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William Nadylam and Abdou Ouologuem in "A Magic Flute." Photographer: Stephanie Berger/Lincoln Center Festival via Bloomberg

July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Watch nine very buff dancers play on a 21-foot rotating ladder.

“Ascension” is a new piece choreographed by Elizabeth Streb for her Extreme Action Company. Calling her work “PopAction,” and mixing dance, boxing, sports, rodeo, circus performance and daredevil stunts, Streb focuses on muscle-propelled risk.

It’s part of the Whitney Museum’s downtown commissions program to celebrate its future home.

Performances at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Gansevoort Plaza, Little W. 12th St. and 9th Ave. on Friday and Saturday.

Information: +1-212-570-3600;

Then head over to Pastis for cold brew and a seared tuna Nicoise salad.

Located at 9 Ninth Ave. Information: +1-212-929-4844.


Enjoy the Zen serenity of a rock juxtaposed against a steel plate, or the witty, elegant brush-strokes of “From Line” (1977), part of the Lee Ufan retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum.

This is the first U.S. show devoted to the artist, who splits his time between Japan and Paris. Last year, a 32,000-square foot Lee Ufan museum designed by Tadao Ando opened on the island of Naoshima.

“Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity” runs until Sept. 28 at 1071 5th Ave. Information: +1-212-423-3618;

Saturday Afternoon

Riding high off a year of collaborations with Thom Yorke and Burial, Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, will unleash his carefully-crafted electronica at MoMA PS1’s Warm Up on Saturday afternoon.

Expect the hypnotic intricacies of his fantastic 2010 album, “There Is Love in You.”

SBTRKT, a practitioner of dubstep beats, brings a sultry element to the gathering.

Hydrate well -- it’s a dance party.

At 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave., Long Island City. Information: +1-718-784-2084;

Saturday Night

Some of us like Peter Brook’s stripped-down staging of Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” which is visiting New York as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

This is not Julie Taymor’s eye-ball-filling, over-the-top fantasy world with its elaborate costumes and scarily balancing Queen of the Night.

But at a trim 90 minutes, the show offers a hypnotic simplicity in which silence plays a role.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

Stroll down to La Silhouette for a post-theater snack. Start with an Ice Flower cocktail on the rocks: Bombay Sapphire, St. Germain, dry vermouth plus lemon juice.

Then have some Hudson Valley foie gras with quince and pear chutney or crudo of dorade with celery root puree.

At 362 W. 53rd St. Information: +1-212-581-2400.


Can-Can dancers shake ruffled skirts at the annual Bastille Day celebration.

Thrown by the French Institute Alliance Francaise, the party offers wine and cheese, pastries, artisanal beer, as well as games, storytelling and free language lessons.

Les Chauds Lapins, Banda Magna and the Veveritse Brass Band will entertain you. And, bien sur, there will also be an accordionist and a mime.

You won’t want to miss the Citroen and Velosolex rally where dozens of the stylish French machines go on display between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The fete runs from noon to 5 p.m. on E. 60th St. between Fifth and Lexington avenues. Information: +1-212-355-6100;

Sunday Night

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Romeo and Juliet” features Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale as the doomed kids.

These folks don’t travel lightly: They’ve brought the playhouse, packing it all into 47 containers weighing more than 327 tons. Thusly has Stratford-upon-Avon come to the Park Avenue Armory.

Five plays are in rotation until Aug. 14, part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

The Armory is at 643 Park Ave. Information: +1-212-721-6500;

(With assistance from Jacob Henkoff. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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