Who: Christopher Williams Dance
What: Live performance and virtual presentation
Where: New York Live Arts lobby, 219 West Nineteenth St., and online
When: Tuesday, October 6, free in person, $5, $15, or $25 online, 7:00 and 7:30
Why: Choreographer Christopher Williams’s evening-length dance, Narcissus, was scheduled to make its world premiere at New York Live Arts, but that has been postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic lockdown. However, Williams will be offering a taste of the work both live in person and online with “A Glimpse into the World of Narcissus,” a pair of ten-minute activations taking place in NYLA’s glassed-in lobby on October 6 at 7:00 and 7:30. Set to Nikolai Tcherepnin’s 1911 score “Narcisse et Echo” for the Ballets Russes, the piece explores the classical myth through a contemporary queer perspective. The sneak peek features projected rotoscoped animations by longtime Williams collaborator Andrew Jordan, hand-painted drawings, and what Williams calls a “live, socially distanced tableau vivant” performed by Cemiyon Barber and Logan Pedon. If you want to experience the activation from the sidewalk outside NYLA, it is free and first-come, first-served, with masks and social distancing required; you can also watch it live online for $5, $15, or $25, depending on what you can afford.