Here are my picks for this week!
Kimberly Bartosik, a former Merce Cunningham dancer turned Bessie-award winning choreographer, presents an evening of multi-disciplinary duets with various members of her artistic ensemble, daela. The duets include dancers Joanna Koetze and Marc Mann and singers Gelsey Bell and Dave Ruder, but most intriguing is Bartosik herself with lighting designer Roderick Murray, both on stage alongside Murray’s designs. Bartosik also joins a growing list of choreographers taking inspiration from the poet Anne Carson, this time Carson’s essay “The Anthropology of Water.” Even if Bartosik isn’t the first to take on Carson in the dance world, she’s picked a source deep enough for multiple visitations.
New York Live Arts, February 26-March 1 at 7:30, $20. Discussion after the performance with Dean Moss and Kimberly Bartosik, February 27th.
2. “Petipa Exotique”
The Works & Process series continues at the Guggenheim with Pacific Northwest Ballet, which brings the work of French choreographer Marius Petipa back to the life with the help of dancers, live musicians, and dance historian and PNB assistant to the artistic director, Doug Fullington. Fullington has helped revive Petipa dances for the Bolshoi, the Bavarian State Ballet, and the PNB school, and the Guggenheim show promises to be a window into the process of both archival and revival. Where do dances go when they disappear into history, and how do we get them back?
Pacific Northwest Ballet at the Guggenheim Museum, Works & Process series. February 24 at 3 and 7:30. Buy tickets to see in person, or watch live online for free!