5 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

INSITU SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE FESTIVAL at various locations (Aug. 4-5, 1-8 p.m.). One highlight of the summer dance season in New York is the opportunity to see so much of it outdoors. First introduced last year, this two-day festival returns with a robust lineup of 22 local and international dance artists who will perform at either Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park or Socrates Sculpture Park. From the postmodern pioneering choreographer Douglas Dunn to the vogueing prowess of the venerable House of Ninja, each location will feature a 75-minute set comprising four or five troupes that will repeat throughout the day so you can park-hop around Long Island City, Queens, to see every performance.
insitudancefestival.com

JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass. (through Aug. 26). This mecca of dance in the Berkshires boasts broad offerings as usual. Through Saturday, the smart and sly Monica Bill Barnes & Company presents “Happy Hour,” a cheeky, immersive satire on office parties. Through Sunday, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs works by Ohad Naharin; Crystal Pite; the company’s founder, Lou Conte; and its first resident choreographer, Alejandro Cerrudo. Meanwhile, just down the gravel path, you can see Faye Driscoll’s latest piece of dance disruption, “Thank You for Coming: Play.” From Wednesday to Aug. 12, the Pillow welcomes the New York-based choreographer Netta Yerushalmy with “Paramodernities,” which deconstructs the work of famous dance makers, and the Limón Dance Company.
413-243-0745, jacobspillow.org

KIZUNA DANCE at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Aug. 4, 7 p.m.). As part of Gibney Dance’s effort to bring free dance to public outdoor spaces, this young company, founded by Cameron McKinney in 2014, presents an hour of repertory on the Brooklyn riverfront. Kizuna, which means “bonds” or “connections between people” in Japanese, celebrates various aspects of Japanese culture, and Mr. McKinney’s works address topics such as Buddhism, the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake and the art of the Japanese painter Manabu Ikeda.
646-837-6809, gibneydance.org/performances

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Aug. 9-11, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 12, 5 p.m.). There may be no better match of artist and festival than that of Mark Morris and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival as Mr. Morris has long been celebrated for his ingenious illustrations of classical music. For this festival appearance, his company presents work spanning nearly 30 years, from 1989’s “Love Song Waltzes,” danced to Brahms, to 1996’s “I Don’t Want to Love,” set to Monteverdi madrigals, to a world premiere called “The Trout,” which takes its name from Schubert’s celebrated piano quintet.
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org/mostly-mozart-festival

TABULA RASA DANCE THEATER at Gibney Dance (Aug. 9-11, 8 p.m.). Earlier this year, Felipe Escalante founded this dance company to develop and share his sensual, athletic fusion of ballet and contemporary dance, drawing from his eclectic training in his native Mexico. As part of Gibney’s Performance Opportunity Project, Mr. Escalante presents “From the Shadow Into the Light,” a new work that responds to the ongoing global refugee crisis.
646-837-6809, gibneydance.org/performances

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