The best dance performances in the Capital Region, including Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Garth Fagan D
Garth Fagan Dance will be at Proctors on Jan. 29. (Ken A. Huth)
Garth Fagan Dance will be at Proctors on Jan. 29. (Ken A. Huth)

2016 Arts Preview

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• Ronald K. Brown/Evidence at ’62 Center in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Choreographer Ronald K. Brown has been selected by Williams College as its first Mellon Fellow in Choreography. As such, he will bring in his company for a staging of “The Subtle One,” a collaboration with jazz pianist Jason Moran. Like much of Brown’s work, the dance explores the relationship between the divine and the material world. Brown’s work is opaque, but the spiritual and mystic connections to the unseen are clear and often fascinating. Jan. 22.

• Garth Fagan Dance at Proctors in Schenectady. This evening of dance will surely be hailed as the best of this season. The company, now celebrating its 45th year, is unique in its ability to capture the human spirit with a style that is singular to modern dance. Fagan, who is a Tony-Award winning choreographer (The Lion King), will unveil his newer works including the rhythmic “Mudan 175/39,” which the New York Times described as one of his best. The evening will also showcase “After Hours,” a piece by Schenectady native and longtime Fagan dancer and assistant Norwood Pennewell. Jan. 29.

• Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. These two choreographers want to shake up how we experience museums. This interactive event, considered a work-in-progress, will have audiences touring the massive galleries in North Adams to reveal art in ways that will confound and surprise. Museum Director Joseph Thompson said this event is “one people will be talking about.” Feb. 10, 12 and 13.

• ZviDance at University at Albany and MASS MoCA. Israeli choreographer Zvi Gotheiner speaks with a strong and authoritative voice. Mining the depths of human emotion and experience, he creates a world that draws in audiences with fluidity and imagery that makes every program memorable. Dance fans are lucky to have two chances this spring to see his company of collaborative artists. April 10 and 23.

• 10 Hairy Legs at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tovoli. Anyone remember Randy James? For a time, the choreographer and his company frequented Skidmore College. He now explores the role of men in dance with his all-male ensemble. The dynamic troupe performs works by a variety of top choreographers including David Dorfman, Doug Elkins, Stephen Petronio and Doug Varone. Check out this show if you want to take the overall temperature of modern dance and the amazing men who perform it. May 14.

Dance calendar

Bard College Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900,

April 29-May 1: May Day Dances with Faye Driscoll and John Jasperse

eba Theatre, Albany. 465-9916,

March 5-7: Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre in Benefit Cabaret “Carnival in Rio”

The Egg, Albany. 473-1845,

April 10: NY Theatre Ballet in “Cinderella”

April 16: Peking Acrobats

April 29: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 845-757-5106,

April 9: Attic Projects

April 30 and May 1: Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana

May 14: 10 Hairy Legs

May 21: Jennifer Muller/The Works

MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass. 413-662-2111,

Feb. 10, 12 and 13: Big Dance Theater with Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar

April 23: ZviDance: On the Road

Proctors, Schenectady. 346-6204,

Jan. 29: Garth Fagan Dance

April 22: 5th Annual Gospel Jubilee featuring Lisa Page Brooks, the Jubilee Praise Dancers and Jubilee Mass Choir directed by Rev. Elgin Joseph Taylor Sr.

’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown, Mass. 413-597-2425,

Jan. 22: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence in “The Subtle One”

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. 580-5321,

April 8 & 9: Senior Capstone Concert

April 22 & 23: Spring Dance Concert

April 29: Rithmos

Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga Springs. 817-3833,

March 5 and 6: Nacre Dance

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. 273-0038,

April 3: A City of Immigrants with the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, the Capital District Youth Choir, and the Saratoga Nacre Dance Co.

University at Albany, Performing Arts Center, Albany. 442-3300,

Feb. 12: Gerard and Kelly

April 10: ZviDance

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