Zimmer on Dance: Ballet X, Fall for Dance, Bijayini Satpathy

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER (For Part I of Zimmer’s fall dance column, click here.)

Photo via Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Bijayini Satpathy: ABHIPSAA — a seeking | Conceived and developed during the pandemic, this new work in the Odissi tradition had its first performances at Duke University in 2021, and makes its New York premiere in Chelsea, at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Dancer-choreographer Satpathy reimagines the classical norms of her tradition, discovering new directions in physical, emotional, and spiritual realms. On October 2, Satpathy and Alastair Macaulay will discuss ODISSI | Tradition & Innovation in Studio 5 at City Center (go in person or watch video on demand; click here for more info). She’ll also appear at Fall for Dance on October 7 & 8 (click here for info).

“ABHIPSAA — a seekin” is performed Thursday, September 21 & Friday, September 22 at 7pm at Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater (450 W. 37th St. btw. 9th & 10th Aves.). To purchase tickets (from $35) and learn more about the Center’s three-tiered ticketing system and membership benefits, click here. To visit Satpathy’s website, click here.

Ballet X dancer Shawn Cusseaux. | Photo by Vandy Photography

Ballet X | This Philly-based chamber dance company has been doing consistently strong work since 2005, when it was founded by Matthew Neenan and Christine Cox. Now under Cox’s direction, it comes to town with Honey by Ailey alum Jamar Roberts, Sacred Impermanence by local favorite Darrell Grand Moultrie,  and Jennifer Archibald’s Exalt, which fuses ballet with street dance.

Photo of Ballet X’s Francesca Forcella by Vandy Photography.

September 27-October 1 at the Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Ave. at W. 19th St.). Wed. at 7:30pm; Fri./Sat. at 8pm; and Sat./Sun. at 2pm. There is a “Curtain Chat” following the Sept. 28 performance. Tickets are $62-$82 including fees and prices are subject to change. (Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 to inquire about $10 tickets.) To order tickets online, click here to visit the Ballet X page on the Joyce website. On Sat. Sept. 30 at 2pm, Ballet X appears as part of West Side Fest (“a free daylong, multi-site celebration bringing together the best of arts and culture on Manhattan’s West Side”). For info, click here to visit the festival website. To visit the Ballet X website, click here.

Fall for Dance’s Conrad Tao & Caleb Teicher. | Photo by Richard Termine

Fall for Dance | The 20th edition of this marvelous festival, a series of appetizers for dance audiences, opens with a party in the adjacent atrium; listen to hits from 2004 and enjoy discounted food and drinks. Onstage at Program 1 (Wed.-Thurs.) are Ballet BC performing Crystal Pite’s The Statement; tap master Caleb Teicher with Conrad Tao offering their version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; and Gibney Company in Sonya Tayeh’s Oh Courage! On Friday and Saturday, Program 2 includes Toronto’s Côté Danse in Guillame Côté’s X (Dix) to music by Son Lux; NYCB’s Sara Mearns and bass-baritone Davóne Tines in Bobbi Jene Smith’s MASS to Caroline Shaw’s music; and Madrid’s Sergio Bernal Dance Company, blending ballet and flamenco.

Wednesday, September 27 through Sunday, October 8 at New York City Center (131 W. 55th St. btw. 6th & 7th Aves.). All shows at 8pm; Sunday, October 8 at 3pm. For tickets ($20) and info, click here. For content of Program 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, click here.


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