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Dance Performances That Are Should-Sees This April


The spring efficiency season is shifting full steam forward with literary-inspired ballets, a queer reimagining of Carmen, and premieres drawing from every little thing from the upcoming photo voltaic eclipse to up to date American politics. Right here’s what’s grabbing our consideration.


On a dark stage, a dancer slides toward the floor, one hand blurred as it reaches for the ground and the other pulling his head to one side. Four dancers similarly costumed in sweatpants and different shirts are blurs of motion upstage.
NDT in William Forsythe’s 12 N. Picture by Rahi Rezvani, courtesy New York Metropolis Middle/NDT.

NEW YORK CITY   Nederlands Dans Theater returns to New York Metropolis Middle for the primary time since Emily Molnar took the helm. William Forsythe’s N.N.N.N. is joined by a pair of U.S. premieres: Imre and Marne van Opstal’s The Level Being and Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s Jakie. April 3–6. nycitycenter.org. —Courtney Escoyne

Centering Latina Voices

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa demonstrates a pose, one arm raised as the other wraps toward her waist, as a dancer mirrors her, others crowding around watching.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa rehearsing her Damaged Wings with San Francisco Ballet. Picture by Lindsay Rallo, courtesy SFB.

SAN FRANCISCO  The Carmen premiering at San Francisco Ballet this month gained’t look or sound the identical as normal. Choreographer Arielle Smith (a 2022 “25 to Watch” decide) units the story in up to date Cuba—particularly on the household restaurant to which the titular heroine returns along with her new husband after the demise of her mom—whereas refocusing the story on Carmen and emphasizing the depth and complexity of the characters with cinematic aptitude. Escamillo, whom Carmen falls in love with, is recast as a girl, and the brand new rating by Arturo O’Farrill solely references the acquainted Bizet opera because it layers in Cuban people music. Becoming a member of the brand new ballet on the Dos Mujeres program is Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Frida Kahlo–impressed Damaged Wings (which SFB inventive director Tamara Rojo commissioned and starred in throughout her English Nationwide Ballet tenure). The night marks the primary double invoice choreographed by ladies and the primary full program devoted to Latinx tales at SFB. April 4–14. sfballet.org. —CE

Eclipsing All Else

A dancer stands downstage, shown from the waist up, the top half of their face hidden by a pig mask. Their hair is straight black and loose to their elbows. They wear a backpack. Two dancers are blurry upstage.
the feath3r principle’s The Absolute Future. Picture courtesy the feath3r principle.

NEW YORK CITY  Forward of the Nice North American Eclipse on April 8, the feath3r principle alights at NYU Skirball to premiere a devised dance theater work a couple of group of buddies who group as much as watch the celestial occasion and miss it. Raja Feather Kelly attracts on Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Demise, the recognition of the science fiction idea of the multiverse, and the methods social media exacerbates loneliness and society’s incapacity to face it for The Absolute Future (or Demise, Loneliness, and The Absolute Way forward for the Multiverse, or Cowl the Solar with Mud). April 5–6. nyuskirball.org. —CE

Carnival of Politics

Marc Bamuthi Joseph stands against a white backdrop, palms upraised in offering as his arms bend at the elbow. Wendy Whelan is almost invisible behind him, save for her paler arms rising up from behind his shoulders, hands in loose fists.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Wendy Whelan. Picture by Leslie Lyons, courtesy SOZO.

SEATTLE  Choreographed and directed by Francesca Harper and carried out by dancer Wendy Whelan and poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Carnival of the Animals reframes the Camille Saint-Saëns basic to contemplate the animals of a political jungle because it responds to the January 6 riot and contemplates the way forward for democracy. The SOZO-produced work premieres on the Meany Middle for the Performing Arts on April 6. sozoartists.com. —CE

Recollections of Matriarchs

Artist Jasmine Hearn sitting on a white bench in front of a white wall in a gallery setting. They are wearing a brown blouse and a yellow skirt and tennis shoes. They are leaning back with both arms up and outstretched.
Jasmine Hearn of their Reminiscence Fleet: A Return to Matr. Picture by Jay Warr, courtesy DiverseWorks.

HOUSTON  With three “Bessie” Awards, the Rome Prize, and a luxurious stage presence, Jasmine Hearn is among the most acclaimed up to date dance artists to return out of Houston. However Reminiscence Fleet: A Return to Matr, a efficiency, set up, and on-line archive that preserves the reminiscences of eight Black Houston matriarchs, is their first main fee of their hometown. Commissioned by DiverseWorks, the multidisciplinary undertaking consists of authentic sound scores, choreography, and clothes, together with visitor performances by former Houston Ballet soloist Sandra Organ Solis and extra vocals and performances by native dancers and “Houston Aunties,” as Hearn calls them. The premiere at Houston Met April 6–7 will likely be adopted by excursions to Pittsburgh and New York Metropolis. diverseworks.org. —Nancy Wozny

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A massive, foggy stage is lit blue as a laser of light cuts the space from stage left to stage right. Ten dancers are scattered around, facing different directions, wearing neck ruffles and, in some cases, broad skirts. A singular dancer is spotlit, upstage center, facing downstage.
The Royal Ballet in Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works. Picture by Andrej Uspenski, courtesy ABT.

COSTA MESA, CA  American Ballet Theatre presents the North American premiere of Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s three-act meditation on the writings of Virginia Woolf, at Segerstrom Middle for the Arts. Impressed by her novels Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, and The Waves in addition to her letters and diaries, the critically acclaimed ballet eschews narrative adaptation to take a stream of consciousness method to the modernist author’s oeuvre. April 11–14. abt.org. —CE

Packed With Premieres

Two dancers pose against a teal backdrop. One extends her upstage leg to 90 degrees, arms in an extended third position. The other is caught midair, one foot tucked behind the opposite knee, arms crossed over her chest as she looks over one shoulder. Both are barefoot and wearing matching trunks and bra tops.
South Chicago Dance Theatre’s Mya Bryant and Kim Davis. Picture by Michelle Reid Pictures, courtesy SCDT.

CHICAGO  South Chicago Dance Theatre returns to the Auditorium Theatre for a night crammed to the brim with premieres by Donald Byrd, Joshua Blake Carter, Monique Haley, Tsai Hsi Hung, Terence Marling, and founding government inventive director Kia Smith. April 27. southchicagodancetheatre.com. —CE

The Weight of a Lie

Cathy Marston smiles widely as she sits in a rolling chair at the front of a sunny, mirrored rehearsal studio. She is barefoot, a notebook sitting at her feet.
Cathy Marston. Picture by Erik Tomasson, courtesy San Francisco Ballet.

ZURICH  Cathy Marston brings her penchant for literary adaptation to Atonement, her first new work as Ballett Zürich’s director. In Ian McEwan’s novel and Joe Wright’s acclaimed movie adaptation, teenage author Briony Tallis tells a deliberate lie about her older sister’s lover and spends the remainder of her life making an attempt to make up for its unintended penalties. Marston transfers the motion to the world of ballet, making Tallis a choreographer whereas wrestling with the story’s questions in regards to the fallibility of reminiscence and the character of self-deception and guilt. April 28–June 7. opernhaus.ch. —CE

A Jazzy Centennial

Dance artists be part of the nationwide celebration of iconic jazz drummer and composer Max Roach.

A black and white archival photo of Max Roach, smiling as he sits at a drumkit.
Max Roach. Picture courtesy Richard Kornberg & Associates.

Max Roach 100 at The Joyce Theater

NEW YORK CITY  Richard Colton curated The Joyce Theater’s Max Roach 100 program, which can function a brand new work to Roach’s Percussion Bitter Candy album by Ronald Ok. Brown for Malpaso Dance Firm and EVIDENCE, A Dance Firm; Rennie Harris Puremovement in The Dream/It’s Time; and a solo by faucet star Ayodele Casel set to a collection of duets by Roach and Cecil Taylor. April 2–7. joyce.org. —CE

Invoice T. Jones at Harlem Stage

NEW YORK CITY  Invoice T. Jones/Arnie Zane Firm revisits Degga, a 1995 collaboration between Jones, Max Roach, and Toni Morrison, as a part of Harlem Stage’s E-Strikes program. Additionally on provide is a brand new work by Roderick George. April 19–20. harlemstage.org. —CE

Five dancers painted bright colors dance spaced far apart, each holding to a square created by yellow tape on a white floor.
Invoice T. Jones/Arnie Zane Firm in Curriculum II. Picture by Maria Baranova, courtesy Blake Zidell & Associates.




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