Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include The Servant of Two Masters, Tango Nuevo, Othello: The Remix and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.
Pilobolus makes a triumphant return to NYU Skirball with two new exhilarating programs mixing dance, physical theater, short film, and of course Pilobolus’s unique surrealistic and magical physical language.
A timeless 18th century Italian comic masterpiece about a servant so hungry he takes on two jobs to survive. In this contemporary American adaptation, no two performances are the same. The actors improvise along with the written text in the style of commedia dell'arte. Masks, playful costumes, and original music create a fresh, bold, surprising event.
Tango Nuevo denotes a genre of Argentine music, founded and shepherded by Astor Piazzolla and Pablo Ziegler, in which traditional tango is blended with outside influences. Comprising compositions by both Piazzolla and Ziegler, Tango Nuevo is a love letter to the traditions and culture of Argentina, particularly to the city of Buenos Aires.
Othello: The Remix is an exuberant spin on Shakespeare’s tragic tale, proving that the Bard himself was the original master of rhythm and rhyme. Good storytellers borrow, but great ones steal.
Ena Swansea blurs the distinction between abstraction and figuration, working on a large scale and pushing descriptive images - snow laden branches, velvet curtains, brick facades - to their limit, manipulating the structures on the canvas. Ali Silverstein presents To Put on the Edge, a Table, a vibrant new body of work that stems from her practice of gesture and response, exploring impulse and desire through a continuous process of painting, cutting, and layering canvas.