Even as theaters stretch, yawn and ready their return, recent initiatives to expand dance’s digital presence continue to bear fruit. Beginning Sunday, the inaugural “Past, Present, Future” dance film festival, presented by the online cultural platform ALL ARTS, offers “a time capsule of the thoughts, processes and artistry” of its featured artists “at a challenging present moment.”
The first of those artists is Kyle Abraham, collaborating with the filmmaker Dehanza Rogers on “If We Were a Love Song,” set to the music of Nina Simone (Sunday, 8 p.m.). Monday brings “DANCERS (Slightly Out of Shape),” in which the filmmaker Liz Sargent documents the return to rehearsal of Pam Tanowitz and her dancers, including excerpts from a polished final performance (8 p.m.). And in “One + One Make Three,” the director Katherine Helen Fisher takes viewers “into the studio and into the air” on Tuesday with the disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light (8 p.m.).
Visit allarts.org/pastpresentfuture for free screening options.
In past years, when the weather turned warm, audiences could crowd into the East Village’s Wild Project theater for Summerworks, Clubbed Thumb’s annual new-play festival. Had a pandemic not intervened, Rinne Groff’s “The Woman’s Party” would have joined the 2020 edition. The play has instead emerged as a three-part video series, with the third part debuting this weekend on the Clubbed Thumb site (clubbedthumb.org).
Directed by Tara Ahmadinejad, the show is set in 1947 among the members and occasional opponents of the National Woman’s Party, a mostly white militant suffrage initiative that had since pivoted to passing the Equal Rights Amendment. (If you know your recent political history, you know how well that turned out.) A playwright with a profound interest in difficult women — and men — Groff clearly delights in the infighting and skirt-suited backbiting among the activists.
So come for the feminist stratagems, stay for the cast of Off Broadway favorites, Marga Gomez, Lizan Mitchell, Socorro Santiago among them, filmed in their own set-dressed homes.
Turning Back the Clock
The conductor Hannu Lintu has been keeping pace with the pen of the composer Magnus Lindberg, of late. For the Ondine label, Lintu has recorded some of the most recent orchestral material by this leading contemporary voice — including memorable takes on hyperactive-then-meditative works like “Accused” and “Al largo.”
But now Lintu is turning back the clock a bit.
His latest release with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, scheduled for release on Friday, focuses on works by Lindberg from the early 1990s. Two orchestral pieces heard here — “Marea” (1990) and “Aura” (1994)— are both commonly cited as part of Lindberg’s pivot toward less punkish sonics (compared with mid-80s works like “Kraft”).
Even so, past recordings of these pieces have tended to emphasize their more rugged aspects. (The same holds for “Related Rocks” (1997), a chamber piece, which rounds out the new album.) On this recording, Lintu and the Finnish orchestra opt for a more lush (if still bracing) overall sound, as if emphasizing connections with the recent Lindberg music in which they’ve also excelled.
SETH COLTER WALLS
Flourishes and Fairy Dust
Peter Pan doesn’t have to worry about travel guidelines when he wants to fly. And much to fans’ delight, he will soon land in a real space and a virtual one.
On Saturday and Sunday, the 92nd Street Y will present “Adventure to Neverland,” a 35-minute dance theater production. This minimalist “Peter Pan” — the audience replaces Wendy and her brothers — will be performed at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastern time at Kaufmann Concert Hall. (The Y’s safety regulations are online; because of limited seating, these performances don’t require health documentation.)
Families can also register on the Y’s website to receive a streaming link that is good for three days from the date of performance. Either way, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Directed and choreographed by Megan Doyle, with narration written by Jeffrey Sanzel, “Adventure” features a small cast portraying Peter, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys. This cheerful show invites children to learn moves like a propulsive pirate number — and, of course, shout “Aargh!”
The Chicago-born singer and producer KeiyaA has likened her performances to spiritual experiences — a description that reflects the meditative nature of her lyrics and the trance-inducing electronics that shape her alt-R&B sound. Once known in her hometown music circles as a collaborator to stars like Chance the Rapper, she drew fans of her own with an inventive debut album, last year’s “Forever, Ya Girl.”
KeiyaA produced much of that record herself, but received some support from DJ Blackpower — also known as MIKE, a New York rapper with whom she shares experimental tendencies and an abiding sense of world-weariness. The pair are set to perform a virtual concert, recorded live at the multidisciplinary arts space Pioneer Works, on Friday. Duendita, a neo-soul singer with whom MIKE has collaborated, shares the bill.
Tickets for the program, which begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time, are available at pioneerworks.org for $12. Proceeds will benefit a mutual aid fund for students at Clark University.