Don’t forget about the performing arts when putting together your culture calendar for the summer. Whether you’re looking for serious or comedic, casual or upscale, there are plenty of summer shows worth checking out. To see the full list, have a look at our Summer Art Guide.
DEMOCRACY at The Brick
May 31—July 1
Williamsburg’s experimental theater company The Brick extends its annual Summer Theme Festival Series with DEMOCRACY, a series of eight plays that make light of tough political matters.
June 20—July 1
A showcase of emerging voices in American independent cinema, this annual event features New York and North American premieres of films culled from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, and other international festivals.
Trisha Brown Dance Company at the Park Avenue Armory
July 10—July 14
Brown restages Astral Converted, the final piece of her Valiant Series that premiered in 1991 at the Park Avenue Armory. The choreography is set to a score by John Cage and features costumes and set design by Robert Rauschenberg.
River to River Festival
June 17—July 15
An arts lover’s dream comes true with this festival’s exciting roster of free music, dance, theater, visual art, and film. Artists both established and emerging will grace the streets and venues of Lower Manhattan, including the Beth Gill, Bang on a Can, Le Grand Continental, and the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Lincoln Center Festival
July 5—August 5
Expanding its offerings beyond its normal programming, this year’s Lincoln Center Festival features performances by the Paris Opera Ballet, a screening of Christian Marclay’s hypnotic 24-hour film The Clock, Cate Blanchett in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and a solo adaptation of Macbeth starring Alan Cumming.
Into the Woods at Delacorte Theater
July 23—August 25
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s whimsical Tony award-winning musical Into the Woods is the star of this year’s annual outdoor tradition, marking its fiftieth year at Delacorte Theater.
New York International Fringe Festival
One of the largest arts festivals in North America, New York Fringe features more than 200 companies from all over the world performing an array of theater bits both day and night.
The Joyce Theater’s Summer Events
Emmy award-winning choreographer Jason Samuels Smith celebrates his first season of full-length programming at The Joyce with a performance that features two world premieres, repertory works from his company ACGI (Anybody Can Get It), and excerpts from Chasing The Bird.
Film Forum is the only autonomous non-profit cinema in New York City, committed to presenting an international array of films that focus on a range of social, political, historical and cultural realities. Some of the movies scheduled for the summer include Von Stroheim, Gypsy, The Artist is Present, Annie Hall, and Funny Face.
Anthology Film Archives
For avant-garde cinema, art films, and special screenings, look no further than this East Village staple. On view this summer are King of Marvin Gardens, A Reflection of Fear, James Broughton, and screenings for The Korean American Film Festival.