92nd St. Y, Buttenwieser Hall
395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St.
February 22 - March 24, $20-$24
The Harkness Dance Festival’s annual “Stripped/Dressed” series kicks off this weekend, bringing in innovative choreographers who first discuss their working process and show excerpts — “stripped,” with no lights or costumes — then perform the same thing “dressed,” this time with artistic adornments. Curated by Doug Varone, the season begins February 22-24 as his company, Doug Varone and Dancers, presents the world premiere set to Julia Wolfe’s “Cruel Sisters” as part of its twenty-fifth anniversary. Dazzlingly original choreographer Faye Driscoll, whose work is consistently witty and challenging, will debut a new piece March 1-3 that examines dance making, space, and performance as ritual, followed March 8-10 by the Liz Gerring Dance Company’s She Dreams in Code, which was performed in fall 2011 at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. On March 15-17, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, a Dance Company, which just blew away audiences at the Joyce with Torch, moves into Buttenwieser Hall to perform Gatekeepers, a 1999 work, originally commissioned by Philadanco, that deals with wounded soldiers. The season concludes March 22-24 with the Kate Weare Company’s Garden, in which two men and two women traipse through a mysterious natural world.