Latest dances, first collaborations, gatherings of disparate dancers: the October dance map is full of intriguing events. Here are seven of the most appealing performances.
Rainer’s Last Dance
NEW YORK CITY What Yvonne Rainer says is her “last dance” is set to premiere this month. HELLZAPOPPIN’: And the bees? incorporates projected excerpts from the 1941 Hollywood musical HELLZAPOPPIN’ and Jean Vigo’s 1933 film Zero for driving alongside text and dance as the work reflects the racial reckoning going on in the United States. Co-commissioned by Performa, the work for nine performers appears at New York Live Arts from October 5-8. newyorklivearts.org.
Hold and let go
DUBLIN at Jean Butler what we hold brings together traditional and contemporary Irish dance. Performed for an audience of 30 by a multi-generational cast in the halls of Dublin’s City Assembly House, this intimate work draws inspiration from the poorly documented history of Irish dancing by considering what is held back by our bodies and the effects of letting go. Co-produced by Butler’s Our Steps, the work premieres October 5-9 at the Dublin Theater Festival. dublintheatrefestival.ie.
A big umbrella
LONDON Contemporary dance comes to London in a big way with the annual Dance Umbrella festival. It opens with the UK premiere of fantasy by Georgia Tegou and Michalis Theophanous Reverie and ends with the premiere of Alleyne Dance’s Near you: mass dance event, a large-scale outdoor work co-created and performed by an intergenerational cast of a few hundred Lewisham residents. Between the two: the premiere of the dub culture audiovisual adventure by nora chipaumire ShebenDUBby Chiara Bersani In search of unicornsappearing at the National Gallery, and Oona Doherty’s Sadler’s Wells debut with her recent Navy blue. The digital program (available through October 31) is headlined by Abby Z’s movie premiere and New Utility’s Radioactive practicealongside chipaumire #PUNKDoherty’s Hunter and The devil, and panels including a conversation moderated by Dr. Funmi Adewole between the companies Candoco and Boy Blue. From October 7 to 23. danceumbrella.co.uk.
BIG RAPIDS With Liar Lear KingDanielle Rowe stages the Shakespearean tragedy of an aging monarch in 1970s New York City. Produced in partnership with Satellite Collective, the work premieres on Grand Rapids Ballet’s Elemental Movement program, which also includes Lar Lubovitch’s play. Elemental Brubeck and Katarzyna Skarpetowska off the canvas. October 14-16. grballet.com.
Dance on by
SANTA MONICA Where are you going after the Beatles? If you’re Mark Morris, the answer is Burt Bacharach. The always musical choreographer follows the years 2017 pepperland with The gaze of love, collaborating with composer Ethan Iverson to survey Bacharach’s chart-topping songbook. The new length of the evening is set to premiere at the BroadStage October 20-23 before touring the Kennedy Center (October 26-29) and beyond. markmorrisdancegroup.org.
Camille A. Brown through town
NEW YORK CITY Camille A. Brown’s 2012 Mr. TOL E. Rance-a searing, comedic examination of the minstrel – marked a major turning point in the choreographer’s career. She followed him with BLACK GIRL: Language game in 2015 and ink in 2017, but the three works have never been presented together, until now. In an early partnership between two powerhouse presenters, the first two plays of what Brown has dubbed The trilogy will perform at the Joyce Theater (in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan) from October 25-30, followed by the third at the Apollo (downtown, in Harlem) from November 4-5. Amidst all the premieres, however, there will also be a bittersweet final, as Brown makes his final stage appearances before focusing entirely on choreography and directing. joyce.org and apollotheater.org.
Fall for one
MINNEAPOLIS The Cowles Center is serving up a feast of Minnesota dancers with the new Fall Forward Festival. Shared programs place Cowles stalwarts alongside newcomers and new works alongside beloved favorites, spanning and often questioning genres. Duniya Drum and Dance Ensemble, Twin Cities Ballet, Rhythmically Speaking, Threads Dance Project, Atlantis13, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, Black Label Movement, Crash Dance Productions, HIJACK and Aparna Ramaswamy are scheduled to perform over four weekends, from October 29 to October 29 november. 20. thecowlescenter.org.