New York Notebook

June 27, 2013

The Pils Get Tied Up


The latest Pilobolus premieres could either be super-fun or go off the rails. With ropes (courtesy choreographer Trish Sie; see “When the Camera Is Your Partner,” April 2012) and chains (courtesy Penn & Teller, in escape-artist mode), they wade into dangerous territory—physically and taste-wise. The lineup will, of course, include plenty of the goofily athletic, gravity-defying feats that thrill audiences. July 9–Aug. 4, the Joyce. See or —Wendy Perron


Photo by John Kane, Courtesy Pilobolus.



Tap In

New York City’s preeminent tap festival kicks off July 6 in Lower Manhattan. Hosted by the American Tap Dance Foundation, Tap City offers a full week of master classes, discussions, and performances by some of the world’s best tappers, including Dianne Walker, Kazu Kumagai, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and Michelle Dorrance (see “Sounding Off,” June). Other event highlights: The Copasetics Boat Ride (a summertime tradition that dates back to the ’50s), a tap jam at Smalls Jazz Club hosted by Michela Marino-Lerman, and the 2013 Tap Awards. This year’s honorees include Barbara Duffy and Dean Diggins. See —Jenny Dalzell


Cartier Williams in last year’s Tap City. Photo by Wallace Flores, Courtesy ATDF.



From the East River to the Hudson

Every summer the River to River Festival splashes free performance events in the streets and parks of the five boroughs. This year the site-specific series takes place in Lower Manhattan locations. Dance artists will be drawn from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s residency program, which includes Wally Cardona (see “Choreography in Focus” at July 9–11, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Reiner July 3, 5, and 6, and Souleymane Badolo July 13–14. For times and places, go to —W. P.


Maria Hassabi and Hristoula Harakas in River to River 2012. Photo by Darial R. Sneed, Courtesy LMCC.