Worth the Drive? Ballets Jazz Montreal's L.A. Appearance

Worth the Drive? Ballets Jazz Montreal’s L.A. Appearance

Seeing a dance that’s set to music to which you’ve also choreographed is unsettling in the same way hearing a song can remind you of a cheating ex. So I was not poised to enjoy “Zero In On,” a duet choreographed by Cayetano Soto. The piece of music in question...
The Martha Graham Company Looks Back and Leaps Forward

The Martha Graham Company Looks Back and Leaps Forward

“So, what do you think? Was Martha Graham a genius?” I couldn’t help but overhear the two men chatting behind me as I sat in Northrop Auditorium waiting for the second half of the Martha Graham Company’s program on April 10, 2015. The answer they gave escapes me completely—I became absorbed...
Clouds going up—on a Tuesday: Stephen Petronio Company at the Joyce

Clouds going up—on a Tuesday: Stephen Petronio Company at the Joyce

Rebecca responds to Petronio Company's opening night of their 30th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater.
Dd Exclusive: Stephen Petronio Shows His Bloodlines

Dd Exclusive: Stephen Petronio Shows His Bloodlines

Nicole gets a first-hand rundown on Petronio's latest project, biggest influences, and visions for the future of his company.
Correira Agwa crosses boundaries at Northrop Auditorium

Correira Agwa crosses boundaries at Northrop Auditorium

Alejandra examines the athleticism and cross-cultural influences of France's Compagnie Käfig...
{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 Ballet 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...
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An American in Paris: More Than You Could Ask For

An American in Paris: More Than You Could Ask For

Leah gets swept away by Broadway's American in Paris...
Worth the Drive? Ballets Jazz Montreal's L.A. Appearance

Worth the Drive? Ballets Jazz Montreal’s L.A. Appearance

Seeing a dance that’s set to music to which you’ve also choreographed is unsettling in the same way hearing a song can remind you of a cheating ex. So I was not poised to enjoy “Zero In On,” a duet choreographed by Cayetano Soto. The piece of music in question is “The Opening” by Philip...
The Martha Graham Company Looks Back and Leaps Forward

The Martha Graham Company Looks Back and Leaps Forward

“So, what do you think? Was Martha Graham a genius?” I couldn’t help but overhear the two men chatting behind me as I sat in Northrop Auditorium waiting for the second half of the Martha Graham Company’s program on April 10, 2015. The answer they gave escapes me completely—I became absorbed in trying to answer the...
Clouds going up—on a Tuesday: Stephen Petronio Company at the Joyce

Clouds going up—on a Tuesday: Stephen Petronio Company at the Joyce

Rebecca responds to Petronio Company's opening night of their 30th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater.
Dd Exclusive: Stephen Petronio Shows His Bloodlines

Dd Exclusive: Stephen Petronio Shows His Bloodlines

Nicole gets a first-hand rundown on Petronio's latest project, biggest influences, and visions for the future of his company.
Correira Agwa crosses boundaries at Northrop Auditorium

Correira Agwa crosses boundaries at Northrop Auditorium

Alejandra examines the athleticism and cross-cultural influences of France's Compagnie Käfig...
{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 Ballet 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...