Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
CREATE:ART DANCE POP-UP at the Ace Hotel (Aug. 31, 8 p.m.). Typically, the lobby of this hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood is a dark, moody cave punctured by the glow of electronic devices wielded by its trendy, itinerant inhabitants. This summer, it has also been periodically infiltrated by dance. Another pop-up dance event, curated by Create:ART and its founder, Georgia Usborne, occurs on Saturday. Participants in this iteration include Katherine Maxwell’s movement collective Hivewild, the choreographer Nicole von Arx, the dancer Isabel Umali and the musician Dustin Carlson.
DANCE NOW FESTIVAL at Joe’s Pub (Sept. 4-7, 7 p.m.). For decades, this post-Labor Day sampler platter has ushered in the busy fall season with sweet and savory snippets of dance. Over four consecutive nights, 40 local artists will face the festival’s challenge to present a “clear and complete artistic statement” in five minutes or less on the postage-stamp-size stage at Joe’s Pub. Participants range from veterans like Gus Solomons Jr. to young innovators like Caleb Teicher to under-the-radar artists like Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa, performing as binbinFactory. After this week’s competition, producers will select the 10 they feel did the best, and those dancers will then return for an encore on Sept. 26, when an overall winner will be chosen.
[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]
‘ELLINGTON ON BROADWAY’ at Birdland (Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m.). Hosted by the American Tap Dance Foundation and the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, this series of performances puts the music of the jazz great Duke Ellington in a dialogue with dance. This chapter is called “Sacred Sunday, the Gospel According to Ellington,” which features music from “My People,” Ellington’s 1963 revue about African-American history, and “A Concert of Sacred Music,” an album culled from performances in 1965 at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The Ellington center’s big band provides the music, accompanied by the vocalist Jeannine Otis and the tap dancer DeWitt Fleming Jr.