Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. This week’s cheat sheet to the top events includes Lunar new year celebration, another interpretation of The Velveteen Rabbit, and an exciting new exhibition at Whitney Museum of American Art. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.
This exhibition brings together paintings by five artists—Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Caitlin Keogh, and Orion Martin. Highlighting an engagement with representation among some emerging artists, the works in this group conjure a sense of space that is dimensionless and airless, like the illusionistic scenery flats used on stage and movie sets.
Concluding the company's three-year retrospective “Proscenium Works, 1979—2011” tour, Trisha Brown Dance Company presents three of Brown’s iconic, postmodern masterpieces— Set and Reset which premiered at BAM in 1983 , PRESENT TENSE (2003), and Newark (Niweweorce) (1987). The engagement marks 40 years of collaboration with BAM, where the company first performed in 1976.
With multi-media projections of the cosmos enhancing the percussive score, The Astronaut’s Tale tells the story of a young man (Abel/Ab) who dreams of becoming an astronaut and exploring the galaxy. Guided by a mysterious stranger who challenges his views on creation and fuels his desire to travel into space, he discovers romance and a drive to succeed which catapults his blast off into space, transforming his life.
Told and lovingly retold in books, movies, illustrations, ballets, and plays, Williams’ emotionally riveting and gently moral tale will see yet another deserved new life when London’s award-winning Unicorn Theatre brings the American premiere of Purni Morell’s celebrated production to The New Victory Theater.
This festive, family-friendly event will showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, playful dancing lions, beautiful melodies performed on authentic Chinese instruments, and special guest artist Gu Feng, a principal performer from the Beijing Kunqu Theater, performing his award-winning interpretation of the role of the Monkey King.