The free performances continue, as the exemplary Philadelphia hip-hop outfit Illstyle & Peace Productions hits Queensbridge Park (Aug. and Bloomingdale Park (Aug. 9) for short morning shows and Marcus Garvey Park (Aug. 11) for an early-evening kids’ show. Also at Marcus Garvey Park (Aug. 9 and 10), the troupe joins the spirited but musty Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and the more current Camille A. Brown & Dancers. At East River Park (Aug. 16), the leggy and chic Francesca Harper presents «Modo Fusion: Art Prototype», a multidisciplinary deconstruction of beauty pageants. See city parks foundation.org for details.
This two-day Indian dance festival features a worthy list of performers of classical forms including kathak, bharata natyam, and mohiniyattam. The lineup on Aug. 15 spotlights one of the top bharatanatyam dancer choreographers working today, the dramatically acute Rama Vaidyanathan. A younger generation is represented by Rahul Acharya, a young male dancer specializing in kathak, a rhythmically complex form from the north, and Vijayalakshmi, a dynamic performer who is expanding the range of mohiniyattam, which originated in the coastal region of Kerala. Both Acharya and Vijayalakshmi perform again the following evening at La Mama, along with a U.K.-based dancer, Kamala Devam, who merges modern dance and bharata natyam, and a local bharatanatyam ensemble, Malini Srinivasan and Dancers.