Dance: Hot Tickets in April – May

Tonight (Tuesday, April 24) is the last session of the Bill T. Jones lectures (Toni Morrison series). Here’s an account of the second lecture/performance and soon they will be available on line Also tonight at McCarter you are out of luck if you wanted to see members of the NYCB, unless you can get standing room.

Hot tickets: Mark Morris has an unusual and tempting concert on Thursday, May 3, at Richardson. It should sell out. So should Paul Taylor on Tuesday, May 8, at McCarter. On that day, May 8, American Repertory Ballet alum (now Taylor dancer) Sean Mahoney will teach an open-to-the-public-to-watch master class from noon to 1:30 at the Princeton Ballet School studio.

Once again, I will be out of town for the always interesting “choreographers over 40” concert. otherwise known as “I’ll Have What She’s Having,” (left, pictured, Linda Mannheim).. I am willing to look at — but am not guaranteeing to post — guest reviews.

The press release for it:  The “I’ll Have What She’s Having…Dance Project” scheduled for May 4, 5, and 6 will feature new, innovative and risk taking works of dance. The representation of dance portrayed is on the cutting edge of modern dance in New Jersey, bringing forth a new perspective of dance and uniquely using the human body to finding metaphor, meaning and content through the art of dance. The performances will be held at the YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place. Tickets are $15 for seniors/students and $20 general admission and will be available at the door.

Coming up on the professional dance calendar – American Repertory Ballet in New Brunswick on May 19 and 20. (Photo left, credit George Jones) From the company: American Repertory Ballet’s 2011-2012 Season will close the curtain on a fantastic 2011-2012 season with Celebration! – a performance of repertory favorites at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theatre at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ. Performances will be on Saturday, May 19 at 8:00PM and Sunday, May 20 at 2:00PM. Following the Sunday matinée, audience members may stay in the theater to attend “Post-Performance Insights: Romeo and Juliet”.  At this ARB Access and Enrichment program, Douglas Martin and guest lecturer Jo Carney, Professor of English at The College of New Jersey, will speak about Shakespeare’s play alongside Douglas Martin’s new ballet.

In addition, student performances abound. DanceVisions’s Secret Garden is Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 and Princeton Ballet School’s Don Quixote is Sunday, May 5. 

If you know of additional performances — or want to comment on these — please put those comments in the comments section — or, if you are ‘Net challenged, email them to me. 

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