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Arts Summer Preview/Dance: Bolshoi at SPAC

Arts Summer Preview/Dance: Bolshoi at SPAC

Some best bets for summer dance in our region, plus a full calendar of events.

Some best bets for summer dance in our region, plus a full calendar of events:

-- Trey McIntyre Project makes its final stop at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass. June 25 to 29. It’s only fitting that the marvelous contemporary dance ensemble takes its final bow at the Pillow, the same hallowed ground where Trey McIntyre Project got its official start in 2008.

For its final curtain, the program will feature the East Coast premiere of Edward Gorey-inspired “The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction,” which is set to Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor. The company will also dance “Mercury Half-Life,” set to the big sound of rock superstar band Queen.

Happily, choreographer McIntyre promises to stay in the dance-making realm, embarking on new artistic ventures. Hopefully, he will have a chance to share them at the Pillow in coming years.

-- The Chicago-based ensemble Hubbard Street Dance shows up at Jacob’s Pillow July 2 to 6. This urbane troupe — an audience favorite — will return with a knockout program that parades its innovation, talent and range. The excellent showcase will captivate with Jiri Kylian’s “Falling Angels,” Nacho Duato’s “Gnawa” and Alejandro Cerrudo’s “PACOPEPEPLUTO.”

Also this summer

Our specialized arts writers have sized up all kinds of events happening this summer.

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-- It’s always rewarding to watch our region’s most beloved ballet company, New York City Ballet, in new works. While much of its brief week-long stay at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs includes some tried and true ballets, this year’s new works should be gratifying. Peter Martins’ tango-tinged “Todo Buenos Aires,” while not new, is new to SPAC. So too will be Justin Peck’s brand new “Everywhere We Go,” to music by Sufjan Stevens, and Royal Ballet’s Liam Scarlett’s first City Ballet effort “Acheron.” July 8 to 12.

-- Paul Taylor Dance Company comes to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., July 24 to 26. Audiences can join choreographer Taylor’s 60th anniversary celebration in programs that balance his new work, “Marathon Cadenzas,” with classics such as “Cloven Kingdom” and “Funny Papers.”

There is no doubt that Taylor is the greatest living modern dance choreographer creating today. Don’t miss his seventh consecutive summer appearance at the Mahaiwe.

-- It’s not often one can see one of Russia’s greatest ballet companies outside of New York City or Washington. July 29 to Aug. 1 is your chance to see the Bolshoi Ballet close to home, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The dancers of the Bolshoi, known for their boldness and flash, should tickle in their trademark ballet: the colorful comedy “Don Quixote.” This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance that should not be missed by area balletomanes.

— Gazette dance writer Wendy Liberatore


Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 583-0022,

July 11: JP Jofre with the NYC Ballet Ensemble

The Egg, Albany. 473-1845,

July 27: Ajkun Ballet Theatre in “Revolution”

Aug. 16: Ajkun Ballet Theatre in “La Fille Mal Gardee”

Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900,

June 27 and 28: Trisha Brown Dance Company in “Proscenium Works: 1979-2011”

Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, Mass. 413-243-9919,

Ted Shawn Theatre:

June 14: Gala with Carmen de Lavallade and The Hong Kong Ballet

June 18-22: The Hong Kong Ballet

June 25-29: Trey McIntyre Project

July 2-6: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

July 9-13: Dance Theatre of Harlem

July 16-20: Ballet 2014

July 23-27: Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble

July 30-Aug. 3: Circa

Aug. 6-10: Pacific Northwest Ballet

Aug. 13-16: Companhia Urbana de Danca

Aug. 17: A Jazz Happening

Aug. 20-24: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Doris Duke Theatre:

June 20-22: Carmen de Lavallade in “As I Remember It”

June 25-29: Unreal Hip-Hop

July 2-6: T.P.O. in “Bleu!”

July 9-13: Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group in “Moses(es)”

July 16-27: Dorrance Dance

July 30-Aug. 3: Dance Heginbotham and Brooklyn Rider in “Chalk and Soot”

Aug. 6-10: David Rousseve/REALITY in “Stardust”

Aug. 13-17: doug elkins choreography, etc.

Aug. 20-24: LeeSaar The Company

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

June 7-8: BalletNext

June 21-22: New York Theatre Ballet

Made in the Shade (free outside shows) Empire State Plaza, Albany. 473-1845,

Aug. 6: Ajkun Ballet Theatre

Aug. 27: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100,

July 24-26: Paul Taylor Dance Company

Myers Dance Center, Saratoga Springs. 374-0376,

June 14: Northeast Ballet in “Pushed”

National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. 584-2225,

June 14 and 15: School of the Arts Showcase

Proctors, Schenectady. 346-6204,

Aug. 1-3 and 8-10: Cirque Eloize

PS/21, Chatham. 392-6121,

Aug. 1-2: Lionel Popkin Dance

Aug. 15-16: Jamal Jackson Dance Company

Aug. 17: Dance OMI

Aug. 22-23: Take Dance Company

Aug. 29-30: Parsons Dance

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 584-9330,

June 12: Martha Graham Dance Company

New York City Ballet:

July 8: George Balanchine’s “Raymonda Variations,” “Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “Walpurgisnacht Ballet” and “Who Cares?”

July 9: “Who Cares?,” Justin Peck’s “Everywhere We Go,” Jerome Robbins’ “Glass Pieces”

July 10, Matinee: Robbins’ “Circus Polka,” “Walpurgisnacht Ballet,” “Everywhere We Go,” “Who Cares?”

July 10, Evening: Maura Bigonzetti’s “Vespro,” Christopher Wheeldon’s “This Bitter Earth,” Peter Martins’ “Todo Buenos Aires” and Angelin Preljocaj’s “La Stravaganza”

July 11: “Raymonda Variations,” “La Stravaganza” and “Glass Pieces”

July 12, Matinee: “Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “Walpurgisnacht Ballet,” “Circus Polka,” “This Bitter Earth,” “Todo Buenos Aires” and “Everywhere We Go.”

July 12, Evening Gala: Liam Scarlett’s “Acheron,” Wheeldon’s “After the Rain,” Balanchine’s “Union Jack”

July 22: Momix

July 29-Aug. 1: Bolshoi Ballet in “Don Quixote”

Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. 584-2627.

June 15: Heart and Sole

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