Upcoming contemporary dance in NYC?
December 27, 2013 12:17 PM   Subscribe

I wanna go to some dance performances! Help me figure out what to see.

On New Year's, I'll be exchanging gifts with my partner. (She was away with family for Xmas.) I want to get her (among other things) a bunch of tickets to some dance performances. We've both had a low-level "we should see more dance" thing going on for a while. She comes from an art background, and knows pretty much nothing about dance, but has really enjoyed the few things we've seen together. I hung out with contemporary dance people back in college, so have a sort of outdated cocktail-party-knowledge sense of the Major Figures of the late 20th century, but am completely out of the loop of what's going on now.

Just doing some preliminary poking around, I found this Molissa Fenley Company performance on January 10th. That's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for (in terms of aesthetics, significance, price).

So how do I find more? Is there some central listing site that talks about upcoming dance performances? What venues should I be looking at? What choreographers/dancers/companies should I know about? What, coming up in the next few months, do I need to go see? (Anywhere in the 5 boroughs, but for something especially cool, would travel to Boston/Philadelphia and similar easy trips.)
posted by neroli to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
New York? Alvin Ailey!

Caught them passing through my town a few years ago and it was just amazing. They are a legend for a reason.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 12:20 PM on December 27, 2013

Best answer: Check out the Joyce.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:20 PM on December 27, 2013 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Kate Weare Company

...and there'd probably be more to see at Focus Dance except it looks like they haven't updated their site from last year.
posted by moonmilk at 12:46 PM on December 27, 2013

And take a look at the wikipedia page for dance companies; sort by region and check out New York. There are so many legendary names in dance companies in New York, anything listed there is gonna be good.
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 12:47 PM on December 27, 2013

(disclaimer: I am friends with some of the kwco people!)
posted by moonmilk at 12:47 PM on December 27, 2013

Nth'ing anything at the Joyce, if you're thinking of planning a summer road trip Jacobs Pillow is fantastic.
posted by sammyo at 1:09 PM on December 27, 2013

No current performances scheduled, I'm afraid, but keep Mark Morris in mind for the future; he's pretty great.

Sometimes BAM's festivals have good (and inexpensive!) dance events too.
posted by mlle valentine at 1:17 PM on December 27, 2013

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