Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
A PALO SECO FLAMENCO COMPANY at Queensbridge Park (July 12, 7 p.m.). This New York group, which strives to blend traditional flamenco techniques with a modern touch, performs with live musicians as part of SummerStage. Its artistic director, Rebeca Tomás, takes a bare-bones approach to her art; her company’s name refers to music that is sung a cappella or only with percussion to reveal the raw emotion within the fiery steps. Before the show, Tomás presides over a free 45-minute dance workshop. (All are welcome.)
COMPANY XIV at Company XIV (through Aug. 18). “Queen of Hearts,” a multidisciplinary work directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick, has just been extended at this troupe’s space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the production unfolds in a blend of circus, opera, magic, baroque dance and burlesque. As usual, McCormick likes to keep the stage on the decadent side of exotic. In other words, a striptease won’t be out of the question.
MERCE CUNNINGHAM: SUMMERCOOL at Rumsey Playfield (July 17, 8 p.m.). The choreographer is the subject of another tribute in his centennial year. On Wednesday, SummerStage unveils a program put together by Catherine Tharin of the 92nd Street Y. Along with a selection of solos and duets performed by Melissa Toogood, a former Cunningham company member, and Calvin Royal III, a soloist at American Ballet Theater, the A-Y/dancers, a repertory group, presents “A to Y MinEvent.” In addition, Stephen Petronio Company offers another showing of “Tread,” a sleek charmer from 1970.
DANCE ON CAMERA at Film at Lincoln Center (July 12-15). With 11 programs over four days, the 47th edition of this film festival covers movement from multiple angles, beginning with “From Knee to Heart,” which follows the story of the Spanish dancer Sol Picò. Among the many offerings, including a selection of shorts, are “Tunu,” which explores the wild landscape of East Greenland through dance, and “In This Life.” Directed by Bat-Sheva Guez and featuring Robert Fairchild, a former New York City Ballet principal, “Life” delves into the notion of grief; it includes choreography by Fairchild, Warren Craft and Christopher Wheeldon. Finally, on closing night, Bobbi Jene Smith stars in “Mari,” a narrative film directed by Georgia Parris that focuses on a dancer embroiled in a family crisis.
JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL in Becket, Mass. (through Aug. 25). This week the festival welcomes the United States debut of the London-based Umanoove in Didy Veldman’s “The Happiness Project.” Created in collaboration with the Romanian violinist and composer Alexander Balanescu, this evening-length work explores the universal drive for fulfillment (Wednesday through July 21). The fine Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble presents “Prelude and Prelude,” which hasn’t been performed since 1992, as well as his new “Sport” and excerpts from “Words” and “Grand Duo” (Wednesday through July 21). Other events include, on Friday, a performance by Charlotte Ballet; on Saturday, Dog Dance, a participatory event for people and their dogs (yes, really), and PillowTalk: Remembering Arthur Mitchell; and, on Wednesday, Douglas Webster’s Ice Dance International. Here, synthetic ice is a must; works are by Trey McIntyre, Edward Villella, Benoît Richaud and Douglas Webster.
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MARIA KOCHETKOVA at the Joyce Theater (July 16-17, 7:30 p.m.; July 18, 8 p.m.; through July 21). This acclaimed ballet dancer, who has graced several companies including San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theater, presents “Catch Her if You Can,” which celebrates Kochetkova’s first year as an independent artist. The program, a mix of old and new dances, features works by William Forsythe, Drew Jacoby, Myles Thatcher, David Dawson, Marco Goecke and Marcos Morau. In addition, the French conceptual choreographer Jérôme Bel has created “Masha Machine,” a solo that peers into the interiority of Kochetkova, whose nickname is Masha.
VICTORY DANCE at the New Victory Theater (July 18, 7 p.m.). This summer event provides free shows and arts education for the children of New York City. It also offers select public performances. On Thursday, one such showcase features Ty Defoe’s “Hoop of Life” and the Chase Brock Experience’s “Splendor We Only Partially Imagined,” as well as excerpts from Elisa Monte Dance’s “Things Past” and from Brian Brooks Moving Company’s “Torrent.”
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