1. New York Live Arts Second Annual Live Ideas Festival: James Baldwin, This Time!
There are so many interesting events at this festival that it’s hard to know where to start! With performances by dancers, musicians, actors, as well as readings, discussions, and video, there is more than any one person could see. While I’m excited about the events themselves, I’m equally excited to see the potential for the now two year-old organization fully realized, bringing new audiences to dance performances, but also bringing dance to a larger critical discussion. It’s just one of the many ways to engage with the ideas and work of James Baldwin.
2. Levi Gonzalez at the Chocolate Factory
Levi Gonzalez makes work that straddles the line between funny and poignant. His dances have made me laugh out loud—but they’ve also stayed with me long after I left the theater. His description of his latest work, “The Craft of the Father,” about sentience and the sensory experience, indicates that he’ll be continuing in this vein, exploring serious ideas with integrity, but also with a sense of humor. Performed by Gonzalez, Kayvoun Pourazar, and Eleanor Smith.