6 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER at the Metropolitan Opera (through July 6). Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon” is a deliciously dark and melodramatic take on the well-known tragic 18th-century tale, and performances continue through Saturday. Beginning on Monday, Ballet Theater embarks on its annual pilgrimage to the lake — “Swan Lake” — for which the company’s top ballerinas offer individual interpretations of the double role of Odette/Odile. Some excel at evoking the poignant longing of the former, while others take great pleasure in depicting the devilishness of the latter. Year after year, it’s a joy to see fine artists grow and experiment in these roles.
212-362-6000, abt.org

RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE at Herbert Von King Park (June 21, 7 p.m.). This treasured troupe makes an appearance in Brooklyn as part of the SummerStage lineup of free performances at parks around the city. Following a brief, open-to-all dance lesson onstage featuring Brown’s signature blend of African and contemporary dance, the company will perform three works: “New Conversations,” from 2018; “For You,” from 2003; and “Four Corners,” a powerful, pulsating work about the presence of angels around us, originally made for the Alvin Ailey company in 2013.

BRYANT PARK CONTEMPORARY DANCE SERIES (June 21, 6 p.m.). Grab a blanket, prepare a picnic and enjoy some al fresco dance at this annual summer series that brings together an array of local dance troupes. Each contributes a short work — often earnest and energetic — to the eclectic program. This week’s participants include Buglisi Dance Theater, a longtime member of the city’s modern dance scene; Von Howard Project, the company started by Christian von Howard; Beatrice Capote, a teacher and choreographer; and the LaGuardia Dance Ensemble, comprising students from New York’s famed performing arts high school.

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JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL in Becket, Mass. (through Aug. 25). Hot off its recent appearance in Brooklyn, Ballet British Columbia now performs at the Pillow through Sunday, as does the Australian circus troupe Circa. Beginning on Wednesday, the Cuban flamenco star Irene Rodríquez will return after a successful Pillow debut in 2017. This time, she and her company have graduated to the larger Ted Shawn Theater, which they will fill with Rodríguez’s zesty form of contemporary flamenco theater. Down the dirt path at the Doris Duke Theater, Abby Zbikowski and her crew will make their Pillow debut with “Abandoned Playground,” a rollicking, athletic endurance test for nine dancers.
413-243-0745, jacobspillow.org

RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL at various locations (through June 29). Hurricane Sandy hit South Street Seaport hard in 2012. Now that event is part subject and that site is part performance space for Jennifer Monson’s new work, “Ditch,” which also explores gentrification and income inequality. One performance takes place at sunrise on Sunday at Pier 35 on the East River Esplanade; two more occur at the South Street Seaport Museum on Wednesday and June 28 at 7 p.m. Also this week, the witty, rigorous Sarah Michelson presents the New York premiere of “june2019:/\” for three performances on Monday and two on Wednesday, the location of which will be divulged only to those who R.S.V.P.

10 HAIRY LEGS at New York Live Arts (June 27-29, 7:30 p.m.). In 1969, two men could get arrested for dancing together in New York. Then the patrons of the Stonewall Inn rebelled. Now, as Pride Month festivities commemorate the 50th anniversary of that pivotal uprising, this all-male New Jersey-based company’s performances serve as a marker of the progress made since, and as a touching portrait of male intimacy that is no longer policed. Two new works by Larry Keigwin and Adam Barruch join the previous commissions “So It Goes,” by Yin Yue, and “Bud,” a tender duet by Stephen Petronio set to a Rufus Wainwright song.
212-691-6500, newyorklivearts.org

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