Our guide to the dance shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
CREATE: ART DANCE POP-UP at the Ace Hotel (August 31, 8 p.m.). Typically, the lobby of this hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood is a dark, brooding cave pierced by the glow of electronics wielded by its hip, itinerant residents. This summer, it has also been periodically infiltrated by dance. Another pop-up dance event, organized by Create:ART and its founder, Georgia Usborne, takes place on Saturday. Participants in this iteration include Katherine Maxwell’s Movement Collective wild beehivethe choreographer Nicole d’Arxthe dancer Isabel Umali and the musician Dustin Carlson.
FESTIVAL DANCE NOW at Joe’s Pub (Sept. 4-7, 7 p.m.). For decades, this post-Labor Day sample tray kicked off the busy fall season with sweet and savory dance snippets. For four consecutive nights, 40 local artists will take on the festival challenge of presenting a “clear and comprehensive artistic statement” in five minutes or less on the postage stamp-sized stage at Joe’s Pub. Attendees range from veterans like Gus Solomons Jr. to young innovators like Caleb Teicher to under-the-radar artists like Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa, performing under the name binbinFactory. After this week’s competition, the producers will select the 10 they think did the best, and those dancers will then return for an encore on September 26, when an overall winner is chosen.
[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]
“ELLINGTON PERFORMANCE SERIES” at Birdland (September 1, 5:30 p.m.). Hosted by the American Tap Foundation and the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, this series of performances puts the music of the great jazzman Duke Ellington in dialogue with dance. This chapter, titled “Sacred Sunday, the Gospel According to Ellington,” features music from “My People,” Ellington’s 1963 review of African-American history, and “A Concert of Sacred Music,” an album taken from performances in 1965 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The Sacred Sunday Band and Gospel Choir, led by music director Anthony Evans, provides the music, accompanied by singer Jeannine Otis and tap dancer DeWitt Fleming Jr.