WOW Moves Dance Fest presents an eight-week winter festival of burlesque, movement theater, and dance. The festival starts with Erika Bernabei’s “Brrrrr-lesque,” billed as a night in a 1920’s burlesque joint. Week 2 features Anne Gadwa’s “The Monster Baby Project,” an adaptation of the disturbing and fascinating solo “I Dream of Monster Babies,” recently presented on the Fresh Tracks program at DTW. Choreographers Jen Abrams, Risa Jaroslow, and Eva Lawrence share weeks three and four, with other guests, and Dora Arreola and Andrea Asssaf’s “Slain,” a dance theater work about female orgasm, hysteria, and the culpability of the Christian Church runs for three weeks to close the festival.WOW Café Theater, 59-61 E 4th St., 4th Fl. between Bowery and 2nd Ave. Tickets are $12/$10 for students. Reservations at 212 777 4280. “Brrrrr-lesque” runs Jan. 15 – 17 at 8pm.
Chinese Folk Dance Company celebrates the Year of the Monkey with five company premieres at the 19th Lunar New Year Festival. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, 566 LaGuardia Pl., at Washington Square South. Admission is $25 and $20. For tickets, call 212 992 8484. Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.
James Sewell Ballet presents the NY premiere of “Barrage,” a 30-minute improvisational ballet, set to music by Handel, Tchaikovsky, and Fat Boy Slim, among others. Also on the program are “Moving Works,” and “Love Remembered,” one of the choreographer’s first ballets. Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St. Tickets are $36 at 212 242 0800. Jan. 20 – 25, Tue. – Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 pm.
David Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Company presents “Dancing Henry Five,” a postmodern spin on William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” with famous recorded voices speaking sections of the text, voice-over narration by Valda Setterfield, and music by William Walton. Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 10th St. at Second Ave. Admission is $15 at 212 674 8194 or danspaceproject.org. Jan. 8– 11 & 15–18 at 8:30 p.m.
SB Dance from Salt Lake City presents “The Bucket,” a 60-minute trio set mostly tp Liberace. Williamsburg Arts NeXus (WAX), 205 N. 7th St. in Brooklyn. Tickets are $12 at 718 599-7997. Jan. 16, 17, & 18 at 8 p.m.—