{ Dd } Response: Pilobolus' Minnesota Marathon

{ Dd } Response: Pilobolus’ Minnesota Marathon

Pilobolus makes me wonder: Is that dancer being lifted by the neck, or is it just a clever illusion? Have I ever seen someone’s spine move like that? How strong am I? The company, dating from 1971, mixes theatricality with Herculean strength and a surgeon’s precision to create spectacular moving images that...
{ Dd } Short Short List 5/16 - 5/22

{ Dd } Short Short List 5/16 – 5/22

This week, two exciting new performances take us through time and space, from the New Deal to now and the Deep South to Fort Greene, Brooklyn to that blood pumping organ in your chest…
{ Dd } Response: TAIKO Project is Powerful, Precise

{ Dd } Response: TAIKO Project is Powerful, Precise

The Ordway Center for Performing Arts shook with the sounds of Los Angeles’ TAIKO Project— a contemporary look at the sights and sounds of traditional Taiko drumming— on Saturday, April 23rd. TAIKO Project ‘s choreographed, rhythmic performance sent through the seats, walls, and floors vibrations so strong that I wondered...
{ Dd } Response:  Crude and Classic Mix in "Bullets"

{ Dd } Response: Crude and Classic Mix in “Bullets”

As I left the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on April 14th, yellow streamers caught onto my boots and dragged along the floor behind me, like toilet paper stuck to a shoe. It was a fitting end to my experience at the Minnesota premiere of Bullets Over Broadway, an audacious, raunchy musical...
Pennsylvania Ballet Ushers in a New Era at the Joyce

Pennsylvania Ballet Ushers in a New Era at the Joyce

“I have always believed that the audience must be blown away by what’s on stage…” This from Angel Corella, in his program note for Pennsylvania Ballet’s recent appearance at The Joyce (March 29-April 3). As a performer, Corella reliably achieved this effect, and he is clearly striving to build a...
Mark Morris at Northrop: A Trip to the Museum

Mark Morris at Northrop: A Trip to the Museum

Mark Morris’s Dido and Aeneas was created in 1989, in Belgium. I saw it for the first time on March 30, 2016, in Minneapolis. In this work, Morris’ once-irreverent movement style intersects with ancient Greek mythology and English composer Henry Purcell’s 17th century opera to tell the tragic story of two...
Getting Over the Hump with Lara Wilson of The Assembly

Getting Over the Hump with Lara Wilson of The Assembly

Dd contributor and dance renaissance woman Lara Wilson will be performing with her company, The Assembly, this weekend as part of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s Friends and Famous Dances. Established in 2014 and based in LA, The Assembly is a collaborative company of artists, choreographers and dancers working to incubate new...
{ Dd } Short Short List 3/14 - 3/20

{ Dd } Short Short List 3/14 – 3/20

Happy Pi Day! In celebration of math’s most famous ratio, this week’s picks explore probability and come full circle….
{ Dd } Response: SEOP Balances Extremes in "A Man's Requiem"

{ Dd } Response: SEOP Balances Extremes in “A Man’s Requiem”

I made my way to see SEOP Dance Company at the Ordway Theater on March 5th, with no pre-conceived notions, no expectations, no prior knowledge of any kind; only the kind of anticipation that accompanies the rare chance of experiencing something totally unknown. South Korea’s SEOP Dance Company, founded in...
Getting Over the Hump with Jeffrey Cirio as He Preps Two Landmark Seasons

Getting Over the Hump with Jeffrey Cirio as He Preps Two Landmark Seasons

Jeffrey Cirio surprised the ballet world last year when he left a principal position with Boston Ballet to take a soloist position with American Ballet Theatre. Eschewing the comfortable for the challenging, he also launched Cirio Collective, a collaborative dance project of which he is the artistic director and main...
{ Dd } Short Short List: 3/7 - 3/13

{ Dd } Short Short List: 3/7 – 3/13

After last week’s lean into experimental performance, get back to your roots this week with modern dance pioneers and a dance form older than jazz music…shows in NYC and ATL.
{ Dd } Response: Pacific Northwest Ballet Thrills at New York City Center

{ Dd } Response: Pacific Northwest Ballet Thrills at New York City Center

For anyone inclined to question the fact that dancers are athletes as well as artists, an evening with the Pacific Northwest Ballet should be required viewing. The Seattle-based company paid a visit to New York City Center from February 24 through 27, bringing with it two programs — the first,...
{ Dd } Response: Bronx Gothic Bears Witness to Many Lives through One Body

{ Dd } Response: Bronx Gothic Bears Witness to Many Lives through One Body

Last Thursday night at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, Bronx Gothic conjured centuries of allusions to the genre of literature its title references: a setting among metropolitan ruins, romantic notions of adolescence (however perverse and subverted), hints of sinister events, elements of the grotesque, and the shifting voices of a complex...
{ Dd } Response : Story Trumps Dance in Ordway's "A Chorus Line"

{ Dd } Response : Story Trumps Dance in Ordway’s “A Chorus Line”

Until this winter, I had only seen the movie version of A Chorus Line. On February 18, I got the chance to see the musical come to life on a stage at St. Paul’s historic Ordway Theater. Though the two versions are mostly similar, they differ at certain points in the score...
Getting Over the Hump: BalletX's Caili Quan Cooks Comfort Food for Friends

Getting Over the Hump: BalletX’s Caili Quan Cooks Comfort Food for Friends

BalletX dancer Caili Quan weighs in on keeping her energy and spirit up in the middle of long rehearsal weeks. You can catch her performing in the BalletX’s Spring Series this April at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.
{ Dd } Short Short List 2/29 - 3/6

{ Dd } Short Short List 2/29 – 3/6

This week began with 24 extra hours, why not use some of those leap year hours to try out some experimental dance performance? Here are two places to expand your horizons this week–for FREE!– in Chicago and NYC.
{ Dd } Response: Jessica Lang's Poignant, Nuanced, Intelligent Dances

{ Dd } Response: Jessica Lang’s Poignant, Nuanced, Intelligent Dances

Nuance takes skill. Nuance is hard. And nuance is beautiful, maybe more beautiful than any series of turns or overhead lift might be. Choreographer Jessica Lang can manipulate movement in a manner that is so nuanced, it is virtuosic. So I was disturbed by some of the audience commentary I heard during...
Fairy Tale Mash-Up: Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Cinderella Makes a Splash at City Center

Fairy Tale Mash-Up: Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Cinderella Makes a Splash at City Center

Last Thursday, I took a trip down the rabbit hole — with a thousand or so of my closest friends. Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cinderella, which came to New York City Center with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo from February 18 through 21, is a handful of fairy tales rolled into one:...
{Dd} Response: The Media and Maillot's Post-War Dance

{Dd} Response: The Media and Maillot’s Post-War Dance

We live in an era of never-ending entertainment, mediated by the screens surrounding us constantly. Choré, performed this weekend by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts and choreographed by Artistic Director Jean-Christophe Maillot, sent me back in time to the beginnings of the...
{Dd} Response: Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago at Northrop

{Dd} Response: Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago at Northrop

Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago brought contemporary lines, chic silhouettes, and a corporate sensibility to the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop Auditorium on January 30th , 2016.
{ Dd } Response: Huang Yi & KUKA at Georgia Tech

{ Dd } Response: Huang Yi & KUKA at Georgia Tech

After HUANG YI & KUKA’s incredibly modern performance a couple weeks ago, I walked out of Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center thinking back to an analog moment in the late 1960’s when a poem presaged this ideal balance between robot and human: Richard Brautigan’s “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving...
Getting Over the Hump: Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes Schedules in Happy Hour (the show)

Getting Over the Hump: Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes Schedules in Happy Hour (the show)

Monica Bill Barnes has been on roll for the last year and seems intent on keeping the momentum going. As she continues to tour her incredibly poignant show with This American Life‘s Ira Glass, Three Acts Two Dancers One Radio Host, Barnes is also adding in a weekly Wednesday gig...
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{ Dd } Response: Pilobolus' Minnesota Marathon

{ Dd } Response: Pilobolus’ Minnesota Marathon

Pilobolus makes me wonder: Is that dancer being lifted by the neck, or is it just a clever illusion? Have I ever seen someone’s spine move like that? How strong am I? The company, dating from 1971, mixes theatricality with Herculean strength and a surgeon’s precision to create spectacular moving images that soothe and startle. Their May 20th...
{ Dd } Short Short List 5/16 - 5/22

{ Dd } Short Short List 5/16 – 5/22

This week, two exciting new performances take us through time and space, from the New Deal to now and the Deep South to Fort Greene, Brooklyn to that blood pumping organ in your chest…
{ Dd } Response: TAIKO Project is Powerful, Precise

{ Dd } Response: TAIKO Project is Powerful, Precise

The Ordway Center for Performing Arts shook with the sounds of Los Angeles’ TAIKO Project— a contemporary look at the sights and sounds of traditional Taiko drumming— on Saturday, April 23rd. TAIKO Project ‘s choreographed, rhythmic performance sent through the seats, walls, and floors vibrations so strong that I wondered how things were going for...
{ Dd } Response:  Crude and Classic Mix in "Bullets"

{ Dd } Response: Crude and Classic Mix in “Bullets”

As I left the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on April 14th, yellow streamers caught onto my boots and dragged along the floor behind me, like toilet paper stuck to a shoe. It was a fitting end to my experience at the Minnesota premiere of Bullets Over Broadway, an audacious, raunchy musical set in the 1920s and...
Pennsylvania Ballet Ushers in a New Era at the Joyce

Pennsylvania Ballet Ushers in a New Era at the Joyce

“I have always believed that the audience must be blown away by what’s on stage…” This from Angel Corella, in his program note for Pennsylvania Ballet’s recent appearance at The Joyce (March 29-April 3). As a performer, Corella reliably achieved this effect, and he is clearly striving to build a company that will, in time,...
Mark Morris at Northrop: A Trip to the Museum

Mark Morris at Northrop: A Trip to the Museum

Mark Morris’s Dido and Aeneas was created in 1989, in Belgium. I saw it for the first time on March 30, 2016, in Minneapolis. In this work, Morris’ once-irreverent movement style intersects with ancient Greek mythology and English composer Henry Purcell’s 17th century opera to tell the tragic story of two doomed lovers. Onstage, the mood...
Getting Over the Hump with Lara Wilson of The Assembly

Getting Over the Hump with Lara Wilson of The Assembly

Dd contributor and dance renaissance woman Lara Wilson will be performing with her company, The Assembly, this weekend as part of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s Friends and Famous Dances. Established in 2014 and based in LA, The Assembly is a collaborative company of artists, choreographers and dancers working to incubate new dance events by up-and-coming local...
{ Dd } Short Short List 3/14 - 3/20

{ Dd } Short Short List 3/14 – 3/20

Happy Pi Day! In celebration of math’s most famous ratio, this week’s picks explore probability and come full circle….
{ Dd } Response: SEOP Balances Extremes in "A Man's Requiem"

{ Dd } Response: SEOP Balances Extremes in “A Man’s Requiem”

I made my way to see SEOP Dance Company at the Ordway Theater on March 5th, with no pre-conceived notions, no expectations, no prior knowledge of any kind; only the kind of anticipation that accompanies the rare chance of experiencing something totally unknown. South Korea’s SEOP Dance Company, founded in 1992 and one of the...
Getting Over the Hump with Jeffrey Cirio as He Preps Two Landmark Seasons

Getting Over the Hump with Jeffrey Cirio as He Preps Two Landmark Seasons

Jeffrey Cirio surprised the ballet world last year when he left a principal position with Boston Ballet to take a soloist position with American Ballet Theatre. Eschewing the comfortable for the challenging, he also launched Cirio Collective, a collaborative dance project of which he is the artistic director and main choreographer, in the midst of...
{ Dd } Response: AAADT Brings Varied Perspectives to Minneapolis

{ Dd } Response: AAADT Brings Varied Perspectives to Minneapolis

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returned to the stage at Northrop Auditorium on March 1st with a mixed bill featuring pieces commissioned from contemporary choreographers in the last year, alongside others created by Alvin Ailey decades ago. The mix made for an evening that featured the jaw-dropping athleticism and deeply rooted spirituality AAADT is known...
{ Dd } Short Short List: 3/7 - 3/13

{ Dd } Short Short List: 3/7 – 3/13

After last week’s lean into experimental performance, get back to your roots this week with modern dance pioneers and a dance form older than jazz music…shows in NYC and ATL.
{ Dd } Response: Pacific Northwest Ballet Thrills at New York City Center

{ Dd } Response: Pacific Northwest Ballet Thrills at New York City Center

For anyone inclined to question the fact that dancers are athletes as well as artists, an evening with the Pacific Northwest Ballet should be required viewing. The Seattle-based company paid a visit to New York City Center from February 24 through 27, bringing with it two programs — the first, all-Balanchine; the second showcasing the...
{ Dd } Response: Bronx Gothic Bears Witness to Many Lives through One Body

{ Dd } Response: Bronx Gothic Bears Witness to Many Lives through One Body

Last Thursday night at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, Bronx Gothic conjured centuries of allusions to the genre of literature its title references: a setting among metropolitan ruins, romantic notions of adolescence (however perverse and subverted), hints of sinister events, elements of the grotesque, and the shifting voices of a complex and disturbing medley of Faulknerian...
{ Dd } Response : Story Trumps Dance in Ordway's "A Chorus Line"

{ Dd } Response : Story Trumps Dance in Ordway’s “A Chorus Line”

Until this winter, I had only seen the movie version of A Chorus Line. On February 18, I got the chance to see the musical come to life on a stage at St. Paul’s historic Ordway Theater. Though the two versions are mostly similar, they differ at certain points in the score and script, and the experience...