Each night of the six-day festival, now in its second year, features performances by five companies, drawn from among City Center's resident companies and visiting groups from New York and elsewhere.
City Center's resident companies include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company; the New York City Ballet, also scheduled for the festival, made City Center its home between its inception in 1948 and the completion of Lincoln Center in the mid 1960s. The Joffrey Ballet, which performed at City Center until it moved to Chicago in 1995, is also on the schedule.
Other New York companies performing at Fall for Dance include Molissa Fenley, Bill Irwin & Friends, Keigwin + Company, Lim‹n Dance Company, Benjamin Millepied, and Urban Bush Women.
National and international companies include San Francisco's Joanna Haigood, Philadelphia's Philadanco, New Zealand's Black Grace, France's Ballet de l'Op_ra de Lyon, Montreal's Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal.
Making their New York debut are Argentina's Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company, India's Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, and Mexico's Tania P_rez Compaê±ia de Danza.
Tonight's performance features Black Grace, an all-male company largely made up of Pacific Island and Maori dancers; a new work from Bill Irwin, the actor, choreographer, and clown: the Ballet de l'Op_ra de Lyon performing a William Forsythe work; New York's Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance performing Dance of the Elements; and Philadanco, which will present Ronald K. Brown's Gate Keepers.