Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Unreality Bomb, DESCENT, Hardness 10, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Unreality Bomb

    FiveMyles Gallery

    Brooklyn

    Sat, Mar 17, 2018 - Sun, Apr 15, 2018

    “Unreality Bomb “ is a term first coined by Roger White in a seminal book on contemporary art titled The Contemporaries. White used this term to characterize a painting that had pieces deliberately removed from it, as a stylistic choice. White’s statement describes the work chosen for this exhibition; work that has an unseen layer removed from it by artificial and fictional means, to create an impression of space. With Unreality Bomb the painter/curator Alex ...

    Black Beauty

    New Victory Theater

    Fri, Mar 16, 2018 - Sun, Mar 25, 2018

    Black Beauty is a fun-filled twist on Anna Sewell’s classic. With storytelling at its finest by Andy Manley and Andy Cannon and a versatile set full of surprises designed by Shona Reppe, Black Beauty canters onto the New Victory stage for its U.S. Premiere from March 16-25, 2018.Synopsis:Brothers and “purveyors of fine equestrian illusions,” Andy McCuddy and Andy McCuddy  have fallen on hard times. After all, it’s hard to get a gig these days when you’re the front and back of a theatrical ...

    Hardness 10

    The Joyce Theater

    Manhattan

    Tue, Mar 20, 2018 - Sun, Mar 25, 2018

    March 20–25 at The Joyce Theater in Chelsea, Stephen Petronio Company will present the world premiere of Petronio’s Hardness 10, the third collaboration between Petronio and composer Nico Muhly. Petronio’s departure point for Hardness 10 is the nature of the diamond—a dense stone, forged under pressure into an object of brilliance and clarity. Muhly’s score was originally created in response to the “fractal images and gestures” of the Wilton Diptych, a medieval painting, circa 1393, ...

    DESCENT

    New York Live Arts

    Manhattan

    Thu, Mar 22, 2018 - Sat, Mar 24, 2018

    Choreographer and disability arts innovator Alice Sheppard, along with the Kinetic Light collaborative, announces the New York Premiere of DESCENT. Performed on a custom-designed architectural ramp installation with hills, curves, and peaks, DESCENT explores the pleasures of wheeled movement and reckless abandon. This new evening-length duet takes audiences on a transformative ride and obliterates cultural assumptions of what disability, dance, and beauty can be.  This limited engagement spans three performances March 22, 23, and 24 at New York ...

    Ailey II

    Ailey Citigroup Theater at the Joan Weill Center for Dance

    Manhattan

    Wed, Mar 14, 2018 - Sun, Mar 25, 2018

    Ailey II is returning to The Ailey Citigroup Theater from March 14 – 25 for its annual New York season. Twelve talented young dancers will prove that they are second to none in dynamic works by some of the most exciting emerging choreographers, including premieres by Juel D. Lane, Renee I. McDonald, and Darrell Grand Moultrie, and returning favorites by Jae Man Joo, Bridget L. Moore, and former Ailey dancer Marcus Willis. 

Black Beauty

209 West 42nd Street

new york N.Y. 10036

6462233010

Black Beauty is a fun-filled twist on Anna Sewell’s classic. With storytelling at its finest by Andy Manley and Andy Cannon and a versatile set full of surprises designed by Shona Reppe, Black Beauty canters onto the New Victory stage for its U.S. Premiere from March 16-25, 2018.Synopsis:Brothers and “purveyors of fine equestrian illusions,” Andy McCuddy and Andy ...

Unreality Bomb

558 St. Johns Place

brooklyn N.Y. 11238

6465049624

“Unreality Bomb “ is a term first coined by Roger White in a seminal book on contemporary art titled The Contemporaries. White used this term to characterize a painting that had pieces deliberately removed from it, as a stylistic choice. White’s statement describes the work chosen for this exhibition; work ...

Hardness 10

175 Eighth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10011

2122420800

March 20–25 at The Joyce Theater in Chelsea, Stephen Petronio Company will present the world premiere of Petronio’s Hardness 10, the third collaboration between Petronio and composer Nico Muhly. Petronio’s departure point for Hardness 10 is the nature of the diamond—a dense stone, forged under pressure into an object of ...

DESCENT

219 West 19th Street

New York N.Y. 10011

2126916500

Choreographer and disability arts innovator Alice Sheppard, along with the Kinetic Light collaborative, announces the New York Premiere of DESCENT. Performed on a custom-designed architectural ramp installation with hills, curves, and peaks, DESCENT explores the pleasures of wheeled movement and reckless abandon. This new evening-length duet takes audiences on a transformative ride and ...