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36 Dance Performances to See This Fall


SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA Ms. Barrio, a force of nature, returns to the Joyce with an array of distinct flamenco artists — as incredible as she is, she isn’t afraid to share the stage — and an evening-length production of solos, duets and ensemble pieces. “Entre Tú y Yo,” or “Between You and Me,” begins with an exploration of the duet form and gradually builds to a fiery finale in which she, naturally, is the star: Ms. Barrio will perform a semi-improvised solo that explores themes of love, passion, jealousy and death. Nov. 19-Dec. 1; joyce.org.

AND STILL YOU MUST SWING” An all-star trio of tap dancers, led by Dormeshiashe goes by her first name — performs at the Joyce in a production that also features Derick K. Grant and Jason Samuels Smith. The piece explores the legacy of tap dance by honoring its jazz roots. Dormeshia is a breathtakingly musical dancer and one of the finest tap artists of the day. The evening also includes a special collaboration with Camille A. Brown. Dec. 3-8; joyce.org.

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER This ever-popular company returns to City Center with a newly appointed resident choreographer: Jamar Roberts. A veteran company member, Mr. Roberts presents the premiere of “Ode,” set to Don Pullen’s jazz composition “Suite (Sweet) Malcolm (Part 1 Memories and Gunshots)”; this work for six dancers takes a timely look at the fragility of life amid a wave of gun violence. In other new repertory, Donald Byrd takes inspiration from Ailey’s theatrical roots and history of exploring social issues in “Greenwood.” There are also company premieres by Aszure Barton (“Busk,” an episodic look at performance) and Camille A. Brown (“City of Rain,” a quiet work that pays homage to a lost friend), as well as new productions of dances by Judith Jamison (“Divining,” from 1984) and Lar Lubovitch (“Fandango,” which was created in 1990 and entered the Ailey repertory in 1995). The season also celebrates the career of Masazumi Chaya, who is retiring as associate artistic director after this season, and honors the Ailey School, which turns 50 this year. Dec. 4-Jan. 5; nycitycenter.org.

PAM TANOWITZ + SIMONE DINNERSTEIN Collaborations that look good on paper can fall apart onstage, but the evening-length “New Work for Goldberg Variations” is stellar from start to finish. Ms. Tanowitz’s rigorous, playful choreography blooms around Ms. Dinnerstein, who performs the Bach score at the piano onstage. Dec. 10-15; joyce.org.

DORRANCE DANCE The tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance presents her latest — could it become a new holiday classic? — set to Duke Ellington’s extraordinary interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” In the music, the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” becomes “Sugar Rum Cherry.” What will Ms. Dorrance make of it? She also unveils the New York premiere of “All Good Things Come to an End” and is joined by some powerful dancers: Hannah Heller, Melinda Sullivan and Josette Wiggan-Freund. Dec. 17-Jan. 5; joyce.org.


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