A Stream of Consciousness Response: Jay Carlon’s ‘Out of Bounds’ at ACBH, Santa Monica, CA

A Stream of Consciousness Response: Jay Carlon’s ‘Out of Bounds’ at ACBH, Santa Monica, CA

Sunday, Oct. 8, 4:48 PM It feels a little strange to tell the concierge at the Annenberg Community Beach House I’m here for the performance. I go to the beach all the time—almost every day; my husband surfs—and rarely has my dance life had the occasion to intersect with the...
Sod House Theater and the Chmielewski Funtime Polka Band in "Hoopla Train"

Sod House Theater and the Chmielewski Funtime Polka Band in “Hoopla Train”

A blonde-haired boy of about nine sat in a dimly lit room, waiting for his guardian to finish up work in the kitchen. A half-finished beverage–red, in a hurricane glass, and garnished with a celery stalk–sat next to him. He was absorbed in a game on his phone in this sleepy dance...
Celebrating Dance: Shernita Anderson and James Whiteside Bring Glamour to the 2017 Bessies

Celebrating Dance: Shernita Anderson and James Whiteside Bring Glamour to the 2017 Bessies

It is the start of fall and the smell of pumpkin pie spice as well as dance award season is in the air. The 33rd Annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards happens this Monday night at NYU Skirball Center. But if you are not able to attend, this year...
Banataba: The Interrogation of a MET Collection

Banataba: The Interrogation of a MET Collection

On the second weekend of September in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s transplanted sixteenth century Spanish Velez Blanco Patio, Faustin Linyekula revealed his very personal journey through the MET’s Kingdom of Kongo collection, which eventually led him back to his ancestral village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congolese choreographer...
Alarmél Valli Celebrates Ragamala Dance Company's 25th Anniversary

Alarmél Valli Celebrates Ragamala Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary

Ragamala Dance Company marked its 25th Anniversary at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis on September 14th and 16th. I attended the Saturday night concert featuring Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli, with musicians C.K. Vasudevan (nattuvangam), Vasuda Ravi (vocal), M. Dhananjayan (mridangam), G.Raghuraman (flute), and Akkari Swarnalatha (violin). Valli is a...
The Museum Workout: Bringing Bodies Where They Belong

The Museum Workout: Bringing Bodies Where They Belong

On a recent morning in August, I found myself lying on the cool marble floor of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gazing up at the gilded silhouette of Diana, goddess of the hunt. Lying on the floor of the MET? Yes, indeed. After a whirlwind, two-mile...
Madeline Hollander's ARENA at Beach Sessions Traces and Erases

Madeline Hollander’s ARENA at Beach Sessions Traces and Erases

This Saturday, Madeline Hollander’s Arena—a series of duets for six dancers and a sand zamboni—will begin tracing and erasing a journey through the sand in Far Rockaway, Queens as part of the Beach Sessions Dance Series. Candice Thompson spoke with Hollander by phone about the the process and inspirations underpinning...
The TL Collective brings "POP Madness" to the California Plaza on 8/4

The TL Collective brings “POP Madness” to the California Plaza on 8/4

Micaela Taylor of The TL Collective has expanded her solo POP to a larger work, site specific work, POP Madness, for herself and Sam McReynolds, Austyn Rich, and Julienne Mackey. To an electronic sound score, the four explore themes of crisis, information overload, taking responsibility and having a voice as...
Momix's Opus Cactus: A Well-Crafted Spectacle Revisited

Momix’s Opus Cactus: A Well-Crafted Spectacle Revisited

After its premiere in 2001, Moses Pendelton’s Opus Cactus is enjoying a welcomed revival at The Joyce Theater. For a company who has been criticized for the overzealous use of tricks, Momix’s performance displayed a level of artistry and sophistication that did not rely on tacky spectacle. On the evening of July...
{ Dd } Response: Long Legs Short Films

{ Dd } Response: Long Legs Short Films

The evening of films entitled Long Legs Short Films is a collaborative yearly endeavor between DCTV and Dance Films Association. The mission of the program is a celebration of the universal condition of movement in human experience. The evening’s programmers Dara Messinger, Director of Public Programs at DCTV and Brighid...
Donald Byrd on Disruption and Using Dance as a Social Civic Instrument in (Im)Pulse

Donald Byrd on Disruption and Using Dance as a Social Civic Instrument in (Im)Pulse

Donald Byrd of Spectrum Dance Theater gives insight on theater of disruption and his new work (Im)Pulse, which is inspired by two artists’ works: David Wojnarowicz, a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist and playwright Brian Quirk. (Im)Pulse is a two-part dance theater work made in response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy and the...
ODE2FOOL Offers a Map of Dreams at New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix Festival

ODE2FOOL Offers a Map of Dreams at New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival

Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias will be among the 20 local and international dance artists chosen by New Dance Alliance founder and director Karen Bernard for the 2017 Performance Mix Festival at University Settlement. Billed as “part opera, part confessional, ODE2FOOL acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment, and resilience,” following...
{ Dd } Response: MIXTAPE at the Cowles

{ Dd } Response: MIXTAPE at the Cowles

On May 19, 2017, a collective of Twin Cities dance artists who range in upbringing, generation, and relationship to dance genres took to the Cowles Center stage for the opening night performance of MIXTAPE. Their goal? To ask and answer the question, “What is Hip Hop?” The cast was lead...
Watch 'days together'

Watch ‘days together’

DAYS TOGETHER from Spaces of otherness on Vimeo. After he picked up and moved to Düsseldorf to dance for Ballett am Rhein, Atlanta-born dancer and Ailey/Fordham grad Marquet K. Lee sought both an outlet for choreographic play and a break from his day job. He found that opportunity in the...
Settling In and Opening Up: Excerpts of an Interview with Deborah Jowitt

Settling In and Opening Up: Excerpts of an Interview with Deborah Jowitt

Alejandra Iannone catches up with the legendary critic, dancer, choreographer, author, and teacher upon the occasion of her receiving the 2016 “Educational Visionary” Lifetime Achievement Award from Mark DeGarmo Dance. The following are excerpts of a longer conversation about her career, writing process, and advice for younger artists and writers....
What Collaboration Looks Like At Satellite Collective

What Collaboration Looks Like At Satellite Collective

The New York-based arts nonprofit and incubator presents four new interdisciplinary works at 92Y, including a short film featuring two New York City Ballet dancers. {DIYdancer} spoke with three of the film’s collaborators.
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A Stream of Consciousness Response: Jay Carlon’s ‘Out of Bounds’ at ACBH, Santa Monica, CA

A Stream of Consciousness Response: Jay Carlon’s ‘Out of Bounds’ at ACBH, Santa Monica, CA

Sunday, Oct. 8, 4:48 PM It feels a little strange to tell the concierge at the Annenberg Community Beach House I’m here for the performance. I go to the beach all the time—almost every day; my husband surfs—and rarely has my dance life had the occasion to intersect with the sandy, windswept persona his habit...
Sod House Theater and the Chmielewski Funtime Polka Band in "Hoopla Train"

Sod House Theater and the Chmielewski Funtime Polka Band in “Hoopla Train”

A blonde-haired boy of about nine sat in a dimly lit room, waiting for his guardian to finish up work in the kitchen. A half-finished beverage–red, in a hurricane glass, and garnished with a celery stalk–sat next to him. He was absorbed in a game on his phone in this sleepy dance hall with very tired looking...
Celebrating Dance: Shernita Anderson and James Whiteside Bring Glamour to the 2017 Bessies

Celebrating Dance: Shernita Anderson and James Whiteside Bring Glamour to the 2017 Bessies

It is the start of fall and the smell of pumpkin pie spice as well as dance award season is in the air. The 33rd Annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards happens this Monday night at NYU Skirball Center. But if you are not able to attend, this year you can watch the ceremony...
Banataba: The Interrogation of a MET Collection

Banataba: The Interrogation of a MET Collection

On the second weekend of September in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s transplanted sixteenth century Spanish Velez Blanco Patio, Faustin Linyekula revealed his very personal journey through the MET’s Kingdom of Kongo collection, which eventually led him back to his ancestral village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congolese choreographer and performance artist was invited to...
Alarmél Valli Celebrates Ragamala Dance Company's 25th Anniversary

Alarmél Valli Celebrates Ragamala Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary

Ragamala Dance Company marked its 25th Anniversary at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis on September 14th and 16th. I attended the Saturday night concert featuring Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli, with musicians C.K. Vasudevan (nattuvangam), Vasuda Ravi (vocal), M. Dhananjayan (mridangam), G.Raghuraman (flute), and Akkari Swarnalatha (violin). Valli is a legendary figure in Bharatanatyam dance;...
The Museum Workout: Bringing Bodies Where They Belong

The Museum Workout: Bringing Bodies Where They Belong

On a recent morning in August, I found myself lying on the cool marble floor of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gazing up at the gilded silhouette of Diana, goddess of the hunt. Lying on the floor of the MET? Yes, indeed. After a whirlwind, two-mile guided workout through this cathedral...
Madeline Hollander's ARENA at Beach Sessions Traces and Erases

Madeline Hollander’s ARENA at Beach Sessions Traces and Erases

This Saturday, Madeline Hollander’s Arena—a series of duets for six dancers and a sand zamboni—will begin tracing and erasing a journey through the sand in Far Rockaway, Queens as part of the Beach Sessions Dance Series. Candice Thompson spoke with Hollander by phone about the the process and inspirations underpinning this enigmatic performance.  en·tro·py ˈentrəpē/...
The TL Collective brings "POP Madness" to the California Plaza on 8/4

The TL Collective brings “POP Madness” to the California Plaza on 8/4

Micaela Taylor of The TL Collective has expanded her solo POP to a larger work, site specific work, POP Madness, for herself and Sam McReynolds, Austyn Rich, and Julienne Mackey. To an electronic sound score, the four explore themes of crisis, information overload, taking responsibility and having a voice as a millennial in a world...
Momix's Opus Cactus: A Well-Crafted Spectacle Revisited

Momix’s Opus Cactus: A Well-Crafted Spectacle Revisited

After its premiere in 2001, Moses Pendelton’s Opus Cactus is enjoying a welcomed revival at The Joyce Theater. For a company who has been criticized for the overzealous use of tricks, Momix’s performance displayed a level of artistry and sophistication that did not rely on tacky spectacle. On the evening of July 6th the audience was treated...
{ Dd } Response: Long Legs Short Films

{ Dd } Response: Long Legs Short Films

The evening of films entitled Long Legs Short Films is a collaborative yearly endeavor between DCTV and Dance Films Association. The mission of the program is a celebration of the universal condition of movement in human experience. The evening’s programmers Dara Messinger, Director of Public Programs at DCTV and Brighid Greene, Programs Director at Dance...
Donald Byrd on Disruption and Using Dance as a Social Civic Instrument in (Im)Pulse

Donald Byrd on Disruption and Using Dance as a Social Civic Instrument in (Im)Pulse

Donald Byrd of Spectrum Dance Theater gives insight on theater of disruption and his new work (Im)Pulse, which is inspired by two artists’ works: David Wojnarowicz, a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist and playwright Brian Quirk. (Im)Pulse is a two-part dance theater work made in response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy and the ongoing aggression towards LGBTQ people....
ODE2FOOL Offers a Map of Dreams at New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix Festival

ODE2FOOL Offers a Map of Dreams at New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival

Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias will be among the 20 local and international dance artists chosen by New Dance Alliance founder and director Karen Bernard for the 2017 Performance Mix Festival at University Settlement. Billed as “part opera, part confessional, ODE2FOOL acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment, and resilience,” following Barnett and Tobias, along with...
{ Dd } Response: MIXTAPE at the Cowles

{ Dd } Response: MIXTAPE at the Cowles

On May 19, 2017, a collective of Twin Cities dance artists who range in upbringing, generation, and relationship to dance genres took to the Cowles Center stage for the opening night performance of MIXTAPE. Their goal? To ask and answer the question, “What is Hip Hop?” The cast was lead by a team of seven...
{ Dd } Preview: Deborah Lohse on How LMnO3 Became More Like Your Mom

{ Dd } Preview: Deborah Lohse on How LMnO3 Became More Like Your Mom

LMnO3 is Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis, and Donnell Oakley. In their latest work, More Like Your Mom, these three women explore what it means to be female today. Child-free by choice, the show “encourages the audience to engage with the multitude of ways in which we identify as women by challenging notions of femininity and...
Edwaard Liang On His Premiere at Dance Against Cancer Benefit

Edwaard Liang On His Premiere at Dance Against Cancer Benefit

On Monday, May 8th, the American Cancer Society hosted the 7th annual Dance Against Cancer performance at the AXA Equitable Theater in New York City. A group of prestigious movers and shakers from the dance world participated to support the fight against ciancer. We were fortunate enough to speak with Edwaard Liang, artistic director of...