American Realness' Karol Tyminski's This is a musical at Abrons Arts Center. Photo by Ian Douglas.
For many, January is a month of self-reckoning and self-contemplation, a time to reset after the sweetmeats and sugarplums of the holiday season. Not so in the dance world. January equals opportunity. Presenters from around the globe tramp through New York’s slush and snow in search of work they want to book. For dancers and dance-makers, these see-and-be-seen weeks can be a game changer.
American Realness, a festival devoted to the artistic value of the other, joined the fun eight years ago. Founded, directed, and curated by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor, it embraces the subversive and the political. This year's iteration featured fifty-three performances of sixteen productions over eight days at multiple venues. Choosing whom to see is an exercise in #FOMO.
To read aboutKimberly Bartosik/daela’s Étroits sont les Vaisseaux, Big Dance Theater’s world premiere of Cage Shuffle, Karol Tyminski’s solo, a US premiere, This is a musical, and Trajal Harrell's Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (S), please visit The Dance Enthusiast.