7 Shows Worth Penciling in This February
New takes on familiar tales and multigenerational reflections on common struggles seize center stage this month. Here’s what has us intrigued.
A Profoundly Ukrainian Giselle
WASHINGTON, DC The Giselle arriving at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this month promises to be a particularly emotional one. It will mark the U.S. debut of the nascent United Ukrainian Ballet, the Netherlands-based company of refugee ballet dancers who fled the invasion of Ukraine last year. Alexei Ratmansky (himself a citizen of Ukraine) specially crafted the production for the company. American Ballet Theatre principal Christine Shevchenko, also Ukrainian, is slated to guest during the engagement. Feb. 1–5. kennedy-center.org. —Courtney Escoyne
NEW YORK CITY For the third edition of Revival, Johnnie Cruise Mercer offers to those who have seed in the ground. Inspired by William McDowell’s album Sounds of Revival, the Feb. 2 event brings together two generations of artists to move through “meta-physical practices rooted in Black spiritual tradition” in pursuit of a collective inner will. A recording of the performance will be available digitally for 72 hours, starting Feb. 3. 92ny.org. —CE
Brought to a Boil
ALAMEDA, CA Percussive dance company MoToR/dance is set to debut its first evening-length work this month. For Water in the Kettle, artistic director Evie Ladin brings together an all-female, multigenerational ensemble to illuminate the recurrent struggles faced by women in the U.S. across generations, turning Rhythmix Cultural Works into a sort of contemporary village square filled with communal story and song. Feb. 3–4. rhythmix.org. —CE
Spirits of Nashville’s Past
NASHVILLE Nashville Ballet’s Attitude: Anthology employs a graveyard setting to introduce audiences to lesser-known stories of important individuals in the city’s history. “The stories that make it into the history books aren’t the only stories of why we live the lives we do,” says artistic director Paul Vasterling, who conceived the new production in the mold of the company’s nationally acclaimed Lucy Negro Redux. Choreographed by Vasterling with contributions from Sidra Bell, Windship Boyd, Mollie Sansone and Shabaz Ujima, the multimedia work is set to original music composed and performed live by local alternative/indie singer morgxn. Feb. 10–12. nashvilleballet.com. —Steve Sucato
Hamburg Ballet in the Windy City
CHICAGO Before he was artistic director of Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier grew up in Milwaukee and spent his early dance career in Chicago. It seems only fitting, then, that the company should tour to the Windy City in the midst of its 50th (and penultimate) season under his direction. On tap is Neumeier’s The Glass Menagerie, with international ballet star Alina Cojocaru, for whom the principal role was made, joining the company for the Harris Theater engagement. Feb. 23–25. harristheaterchicago.org. —CE
Two new productions of Cinderella debut.
Oklahoma City Ballet
OKLAHOMA CITY Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye choreographs the evening-length fairy tale, his second since being appointed artistic director of Oklahoma City Ballet in October. Feb. 10–12. okcballet.org. —CE
TULSA Following two shorter works for Tulsa Ballet—2021’s What If? and last spring’s Celestial Bodies—British choreographer Andrew McNicol returns to tackle his first full-length. Feb. 9–12. tulsaballet.org. —CE