Bots at the Ballet
Contemporary ballet company
Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau
Colorado) has become something of a hub
for collaborations in the Mile High City.
They first performed to live, local music in
2011, and have since dedicated nearly every
new work to hands-on experimentation with
musicians in genres ranging from Baroque
to rock. This April, with artistic director
Garrett Ammon’s ballet DIVISIONS, they
foray into the hip-hop world. The piece will
celebrate the release of the Flobots’ new
album, NOENEMIES, serving as the starting point for the band’s national
tour. April 14–16, 22–23, 29–30. wonderbound.com.
Contributors: Courtney Escoyne, Wendy Perron, Erica Prather
Ballet, According to
Justin and Misty
WASHINGT Ballet Across America returns to The Kennedy Center
with a twist: programming curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck.
Copeland has invited Nashville Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet
and Black Iris Project to perform. Peck’s picks include works by Benjamin
Millepied and Kyle Abraham, danced by their respective companies, plus
Joffrey Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon’s Fool’s Paradise. Interspersed
throughout will be film segments featuring Copeland and Peck explaining
their choices and perspectives. April 17–23. kennedy-center.org.
Crazy for Cunningham
NE W YORK CI T Y When Robert Swinston brought his French company to The
Inlets 2 (1983), with watery sounds by Cage.
Joyce last year, they were met with near euphoria. It had been more than
three years since New Yorkers had seen a Merce Cunningham evening
(Cunningham’s company ended its Legacy Tour in 2011), and the young French
dancers of Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston bristled with the
alertness that makes the master’s choreography so bracing. From
April 4–9, Swinston returns to The Joyce with three Cunningham
favorites: Place (1966), which ends with a famously thrashing
solo in a long plastic bag; the delightful How to Pass,
Kick, Fall and Run (1965), danced to a series of John
Cage’s Zen anecdotes read aloud; and the peaceful
OTTAWA To celebrate Canada’s
150th, the National Ballet of
Canada, Alberta Ballet and
Ballet BC are joining forces.
by the National Arts Centre,
will feature brand-new works by
Guillaume Côté, Jean Grand-Maître and Emily Molnar, with
composers Kevin Lau, Andrew
Staniland and Nicole Lizée,
respectively. April 20–22.
How to Pass,
Kick, Fall and Run
the dancers of