6 Premieres That Have Piqued Our Interest This Month
November promises long-awaited premieres, from Andy Blankenbuehler’s latest musical to Wayne McGregor’s adaptation of a Margaret Atwood trilogy.
NEW YORK CITY Andy Blankenbuehler’s third outing as a director-choreographer, Only Gold, gets its official off-Broadway opening this month after nearly a decade in development. The new dance musical, which features music written by British pop artist Kate Nash, follows a royal family’s arrival in Paris and the cascading effects on local townsfolk and nobility alike. The MCC Theater production unsurprisingly boasts a deep bench of dance talent—many of whom Blankenbuehler worked with as members of Hamilton’s original cast—alongside Broadway veteran Terrence Mann. Opening night is scheduled for Nov. 7. mcctheater.org.
Returning to Rite
LONDON For his first work for English National Ballet, Mats Ek revisits The Rite of Spring. Though he created a Rite for Cullberg Ballet inspired by the culture of Japanese samurai in 1984, this promises to be a wholly new version, featuring designs by Swedish artist Marie-Louise Ekman. William Forsythe’s well-loved Blake Works I and an expanded iteration of Stina Quagebeur’s virtuosic, jazz-inflected Take Five Blues complete the triple bill, appearing at Sadler’s Wells Nov. 9–12. ballet.org.uk.
NEW YORK CITY Vanessa Anspaugh’s mourning after mornings examines death and grieving rituals through the eyes of three archetypal female outcasts facing their own aging bodies. The work premieres at New York Live Arts Nov. 10–12. newyorklivearts.org.
Sing It Again
SAN FRANCISCO Choreographers, composers and writers across genres have found inspiration in the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Contemporary dancemaker Rena Butler will take her own stab at it this month, as she choreographs a new production of the Gluck opera for San Francisco Opera. Nov. 15–Dec. 1. sfopera.com.
Getting Jazzy in Jersey
NEWARK, NJ Carolyn Dorfman Dance appears at New Jersey Performing Arts Center for one night of its TD James Moody Jazz Festival with a premiere from Dorfman set to new music by jazz violinist Regina Carter, performed live. Rounding out the Jazz Legends and The Power of Now! program are Juel D. Lane’s NOW, which debuted in April, and Dorfman’s PRIMA! and Pastorale Pause. Nov. 16. carolyndorfman.dance.
McGregor, Atwood, Richter
TORONTO Wayne McGregor collaborates with acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood and noted composer Max Richter for his latest literature-inspired ballet triptych, MADDADDAM. In the speculative science fiction trilogy on which the evening-length is based, Atwood crafted parallel narratives taking place in a dystopian world brought about by unchecked corporate greed, genetic experimentation and pharmaceutical engineering, and the resulting biological catastrophe. Originally slated to premiere in November 2020, the new ballet (co-commissioned and produced by The Royal Ballet) will be unveiled by the National Ballet of Canada Nov. 23–30. national.ballet.ca.