The New World Center and its adjacent SoundScape Park have hosted some awesome cultural events — New World Symphony Wallcasts, Borscht Film Festival screenings, you name it — but one of the most captivating uses of the space took place during Sleepless Night 2011. The members of Project Bandaloop literally danced on the side of the building while suspended by silks that the performers twisted and climbed to create a modern ballet in thin air. The venue hasn’t seen anything like it since.
But director Ang Lee’s 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon could bring back some of that magic. It’s the story of an 18th-century Chinese swordsman and the warrior woman he loves, but it’s also a masterpiece of otherworldly choreography. In battles, its characters perform flying leaps, execute superhuman flips, and rebound off walls as if they were fighting in a gravity-free space. The only thing missing is the silks.
Wed., March 20, 8 p.m., 2013