New York Notebook

July 26, 2010





Four of NYC’s most promising young choreographers share a week at the Joyce—and they are all WOMEN!! The highly theatrical Camille A. Brown performs a new duet with the fabulous Juel D. Lane, and shows a new ensemble piece titled City of Rain. Andrea Miller adds guest dancers from Ballett Bern to her own gloriously quirky group, Gallim Dance, in her premiere about herd mentality, Wonderland. Kate Weare opts for live music with The Crooked Jades (somehow that name is just right for her) in her premiere, Bright Land. And Monica Bill Barnes, who wow’d ’em at Fall for Dance with her sassy humor dancing to James Brown in Another Parade, reworks that piece and also contributes a solo. Aug. 9–14. See for schedule. —Wendy Perron



The Emerald City Comes Outdoors

Nicholas Leichter Dance and Monstah Black will be bringin’ it home—as in there’s no place like it—with their production of THE WHIZ: Over the Rainbow. Leichter’s blend of urban and classical dance vocabularies, together with Monstah’s soulful R&B crooning, will hit all the right notes for this summer-in-the-city, ’70s-to-2010 mashup of the hit musical The Wiz. The dancing is robust, with a cast channeling Po-Mo/Afro/disco aesthetics and celebrating a new cultural palette that includes many a green-sequined diva. The energy will be high and the music will be fun in this version for the 40th anniversary season of Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Free, July 30, Damrosch Park Bandshell, Lincoln Center Plaza. —Maura Nguyen Donohue



Guess Who’s Coming to Hip Hop?

Seventy-five hip hop dancers will storm Lincoln Center in an outdoor work titled . Organized by Dancing in the Streets, the piece unleashes the raw energy of hip hop on the architectural sleekness of the city’s elegant performing arts complex—fountain and all. Free-styler Emilio “Buddha Stretch” Austin Jr., and popper/locker Adesola Osakalumi collaborate with an elder hip hopper, Gus Solomons jr. Wait—what was that? Gus Solomons, the erudite, postmodern choreographer and critic?  Turns out he will guide the others as to the manner in which to inhabit the space site-specifically. Aug. 15. See —W. P.



Pictured: Leslie Kraus and Douglas Gillespie of Kate Weare Company. Photo by Keria Heu-Jwyn Chang, Courtesy Joyce.