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10 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Category: Art & Culture,Dance

‘FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH’ at the 14th Street Y (March 21-23, 8 p.m.; through March 24). With a combination of dance and theater, this series illuminates dance history with unique, original productions. For this iteration, it honors the writer Deborah Jowitt, a calm, insightful voice in dance for more than 50 years, celebrated for evocative writing that prioritizes curiosity over judgment. Performances will include stories, anecdotes, film footage and live dancing by many of those Jowitt has written about, including Carmen de Lavallade, Valda Setterfield, Gus Solomons Jr. and Martine van Hamel. On Wednesday at 3 p.m., Jowitt will participate in a panel on dance writing with several of her contemporaries.
646-395-4310, 14streety.org/fromthehorsesmouth

GRAHAM DECONSTRUCTED at Graham Studios (March 20, 7 p.m.). This intimate studio series gives Martha Graham fans a chance to watch new and revived work up close before it heads into the theater. For this iteration, the company opens up a rehearsal of Graham’s 1962 “Secular Games.” The work for 12 dancers skewers sexual stereotypes and the comedy of courtship. Its choreography has been reconstructed for the piece’s first performance since the 1970s. The full production will be at the Joyce in April.
212-229-9200, marthagraham.org

[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]

NATIONAL COMPANY OF IRELAND at Kingsborough Community College (March 15, 8 p.m.). This charismatic troupe will traverse a large swath of Irish history — from mythology to modernity — in a two-hour spectacle called “Rhythm of the Dance.” Accompanied by singers and a live band and sporting big, bright smiles, more than 20 dancers channel parts of the Irish experience through a spectrum of Irish dance, from jigs and reels to polkas and the style known as sean nos, which starts as an intimate solo and opens up into a rousing ensemble number.
718-368-5596, onstageatkingsborough.org

NEW YORK CITY BALLET at the Museum of Modern Art (March 16-18, noon and 3 p.m.). In the early 1930s, Lincoln Kirstein enticed George Balanchine to New York, where they founded what became City Ballet. A new MoMA exhibition, “Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern,” reminds us of Kirstein’s impact as an impresario, not just on ballet, but on American art in general. To launch the exhibition, which runs through June 15, City Ballet dancers will perform twice daily over the span of three days in the museum’s atrium. The program comprises excerpts from Balanchine classics that have connections to items in the exhibition, like “Concerto Barocco” and “Agon.” The performances are included with museum admission; limited seating will be available first come first served.
212-708-9400, moma.org


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