5 Performance Happenings to Kick Off the New Year
A pair of festivals, a pair of premieres, and a rare North American tour—the performances in this month’s lineup are well worth braving the cold weather to see.
NEW YORK CITY The Perelman Performing Arts Center continues its inaugural season with the Motion/Matter: Street Dance Festival. Kia LaBeija premieres the commissioned P is For Pop and D is For Dip, honoring the legacy of voguing and ballroom culture, on a program with Korea National Contemporary Dance Company in Lee Kyungeun’s BreAking. It’s later joined by Nicolas Huchard’s The Barefoot Diva, after Oulouy and Supa Rich Kids present Afrikan Party for three evenings to open the festivities. In between is an all-styles dance battle, with Rennie Harris, Princess Lockerooo, Ken Swift, and Omari Wiles set to adjudicate, and a dance party deejayed by DJ Spinna and Rimarkable. Jan. 5–14. pacnyc.org.
Moving and Grooving
NEW YORK CITY The return of the Works & Process Underground Uptown Dance Festival is studded with familiar names. After kicking off with Kayla Farrish’s still in process Put Away the Fire, dear (in conjunction with the Guggenheim’s “Going Dark” exhibition), double bills will showcase excerpts and complete works by Pontus Lidberg, Princess Lockerooo, Music From The Sole, and Francesca Harper as well as works in progress from Lloyd Knight, Stefanie Batten Bland, Taylor Stanley and Alec Knight, Preeti Vasudevan and Amar Ramasar, and Ryan McNamara. Ladies of Hip-Hop premieres SpeakMyMind ahead of a “Behind the Groove Rotunda Party” led by Kwikstep and Rokafella on Jan. 13. Plus, Works & Process takes over Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall the evening of Jan. 12 with social dancing, works by Ephrat Asherie, It’s Showtime NYC!, Les Ballet Afrik, and more, culminating in the late night Underground Uptown Ball. Jan. 10–16. worksandprocess.org.
ON TOUR The Madrid-based Compañía Nacional de Danza, led by former New York City Ballet star Joaquín De Luz, starts a rare North American tour this month. After kicking off in Detroit with La Sylphide (Jan. 11–13), the company heads to New Orleans (Jan. 20), Seattle (Jan. 25–27), Chicago (Feb. 10), and Los Angeles (Feb. 15) with a triple bill of Nacho Duato’s White Darkness, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Sad Case, and De Luz’s Passengers Within, and brings Johan Inger’s acclaimed reimagining of Carmen to Toronto (Feb. 1–3). cndanza.mcu.es.
Wish Upon a Star
COLOGNE, GERMANY In her new work, Pupo, choreographer Sofia Nappi takes a hard look at the story of Pinocchio, drawing on commedia dell’arte as she questions what the wooden doll really gives up by conforming to society’s norms in order to become a real boy. Jan. 13–14. tanz.koeln.
Objects of Power
SAN FRANCISCO KULARTS will give the culminating performance of Alleluia Panis’ AntingAnting Project at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco this month. Named for anting-anting, a talismanic occult practice that predates the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, the two-year project seeks to form a contemporary, community-centered framework—in part through this multidisciplinary ritual performance—for the objects that have lost the context of their traditional cultural practices by being held within a museum. Jan. 27–28. kularts-sf.org.