Our guide to dance performances.
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER at New York City Center (through Dec. 31 at various times). Aileyâs monthlong winter season continues with a batch of premieres. Joining the repertory on Friday is the John Coltrane-inspired âMembers Donât Get Weary,â the first work for the company by one of its most captivating dancers, Jamar Roberts. On Tuesday, the troupe welcomes back âShelter,â a 1992 work by the esteemed choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar examining the effects of homelessness. On Wednesday, Talley Beattyâs ode to disco-era Los Angeles, âStack-Up,â returns to the stage. And, of course, more âRevelations,â the companyâs staple, created by Ailey in 1960 to a playlist of spirituals, gospel and blues. 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org
CHARLES ATLAS, RASHAUN MITCHELL AND SILAS RIENER at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvey Theater (Dec. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). In the early 1970s, the video artist Charles Atlas began working with the pioneering choreographer Merce Cunningham; an early collaboration was called âA Video Event.â Decades later, Mr. Atlas teams up with two former Cunningham dancers, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener â now acclaimed dance makers â on another video event called âTesseract.â The program begins with a 3D dance film, followed by a live performance that will be filmed, manipulated in the moment by Mr. Atlas, and projected behind the dancers, creating intriguing visual layers that nod to history.718-636-4100, bam.org
TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY at the Joyce Theater (Dec. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.). Trisha Brown, who made important contributions to dance in the 1960s and 1970s, and who died in March, continued creating beautiful, complex dances until just a few years ago. Here her company performs three works from this century: âGroove and Countermoveâ (2000), set to progressive jazz by Dave Douglas; âGeometry of Quietâ (2002), an intimate work to Salvatore Sciarrinoâs flute music; and âLâAmour au ThÃ©Ã¢treâ (2009), which takes inspiration from Jean-Philippe Rameauâs opera âHippolyte and Aricieâ and is a potent reminder of Brownâs gift for mixing elaborate gestural sequences with inventive partnering. 212-242-0800, joyce.org
WESLEY CHAVIS AND CORI OLINGHOUSE at Gibney Dance (Dec. 14-16 at 8 p.m.). For this iteration of Gibneyâs DoublePlus series, in which a curator selects two artists to share an evening, Dean Moss has paired Wesley Chavis and Cori Olinghouse. They are two very different artists, but Mr. Moss sees in their work attempts at personal and communal healing. In âKu In Tuo Muah,â Mr. Chavis takes breath as a point of departure. In âGrandma,â Ms. Olinghouse employs Clown Therapy â a personal improvisational practice of, in her words, âqueering the clown formâ â to address familial dynamics and offer a comical critique of consumerism and the media. 646-837-6809, gibneydance.org
DIG DANCE: NEW YORK/PACIFIC ISLAND TIME at 92Y (Dec. 8-9 at 8 p.m., Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.). This weekend, the New York cultural organization Halawai (Hawaiian for âmeetingâ) convenes a number of dance artists hailing from Hawaii and the Pacific islands who draw from the cultural traditions of those places while adding a personal, contemporary stamp. Participants, many of whom are introducing new work or work new to New York, include Pele Bauch, Kung-Yan Lin, Laura Margulies, Christopher K. Morgan, Kumu Hula Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder, Kensaku Shinohara, Paz Tanjuaquio and Te Ao Mana.212-415-5500, 92y.org
KOTA YAMAZAKI/FLUID HUG-HUG at Baryshnikov Arts Center (Dec. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m.). A centuries-old Japanese music tradition, midcentury French philosophy and post-World War II performance art meet in âDarkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination,â a new work by the choreographer Kota Yamazaki. The dancers Julian Barnett, Raja Kelly, Joanna Kotze and Mina Nishimura join Mr. Yamazaki in his study on the simultaneous strength and fragility of the body, which he can make as fluid as water or as solid and volatile as the earth.866-811-4111, bacnyc.org