Powerful Dancers Counterbalance Choreographic Inconsistencies: Paul Taylor Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium

Powerful Dancers Counterbalance Choreographic Inconsistencies: Paul Taylor Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium

The first time I saw the Paul Taylor Dance Company was their performance of Esplanade in the 2008 Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center. I still recall Amy Young’s spirited leaps over that long diagonal of rose and orange-clad dancers laying prone and sometimes rolling up or downstage....
Dancers of Wabi Sabi fill Atlanta's Botanical Gardens with light

Dancers of Wabi Sabi fill Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens with light

During the summer, dancers of the Atlanta Ballet are taking to the outdoors to present contemporary works at cultural locations throughout the city. Christen takes a look at the summer chamber dance company's final 2014 performance.
{Dd} Response: David Rousseve's REALITY/Stardust

{Dd} Response: David Rousseve’s REALITY/Stardust

Text messages in white Helvetica pinged onto a black backdrop, then faded away. In REALITY/Stardust, choreographer David Roussève depicted a fragmented reality that existed in the form of these messages, sent to an unknown number by an unseen diarist. On Saturday, September 27, the messages were projected against the backdrop of...
{Dd} Critical Conversation: The continuing process of RoseAnne Spradlin's g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title)

{Dd} Critical Conversation: The continuing process of RoseAnne Spradlin’s g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title)

  Choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin and Alexandra Pinel met in the New York Live Arts Conference Room, a couple weeks before the opening of her show g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title) to talk about the work and her process inspired by her studies in chinese medicine and the idea of faith, along with...
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{ Dd } Response: Kyle Abraham's Wolves Unleashed at New York Live Arts

{ Dd } Response: Kyle Abraham’s Wolves Unleashed at New York Live Arts

  There is something to be said about witnessing an artist, who has received the incredible amount of support Kyle has, materialize an idea into a fully produced performance with beautifully tailored costumes, a standout musical performance, and subtle yet, incredibly powerful video footage. As a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and New York Live Arts’ 2012-2014 Resident Commissioned...
Powerful Dancers Counterbalance Choreographic Inconsistencies: Paul Taylor Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium

Powerful Dancers Counterbalance Choreographic Inconsistencies: Paul Taylor Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium

The first time I saw the Paul Taylor Dance Company was their performance of Esplanade in the 2008 Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center. I still recall Amy Young’s spirited leaps over that long diagonal of rose and orange-clad dancers laying prone and sometimes rolling up or downstage. That moment—reminiscent of playtime among...
Dancers of Wabi Sabi fill Atlanta's Botanical Gardens with light

Dancers of Wabi Sabi fill Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens with light

During the summer, dancers of the Atlanta Ballet are taking to the outdoors to present contemporary works at cultural locations throughout the city. Christen takes a look at the summer chamber dance company's final 2014 performance.
{Dd} Response: David Rousseve's REALITY/Stardust

{Dd} Response: David Rousseve’s REALITY/Stardust

Text messages in white Helvetica pinged onto a black backdrop, then faded away. In REALITY/Stardust, choreographer David Roussève depicted a fragmented reality that existed in the form of these messages, sent to an unknown number by an unseen diarist. On Saturday, September 27, the messages were projected against the backdrop of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center stage...
{Dd} Short Short List 10/6-10/12

{Dd} Short Short List 10/6-10/12

1. “Moment Marigold” Jodi Melnick takes on the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with live music from Steven Reker of People Get Ready. They collaborated before two years ago at New York Live Arts in a piece so good they reprised it twice, at Fall for Dance later that year and APAP in 2013. The New...
{Dd} Critical Conversation: The continuing process of RoseAnne Spradlin's g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title)

{Dd} Critical Conversation: The continuing process of RoseAnne Spradlin’s g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title)

  Choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin and Alexandra Pinel met in the New York Live Arts Conference Room, a couple weeks before the opening of her show g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title) to talk about the work and her process inspired by her studies in chinese medicine and the idea of faith, along with her collaborators which not only...
Dd Response: Laguna Dance Festival--10 years Strong, with Highs and Lows To Show

Dd Response: Laguna Dance Festival–10 years Strong, with Highs and Lows To Show

I attended two performances during Laguna Dance Festival’s four-show run this past weekend, a feast which included three works danced by BodyTraffic, two by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, two by NYCB principal Gonzalo Garcia, two by husband-and-wife duo Lorena Feijóo and Vitor Luiz of San Francisco Ballet, and one by the highly regarded ABT soloist Misty...
{Dd} Short Short List 9/22-10/5

{Dd} Short Short List 9/22-10/5

1. Kyle Abraham at NYLA   MacArthur Genius, Bessie-award winner, and all around critical darling Kyle Abraham takes over New York Live Arts for the next two weeks. Abraham’s company, Abraham.In.Motion, has been at NYLA for the past two years, the second recipient of its unique residency program that gives artists the time and funding...
{Dd} Short Short List 9/15-9/21

{Dd} Short Short List 9/15-9/21

{Dd} Short Short List   1. Trajal Harrell: Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ballroom scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?”  Trajal Harrell has been exploring this question for the last...
A Pre-Festival Conversation with Jodie Gates

A Pre-Festival Conversation with Jodie Gates

As Wendy Perron recently alerted her readership across the country, women leaders in dance are often conspicuously absent; however, she writes, that is not the case here in California, where women have in fact “made the dance scene.” Indeed, several of the dance-related resources at my fingertips, as a young choreographer and writer, from companies...
For Better or Worse — a 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival Rundown

For Better or Worse — a 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival Rundown

To fringe or not to fringe? After an 11-day foray into the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Alejandra looks at that very question, getting at the purpose behind these types of festivals.
A Perfectly Awkward 'Amateur Hour' at the 2014 Minn. Fringe Festival

A Perfectly Awkward ‘Amateur Hour’ at the 2014 Minn. Fringe Festival

  Amateur Hour at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival made me laugh. A lot.  And loudly! More than any other performance in a long time. The show was presented by English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties, a local theater company that calls its productions “a jaunty assortment of live presentations designed to amuse even the most recalcitrant of theater goers.” It was...
'Everyday Hustle' Attempts to Captivate with Commonplace at 2014 Minn. Fringe Festival

‘Everyday Hustle’ Attempts to Captivate with Commonplace at 2014 Minn. Fringe Festival

Alejandra continues her exploration of the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival with Erin Shepphard's Everyday Hustle...
{Dd} Short Short List 8/11-8/24

{Dd} Short Short List 8/11-8/24

Claire shares her {Dd} Short Short List picks for the week of Aug. 11...
Crime and Punishment Raises Questions of Influence and Affinity at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Crime and Punishment Raises Questions of Influence and Affinity at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Alejandra looks at the immersive theater experience of Live Action Set at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival...