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This week we are recommending you go both inside and outside the black box of theater…

1. Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room at the Kitchen


The NY premiere of this installation by celebrated choreographer, director, and conceptual artist Ralph Lemon features a “lecture-performance-musical” component where Okwui Okpokwasili, April Matthis, and a video of 86-year-old Edna Carter, a rural Mississippi Delta resident, will investigate archetypal black female personae in American culture. While Lemon does not consider this a work of dance, we think dance lovers like you won’t want to miss out on this expanded format which includes a graphic reading series with dance luminaries such as Yvonne Rainer and Miguel Gutierrez.

Installation on view for FREE 10/20 – 12/5

Performances 11/3 – 11/10

Click here for the full schedule of events and tickets to the performances.


2. Ballet Next at New York Live Arts

Photo by Albert Ayzenberg.

Photo by Albert Ayzenberg.

What happens when ballet and flex dancing are combined? Led by dancer and artistic director Michele Wiles, the first week of BalletNext’s twelve show run will answer that question in a collaboration with Wiles and Jay Donn. Also featuring three premieres, by both Wiles and Brian Reeder, and live music, the latest iteration of this young company is worth checking out.

10/27 -11/7

Click here for tickets.


To send in your picks for an upcoming week, send an email to [email protected] or tweet us @diydancer #shortshortlist

Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.