{Dd} Response: Passing Currents

{Dd} Response: Passing Currents

Tara looks at the then and now of emerging choreographers' series The Current Sessions...
Atlanta Ballet shines in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliette

Atlanta Ballet shines in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliette

Atlanta Balle takes on Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliette, a contemporary rendition of Shakespeare’s tragedy, for the second time...
A Jolt of Energy: Dance Theater of Harlem at U of M

A Jolt of Energy: Dance Theater of Harlem at U of M

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Dance Theater of Harlem returned to the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium for a one-night only performance. The house was packed. Ultimately, it led me to reflect on a recent topic in the dance world, both online and off: the state of dance in our times. Is it...
Essay: The phone call that changed my life

Essay: The phone call that changed my life

{Dd} contributor Matthew Donnell shares his personal journey about transitioning from performer to teacher...
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{Dd} Response: Passing Currents

{Dd} Response: Passing Currents

Tara looks at the then and now of emerging choreographers' series The Current Sessions...
Atlanta Ballet shines in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliette

Atlanta Ballet shines in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliette

Atlanta Balle takes on Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliette, a contemporary rendition of Shakespeare’s tragedy, for the second time...
A Jolt of Energy: Dance Theater of Harlem at U of M

A Jolt of Energy: Dance Theater of Harlem at U of M

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Dance Theater of Harlem returned to the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium for a one-night only performance. The house was packed. Ultimately, it led me to reflect on a recent topic in the dance world, both online and off: the state of dance in our times. Is it a thriving community in which...
Essay: The phone call that changed my life

Essay: The phone call that changed my life

{Dd} contributor Matthew Donnell shares his personal journey about transitioning from performer to teacher...
Dd Response: DV8's "John" Speaks Volumes

Dd Response: DV8’s “John” Speaks Volumes

Criminal, addict, arsonist, lover, brother, and father–this, in a nutshell, is John. Choreographer and DV8 Artistic Director Lloyd Newson interviewed real-life John for his verbatim theater work on love and sexuality. As it happened, his powerful testimony inspired John, the performance (and main character). I saw it Thursday night at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, broadcast...
Natural's Not In It: Meredith Monk at BAM and Sebastião Salgado at ICP

Natural’s Not In It: Meredith Monk at BAM and Sebastião Salgado at ICP

What is it to represent nature or to speak on its behalf? Meredith Monk explored this notion in her most recent work at the BAM Harvey Theater, On Behalf of Nature, through music (voice, winds, keyboard and percussion), movement (walking, running, crawling, swaying, and gesturing with arms and hands) and video art. Monk, a visionary composer,...
{Dd} Preview: Soft Openings at Triskelion Arts

{Dd} Preview: Soft Openings at Triskelion Arts

Spark(edIt) Arts newly introduced “Soft Openings” is an evening of performance reflective of its founder, Nadia Tykulsker’s desire to engage in performance as research. Tykulsker is the artistic director of Spark(edit) Arts, a forum to bring artists and dancers together to make collaborative works of dance-theater. Having received much support from Triskelion Arts as an...
Dd Response: Lighting Brings out the Darkness of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Dd Response: Lighting Brings out the Darkness of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

Dark skirts swirled across the stage of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts last Wednesday night in Los Angeles, California. At the back of the stage hung a moon, or an orb of light I took for one. It hung in a recessed area of the back curtain that was used as an entrance...
{Dd} Critical Conversation: Learning to CRAWL with Kate Ladenheim of the People Movers

{Dd} Critical Conversation: Learning to CRAWL with Kate Ladenheim of the People Movers

Kate Ladenheim speaks with {Dd} contributor Tara Sheena about her views on extending the meaning of dance presentation, the challenges and triumphs of self-producing, and lessons she has learned on navigating the dance field in an ever-changing, technologically connected, and high risk arts landscape...
Doug Varone Returns to the NYC Stage

Doug Varone Returns to the NYC Stage

{Dd} contributor Alejandra Iannone speaks with modern dance choreographer Doug Varone in anticipation of his company's Joyce season...
Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden Celebrate Twenty Years of 'Mixing it Up'

Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden Celebrate Twenty Years of ‘Mixing it Up’

Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder Desmond Richardson speaks with {Dd} as the company prepares for its 20th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater in New York City...
Control and Chaos: Midwest Debut of "Rosas danst Rosas"

Control and Chaos: Midwest Debut of “Rosas danst Rosas”

Thirty one years after its world premiere, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas danst Rosas made its Midwest debut at the Walker Art Center this fall. A frantic, buzzing energy filled the front lobby as I made my way to the box office to collect my ticket for closing night of the run. At the window, an attendant added names...
{Dd} Short Short List 10/27-11/2

{Dd} Short Short List 10/27-11/2

  1. Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns to BAM, for its 30th anniversary at the venue, with “Kontakhof.” Created in 1978, “Kontakhof”–contact yard–is one of her earlier dance theater works, but new audiences are more likely to know it from the 2011 film “Pina.” Set in what could be a high school dance,...
SOLO: Celebrating the McKnight Foundation's 2012 and 2013 Dance Fellows

SOLO: Celebrating the McKnight Foundation’s 2012 and 2013 Dance Fellows

Alejandra takes in solo performances by the 2012 and 2013 McKnight Foundation fellows at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis...
{Dd} Response: Lubovitch Tells Stories at the Joyce

{Dd} Response: Lubovitch Tells Stories at the Joyce

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company’s 46th anniversary season program, ANCIENT TALES, was notable for its delivery as well as its content. With program notes describing ancient myths and primeval folklore, one was not expecting the evening to open with a grown man dressed in a boy scout uniform...