6 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend – The New York Times

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

EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE at the Joyce Theater (Nov. 5-6, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 7, 8 p.m.). Asherie, a choreographer and B-girl, is infectiously charismatic: Her nickname, Bounce, aptly describes both her physical buoyancy and her lightness of spirit. In Odeon, her companys official Joyce debut, Asherie engages with the music of the early-20th-century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, whose creative mix of musical styles, from waltzes to tangos to ragtime, reflects Asheries own blend of dance, from street and house dance to vogueing to concert dance. Adding to the charm of this production, the live music is overseen by Ehud Asherie, Ephrats brother, an accomplished jazz pianist. 212-242-0800, joyce.org

NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN AND MARIA HASSABI at 1014 Fifth Avenue (Nov. 6-8, 7 p.m.; through Nov. 10). A stately townhouse, built in 1906 and facing the Metropolitan Museum of Art, becomes a muse for Baghramian and Hassabi in Entre Deux Actes (Mnage Quatre). Presented by the Kitchen, a Chelsea-based arts organization, the work is a dialogue between dance and architecture and an examination of the inherent theatricality of domestic space. The influence of furniture designer Janette Laverrire, a friend of Baghramians who died in 2011, is present in the piece, as are erotic photographs by Carlo Mollino. The four lovers referred to in the title are those two artists and Baghramian and Hassabi. Currently all tickets have sold out, but more may be released closer to the performance dates. A waiting list will be available at the box office one hour before each show.212-255-5793, thekitchen.org

MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS at BAM Harvey Theater (Nov. 7-9, 7:30 p.m.). The great tragedy The Bacchae, by Euripides, centers on the hedonistic god Dionysus quest for revenge, famously told with the help of a lively Greek chorus. In Bacchae: Prelude to a Purge, Freitas, born in Cape Verde, takes that tale as her starting point and gives it a surreal spin with a chorus of eight dancers and five trumpeters whose funky moves and eccentric music making conjure an unpredictable theatrical world. In her bacchanal, Freitas dispenses with narrative, using dark, wacky humor and a cheeky take on Ravels Bolero to present a society of the absurd. 718-636-4100, bam.org

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FROM THE HORSES MOUTH at the 14th Street Y (Nov. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 10). For 21 years, Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham have celebrated important personalities and milestones of modern dance with this series, a unique fusion of performance, storytelling and history. This iteration focuses on the 75th anniversary of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, located at the New York Public Librarys Performing Arts branch in Lincoln Center, an invaluable archive that has been protected and expanded over the years by a fiercely dedicated staff. Dance luminaries writers, historians, dancers and choreographers among them have lined up for this production to honor the collections legacy. Supplementary programming includes a critics panel on Wednesday and a lecture-demonstration on Nov. 8.14streety.org/fthm

KIA LABEIJA at Performance Space New York (Nov. 7-9, 7 p.m.). To many, LaBeija is a formidable presence on the vogueing scene, a dynamite dancer and a respected activist. Shes also an insightful photographer and a performance artist in conversation with dance history. This week, she presents Untitled, the Black Act, which responds to the modernist ballet Das Triadische Ballett, made over 100 years ago by Oskar Schlemmer, a choreographer and designer associated with the Bauhaus school. LaBeija zeros in on the dances third part, set on a black stage and infused with an otherworldly mysticism. She maintains the sense of wonder but makes it more personal, reimagining Schlemmers restrictive costumes in her quest for freedom. 212-477-5829, performancespacenewyork.org

PAUL MAHEKE AND MELIKA NGOMBE KOLONGO at Abrons Arts Center (Nov. 7-9, 7 p.m.). Maheke, a choreographer and performer of Congolese descent working in video and sound, explores identity, memory and history in his work; Ngombe Kolongo, also known as Nkisi, is an experimental musician, born in Congo, who is doing the same. Their work Snsa, a Performa biennial commission, takes inspiration from African Cosmology of the Bantu-Kongo: Principles of Life and Living, a 1991 book about the religious and philosophical principles of the Bantu-Kongo people of Central Africa. One meaning of the Bantu word snsa is to reveal, and Maheke and Nkisi use gesture, sound and light to create a work meditating on visibility and invisibility. 866-811-4111, abronsartscenter.org

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