This Weekend, a Dance Festival Offers Film and Conversation As Well

The CURRENT SESSIONS _PicCourtesy “The Current Sessions”

Founded in the summer of 2011 by Alexis Convento and inspired by the legacies of dance greats like Pina Bausch, Trisha Brown, and Ohad Naharin, “The Current Sessions” showcases young choreographers exploring emotionally charged subjects.

Volume III, opening tonight at Wild Project, will feature 16 dances and two films in four programs.

Among the noteworthy choreographers are Shandoah Goldman and Donna Salgado. Ms. Goldman’s “Earth Horse,” showing tonight and Sunday evening, is the first work in the festival to incorporate audience participation; Ms. Salgado’s “Working Walls 2,” showing tonight and Sunday afternoon, is its first work of contemporary ballet.

“Exercises in Repulsion” will show Saturday and Sunday evenings. The film’s director, Genna Baroni, is also a choreographer and dancer; her editing manages to capture the essence and fluidity of dance as well as details often overlooked in live performance.

To facilitate the conversation between choreographer, curator and audience, Sunday’s matinee features a post-performance discussion moderated by Jordan Isadore, co-founder of the satirical company Sara Du Jour, which pokes fun at celebrity and pop culture. The talkback encourages a dialogue about the presented works and the creative processes behind them, and will likely have a bit of bite, courtesy of Mr. Isadore.

The Current Sessions,” March 1 to 3 at Wild Project, 195 East Third Street; (212) 228-1195. Discounts tickets available to East Village residents with valid proof of address.