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Abigail Levine will recreate Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #56,” according to the artist’s painstaking written instructions, as a choreographic exercise at Fridman Gallery over five days. See listing below.

Adam Brown

Our guide to dance performances.

BALLET FESTIVAL at the Joyce Theater (through July 29). This festival of small and enterprising ballet troupes continues with Claudia Schreier & Company (Friday and Saturday), Cirio Collective (Sunday and Monday), Gemma Bond Dance (Tuesday and Wednesday), and Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (Thursday through July 29). Although they create their work outside of large institutions, many of the choreographers have culled their dancers from the ranks of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet and other established companies. Among the high-profile guests is the former City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, who appears on Ms. Schreier’s program.
212-242-0800, joyce.org

DANCE-MOBILE at Brooklyn Bridge Park (July 22, 5:30 and 7 p.m.) and Union Square Park (July 27, 5 p.m.). Pack a picnic and clothes you can move in for the next installment of Gibney Dance’s free, roving summer series. On Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Kinesis Project, led by Melissa Riker, offers Class in the Grass, an all-levels contemporary dance class in Brooklyn Bridge Park, followed by excerpts from a new work at 7 p.m. Across the East River, in Union Square Park, Gibney Dance Company will perform Gina Gibney’s “Folding In” at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
646-837-6809, gibneydance.org

ABIGAIL LEVINE at Fridman Gallery (July 23-27, noon to 6 p.m.). A square white wall, 12 feet on each side, is Ms. Levine’s canvas for “Restagings No. 1: Choreographing LeWitt,” a 25-hour performance unfolding over five days. Interpreting the written instructions for Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #56” (1970) as a choreographic score, Ms. Levine will complete the 3,744 lines with attention to the physicality of drawing, raising questions about precision, reproduction and impermanence. Accompanied by Dave Ruder’s sound design, the performance is the first in her “Restagings” series, which considers the body’s role in the production of visual art.
646-775-6406, fridmangallery.com

TALKING PICTURES: THE CINEMA OF YVONNE RAINER at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (July 21-27). After revolutionizing dance in the 1960s, Ms. Rainer, a founding member of Judson Dance Theater, turned her attention to filmmaking, not to return to the dance world for more than 20 years. The Film Society presents this retrospective of her work for the screen — the first in New York in over a decade — organized by Thomas Beard. The series also includes films by Ms. Rainer’s contemporaries and influences, including Charles Atlas’s “Rainer Variations” and Andy Warhol’s “Paul Swan.” Ms. Rainer joins the novelist and critic Lynne Tillman for a conversation at 7 p.m. on Monday.
212-875-5232, filmlinc.org

3 FOR 3 at Situations (July 25, 6-9 p.m.). The dancer Alexandra Albrecht organizes this free gallery showing of works in progress on the Lower East Side. Visitors can come and go as they please as the choreographers Christine Elmo, Kyli Kleven and Nehemoyia Young try out new ideas.

VICTORY DANCE at the Duke on 42nd Street (July 27, 7 p.m.). Created for dancegoers 8 and up, this lively series continues with works by Preeti Vasudevan, Ronald K. Brown and Heidi Latsky. In “Me … You,” an excerpt from “Études,” Ms. Vasudevan joins forces with the New York City Ballet principal Amar Ramasar to create a dialogue between classical ballet and South Indian Bharatanatyam. Ms. Vasudevan also performs “Boxed,” a pared-down Bharatanatyam solo with live percussion and vocals. Mr. Brown, with his company Evidence, presents his spirited exploration of Afro-Cuban rhythms, “Why You Follow,” and Ms. Latsky offers “STAMPedTIME,” a new work for 10 dancers. The program repeats on Aug. 3.
646-223-3010, newvictory.org

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