This Month’s Performance Picks Are Chock-Full of New Choreography
All of our performance picks this month—an evening-length ballet and an off-Broadway musical, mixed bills and multi-choreographer projects—feature intriguing premieres from an impressive array of dancemakers. Here’s what we’re most looking forward to.
Ballet Her Way
BOSTON This season’s ChoreograpHER program at Boston Ballet boasts five premieres by women: New York City Ballet star Tiler Peck, rising neoclassical choreographer Claudia Schreier, visual artist Shantell Martin, Boston Ballet principal Lia Cirio and noted Cunningham and Pam Tanowitz dancer Melissa Toogood. March 3–13. bostonballet.org.
Rock the Vote
NEW YORK CITY Powerhouse off-Broadway venue The Public Theater presents another new musical drawing on American history: SUFFS, a look at the triumphs and failures of the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th century. Raja Feather Kelly provides choreography for the Shaina Taub–written, Leigh Silverman–directed premiere. Previews begin March 10, with an opening night slated for April 6. publictheater.org.
Doña of Drama
ON TOUR Ballet Hispánico teams up with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa for the company’s first evening-length commission. Doña Perón takes inspiration from the life of Eva “Evita” Perón, the controversial woman who rose from dancehall performer to First Lady of Argentina, and whose advocacy work was often viewed as being in conflict with her embrace of upper-class life. The work debuts in New Orleans March 12, followed by tour appearances in Detroit (March 19–20) and Chicago (March 26–27) before alighting in New York City April 1–3, closing out the company’s 50th-anniversary celebrations as part of the inaugural City Center Dance Festival. ballethispanico.org.
An Eight-Part Premiere
LOS ANGELES Martha Graham’s 1952 Canticle for Innocent Comedians is known to have comprised eight vignettes, each celebrating aspects of nature and humanity’s relationship to it, but the work is largely considered to be lost. The Martha Graham Dance Company debuts a new version at The Soraya on March 19, reimagined by a team of choreographers led by Sonya Tayeh. Graham’s “Moon” section and an iteration of “Wind” by late original cast member Sir Robert Cohan are joined by new vignettes by Tayeh, Kristina and Sadé Alleyne, Juliano Nuñes, Micaela Taylor, Yin Yue and Jenn Freeman, tied together by a new prelude, finale and transitions crafted by Tayeh. marthagraham.org.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI Grand Rapids Ballet continues its 50th-anniversary season with Jumpstart 22. Joining revivals of Penny Saunders’ Amiss and Jennifer Archibald’s Brothers are premieres of works by company members, each of which was created in partnership with other local organizations, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Valley State University, Opera Grand Rapids and St. Cecilia Music Center. March 25–27. grballet.com.
STUTTGART Gauthier Dance continues its penchant for ambitious, multi-choreographer projects with Seven Sins. Aszure Barton, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sharon Eyal, Marcos Morau, Sasha Waltz, Marco Goecke and Hofesh Shechter each tackle a sin for the evening of work, planned to debut March 26. theaterhaus.com.
Update: Gauthier Dance has postponed the premiere of Seven Sins to May 7, due to members of the company testing positive for COVID-19.