Nora Chipaumire comes to EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer in Troy, on Oct. 5 and 6. This dancer/choreographer will perform “Miriam,” a work that explores the tightrope women walk — balancing public expectations and private desires as well as selflessness and ambition.
Don’t miss the American Ballet Theatre, Oct. 6 at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. With great ballet continually diminishing in our area, seeing ABT, as it is known, is one of the happier moments for area residents each fall. The dancers are amazing and they will be performing Twyla Tharp’s heart-stopping “In the Upper Room” as well as Antony Tudor’s “The Leaves are Fading” and Jose Limon’s “The Moor’s Pavane.”
BalletNext will be at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli on Oct. 13 and 14. This new, small ensemble features dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Under the direction of Charles Askegard and Michele Wiles, this is a wonderful little troupe that performs classics and new works to live music.
DNAWORKS comes to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Oct. 14. This will be a repeat of a June performance that traces one man’s African-American/Jewish heritage. This is a dramatic, tour de force, performed by Adam McKinney, that drives home the point that we are all connected.
A week later, on Oct. 20, Saratoga Dances takes the stage at Skidmore. New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck will be back this fall with a new work set for City Ballet dancers. Considering he is one of the company’s most promising choreographers, this is a must-see for City Ballet fanatics.
The next month, on Nov. 10 and 11, Buglisi Dance Theatre will be at Kaatsbaan. Buglisi Dance Theatre is one of the hidden jewels of New York City’s modern dance scene. A former Martha Graham dancer, Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi spins out works that are affecting and beautiful.
Moscow Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” at the Palace Theatre Dec. 4. The company’s rendering is lavish, gorgeous and what one would expect from a bold Russian company.
Haven’t got your fill of “The Nutcracker?” There are many to regional performances to choose from throughout December, but Albany Berkshire Ballet’s stands out as one of the area’s best. They’ll be at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Mass., Dec. 8 and 9, and The Egg in Albany Dec. 16.
— Wendy Liberatore, Gazette dance writer