7 April Performance Picks Ushering in Spring With Style
April’s performance calendar is filled with happy returns, from Broadway once again welcoming Camille A. Brown to a fresh cohort of contemporary artists at Danspace Project for its Platform 2022. Here’s what’s piqued our interest.
Brown Is Back on Broadway
NEW YORK CITY The inimitable Camille A. Brown makes her Broadway directorial debut with for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, for which she will also choreograph. The first Broadway revival of the acclaimed choreo-poem by Ntozake Shange, which illuminates the inner lives of seven Black women, begins previews April 1 at the Booth Theatre (where it premiered in 1976) and is expected to officially open on April 20. forcoloredgirlsbway.com.
HOUSTON After two years with few visitors from abroad, the Dance Salad Festival promises a feast of international artists for its 25th edition. Planned performers include Hofesh Shechter Company, Dresden Semperoper Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet’s Kammerballetten, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dunia Dance Theatre and Laboration Art Company. April 14–16. dancesalad.org.
Closing the Distance
NEW YORK CITY Eiko Otake’s ever-evolving Distance is Malleable (Duet Project) has seen the lauded dancer-choreographer partner with 23 artists, living and dead, who span ages, disciplines and cultures. For the New York premiere at NYU Skirball, she’ll perform with revered choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones, painter and rapper DonChristian Jones, avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan and poet Iris McCloughan. April 15–17. nyuskirball.org.
Out and Away
NEW YORK CITY The idea of out-of-body experiences serves as a starting point to consider today’s body politic, the search for personal truths and more in David Dorfman Dance’s (A)Way Out of My Body. The cast of six includes Dorfman himself and his wife, Lisa Race. What the choreographer says might be his most personal work yet is set to premiere at NYU Skirball April 22–23. nyuskirball.org.
SAN FRANCISCO Amit Patel and Ishika Seth excavate the Ramayana, one of India’s most significant epic poems, for untold perspectives in Unearthed. The Indian contemporary work looks to give voice to the women and the villain of the tale, drawing parallels to contemporary issues through Seth’s viewpoint as an immigrant and mother and Patel’s as a queer, first-generation Indian American. The work is planned to premiere at ODC Theater April 22–23. odc.dance.
Spring at City Ballet
NEW YORK CITY For the company premiere of Pam Tanowitz’s Gustave le Gray No. 1, New York City Ballet will be joined by guest artists from Dance Theatre of Harlem, which originated the work with Miami City Ballet in 2019. It will mark the first time NYCB and DTH have shared a Lincoln Center stage in 20 years. Appearing alongside it on the Visionary Voices program, beginning April 22, will be Tanowitz’s second commission for the company and repeat runs of Justin Peck’s Partita and Jamar Roberts’ Emanon—In Two Movements. One more premiere, this time from Silas Farley, is on tap; featuring a score by David K. Israel that’s based on compositional exchanges between George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky, it will debut during the company’s spring gala on May 5, part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of NYCB’s 1972 Stravinsky Festival. nycballet.com.
Dreaming at Danspace
NEW YORK CITY Danspace Project returns to in-person performances at St. Mark’s Church with Platform 2022: The Dream of the Audience (Part II). Named for and inspired by a 1977 poem by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, which addresses the audience as “a distant relative,” this year’s iteration furthers last year’s theme with a fresh cohort of artists: mayfield brooks, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, iele paloumpis and Ogemdi Ude. April 23–June 11. danspaceproject.org.