Bringing in the New Year: January 2011 Dance

By Rachel Straus

Today I’m inaugurating a monthly series dedicated to listing, and briefly describing, upcoming New York dance events. Here are eight suggestions for the best, the newest, and/or the most intriguing dance performances happening across the city in January:

JAN 8 2011

 Baryshnikov Arts Center

Wally Cardona 
Intervention #4

Each Intervention is a five-day collaboration between dancer/choreographer Wally Cardona and an expert in a field other than dance.


JAN 9, 10

Guggenheim Museum

Works & Process: Pacific Northwest Ballet—Giselle Revisited

“Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers will perform excerpts from Peter Boal’s new staging of Giselle prior to its June 2011 premiere at McCaw Hall in Seattle. The ballet features reconstructed choreography by dance scholar Doug Fullington and Giselle scholar Marian Smith based on Stepanov notation circa 1903 and French sources from the 1840s. PNB will be the first American company in modern times to use the Stepanov notations from the Harvard Theatre Collection for a ballet production. Artistic Director Peter Boal will discuss the production with Fullington and Smith. PNB dancers Carrie Imler, Carla Körbes, James Moore, and Seth Orza will perform.” (taken verbatim from Guggenheim website)


JAN 10 2011

Baryshnikov Arts Center (in collaboration with The Cunningham Dance Foundation)

BAC Flicks: Mondays with Merce Ocean (1994), 
N.Y. Premiere

Ocean, the last film Charles Atlas made with Merce Cunningham, is set 150 feet below and on the floor of Minnesota’s Rainbow Granite Quarry. The choreography is Cunningham’s. The performers, his company, which will disband on December 31, 2011. The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra is filmed performing an orchestral score by Andrew Culver (inspired by John Cage) and an electronic score by David Tudor.


JAN 18 -22

Dance Theater Workshop

Sidra Bell Dance New York and Gallim Dance

Sidra Bell Dance New York presents POOL, a surrealist and futuristic work inspired by the recollection of near drowning.

Gallim Dance, led by choreographer Andrea Miller, present For Glenn Gould, a new work inspired by two recordings Glenn Gould made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the first in 1964 and the second in 1981 a few weeks before his death.


JAN 19

Symphony Space

Royal Ballet Broadcast of Giselle

In this delayed time, high-def satellite broadcast from the Royal Ballet in London, you can enter the virtual age of “live” theater.

Choreography: After Marius Petipa, music: Adolph Adam, featuring: Marianela Nuñez and Rupert Pennefather.


JAN 20, 21, 23, 28

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

New York City Ballet

Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH (2008) to Dmitri Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 (1957) is fantastic.


JAN 25 — FEB 1 2011

Baryshnikov Arts Center (in collaboration with Dance Films Association’s 39th Dance on Camera Festival)

Billy Cowie Retrospective

Award-winning Scottish video artist/composer Cowie presents his four-screen installation Men in the Wall. 3D glasses provide viewers with an altered view of four men whose lives are as private as they are different.


JAN 28, JAN 30

David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

New York City Ballet

A world premiere by Broadway choreographer Susan Stroman to Duke Ellington’s music [title unknown]. It will become the companion piece to her 1999 Ellington-inspired work Blossom Got Kissed. This work could be a dud, but you’ll be the first to know, if you go.

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