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The Abrons Arts Center is an Obie Award-winning performing and visual arts program. It supports the creation and presentation of innovative, multidisciplinary work. Exhibit A? The center's spring season of boundary-pushing theater, dance, and performance, including the following:
- the eighth annual American Realness festival (January 5-15)
- the 2017 OpenICE season, featuring an array of chamber, electro-acoustic, improvisatory, and multimedia work (January 23, March 3-5)
- Dutch choreographer Jan Martens' Sweat Baby Sweat, which covers the lifetime of one man and one woman in one hour (January 27 and 28)
- a return of Richard Maxwell's acclaimed Good Samaritans, presented by New York City Players (February 8-March 4)
- Your Hair Looked Great, a series of motivational speeches and TED-style talks that asks us what defines the good life and how we define success (February 9-25)
- Real Talk / Kip Talk, a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City, hosted by Kippy Winston (February 25 and April 15)
- The Terrifying, a premiere from Minor Theater, which brings horror movies to live theater and experiments with sound, darkness, silence, and suspense (March 12-April 2)
- Aynsley Vandenbroucke, who uses experimental literary devices to create a series of live, three-dimensional essays
- Mourning Becomes Electra, continuing Target Margin Theater's two-season exploration of Eugene O'Neill (April 26-May 20)
- Keen (Part 2), an exploration of that which we avoid: the contours of grief (June 1-11)
- the premiere of Raw Bacon from Poland, from 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti (June 1-17)
- Dylan Crossman's dance piece Here We Are, which uses movement and an electronic soundscape to explore the concept of humanity within formalism (June 15-17)
Ballet Academy East's highly anticipated spring performance features a Geroge Balanchine classic, a world premiere, and two revivals. The talented students of the BAE Pre-professional Division present Balanchine's Donizetti Variations staged by artistic director Darla Hoover, a world premiere by Jenna Lavin, Alan Hineline's Re: Dvorak, and Lavin's Wolf-Ferrari Suite.
Bootsy's Bodacious Burlesque stars the one and only international burlesque performer Bootsy Sterling. Sterling is known for her classy, sassy stage presence and dancing ability. Treat yourself to a night of bouncing breasts and bedazzled buttocks!
Created especially for families with children ages 5-10, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Snowflakes," a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers' understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes' delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky's enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages.
After dazzling audiences in 2015, this thrilling group of dance innovators returns to the Armory with the unquenchable energy and blazing focus of a new art form coming into the world. Characterized by snapping, pausing, bone-breaking, gliding, get-low, hat tricks, and real-time in-body animation, flex street dancing evolved from the Jamaican bruk-up found in dance halls and reggae clubs in Brooklyn. As both a dance and a social revolution, FLEXN Evolution testifies and bears witness to a surging movement in America that cannot be ignored. With power, grace, soul, and sheer exhilaration, flex dancers return to the drill hall with a constantly evolving style and vocabulary that explores love and justice and reflects the urgency demanded by the times. Each performance begins with an onstage conversation exploring the complexities of some of society's most pressing issues. Moderated by Reggie Gray and Peter Sellars; special guests include public figures, social justice advocates, community leaders, and youth.
In the 1950s world of Grand Rounds, a 10-year-old inspired by the adventures of Cherry Ames, nurse and amateur sleuth, turns her perceptive gaze on the rituals of family life. What goes on behind closed doors and on the radio is fodder for her scientific reckonings. Director and choreographer Tamar Rogoff invites audiences to sit bedside to share the intimacy that propels her protagonist on a rescue mission of her own. The action takes place in and around six beds, in open spaces, on a hospital floor, in a graveyard, and in the imagination of this curious child. With an ensemble of differently abled performers, Rogoff charts a journey through life's passages, widening our circle of connection and understanding for this world premiere performance.
Dylan Crossman's dance company looks at human behavior within formalism. Abrons Arts Center presents Crossman's newest work, Here We Are. While Jesse Stiles' haunting score and the feel of old Prague filter into the old Playhouse, ponder whether three individuals are in love with one another or in love with you, their witness. Or maybe it is the sound of you falling in love again.
Immortal Chi is a fusion of Chinese martial arts and acrobatics, accompanied by an all-female percussion ensemble. Expect adrenalin-fueled stunts, traditional weaponry, feats of human endurance, and stunning costumes. This feast for the senses brings the ancient traditions and rich theatrical history of China to life with a rousing 21st-century twist.
Choreographer Ivy Baldwin's latest work, Keen (Part 2), is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center, the Joyce, and the Chocolate Factory. This new dance for the Abrons Playhouse builds upon Baldwin's recent Keen (Part 1) for the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Keen (Part 2) is performed by Baldwin, Anna Carapetyan, Eleanor Smith, and Katie Workum, with a score by Justin Jones, lighting by Chloe Z. Brown, and costumes by Mindy Nelson. Keen (Part 2) grows out of an open-eyed exploration of that which we uncomfortably avoid: the contours of grief — the rites and rituals, spoken and unspoken, public and hidden, age-old and brand-new.
The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an all-new celebration of Chinese culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. The festive, family-friendly event will showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, Peking Opera performers in dazzling costumes, live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, and a traditional Chinese marketplace.
My Heart Is in the East is a duet (with puppets) that takes place in two time periods: present-day Iraq, Beirut, and New York City; and 11th-century Cordoba, where Muslims and Jews lived in a peaceful coexistence inspired by vibrant poetic exchange. Following each performance is a poetry contest. This play is a humorous, passionate, and poetic exploration of history as a model for building peace.
By pairing the ballets of legendary creators with those of contemporary visionaries, New York Theatre Ballet fosters new understanding and appreciation of dance. This particular pairing brings together a piece by former NYTB choreographer Edward Henkel and another by Broadway choreographer Chase Brock. The first is a restaging of Henkel's 1986 Revision; the second is the world premiere of Misfit Movement Makers, set to indie-folk and folk-pop music with lyrics.
NYTB is dedicated to inspiring a love of dance in diverse audiences through performances of chamber ballet masterpieces and bold new works, as well as innovative one-hour ballets for children.
All the talent New York City has to offer is on more than the Broadway stage. But who are the next generation of Big Apple stars? Get a sneak peek at the area's best during New York's Got Talent. The thrilling result of an all-ages talent search, NYGT showcases performers from across the region in a variety-style production. Featuring a colorful array of singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet training tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, comedians, weird acts of all kinds, ventriloquists, drag queens, lip-syncers, cirque, tappers, tumblers, gymnasts, balance acts, impersonators, a cappella groups, and virtually any other alternative performance art form you can think of, this is a show that lets you decide who moves on to the next of six total rounds. Cast your vote at the Elektra Theater in Times Square.
Titicut Follies: The Ballet, a world premiere ballet choreographed and performed by James Sewell and inspired by Frederick Wiseman's startling 1967 documentary, will run for three performances. It will feature an original score by Lenny Pickett.
Wiseman's landmark documentary, shot in a Massachusetts prison for the criminally insane, provides a close and candid look at the lives of psychotic people, many of whom committed serious crimes. As with the film, the ballet is organized around an inmate and staff variety show called "Titicut Follies." The ballet is not a literal presentation of scenes from the film but rather an expression of the ideas and feeling of the film, transformed into the language of ballet.
Victory Dance Project, under the artistic direction of Amy Jordan, will celebrate its third anniversary with an evening honoring Broadway legend Chita Rivera, who will be presented with the company's Woman of Valor Award. The program will also include a world premiere as well pieces from the company's repertory. On June 17 and 18, the program will include special performances by students from Early Mosley's Diversity of Dance company.