One week from today, tickets will go on sale for the 5th annual Fall for Dance Festival at NY City Center. Over the course of ten days, audiences can enjoy six different programs – each featuring multiple companies that cover ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, tango, and many other styles – for just $10 per ticket. Last year the line to purchase tickets snaked around the block and down 7th Avenue, so I suggest arriving early if you plan on buying from the box office. If you purchase tickets online, there is a service fee (which of course isn’t advertised on City Center’s website), so tickets end up costing slightly more than $10.
The festival programs usually present a combination of larger, more established companies or artists with lesser known ones. I’m particularly excited to see Hofesh Shechter Company in its New York debut. Shechter is a London-based, Jerusalem-born choreographer whose company dazzled audiences last year at Sadler’s Wells and this past July at Jacob’s Pillow. Shechter used to dance with Batsheva Dance Company in Israel and studied music at the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music. In fact, he moved to London specifically to continue studying music, but now mainly focuses on choreography. Shechter composed the percussive score for Uprising, a 2006 piece for seven men that will be performed at Fall for Dance. Above is an excerpt of Uprising from the Jacob’s Pillow YouTube channel.