Our guide to dance performances.
HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL at the 92nd Street Y (Feb. 24 through March 25). This five-week festival celebrates its 23rd season with “Then, Now & Next,” a series highlighting several companies in classic and new works. New York Theater Ballet, a chamber group led by Diana Byer, who formed the group in 1978, is up first with the program “Legends and Visionaries,” scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. It spotlights two works by Martha Clarke, the pas de trois from “The Garden of Villandry” (1979) and “Nocturne” (1978), a portrait of an aging ballerina. The evening also includes three ballets by Antony Tudor: “Soirée Musicale” (1938), “Les Mains Gauches” (1951) and the pas de deux from “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” (1943). In keeping with the sensibilities of Mr. Tudor, a choreographer of supreme restraint, it’s subtle, not showy. And at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the festival dives into the world of George Balanchine with “Dance Talk: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine and the Rise of New York City Ballet.”
THE KATHAK ENSEMBLE & FRIENDS at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (March 2-4, 8 p.m.). As part of Danspace Project’s Community Access program, this performance collective, with roots in the Indian classical dance form Kathak, presents the premiere of “We Sinful Women,” a look at the universal repression of women. Inspired by the poetry collection of the same name, this dance-theater work is choreographed by the group’s artistic director, Janaki Patrik, and features original music by Kiran Ahluwalia. In it, dancers take on women’s rights as inspired by the words of female Urdu poets: Ishrat Aafreen, Kishwar Naheed, Zehra Nigah…