Spinning, Leaping, Lunging, Tapping

September 6, 2012
The New York Times
Siobhan Burke




THE RITE OF SPRING AT 100 It’s been just about a century since the incendiary arrival of “The Rite of Spring,” when Nijinsky’s earthbound choreography and Stravinsky’s dissonant score caused riots in the Paris streets. Choreographers everywhere are paying tribute this year with their own “Rite” reconstructions and reimaginings, including a select few presented by Carolina Performing Arts: Marie Chouinard (Oct. 14); Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart (Jan. 25 and 26); The Joffrey Ballet (March 23 and 24); and Nederlands Dans Theater I (April 3). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (919) 843-3333, carolinaperformingarts.org.MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Where Ralph Lemon goes, brilliant art tends to follow. We can expect as much from “Some sweet day,” a performance series conceptualized by Mr. Lemon for MoMA’s atrium. Six illustrious American, French and Congolese contemporary choreographers come together in three pairings — Steve Paxton and Jérôme Bel, Faustin Linyekula and Dean Moss, Sarah Michelson and Deborah Hay — to let their work converse across backgrounds and generations. There will also be a “two-day interstitial performance,” as the news release puts it, by Kevin Beasley. Oct. 15-Nov. 4., (212) 708-9400, moma.org.

JOFFREY BALLET The centerpiece of the Joffrey’s fall program is an 80th anniversary presentation of Kurt Jooss’s seminal antiwar ballet, “The Green Table.” This grimly satirical portrait of peace negotiations, created in Germany between the two world wars, shares a bill with more recent works by Jiri Kylian and James Kudelka (Oct. 17-28). The season continues with a mix of Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Stanton Welch and Lar Lubovitch, through May 5. Auditorium Theater, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, (800) 982-2787, joffrey.com.