Bryant Park

At Bryant Park, a Free Modern Dance Festival

June 24, 2015
Brian Schaefer, The New York Times

“Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance” runs through July 10. Credit Stephen Delas Heras 

The annoying thing about being a dance fan in the summer is that when the rest of the city occupies sidewalk cafes, conquers rooftop bars and snuggles up to sunset on a park bench, you’re slinking into a dark theater and suddenly it’s night. Happily, New York has a growing list of free outdoor options to address that problem, at the same time making dance part of a broader public conversation and providing an ideal picnic backdrop to boot. There’s the River to River festival in Lower Manhattan, which just ended; the Battery Dance Festival, returning in August; and the Hudson River Dance Festival, new this year.

On Friday night, Bryant Park hits the halfway point of its second modern dance festival, a weekly gathering overlooking the lawn (through July 10). This week’s menu includes Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance; BARE Dance; and 10 Hairy Legs, an all-male troupe from New Jersey that might have prickly lower limbs but moves with marble smoothness. (Bryant Park,