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Winter/Spring 2012 Best Bets: Dance

Winter/Spring 2012 Best Bets: Dance

Gazette dance writer Wendy Liberatore give her top five picks for the winter/spring dance season. At
Winter/Spring 2012 Best Bets: Dance
At EMPAC in Troy on April 20 and 21, Wally Cardona, above, will be joined by Jennifer Lacey in “TOOL IS LOOT,” composed by Jonathan Bepler. (photo: Paula Court)

Rodrigo Pardo and Bárbara Foulkes at EMPAC in Troy. These two distinctive artists perform solos in back-to-back performances in “Tethered: Vertical Performance.” Pardo’s “FLAT” is an aerial monologue of a man who discovers he is living upside down while Foulkes’ “FLOTA” is a study in falling and floating. Feb. 4.

Spirit of Uganda at The Egg, Albany. This young troupe, made up of children ages 8 to 18, raises funds and awareness of the plight of its homeland. Though battling an AIDS epidemic and civil war, the performers will appear in a colorful East African showcase of dance and music that speaks of unceasing hope and joy. March 23.

Chunky Move at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Australia’s best-known contemporary dance ensemble will perform its “Connected,” a work that brings Reuben Margolin’s gridlike sculpture to life. Created by choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, the dance reminds its viewers that artwork is not static. It, too, breathes like the dancers. March 24 and 25.

Next Move Dance Festival at Proctors, Schenectady. Aside from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, the lineup for the two-night festival has yet to be announced. But judging by last year’s event, it’s worth the price of admission. Up-and-coming modern troupes that would not perform here otherwise, will bring their best works for a shared bill. March 30 and 31.

Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey with Jonathan Bepler at EMPAC. Soloists Cardona and Lacey join with composer Bepler for “TOOL IS LOOT.” In this duet, the two undergo an identity crisis as they ask, “What comes after you don’t know anymore?” Once again, EMPAC brings to light the odd and the interesting. You’ll scratch your head and enjoy it too. April 20 and 21.

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