Who: Carmen de Lavallade, Bebe Neuwirth, Tony Shalhoub, Tony Yazbeck, Patricia Kalember
What: Stories about American dance and performance of newly commissioned work
Where: Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., 212-864-5400
When: Saturday, December 12, $21-$87, 7:30
Why: In conjunction with the publication of Dance in America: A Reader’s Anthology, Symphony Space is dedicating its next edition of “Selected Shorts” to writings about dance. The book, edited by Mindy Aloff, consists of works by Agnes de Mille, Lincoln Kirstein, John Updike, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Edmund Wilson, W. H. Auden, Isadora Duncan, Charles Dickens, George Balanchine, and Josephine Baker, among many others. The pieces will be read by Kennedy Center honoree and lifetime achievement Obie winner Carmen de Lavallade, two-time Tony and Emmy winner Bebe Neuwirth, Tony and Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, and Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck. The evening will be hosted by Patricia Kalember and will feature the premiere of a newly commissioned dance inspired by Ben Loory’s 2015 short story “The Cape,” choreographed by Gabrielle Lamb of Pigeonwing Dance.