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    Les Ballets de Monte Carlo: Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cinderella

    New York City Center

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 18, 2016 - Sat, Feb 20, 2016

    There’s no glass slipper in this dark, sensual, and compulsively watchable 1999 ballet that strips the Cinderella fairy tale of its sugar. Set to the music of Prokofiev, Cinderella explores the untold story of Cinderella’s mother, who returns from the dead in the form of a fairy godmother. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, the trailblazing choreographer-director of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Cinderella is an unmissable chance to see the company’s 50 dancers back in New ...

    Valda Setterfield and John Scott: Lear

    New York Live Arts

    Manhattan

    Wed, Feb 17, 2016 - Sat, Feb 20, 2016

    Downtown dance legend Valda Setterfield collaborates with John Scott, Artistic Director of Dublin-based John Scott Dance, adds to a multi-year, citywide examination of the Shakespearean tragedy with a deeply personal and riveting Lear of her own.

    For Claude Shannon

    The Kitchen

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 18, 2016 - Sat, Feb 20, 2016

    In search of another relay between text and movement, For Claude Shannon -- named after the pioneering theorist of digital computer design—uses grammatical dependencies between words in a statement by Shannon to recover a linguistic structure that, in turn, generates inexhaustible possibilities for choreographic sequences.

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo: Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cinderella

131 West 55th Street

new york N.Y. 10019

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There’s no glass slipper in this dark, sensual, and compulsively watchable 1999 ballet that strips the Cinderella fairy tale of its sugar. Set to the music of Prokofiev, Cinderella explores the untold story of Cinderella’s mother, who returns from the dead in the form of a fairy godmother. Choreographed by ...

Valda Setterfield and John Scott: Lear

219 West 19th Street

New York N.Y. 10011

2126916500

Downtown dance legend Valda Setterfield collaborates with John Scott, Artistic Director of Dublin-based John Scott Dance, adds to a multi-year, citywide examination of the Shakespearean tragedy with a deeply personal and riveting Lear of her own.

For Claude Shannon

512 West 19th Street

New York N.Y. 10011

2122555793

In search of another relay between text and movement, For Claude Shannon -- named after the pioneering theorist of digital computer design—uses grammatical dependencies between words in a statement by Shannon to recover a linguistic structure that, in turn, generates inexhaustible possibilities for choreographic sequences.

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

212 West 83rd Street

New York N.Y. 10024

2127211223

Travel the world in a single museum visit! Enjoy innovative hands-on experiences and discover fascinating objects, images and information from over 50 countries.

Lincoln Center Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Wolfie the Bunn

Broadway

New York N.Y. 10023

2128755350

Families of all kinds will delight author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Zachariah OHora’s sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, and unconditional love.