New York City Ballet will perform Ulysses Dove's Red Angels as part of Fall For Dance's 2013 free shows in Central Park.

Summer is winding down in the Big Apple, but there’s still time to enjoy the great out-of-doors before digging the boots and parkas out of storage. The hugely popular Fall for Dance Festival, for example, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with free performances in Central Park. Audiences have two chances—September 16 and 17 (rain date September 18)—to catch a special program featuring New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and STREB Extreme Action Company. FFD’s main performances begin at New York City Center September 25.

The Public Theater is hosting the outdoor shows at Delacorte Theater, home to the infamously tricky-to-score-tickets for Shakespeare in the Park. The drill is the same as for the Bard: Line up the morning of the shows either in person or online at for tickets to be distributed at noon. If attempts to see Love’s Labour’s Lost last month are any indication, camping out may be your best bet. Good luck, and don’t forget your lawn chair!

Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of Helene Davis Public Relations

Choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her troupe, the STREB Extreme Action Company, combine acrobatics and dance to push human physicality to its limits. Her fearlessness and endurance were developed in her adolescence, thanks to her father Leonard Streb.

"My father was a mason. I would go on jobs with him and he would have me carry pails of water from Lake Ontario. I told myself that I would keep carrying those pails until he had enough water. I wasn't going to stop until I heard the words, 'That's enough,' but he never said that, of course. This is now part of my technique and what I believe the human body is capable of: You don't ever really stop. You just acclimate and keep going. I like the idea of showing the audience something that seems physically impossible, and I think that comes from my never-say-die mentality."

STREB will help kick off the Fall for Dance festival with free performances, September 16 and 17, in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Photo by Elyssa Goodman

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