If you have friends who aren't really sure about this whole dance thing, you take them to a Fall for Dance performance. The annual NYC festival—celebrating its 10th birthday this year!—puts together deliciously appetizing samplers of all different styles of dance, from hardcore ballet to hardcore tap. Everyone's pretty much guaranteed to find something they connect to. Oh—and tickets are just $15.
This year's Fall for Dance programs were just announced, and they're pretty spectacular. Kicking off with two free performances hosted by the Public Theater at Central Park's outdoor Delacorte Theater (September 16-17), the festival will then settle into New York City Center for two weeks of shows (September 25-October 5) featuring 20 companies from around the world. The popular Lounge FFD, which transforms the atrium next to City Center into a party-ready food/drink/dance venue, will also be back this year.
The complete lineup is below. Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 8 at 11 am. As usual, they're sure to sell out pretty much instantly, so mark your calendars!
Delacorte Theater Performances
New York City Ballet: Red Angels (1994) by Ulysses Dove
Paul Taylor Dance Company: Esplanade (1975) by Paul Taylor
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence: Upside Down (1998) by Ronald K. Brown
Streb Extreme Action Company: Human Fountain (2011) by Elizabeth Streb
Richard Alston Dance Company: The Devil in the Detail (2006) by Richard Alston
Gabriel Missé and Analía Centurión
Sara Mearns and Casey Herd: festival commission by Justin Peck
DanceBrazil: Fé do Sertão (2013) by Jelon Vieira
Nrityagram: Vibhakta (2008) by Surupa Sen
605 Collective: Selected Play (2013) by various choreographers
HeadSpaceDance: Light Beings (2012) by Mats Ek
Dance Theatre of Harlem: Gloria (2012 by Robert Garland
American Ballet Theatre: The Moor's Pavane (1949) by José Limón
Colin Dunne: The Turn (2013) by Colin Dunne
Ballet Hispanico: Sombrerisimo (festival commission) by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Introdans: Sinfonia India (1984) by Nacho Duato
Dorrance Dance: SOUNDspace (2013) by Michelle Dorrance
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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