Our guide to the dance shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
RICHARD ALTON at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ (Feb. 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; through Feb. 23). Alston has been creating vibrant, lyrical dance for half a century and has been a mainstay of British dance for almost as long, serving as artistic director of The Place, a major center for dance training and performance in London. For more than 25 years, the Richard Alston Dance Company has called it home, but the the company closes This year. His last performances in the United States will take place next week in New Jersey with a bill that includes the recent works “Hungarian Brahms”, “Voices and Light Footsteps” and “Shine On”, the last dance that Alston has made for his company. .
HERVE KOUBI COMPANY at the Joyce Theater (February 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; February 20-21, 8 p.m.; until February 23). For 20 years, Koubi and its all-male business presented intensely physical performances that draw on hip-hop and contemporary dance, martial arts and capoeira to celebrate and analyze the many facets of masculinity. In his latest work, “Les Nuits Barbares ou les Premiers Matins du Monde” (“The Barbarian Nights or the First Dawns of the World”), Koubi exposes the prejudices against cultures perceived as “barbaric”, turning to his own French . and Algerian lineage. Its dancers twist and twirl in skirts and wear shimmering masks with horns made of knives, which combine elegance and athleticism with a sense of menace.
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COMPANY XIV at the XIV Theater (14-16 and 20 Feb., 8 p.m.; until 31 Oct.). Choreographer Austin McCormick has carved out a fun corner of the dance market in recent years with sexy and baroque shows mixing cabaret, burlesque, ballet and opera, mixing them with bare skin to create a titillating cocktail of performances. In the past, he applied this formula to fairy tales such as “The Nutcracker”, “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland”. Her latest creation turns to the Bible: “Seven Sins,” which begins preview this weekend and opens March 5, features Eve in sequined lingerie and Adam in a codpiece for a backyard frolic. Eden.
OLIVIER DUBOIS at Florence Gould Hall (February 18-19, 7:30 p.m.). As a dancer, Dubois has performed with choreographers such as Sasha Waltz and Angelin Preljocaj, as well as with Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil. As a dance creator, he infamously filled the stage with 18 naked bodies in “Tragedy” in 2012. In “My Body”, presented next week by the French Institute Alliance Français, he combines his interest in spectacle and the exhibition in an adventurous solo composed of excerpts from several of his past performances, selected each evening by the public. Movement and text are mixed and matched with different music and costumes to create a sort of performative selfie in the moment.
NEW YORK CITY BALLET at the David H. Koch Theater (February 14, 8 p.m.; February 15, 2 and 8 p.m.; February 16, 2 and 7 p.m.; February 18-20, 7:30 p.m.; through March 1). It’s time for another visit to “Swan Lake”, that enduring avian classic of the ballet canon. Until February 23, City Ballet will perform its former artistic director Peter Martins’ version of the tragic tale, which draws on 19th-century stages by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and incorporates elements from the one-act version of George Balanchine from 1951. Several of the best ballerinas in the business compete as Odette and her devious look-alike Odile, each adding their own layer of pathos.
ST. PETERSBURG BALLET THEATER at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (February 15, 7:30 p.m.; February 16, 3 p.m.). For those who prefer their swans with a Russian twist, another “Swan Lake” is coming to town for two performances only. Founded in 1994 by Konstantin Tashkin, this company focuses on the classics. Like the version of this fairy tale that the City Ballet will present, the Saint Petersburg interpretation finds its lineage in the production by Petipa and Ivanov which caused a sensation at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg in 1895, two years after the death of Tchaikovsky, whose high score is considered one of the best in ballet. Irina Kolesnikovathe company’s principal dancer, made her debut in the United States in the double role of Odette and Odile.