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March 31, 2014

The Culture Index: Three to See

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture

Ailey II
Photo by Eduardo Patino, NYC .

Three can’t-miss cultural happenings this week.

  • Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s showcase of up-and-coming dancers and choreographers, wows audiences with the same reason-defying physicality that its older sibling displays. The troupe kicks off its 40th anniversary season with three new works and standing favorites (David Adrian Freeland Jr. and Gentry Isaiah George are pictured here in Streams), one by AAADT artistic director Robert Battle, at Ailey Citigroup Theater. April 2–13; 405 W. 55th St.; 866-811-4111; alvinailey.org. —Ingrid Skjong
  • The 19th Biennale of Sydney (You Imagine What You Desire) kicked off last week with site-specific works in six locations by more than 60 contemporary artists from around the world. One highlight: Bianca Hester’s impromptu performance events (involving, say, “solar objects” and Hula-Hoops) on Cockatoo Island. Through June 9; biennaleofsydney.com.au. —Christine Ajudua
  • On April 1, London’s Barbican will present Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor?, with artists like Damon Albarn and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke reinterpreting tunes by William Onyeabor, Nigeria’s mysterious 1970s electro-funk pioneer. (The show hits the Brooklyn Academy of Music next month [May 2–3; bam.org].) After half a decade spent tracking him down, David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label released a widely acclaimed reissue of Onyeabor’s songs last year. Now, his music will be performed live for the first time ever. Silk St.; barbican.org.uk. —C.A.

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