From original modern dance dramas to athletic explorations and abstract ballets, dance this summer has much to beguile audiences, not only in genre, but also in venue, with sizzling Latin dance being performed in outdoor spaces.
Reggie Wilson/ Fist & Heel Performance Group
The soul-stirring performers will come to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven at 222 York St., University Theatre, New Haven, 8 p.m. June 18-20 and 5 p.m. June 21. Choreographer Reggie Wilson examines the migration of people and cultures around the world in "Mose(es)" a vibrant, athletic dance that draws upon blues, slave, and spiritual cultures. Other styles such as freestyle, disco, and classical are also woven in. Tickets: $35 and $55, discounts to seniors and youth available. Information: www.art.idea.com, 888-ART-IDEA.
Adele Myers and Dancers
Heightened physical emotions will be explored by this company at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, 8 p.m. June 24-27 and 1 p.m. June 28, Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel St., New Haven, when these dancers bring their latest work, "Einstein's Happiest Thought." Four dancers perform the piece, which is a collaboration between the company, the composer, a filmmaker and a visual artist. "The work is engaging, poignant and accessible to a variety of dance enthusiasts and those new to contemporary dance as well," said Myers. The piece is robustly athletic, and plunges into the physically charged zone where risk and anticipation are explored as dancers push, pull, run and pause to music by Josh Quillen of contemporary music ensemble So Percussion. Tickets: $35 and $55, discounts to seniors and youth available. Information: www.art.idea.com, 888-ART-IDEA.
The company makes its way through the state with a summer dance caravan from July 12 - 27 with a series of free outdoor performances titled "Danza! A Celebration of Latin Choreographers." The program will feature both classical and contemporary works by Rodney Rivera of Puerto Rico, Alberto Alonso of Cuba, Daniel Fetecua Soto of Colombia, and Marcos Vedoveto from Brazil. The company will also bring two performances to New York. This year, Connecticut Ballet will have its first performance in Elizabeth Park in West Hartford July 26 in honor of arts patron Marjorie Wilder. Performances: 7:30 p.m. July 12, rain date July 13, White Memorial Foundation, 80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield; 7:30 p.m. July 19, rain date July 20, Riverfront Recapture, 50 Columbus Blvd., Hartford; 8 p.m. July 22, Levitt Pavilion for the Performance Arts, 40 Jesup Road, Westport; 7:30 p.m. July 25, rain date July 27, Ives Concert Park, Danbury, 43 Lake Ave. ext., Danbury; 7:30 p.m. July 26, rain date July 27, Elizabeth Park, 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford; 2 p.m. July 27, Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. Tickets and more information: www.connecticutballet.com.
Audiences will return to Puritan New England Aug. 7 when they present a world premiere, "The Minister's Black Veil" based upon Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story at 7 p.m. at the Welte Auditorium, Central Connecticut State University, 615 Stanley Street, New Britain. This will be one of two ballets for their summer dance program. Choreographed by Joseph Albano, the modern ballet will feature 30 dancers and will use elements of the Martha Graham technique said Albano. The noted composer for the ballet is Charles Frink, of New London, whose work is archived at Yale. Albano first choreographed the work at age 20, after having known Frink as a teacher while attending high school in New London. A pianist will perform the 45-minute work. The other ballet of the evening also features 30 dancers and is titled "Suite for Symphonic Strings," which is music by Rachmaninoff. Albano describes the ballet as very abstract, with three backdrops by Lester Polokov. "They are stunning pieces of art," said Albano of the set pieces he likened to artist Jackson Pollock. "And it is a massive piece of music — I meditated on it for six years." Tickets: $30. Information: