Dance performances

11 dance shows to see in New York this weekend

Our guide to the dance shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

GERMAINE ACOGNY AND MIKAEL SERRE at the Ellen Stewart Theater at La MaMa (Sept. 26-28, 7 p.m.). Described as the “mother of African contemporary dance”, Acogny has been a formidable force on this continent for decades, notably through the creation of an influential school in her native Senegal. She is also a commanding and compelling presence on stage. In the coming week at the French Institute of the Alliance Française Crossing the Line Festival, Acogny, now in his seventies, presents a solo entitled “Somewhere in the Beginning”, created with Serre, a theater director. The work weaves tropes of Greek tragedies into Acogny’s personal journey from Africa to Europe and back, while tracing the arc of African history.

ivy baldwin in Manitoga, the Russel Wright Design Center, in Garrison, NY (September 21-22, 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.). About 50 miles north of New York is Manitoga, a lush wooded estate that belonged to industrial designer Russell Wright, who died in 1976, and whose minimalist, eco-friendly home exemplifies his vision of living in harmony with nature. In his site-specific work, “Quarry,” Baudouin draws on Wright’s ideas and designs, as well as the landscape, to encourage viewers to reconsider and repair their relationship with the environment. It engages seven performers in the effort, who dance among trees, over mossy rooftops, and in the titular quarry. Saturday performances are sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday.

MARIA BAUMAN-MORALES at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (September 25, 27 and 28, 8 p.m.). Meters of stretched string create a web-like installation that becomes a kind of character in Bauman Moralesthe new job “Resource).” Navigating this knotty ensemble, which she created with interdisciplinary artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti, and surrounded by the audience, Bauman-Morales sings, talks and dances throughout the space, sharing her own family’s story as a focal point. entry into an exploration of race relations. in the United States during the Trump presidency. This performance is presented by the Chocolate Factory and the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.

JEROME BEL at Florence Gould Hall (September 25, 7:30 p.m.). Since 2004, Beautiful, experimental choreographer, has created several biographical works based on the lives of living dancers. “Isadora Duncan”, which made its debut in the United States at Crossing the Line Festival Wednesday, is his first danced portrait of a historical figure. Drawing on his autobiography, Bel explores Duncan’s art, politics and personality. The work is performed by Catherine Gallant, a New York-based dancer and historian who has also researched Duncan extensively. Together they paint a moving and breathing picture of the free-spirited woman who paved the way for modern dance.