Volume 5, Number 28 | July 13 – 19, 2006
7 Days in Dance
CEDAR LAKE Free Series Benoit-Swan Pouffer welcomes visitors to Chelsea’s Cedar Lake Theater for “Three Thursdays,” a series of multimedia events created by the dancers and designers of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, where Pouffer serves as artistic director. For these environmental events, the company’s 191-seat theater will morph into a single, gallery-like performance space; its doors open to the street. A 90-minute program of brief works will combine music, dance, video, and spoken word. The evening consists of three 30-minute segments, but audience members may enter at any time and are encouraged to roam at will. Cedar Lake’s 17 dancers have been invited to choreograph new works to soundscapes by resident composer Stefano Zazzera, who will DJ the evening and move throughout the installation. Resident projection designer Marc Gamboa acts as VJ with original video designs. Other Cedar Lake collaborators include resident lighting designer Jim French and costume designer Jessica Lee Keller, a dancer with the company. 547 W. 26th St. cedarlakedance.com. Jul. 6, and Jul. 13 at 6 p.m. Free.
BATTLEWORKS Battleworks makes its Joyce debut with an eclectic program of exhilarating modern dance by choreographer Robert Battle. His trademark physicality and wit will be on display in an exciting world premiere with music by Philip Hamilton, plus the New York premiere of “Communion,” and audience favorites including “Promenade.” On Battleworks’ Jul. 6, 8, and 9 performances, PARADIGM will perform “A Thin Frost” as guest artists. Battleworks will perform their piece “Strange Humors” as guest artists on PARADIGM performances Jul. 7, 8, and 9. Jul. 6 and 8 at 8 p.m., Jul. 9 at 2 p.m. $30 at 212-242-0800.
PARADIGM The veteran dancers of PARADIGM demonstrate the eloquence of experience. Seven performers with established reputations—as members of Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Lester Horton, Alwin Nikolais and Merce Cunningham’s companies—bring their collective dynamism to new dances ranging from kinetic abstraction to non-narrative drama. The program includes world premieres by Carmen deLavallade, Gus Solomons, jr., Wally Cardona, and Larry Keigwin, as well as the New York premiere of “Texture” by Kay Cummings. Jul. 7 at 8 p.m, Jul. 8 at 2 p.m., and Jul. 9 at 7:30 p.m. $30 at 212-242-0800.