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Just do art!

By Scott Stiffler and Kaitlyn Meade


As part of Joyce SoHo’s “In Rep” series, Brooklyn-based skybetter and associates presents the world premiere of “For Want of Sleep.” Inspired by the poetry of Philip Larkin, “Want” examine the rhythms of insomnia and partnership. Other works in the program also further choreographer Sydney Skybetter’s drive to  “draw from literary, musical, mathematical and personal texts to explore contradictory impulses for clear self-expression and the creation of abstract, narrative-free dance.”

Also on the program: 2008’s “Near Abroad” explores the physicality of partnership and loss. “Temporary Matters,” from 2011, meditates on parenthood and fleeting youth. Images from 2012’s “The Laws of Falling Bodies” reflect on jumpers, captured on film during the chaos of 9/11 — and 2012’s “Little Boy” draws on the literary works of Murakami and Borges.

On April 14, Bill Bragin of Lincoln Center and composer Sxip Shirey are the guests for a “Talkback” session, following the performance. On April 20, it’s Tim Cynova (deputy director of Fractured Atlas); and on April 22, Jennifer Edwards, of Edwards & Skybetter Change Agency. Performances take place on April 15 & 20, at 7:30pm; April 14 & 22, at 2pm. At Joyce SoHo (155 Mercer St., btw. Houston & Prince Sts.). For tickets ($18, $12 for students and seniors), call 212-242-0800 or visit Joyce.org. Also visit skybetter.org.


Climb aboard the historic steamship LILAC for Earth Celebrations’ new ecological art workshop series. In anticipation of the 4th Annual Hudson River Pageant (May 12; rain date, May 13), artist and educator Rhett Godfrey will help kids ages 7-12 create colorful marine-themed headdresses representing species native to the Hudson such as seahorses and blue crabs. Participants will also learn about the local plants and animals just under the Hudson River’s surface. The costumes you craft can be worn to the Hudson River Pageant — a day of ecological parades and performances along the Hudson meant to draw attention to local wildlife and issues like climate change. The workshops take place Sunday, April 15, 22 and 29 from 2-4pm (materials will be provided). Located on the steamship LILAC, docked at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in Tribeca. Register in advance (suggested donation, $20). Email eli@earthcelebrations.com to sign up. For more info, call 212-777-7969 or visit earthcelebrations.com.