‘PARIS IS BURNING’ at Film Forum (June 14-27). Jennie Livingston’s exceptional 1991 documentary, which had its premiere at Film Forum, returns to the theater after undergoing a restoration. The film chronicles several years of the Harlem drag ball scene in the 1980s and the rival houses within it. The documentary goes beyond dance and movement to explore issues of that time: homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS and poverty. Featured artists include Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey and Venus Xtravaganza.
RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL at various locations (June 18-29). This year’s festival, which takes place at nontraditional sites, is the first programmed by Lili Chopra, executive director of artistic programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She spotlights some excellent choreographers, including Pam Tanowitz, who presents her first outdoor site-specific work (Tuesday and Wednesday). For “Time Is Forever Dividing Itself Toward Innumerable Futures,” a project initiated with Sara Mearns of New York City Ballet, Tanowitz creates a piece involving small stages covered in artificial turf at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. Mearns isn’t the only dancer of note; she’ll be joined by the City Ballet principal Taylor Stanley, along with Reid Bartelme, Jason Collins, Zachary Gonder, Victor Lozano and Melissa Toogood. Subsequent River to River events feature the stellar choreographers Jennifer Monson and Sarah Michelson.
AMANDA SELWYN DANCE THEATER at New York Live Arts (June 20-22, 7 p.m.). Celebrating her 19th season, this choreographer presents “Crossroads,” a new evening-length work. Inspired by the artists René Magritte and M. C. Escher, it delves into the notion of self-discovery. The scenic and costume designer Anna-Alisa Belous collaborated with Selwyn to create for the dance a surrealistic landscape that will evoke the idea of what it’s like to choose one path over another.
PETER STATHAS DANCE at Danspace Project (June 20-22, 8 p.m.). The choreographer offers “Leaving and Coming Back,” a collection of works that Stathas, a former member of the José Limón Dance Company and Marta Renzi and Dancers, created dating from 1985. In that year, he left dance to pursue a career in physical therapy; in 2016, he returned to choreography. This showcase features several works, including “Saturday Mornings,” a personal piece from 2016 exploring the relationship between Stathas and his grandfather, a welterweight champion boxer. Also on the program are “Five Studies for a Waiter and a Business Woman” (1985), “Assuage” (2018) and the premiere of “Conundrum.”