May-June 2015 | Performance Corner

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

May/June 2015

Scottish Ballet
A Streetcar Named Desire, US Tour

When and where: May 7-9, Harris Theater, Chicago, IL
May 12, Tobin Center, San Antonio, TX
May 15, Brown Theater, Houston, TX
May 19, Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
May 22-24, Sottile Theatre, Charleston, SC
May 28-30, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Tickets and info: scottishballet.co.uk

Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and film/theater director Nancy Meckler collaborated in 2012 to bring Tennessee Williams’ drama to life as a full-length ballet. With set, music, and costumes that evoke the seedy underside of 1940s New Orleans, the ballet captures in movement the masterpiece that earned Williams a Pulitzer Prize. Scottish Ballet’s acclaimed production shows audiences how a story that has been told so effectively on the page, the screen, and the dramatic stage can also come to life in dance.

Pilobolus Dance Theater
May Tour

When and where: May 1-2, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN
May 7-10, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA
May 14-16, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Seattle, WA
Tickets and info: pilobolus.com#schedule/5/1/1

Since 1971, Pilobolus has brought its unique brand of performance to audiences worldwide. Forming sculptural shapes with several bodies, utilizing unusual forms of locomotion, and basing its works on unconventional themes, the company performs repertoire that is highly physical, often humorous, and startling in its inventiveness. Pilobolus offers audiences an experience unlike any other. Note: content is suitable for mature audiences.

American Ballet Theatre
75th Anniversary Season

When and where: May 11-July 4
Tickets and info: abt.org

ABT opens its season with a week of repertory programs that include classics by Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, and others. The company then presents seven full-length ballets: Othello, Cinderella, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadère, and Swan Lake. The season is a trove of riches, with stellar casting throughout. There’s something for ballet fans of all ages, but if you want something specifically for kids, try ABTKids, a special performance and pre-performance workshop on June 13; or pre-performance workshops on May 30, preceding the full-length performance of The Sleeping Beauty, and June 27, preceding the full-length performance of Swan Lake.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet brings international flair to Boston in May. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet brings international flair to Boston in May. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Boston Engagement

When and where: May 15-17, Shubert Theatre, Boston, MA
Tickets and info: celebrityseries.org/cedarlake

Founded in 2003, this contemporary ballet company has since its inception attracted extraordinary dancers and highly regarded choreographers. Included on the program are works by Alexander Ekman and Jo Strømgren, as well as Crystal Pite’s dramatic and intense Grace Engine. The company’s repertory by a roster of world-renowned choreographers consistently demonstrates the skill and versatility of the up-and-coming troupe.

The young artists of The Wooden Floor perform works created in collaboration with contemporary choreographers, such as Yanira Castro's ODE. Photo by Christine Cotter.

The young artists of The Wooden Floor perform works created in collaboration with contemporary choreographers, such as Yanira Castro’s ODE. Photo by Christine Cotter.

The Wooden Floor
Annual Concert

When and where: May 28-30, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, CA
Tickets and info: thewoodenfloor.org/annualconcert

The Wooden Floor provides dance education, academic support, and family services to underserved youth. The organization also presents an annual concert that includes dances created by choreographers in residence. The 32nd annual concert features works by John Heginbotham, a Mark Morris Dance Group alum and founder of Dance Heginbotham; Bessie Award–winning choreographer Faye Driscoll; and The Wooden Floor artistic director Melanie Ríos Glaser.

Coyaba Dance Theater is one of many DC-area dance companies to perform at DanceAfrica DC. Photo by Enoch Chan.

Coyaba Dance Theater is one of many DC-area dance companies to perform at DanceAfrica DC. Photo by Enoch Chan.

DanceAfrica DC
28th Annual Festival

When and where: Master classes May 26-28; performances May 30-31, Dance Place, Washington, DC
Tickets and info: danceplace.org/performances

Washington, DC–based Coyaba Dance Theater, KanKouran West African Dance Company, and other African dance companies—plus African and Afro-Latin band Sahel—are among the performers slated to appear at DanceAfrica DC. Master classes and performances offer great opportunities for children and adults to experience the dance, music, and culture of Africa and the African diaspora. An outdoor marketplace and kid-focused activities make this a family-friendly event.

Lucinda Childs Dance
Available Light

When and where: June 5-6, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets and info: musiccenter.org/tickets/calendar

An original member of Judson Dance Theater and one of the pioneers of postmodern dance, Lucinda Childs is known for clean, minimalist dances that feature continuous steps done in patterns around the stage. This production of Available Light is a reconstruction of her 1983 collaboration with architect Frank Gehry and composer John Adams; a two-tiered stage adds complexity to the intriguing spatial formations. Childs’ austere aesthetic makes us look at steps like turns, jetés, and sautés from a fresh perspective.