This Year, the Fall for Dance Festival Is Digital

Emilee Geist

Fall for Dance, New York City Center’s annual festival, will be digital this year, its 17th. Performances will be recorded at City Center and available on Oct. 21 and 26, and then on demand through Nov. 1. For many of the dancers participating, the festival will be their first onstage […]

Fall for Dance, New York City Center’s annual festival, will be digital this year, its 17th. Performances will be recorded at City Center and available on Oct. 21 and 26, and then on demand through Nov. 1. For many of the dancers participating, the festival will be their first onstage performance since March, when the coronavirus outbreak closed theaters across the country.

With many performers unable to travel, this year’s programs will focus on choreographers and dancers based in the city. A mission of this year’s festival is to provide New York dancers, whose seasons have largely been canceled, an opportunity to perform onstage, Arlene Shuler, City Center’s president and chief executive, said in an interview.

While much online dance programming has been free, tickets are $15 for the Fall for Dance programs, consistent with the festival’s prices for in-person shows. Ms. Shuler cited the costs of “a very highly produced program, with very high expenses,” like health and safety protocols in place because of the coronavirus, and emphasized the importance of paying dancers and stage workers. (Tickets will be free for schools partnered with City Center Education and Community Engagement, as well as Fall for Dance Lab participants.)

Instead of the festival’s usual five programs, there will be just two this year. Each program will showcase four works, two of which will be world premiere commissions.

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