New York Notebook

April 27, 2009

Trisha’s étoiles

Trisha Brown created O Zlozony/O Composite for three stars of the Paris Opéra Ballet: Aurelie Dupont, Nicolas Le Riche, and Manuel Legris. The work is performed by its all-star original cast, alongside Glacial Decoy and other works, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music April 29–May 2. With Glacial Decoy (1979), Brown first ventured into the proscenium theater with all the fieriness of her personal imagery and sense of play; with O Composite (2004), she first tackled the language of ballet and managed to express its universal aspects. While Glacial Decoy’s playful priestesses seem to fly on a background of gliding slides, O Composite’s trio serenely takes off for cosmic territory, a current stage in Brown’s voyage. See —Denise Luccioni


Carnival of Dance Forms

More than a thousand dancers will bring 27 dance styles to the streets for the third annual New York Dance Parade on May 16. Aiming to raise public awareness to a vast array of styles—Bhangra, Zyedeco, and Roller Disco, to name a few—Dance Parade kicks off its festivities with a “Funraiser” performance on April 29, International Dance Day. The parade itself starts out at Herald Square. After making its way down Broadway, the celebration will culminate with DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park. Free dance lessons and performances are just a few of the goodies visitors can expect.

See —Brynn Wein Shiovitz


Europe + Europe@ Citigroup

Former Dutch National principal Robert Sher-Machherndl brings his company, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, from Colorado to Ailey Citigroup Theater April 28 and 29. With a new muse, the fiercely intelligent and statuesque Finnish prima ballerina Minna Tervamäki, he will unveil his latest work, Liquid Space. In it, a man and a woman explore the points where classical technique can intersect with isolation, communication, silence, and deep musicality. See —Elizabeth Kendall


Photo: C. Lieber, courtesy BAM