Memorial Day Weekend Events

Megan V. Sprenger/mvworks in within us, photo by Yi-Chun Wu

There is no shortage of performances this weekend.  Here are a few suggestions:

For the 32nd year, DanceAfrica returns to Brooklyn Academy of Music this weekend to celebrate African and African-American culture.  The exciting lineup of performers includes Washington DC-based percussion orchestra Farafina Kan, New York group SeeWe African Dance Company, Brooklyn-based Evidence, A Dance Company, and the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble from Bed-Stuy.  Performances are May 22 at 7:30 PM, May 23 at 2 and 7:30 PM, and May 24 and 25 at 3 PM.  Tickets can be purchased online or call 718.636.4100.  In addition, the DanceAfrica outdoor bazaar features over 250 vendors from Saturday through Monday and is open to the public.

“Please be advised: the performance will feature strobe lights, a smoke machine and lasers.” That’s both the warning and the enticement for MoMA’s PopRally event tomorrow night, when the artists Black Meteoric Star and assume vivid astro focus (avaf) will create a multimedia, interactive installation in the museum’s atrium.  avaf’s visuals will compliment Black Meteoric Star’s musical arrangements, which are influenced by techno and house music.  For the $12 ticket, participants will get a mask to wear to see the show and all the beer you can drink. MoMA promises that it will be “an ecstatic journey through the night”.  Saturday, May 23, starting at 8:30 PM.  Order tickets online.

assume vivid astro focus and Black Meteoric Star, photo by Yves Malenfer, 2008

Megan V. Sprenger/mvworks presents “…within us” at Performance Space 122 through May 24thEva Yaa Asantewaa praises the evening-length work, which explores the human instincts at the core of physical and emotional conflict while integrating audience members and the performers to create an interactive environment.  Performances are tonight and Saturday at 7:30 PM, and on Sunday at 5:30 PM.  Order tickets online.

David Dorfman Dance performs the NYC premiere of Disavowal at Danspace Project.  Inspired by the life of abolitionist and “race traitor” John Brown, the piece is a critical examination of white supremacy, racism, alienation, and control. Disavowal probes the relationship between militancy and conviction, asking, what will we give up or push away in order to get closer to/fight for something else?  Performances are tonight through Sunday at 8:30 PM.  Order tickets online.

flowingdancecompany (yes, all one word), a contemporary company based in Switzerland, presents the US premiere of Anne-Sophie Fenner’s Passage Bleu at the Merce Cunningham Studios.  Four loosely connected works are woven together to each represent a different inner voice.  The choreography journeys among fractured selves to confront perception, relation, change, and a universal need to be seen.  Performances are on Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM.  Click here for more information about reserving tickets.

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