[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]
KAYLA FARRISH/DECENT STRUCTURE ARTS at the Danspace Project (Oct. 17-19, 8 p.m.). When farrish speaks of a new frontier, it confronts the past and imagines a future in which people of color, women and minorities are pioneers paving the way for new possibilities in society. His evening at Danspace, “The New Frontier (My Dear America) Pt. 1,” grew out of recently expanded earlier pieces and a recent film that give compelling shape and powerful energy to his vision. The two works that will be performed live, “With Grit From, Grace” and “Black Bodies Sonata”, include thrilling moments of dancers devouring space and quiet moments filled with charged intimacy, indicating a range at a time. broad and personal.
WILLIAM FORSYTHE at the Shed (Oct 11-12, 7:30 p.m.; Oct 13, 3 p.m.; Oct 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; until Oct 25). In the 80s and 90s, Forsythe changed ballet as we knew it, stripping it of its grandeur and giving it an exciting, decidedly modern, almost dangerous edge. A generation of choreographers followed suit. But Forsythe moved on, continually artfully experimenting with the capabilities of the body and the limits of theatrical structure. “A Quiet Evening of Dance”, composed of a mixture of new and reworked pieces, recalls this journey. The performance of seven of Forsythe’s longtime dancers evolves from a distillation of ballet’s first steps into a moving example of his ability to impress with inventive virtuosity.
JOHN KELLY at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (October 11-12, 7:30 p.m.). Some knew Samuel Steward, who died in 1993, as a professor of literature; others knew him (under different names) as a sought-after tattoo artist, author of gay erotica, and contributor to Alfred Kinsey’s mid-century studies of sexuality. In “Under the Skin” Kellychoreographer and visual artist, pays homage to the courageous and colorful life of Steward through movement sequences that include stylized ballet and references to modern dance pioneers like Isadora Duncan and José Limón, as well as through chronicles details of Steward’s sexual adventures and animated renderings of his tattoo designs.
NEW YORK BUTOH INSTITUTE FESTIVAL at the Theater for the New City (Oct. 17, 8 p.m.; through Oct. 26). In 1959, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno pioneered butoh, a hard-to-define performance art that grew out of the shock of World War II and is often distinguished by its embodiment of the grotesque and rhythmic movements. snail which give it the impression of being both a meditation and a cry of despair. New York-based butoh artist Vangeline presents a 10-day festival that commemorates the 60th anniversary of the form and focuses on the work of female Butoh artists from around the world, including Japan, Norway, Colombia and the United States.