifford, Gierre Godley, Jenny Gerena, Winnie Berger, and Jessica Pearson—set new work on Fusionworks dancers. Those dances premiere November 5, along with works by Annamaura Silverblatt and Deb Meunier. Catch the festival’s final master classes on November 3 and 4 (Godley) and November 5 (Berger).

Metro Tap Roots

Branches From the Same Tree

When and where: November 5–6, Dance Place, Washington, DC
Info: danceplace.org

The Washington, DC, metro area has a rich tap lineage that includes such famed tappers as Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, James “Buster” Brown, and “Baby Laurence” Jackson, and current tap master Baakari Wilder’s organization Metro Tap Roots aims to unearth and honor that lineage. In this collaborative evening, Wilder is joined by two other tap MVPs: Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Jason Samuels Smith. The three will share rhythms, stories, approaches, and the Dance Place stage.

Each year San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest features a range of companies; last year’s lineup included Academy of Villains. Photo by Blake Tucker

Each year San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest features a range of companies; last year’s lineup included Academy of Villains.
Photo by Blake Tucker

San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest

An All-Ages Festival

When and where: November 11–13, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Info: sfhiphopdancefest.com

This all-ages, noncompetitive festival, founded and presented by teacher and impresario Micaya, is in its 18th year of celebrating the San Francisco Bay Area’s homegrown hip-hop scene—and its global connections. This year’s two programs bring together local groups The Tribe, TURFinc, Embodiment Collective, and On Demand with out-of-towners Rennie Harris Grass Roots Project (Denver, Colorado), Paradox Sal (France), Groovaloos and Femme Fatales (Los Angeles, California), Amenti Collective (the Netherlands), S.I.N.E. Crew (Vietnam), and Shadow Sefiroth (U.K.).

Cinderella

Sharing the Stage with American Ballet Theatre Stars

When and where: November 10–11, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX
Info: thehobbycenter.org

Former Kirov and ABT soloist Ekaterina Shchelkanova sees dance as a common language that can bridge cultures and generations. Her Open World Dance Foundation aims to preserve and pass on the Vaganova method through intensives and teacher training. The foundation also supports ballet training for talented children discovered in Russian orphanages. In Houston, Shchelkanova presents a new version of Cinderella, featuring music by Prokofiev, fairy-tale costumes and sets based on the drawings of St. Petersburg orphans, a large cast of Houston-area kids and U.S. professionals, and—the main draw—ABT stars Misty Copeland as Cinderella and Calvin Royal III as the Prince.