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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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...
Katarzyna Skarpetowska on the Creative Process Behind her Cosmic Ballet "Polaris"

Katarzyna Skarpetowska on the Creative Process Behind her Cosmic Ballet “Polaris”

When Richmond Ballet lands at the Joyce this week, Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Polaris is among the anticipated NY premieres. (Polaris premiered in 2015 at RB’s New Works Festival and was one of its highlights.) A longtime dancer with The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and alum of both the NYC Highschool of the Performing Arts and The...
Acrobats and Artists in the Kitchen: “Cuisine and Confessions” Stirs and Amazes

Acrobats and Artists in the Kitchen: “Cuisine and Confessions” Stirs and Amazes

While performers soared on silks, flipped on tables, scaled poles and danced with utensils around the kitchen, the faint scent of banana bread greeted the nose. Usually this level of action would be too much for an audience member to handle, a true sensory over load devoid of meaning. However, on Tuesday, April 12th at...
{ Dd } Response: "Titicut Follies" is Literal, Limited

{ Dd } Response: “Titicut Follies” is Literal, Limited

Earlier this spring, I spoke with three of the four-man team responsible for Titicut Follies: The Ballet. These artist shared thoughts on the Frederick Wiseman film that inspired their project – a film that was banned until the late 80s – and the facility that inspired that film – the Bridgewater Institute for the Criminally Insane. The infamous...
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 project he initiated with Wun...
A Conversation with the Creators of "Titicut Follies: the Ballet"

A Conversation with the Creators of “Titicut Follies: the Ballet”

Frederick Wiseman’s film Titicut Follies (1967)–shot in the Bridgewater Institute for the Criminally Insane– inspired a new, full-length dance work choreographed by James Sewell to an original score composed by Lenny Pickett. The project was made possible after Wiseman received a Fellowship from The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, an organization that aims to...