Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
BALLET FESTIVAL at the Joyce Theater (Aug. 8-10, 8 p.m.; Aug. 11, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 15, 8 p.m.; through Aug. 18). This ballet event continues with four programs curated by artists and dancers associated with the Royal Ballet, including Kevin O’Hare, its artistic director; on Thursday and Friday, he presents pieces by Frederick Ashton, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon and others. Beginning on Saturday, Lauren Cuthbertson, a principal, invites guests from American Ballet Theater and National Ballet of Canada for a program featuring a premiere by Gemma Bond. Starting on Tuesday, the designer Jean-Marc Puissant organizes another that showcases, among other acts, David Hallberg (of American Ballet Theater and Bolshoi Ballet) and Joseph Gordon (of New York City Ballet) in Maurice Béjart’s “Song of a Wayfarer.”
BATTERY DANCE FESTIVAL at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park (Aug. 11-16, 7-9 p.m.; through Aug. 17). This festival, which started in 1982, returns to Lower Manhattan for a week of outdoor shows, as well as one at the Schimmel Center on Aug. 17. As always, the event includes dance companies and artists from around the world; this year, expect performers from Argentina, Austria, Curaçao, France, India, Iraq, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Turkey. And it wouldn’t be the Battery Dance Festival without a celebration, on Thursday, of Indian Independence Day. The focus is on Manipuri dance with Darshana Jhaveri & Drummers and Dancers of Manipur. Audience members have the chance to dance, too: After each outdoor show, artists will lead participants in a movement adventure of their own.
KIM BRANDT at Green-Wood Cemetery (Aug. 10, 6 p.m.). As part of the site-specific series Graveyard Shift, Pioneer Works welcomes this choreographer in “Untitled (Green-Wood),” her first outdoor work. She takes inspiration from the cemetery’s landscape, specifically Cedar Dell, its oldest section. In this quiet, unique setting, the performers will move with a focus on circles, spheres, spirals and loops. One of Brandt’s choreographic queries deals with how a place informs the motions in the body; here, she also expands on her investigation of gravity and inertia.
CLARK CENTER NYC at El Barrio Artspace PS109 (Aug. 14, 6 p.m.). This institution, formed to preserve the history and the legacy of the Clark Center for the Performing Arts (1959-89),which provided opportunities for dancers of color, celebrates its organization’s 60th anniversary with performances and classes, along with a one-of-a-kind panel discussion. It focuses on three important dancers: Ella Thompson Moore, Nat Horne and Dorene Richardson, who performed in Alvin Ailey’s first concert at the 92nd Street Y in 1958. One of the works unveiled in that program is now a classic: “Blues Suite.” The conversation will be moderated by Jill Williams, executive director of Clark Center NYC. More events (see the SummerStage listing), including classes and film screenings, run through Aug. 17.
JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL in Becket, Mass. (through Aug. 25). Starting on Wednesday, the festival hosts an exclusive: Sara Mearns: Beyond Ballet, in which the New York City Ballet principal presents a program of her collaborations, including the premiere of “Opulence” with the choreographer Jodi Melnick; “No. 1,” a duet with Honji Wang of the French hip-hop duo Wang Ramirez; a solo by Christopher Williams from his in-progress “Daphnis & Chloé”; Liz Gerring’s “Duet” with Ashley Bouder; and “Ekstasis,” a lost 1933 solo by Martha Graham reimagined by Virginie Mécène. Mearns also performs with Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Company as part of an outdoor Inside/Out presentation, “The Art of Isadora,” on Friday. The other major appearance features the Martha Graham Dance Company in a pair of classic Graham works — “Appalachian Spring” and “Chronicle” — as well as a suite of “Lamentation Variations” and the recent “Deo” by Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith.
SUMMERSTAGE at various locations (Aug. 9 and 15, 7-9 p.m.). This annual festival hosts two dance events starting with Elisa Monte Dance on Friday at East River Park. The company, now led by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, presents a program highlighted by Monte’s “Treading,” a hypnotic duet set to music by Steve Reich, in celebration of the work’s 40th anniversary. And on Thursday, another anniversary is honored: the 60th year of the Clark Center, at Marcus Garvey Park. The program features Philadanco! the Philadelphia Dance Company; 5Plus Ensemble, which features dancers 50 and older and includes the former Ailey dancers Hope Clarke and Michael Thomas; Dyane Harvey-Salaam; Juel D. Lane; Amy Hall Garner Dance; and the HSA Dance Ensemble, which is made up of young dancers from Harlem School of the Arts.