APAP Attack

Yanira Castro’s Dark Horse/Black Forest, photo by Julieta Cervantes

The annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference has kicked off, and with that comes an abundance of dance performances around town.  Here are some of the offerings:

Danspace Project presents danspace unplugged, a special showcase of emerging artists commissioned by Danspace Project and members of the Artists Advisory Board. Nine choreographers present short pieces or excerpts of evening-length works. The evenings will be low-tech presentations performed in the beautiful sanctuary of St. Mark’s Church. $10 tickets are available online.

COIL at PS122: Fourteen companies perform over twelve days at PS122 and other participating venues.  Temporary Distortion’s Americana Kamikaze sounds particularly chilling and dark, while Morgan Thorson’s work is literally Heaven$20 tickets are available online.

Morgan Thorson’s Heaven, photo by Justin Bernhaut

Gotham Arts Exchange, in association with the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU presents Dance Gotham – thirty companies over three nights in works that range from post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality.  Among the three site-specific works is Yanira Castro’s Dark Horse/Black Forest, which will be performed in the women’s bathroom at the Skirball Center (Mary of Dance Response included it in her “best of 2009” list).  $10 tickets are available online.

Dance New Amsterdam has a different program each evening between tonight and Monday, with more than twenty-five companies showing their work.  The schedule has all the details, and performances are free.

AMERICAN REALNESS at Abrons Arts Center presents eight contemporary choreographers and promises to be “loud, queer, disturbing, hilarious, critically engaged, beyond post-modern and undeniably present”.

Pam Tanowitz’s Be in the Gray with Me, photo by Yi-Chun Wu

Dance Theater Workshop will present Tere O’Connor Dance’s Wrought Iron Fog, Pam Tanowitz’s Be in the Gray with Me (a nuanced, elegant work that premiered at DTW last June), and Faye Driscoll’s There is so much mad in me.

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