Kinetic, breathing, unpredictable, real  join us this fall for an exhilarating lineup of performances from international and New York City artists who inspire, provoke, and challenge. We’ve got two NY premieres, five North American premieres, and three world premieres! Come see something new.

FRI, SEP 9 & SAT, SEP 10

JOHN JASPERSE PROJECTS: VISITATION

This World Premiere from John Jasperse Projects is part seance and part exorcism. Created in collaboration with performers Tim BendernagelCynthia Koppe, and Doug LeCours, Visitation vacillates between pensive, introspective sensing and lush sequences of cascading movement that verge on camp. Channeling ghosts, the dance moves from present day, into the past, and back again. As we emerge from this musical time-traveling into the present, we are left to ponder how our own feelings carry us into action as we shape our collective future.

WED, SEP 14

Sarah Cameron Sunde: 36.5 New York Estuary

Interdisciplinary artist Sarah Cameron Sunde created 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea in response to Hurricane Sandy. Spanning nine years and six continents, this series of site-specific, participatory environmental artworks feature Sunde standing in ocean water for full 12–13 hour tidal cycles, as water slowly engulfs her body and then recedes. After a three-year, hyper-local community-engagement process, the project culminates in the cove in the East River where Astoria meets Long Island City, Queens, with international satellite performances and livestream hubs around the globe.

FRI, SEP 16 & SAT, SEP 17

Caroline Guiela Nguyen: FRATERNITY, A Fantastic Tale

In the U.S. premiere of Caroline Guiela Nguyen‘s, Fraternity, A Fantastic Tale, an ensemble cast of professional and amateur actors ages 16 to 79 take audiences on a fantastic voyage. In a freak incident, part of the human race disappears from the planet. Those who remain try to heal and make sense of the unexpected loss, now navigating their world without partners, parents and friends.

Co-Presented with FIAF as part of the Crossing The Line Festival

FRI, SEP 23 & SAT, SEP 24

Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods: Violet

Last seen at NYU Skirball with Until Our Hearts Stop (2018), Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods returns with VIOLET (2011), perhaps her most abstract work so far, turning to movement as its primary motor. The five dancers reveal simultaneously and singularly a landscape of energetic patterns and kinetic sculptures, a charged terrain of options. Musician Brendan Dougherty’s electronic music and drums, performed live, accompanies the dancers.

 

FRI, SEP 30 & SUN, OCT 2

Catapult Opera & Toshio Hosokowa: Hanjo

Toshio Hosokawa’s Hanjo, based on a 14th-century Noh play, is an example of Japanese storytelling brilliantly realized by one of Japan’s most important living classical music composers. The work features three singers and dancers with live music by the internationally acclaimed Talea Ensemble, conducted by Neal GorenHanjo is directed and choreographed by the renowned Italian choreographer Luca Veggetti, a frequent collaborator of Hosokowa.

SAT, OCT 15

International Contemporary Ensemble & IFCA: Peyvand (پیوند)

International Contemporary Ensemble joins with the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA) to present an evening of works related to the theme of Peyvand (پیوند), the Persian word for Connectivity, and features a world premiere by Niloufar Nourbakhsh for eight musicians, commissioned by Cheswatyr Commissions, a new joint initiative of the Cheswatyr Foundation and Composers Now.

THU, OCT 20 - SAT, OCT 22

SITI Company: Radio Macbeth

SITI Company makes its NYU Skirball debut with Radio Macbethinspired by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the AirLate at night in the guts of an abandoned theater, actors circle restlessly around the common shared warmth of a rehearsal table, moving through Shakespeare’s briefest and perhaps most magnetic play. Around them, in the perimeter of the space, the ghosts of all previous productions hover and encroach. The spirits of ambition, violence, fortune, free will, and madness flicker and glow. The actors cling to the sanity of words while the chaos of history grows to be undeniably present with them in the room.

THU, OCT 27-SAT, OCT 29

Trajal Harrell: Maggie the Cat

Troubled but tough, unloved but unbowed, Maggie the Cat is the captivating focus of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, acclaimed American choreographer Trajal Harrell places Maggie center stage in his magnetic new dance work, a dazzling and provocative fusion of high art and pop culture. Set to a soundtrack ranging from electro and pop to classical music, Maggie the Cat addresses power, gender, rejection, and inclusion through the prism of one of modern theatre’s most celebrated characters. Influenced by everything from ancient Greek theatre to the Harlem voguing underground, it’s challenging, tragic, entertaining – and ultimately joyous.

FRI, NOV 11 & SAT, NOV 12

Faso Danse Théâtre/Serge Aimé Coulibaly: WAKATT

Wakatt, the new creation by Serge Aimé Coulibaly, examines daily reality and social changes through a dance language that starts from internal violence, human instinct, urgency and the need to express oneself. Wakatt, meaning “our times” in the Mossi language of Burkina Faso, is a reflection on the fear-filled contemporary era we live in. At a time when nationalism is on the rise in most parts of the world, the starting point of this new creation is “the fear of the other”. Music and choreography take center stage in a constant exchange, with non-stop music written and performed by the musician Malik Mezzadri (Magik Malik), an Ivory-Coast-born French flutist and jazz musician.

SAT, DEC 3

International Contemporary Ensemble & Henry Threadgill / Zooid: Pathways

The International Contemporary Ensemble joins Henry Threadgill and Zooid for the N.Y. premiere of his recent work, Pathways (2019).

For over forty years, Henry Threadgill has been celebrated as one of the most forward-thinking composers and multi-instrumentalists in American music. The New York Times has called him “perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation.” Threadgill is a recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music for “In for a Penny, In for a Pound.” Threadgill is an early member of the AACM.

FRI, SEP 9 - SAT, DEC 3

Archer Eland: Textplay

In this virtual production, Tom Stoppard and Samuel Beckett – two of our greatest playwrights – find themselves trapped in some inescapable other universe, only able to communicate via text message. Together they try to make sense of their lives and legacies, grappling with (and occasionally triumphing in) a medium that has consumed us all. The play is only available to be viewed on mobile and desktop, and can be watched from anywhere. The dialog appears on your personal device as an exchange of text messages. It begins on the hour, every hour, 24 hours a day.