A weekly, highly personal and subjective list of performances and artists we want you to know about:
Performances at the Juilliard School give you a sneak preview of tomorrow’s contemporary dancers, with the bonus of accompaniment by the Juilliard Orchestra. During the winter, Juilliard Dance performs commissioned pieces, but in the spring Juilliard Dances Repertory series the students learn major existing works, this year by Richard Alston and Nacho Duato, capped off by Mark Morris’ celebrated “V.” Runs March 22 at 7:30 pm through March 25.
A highlight of the last weekend of the Harkness Dance Festival at 92Y is the premiere of Jillian Peña’s new evening-length work, “The Natural Order.” She began creating it with her four performer collaborators – Alexandra Albrecht, Leigh Lotocki, Jocelyn Tobias, and Madeline Wilcox — the day after election day. Peña describes it as a work about magic and the power of dance, and the critical import of being in relationship to one another, and dancing together (especially now). Peña’s deep discipline, her harmonies, symmetries, and purposeful disconnects make each of her works magnetizing and, yes, magical. Runs Friday, March 24 at 8 pm through March 25.
Meredith Monk, a certifiable musical genius (and not just because she won a MacArthur Fellowship), is constantly moving in new directions, and weaving performance arts together in new ways. At Roulette this month, she curates a series about perceptions of aging, seen through the lenses of four artists of widely different ages. Ellen Fisher’s “Time Don’t Stop for Nobody” will feature Fisher and Pablo Vela in the first performance of the series. Opens Thursday, March 23 at 8 pm.
Cover: Juilliard Dance in Richard Alston’s “Sheer Bravado.” Photo © Rosalie O’Connor.
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