The Dance-Dense Spring Begins

September 16, 2019

This season of March Madness begins tomorrow! When Stephen Petronio opens at the Joyce, no doubt he’ll go beyond our cover story on him three years ago. It’s not often that a ballet star guests with a modern company, so I’m psyched to see how Wendy Whelan (read her eloquent Why I Dance) navigates Petronio’s special pretzel-like predicaments.

Batsheva opens on Wednesday with Hora, which I loved in Tel Aviv. To get in the mood, read our cover story on Batsheva and Ohad Naharin. And if you want to know about Hora, find my review by scrolling down here.

Risa Jaroslow, a humane choreographer with a sense of humor, is celebrating her 25th anniversary at Abrons Arts Center, as highlighted in our New York Notebook.

Jodi Melnick, a downtown favorite (who else combines glamour and edginess?), is making her solo magic at New York Live Arts. She was stunning at Jacob’s Pillow last summer.

The Danspace Project continues with its Parallels series that explores what is/was/will be/won’t be “black dance” with new work from Dean Moss and Reggie Wilson. —Wendy Perron

Photo of Jodi Melnick by Erica Martin, Courtesy NYLA