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

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

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY at Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. (Nov. 14-15, 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 17). A character study of a frontier community, Graham’s enduring 1944 masterpiece “Appalachian Spring” explores themes of love, faith and freedom. It’s a quintessential American ballet, with Aaron Copland’s seminal score as a key ingredient. For this program, the Graham company celebrates the work’s 75th anniversary, showcasing Graham’s skill at physicalizing both domestic drama and social tensions with stoic grandeur. That classic is paired with, and serves as inspiration for, “The Auditions,” a commissioned work by Troy Schumacher, a member of New York City Ballet, danced to a new score by Augusta Read Thomas.
973-655-5112, peakperfs.org

RASHAAD NEWSOME at New York Live Arts (Nov. 8-9, 7:30 p.m.). Newsome, an artist working in sculpture, collage, dance and computer programming, uses those tools to reflect on black queer culture in the internet age. In “Black Magic: Five,” he continues his exploration of vogueing, the exhibitionist dance style that blossomed in the queer black and Latino ballroom scene in the 1970s. Dancers strut, spin, dip, duckwalk and pose, accompanied by myriad musicians — from a rap M.C. to an opera singer to a gospel choir — while Newsome tracks the dancers’ moves with custom-made tech gear and projects that data onto a screen above them.
212-691-6500, newyorklivearts.org

DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (Nov. 14-16, 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 17). Taking his cue from Homer, this Greek choreographer thinks of time as “The Great Tamer,” which is the title of his 2017 pensive, gorgeously stark dance-theater piece. Known for choreographing the 2004 Athens Olympics and for recently creating the first new work for Pina Bausch’s company since her death, Papaioannou trained as a painter, which is evident in this piece’s Rembrandt-esque aesthetics. Like Bausch, he builds mysterious theatrical environs inhabited by beautiful bodies (here, often unclothed). Despite the rich visuals, “The Great Tamer” is also a portrait of the decline of and despair for our world.
718-636-4100, bam.org

TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY KOREAN DANCE at the 92nd Street Y (Nov. 8, noon and 8 p.m.; Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 3 p.m.). This weekend, the 92Y will focus on facets of Korean dance. On Friday at noon and 8 p.m., the Maholra Dance Company, whose name derives from Hebrew and indicates a spiritual component to their work, will perform “Gentleman,” by the company’s founding choreographer, Jae Seung Kim; it mixes Korean dance traditions with modern moves to convey a story about a mother-son relationship. On Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, the Harkness Presents project will feature “Yeoja: In Her Self,” with pieces from three female Korean contemporary choreographers: Jin Ju Song-Begin, Bo Kyung Lee and Puluem Youn.
212-415-5500, 92y.org

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