Coming to N.Y.U. Skirball: De Keersmaeker, ‘Apollon’ and Kafka

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The N.Y.U. Skirball Center’s coming season will give New York audiences an opportunity to travel the world without leaving the city. Dance and theater from Belgium, Poland, Spain, Japan and Brazil will all be on offer at Skirball in the winter and spring.

“I think we tend to get really myopic in New York,” said Jay Wegman, Skirball’s director. “We’re the home of American theater and dance and that’s great, but there’s a whole world out there that we generally don’t get to see unless we go somewhere else.”

New Yorkers will be able to see the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s dances in the new Broadway production of “West Side Story” starting in December, but in February they will have the opportunity to see her perform in her own work. She is to appear with four dancers from her company, Rosas, in “Mitten Wir Im Leben Sind (In the Midst of Life),” a North American premiere, accompanied by a live performance of Bach’s six Cello Suites by Jean-Guihen Queyras (Feb. 13-15).

The choreographer Florentina Holzinger’s “Apollon,” from Belgium (Feb. 22-23), is an aggressive and comedic deconstruction of Balanchine’s neoclassical ballet “Apollo.” In Ms. Holzinger’s version, another North American premiere, five female dancers attack the idea of a perfect feminine form.

For Mr. Wegman, it’s important not only to present work by international artists but also to share that work in its original language. “It’s a cliché,” he said, “but there really is something that’s lost in translation.”

“Eraser Mountain,” Toshiki Okada’s environmentalist play about the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in northern Japan, will be performed in Japanese (Feb. 28-29); and Krystian Lupa’s five-hour adaptation of Kafka’s “The Trial” will be performed in Polish (March 7-8). Supertitles will be provided for both.

The Skirball winter-spring season will also include some homegrown talent. The Wooster Group will reprise “A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique),” the company’s homage to the Polish stage director Tadeusz Kantor, for two weeks beginning in late January; and Madboots Dance, a local troupe, will debut “Holy,” a Skirball commission inspired by Allen Ginsberg, in April.

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