New York Notebook

August 21, 2011




We Will Never Forget

The Joyce has long participated in Lower Manhattan through its Evening Stars programs in Battery Park—just blocks from Ground Zero. This month it produces a special program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The dance and music offerings include the Limón Dance Company in its emotionally stirring Missa Brevis and Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Brandenburgs. Joyce director Linda Shelton calls the program a “tribute to the human struggle.” (The Joyce is still hoping to be a part of Ground Zero’s performing arts center, now scheduled to be built for 2017–18.) The free outdoor performances are Sept. 10 and 11 in Rockefeller Park at the north end of Battery Park City. —Wendy Perron



Breaking & Entering

How do you break your creative habits and subject yourself to new influences? Wally Cardona, from Brooklyn, and Jennifer Lacey, living in Paris, have an answer. In order to deliberately disorient themselves, they’ve shown their “empty solos” to non-dance “experts,” including an astro-physicist and an opera singer, and asked for intervention. Last June they meshed their results in Tool Is Loot at Rensselaer Poly Tech’s EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center). Since even the final form will fluctuate, this is all they can say about the NYC date: “There will be a swan, a prince, a robot, sexual behavior, and two chairs. Sometimes all at once.” Sept. 22–24 and Sept. 29–Oct. 1 at The Kitchen. —W. P.



Probing Flamenco’ s Soul 

Two of the greatest flamenco dancers of our time, Israel Galván and Soledad Barrio, arrive at the Joyce this month with riveting shows that reveal the heart and soul of the ancient Spanish art form. Accompanied by a singer and guitarist, Galván, whose vivid and idiosyncratic style is rooted in the essence of flamenco, presents the dramatic La Edad de Oro (“The Golden Age”) Sept. 20–25. The following week Barrio stars with Noche Flamenca, the company she founded with her husband, artistic director Martin Santangelo. The musicians provide powerful counterpoint to her emotionally nuanced performances as they explore life’s joys, passions, and sorrows together. —Valerie Gladstone



From top: Limón Dance Company, with students from CalArts, in Limón’s
Missa Brevis. Photo Courtesy Limón Dance; Wally Cardona in Tool Is Loot. Photo by Christy Pessagno, Courtesy EMPAC; Soledad Barrio. Photo by Andres Delia, Courtesy Noche Flamenco.