Put This on Your Radar – January 15, 2018

A weekly, highly personal and subjective list of performances and artists we want you to know about:

Martha says:

New York is blessed with enough producing and presenting venues to allow for works of all shapes and sizes, at various levels of completion to have opportunities for audiences and support. Triskelion Arts’ particular niche includes its “SPLIT BILL,” a series now in its 27th offering. Its goal is to offer a chance for early to mid-stage artists to show longer form work, generally up to 40 minutes. More than a showcase, each of these pieces develops a beginning idea into something more.

In the upcoming “SPLIT BILL,” four companies will be mixed and matched over four nights. An intriguing Japanese-themed work, Kizuma Dance’s “KOIBITO,” uses short chaotic scenes, including street dance and synchronized floor work, to focus on three exhausted Japanese salarymen struggling to find balance in their driven lives.

The other works in this bill include “Vital Signs” by The Achievements (Renee Gerardo and Jenny Pommiss); an exploration of ritual and custom in “Lift,” by Treeline Dance Works/Jessica Reidy; and a work-in-progress by Falcon Dance investigating human and animal instinct and the weave between the conscious and subconscious.

Check the schedule to choose which pair of works you’ll see on any given night of the “SPLIT BILL.” Starts on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 pm.

Photo courtesy of Astana Ballet Theater.

Leigh says:

Here’s an opportunity to check out (for free!) a company rarely seen on our shores. The Astana Ballet Theater comes from the Republic of Kazakhstan, in Central Asia. Its repertory includes folk-influenced work, but also “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.”  You can see the company at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, January 17 in a program that includes “Heritage of the Great Steppe” – a work that celebrates Kazakh folk traditions, and two contemporary pieces by Artistic Associate Ricardo Amarante: “Love Fear Loss,” to Edith Piaf and “A Fuego Lento.” The performance is at 7 pm and tickets are free, and will be distributed first come-first served starting at 6 pm.

Cover: Kizuna Dance. Photo © Ezra Goh Photography.

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