Modern dance and ballet stalwarts are visiting Brooklyn this fall, but if tickets to William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt (BAM, Sept. 30, Oct 2. – Oct. 5), Merce Cunningham’s 50th Anniversary Season (BAM, Oct.16 –18), and the acclaimed Suzanne Farrell Ballet (Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Oct. 12) are out of your price range, then you might opt for the Third Annual D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival. As part of the larger D.U.M.B.O. Arts Under the Bridge Festival and curated by Young Soon Kim, artistic director of White Wave Rehearsal and Performance Space, the dance festival features works by over 80 emerging and established choreographers from Brooklyn and beyond. Did I mention the performances are free? The festival runs from October 16 through October 19 and highlights include performances by the Martha Graham dancer Erica Dankmeyer and her Dankmeyer Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Wendy Osserman Dance Company, and Ksenia Vidyaykina, whose Trapped won her the Fringe Festival’s Excellence Award in Choreography. Encompassing a broad range of experimental dance, the festival also features aerial and trapeze works by Fly-By-Night Theater and Christina Briggs's Incidents Physical Theater. And the Limón Dance Company will perform as part of the October 16th Gala Benefit (tickets for this will cost you $100). While most of the performances will be held at the White Wave Performance and Rehearsal Space (25 Jay Street), an outdoor performance on the waterfront at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park is scheduled for Sunday, October 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tickets are free of charge and are available at the door. For more information about the festival and for a full performance schedule visit www.whitewavedance.com.
VANESSA MANKO was the former Dance Editor for the Brooklyn Rail.