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Winter Arts Guide: Dance that's beside the pointe

You can enjoy dance during the holidays without watching eight renditions of "The Nutcracker."

Susan Marshall's "Play/Pause" will be featured at BAM this winter. Credit: Stephanie Berger Susan Marshall's "Play/Pause" will be featured at BAM this winter.
Credit: Stephanie Berger

Not everything happening in the world of dance this season is "The Nutcracker." Here are plenty of other options from the city's top troupes:

BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
The Next Wave Festival at BAM has been rocking the Fall season, representing a broad range of dance from classic and innovative artists such as Bill T Jones, William Forsythe, David Dorfman, Doug Varone, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Brian Brooks, John Heginbotham, Kate Weare, Angelin Preljocaj and Hofesh Shechter.

From Nov. 20-23, you can catch Susan Marshall's newest work "Play/Pause," which features an original score composed by David Lang played by the live electric guitar quartet, Dither and Mantra Percussion. Reggie Wilson's Fist & Heel Performance Group presents "Moses(es)" from Dec. 4-7, a layered questioning of leadership through multiple versions of the Moses narrative set to a Diasporic soundscape with live vocalizations. Rounding out the Festival is a world premiere by Tere O'Connor. "Bleed" integrates three smaller works into an evening length performance that runs from Dec. 11-14.

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'Bleed' (World Premiere)
Tere O'Connor
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Pl.)
Dec. 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20

'Moses(es)' (New York Premiere)
Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St.)
Dec, 4-7 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$40 (weekday); $25-$45 (weekend)
www.bam.org/dance/2013/moses(es)

'Play/Pause' (New York Premiere)
Susan Marshall & Company
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Pl.)
Nov 20-23 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (SOLD OUT)
www.bam.org/dance/2013/playpause

ALVIN AILEY AT CITY CENTER
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to City Center for its annual holiday season this Dec. 4. AADT's repertoire is constantly expanding, and this season features work by a round of outstanding choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Paul Taylor, Rennie Harris, Kyle Abraham, Garth Fagan, Ronald K. Brown and Bill T. Jones. This season also includes the world premiere of LIFT by Aszure Barton and the NY premiere of Chroma by Wayne McGregor. For a few special evenings, the company highlights the inspiring artistry of long time member and rehearsal director Matthew Rushing with Ailey's signature masterpiece, "Revelations."

Dec. 4 through Jan. 5, 2014
Tickets start at $25
www.nycitycenter.org

JANUARY AT THE JOYCE: 'FOCUS DANCE'
January is a busy time for dance in New York City with the approach of the Association for Performing Arts Presenters conference. One of the many performances to look forward to will be hosted by the Gotham Arts Exchange at The Joyce Theater. "FOCUS DANCE" will be a weeklong celebration of American dance featuring Vicky Shick, Doug Elkins, Morgan Thorson, Yvonne Rainer, Urban Bush Women, Jean Butler and Mark Haim. Curated by Laurie Uprichard and running from January 7-12, this festival gathers artists from across the country to share their unique perspectives through movement.

Program A
Tuesday & Sunday 7:30 p.m.
Vicky Shick and Dancers
doug elkins choreography, etc.

Program B
Wednesday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 p.m.
Morgan Thorson
Keely Garfield Dance

Program C
Thursday 8 p.m. & Sunday 2 p.m.
Yvonne Rainer and Group
Urban Bush Women

Program D
Friday 8 p.m. & Satursday 2 p.m.
Jean Butler
Mark Haim Dance and Theater

 
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