Chipaumire’s new work
is accompanied by her
film, El Capitan.
A Salute to Shakespeare
RALEIGH, NC Carolina Ballet has been bringing the drama with its
four-month Shakespeare festival, in honor of the playwright who
passed away 400 years ago. Most notable is the premiere of artistic
director Robert Weiss’ Macbeth. His full-length ballet includes a
prequel to the story, for those who aren’t exactly Shakespearean-prose pros. Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, April 14–17; Durham
Performing Arts Center, April 30 and May 1. carolinaballet.com.
MONTCLAIR, NJ This month, the always curious, always
compelling Nora Chipaumire continues her
exploration of the black body by asking the question,
“Why are we so threatened by black men?” In
portrait of myself as my father, the Zimbabwe-born choreographer will transform the stage
at Montclair State University into a boxing
ring to give audiences a closer look at her
study of how cultural tradition, religion and
colonialism impact black men. The gloves
come off, April 14–17. peakperfs.org.
The unstoppable Michelle Dorrance is collaborating again with
soundman-inventor-dancer-choreographer Nicholas Van Young for ETM: Double
Down. When these two created ETM: The Initial Approach two years ago, their
high-tech soundscape made the audience feel happily surrounded by the rhythms
of tapping feet. The current iteration features the ebullient hip-hop and house
dancer Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, vocalist Aaron Marcellus and bassist/composer
Greg Richardson. Dorrance Dance will present mixed bills at Pittsburgh’s Byham
Theater, April 2, and the Cleveland Public Theatre, April 7–9, before doubling
down with the ETM premiere at The Joyce Theater in New York City, April 26–
May 1. dorrancedance.com.
Electronic tap instruments
enhance the rhythms of ETM.
“Wherefore art thou
Ballet kicked off
festival in February.