{ Dd } Short Short List 2/1 - 2/7

{ Dd } Short Short List 2/1 – 2/7

This first short short list of 2016 is for dance, music, art, and theater lovers who need the perfect gateway drug to bring their friends and loved ones to a similar state of performance addiction…let’s expand the audience for live art this year!
{ Dd } Critical Conversation: Dorrance Dance's "The Blues Project" Features Virtuosic Dancers, But Misses a Few Steps

{ Dd } Critical Conversation: Dorrance Dance’s “The Blues Project” Features Virtuosic Dancers, But Misses a Few Steps

Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance and recent recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, has been called “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). I hoped to get some insider perspective on rhythm tap and percussion when I went to her company’s performance...
{ Dd } Short Short List 11/16 - 11/22

{ Dd } Short Short List 11/16 – 11/22

This week we have a ticket giveaway! Read on for more details on how you can win tickets to see Desmond Richardson and Complexions Contemporary Ballet perform this week.
‘A Fable Told Through Shadows’: Pilobolus’ ‘Shadowland’ Makes U.S. Debut

‘A Fable Told Through Shadows’: Pilobolus’ ‘Shadowland’ Makes U.S. Debut

Escape into the world of shadow illusion this November when modern dance troupe Pilobolus brings its evening-length “Shadowland” to an American stage for the first time. Shadowland, running at New York University’s Skirball Center Nov. 20 – Dec. 6, is the story of a young girl coming of age in...
SLMDances Moves Toward Abundance in 'Body Business'

SLMDances Moves Toward Abundance in ‘Body Business’

Alejandra speaks with artist-activist Sydnie Mosley about her company, SLMDances, and making dance that makes you think...
Art Through Friendship: Seán Curran Company and the Ustatshakirt Plus Ensemble

Art Through Friendship: Seán Curran Company and the Ustatshakirt Plus Ensemble

In 2012, the U.S. Department of State and the Brooklyn Academy of Music invited Seán Curran to participate in DanceMotion USA, a project that sends American dance companies overseas to facilitate cultural sharing and deep engagement with local artists. Seán Curran Company, a modern dance group from New York City,...
Getting Over the Hump: A Round Table on the Civil Rights Ethos of Ballet Memphis

Getting Over the Hump: A Round Table on the Civil Rights Ethos of Ballet Memphis

Since its inception in 1986, Ballet Memphis has been “striving to interpret the South’s cultural legacy through movement.” With Dorothy Gunther Pugh at the helm these last three decades, the company has had a stated goal of creating a conversation about women as artists and leaders, as well as building...
{ 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...
Heidi Latsky Demystifies Disability, Redefines Diversity

Heidi Latsky Demystifies Disability, Redefines Diversity

New York-based modern dance choreographer Heidi Latsky speaks to {Dd} about her latest "physically integrated" projects...
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{ Dd } Short Short List 2/1 - 2/7

{ Dd } Short Short List 2/1 – 2/7

This first short short list of 2016 is for dance, music, art, and theater lovers who need the perfect gateway drug to bring their friends and loved ones to a similar state of performance addiction…let’s expand the audience for live art this year!
{ Dd } Critical Conversation: Dorrance Dance's "The Blues Project" Features Virtuosic Dancers, But Misses a Few Steps

{ Dd } Critical Conversation: Dorrance Dance’s “The Blues Project” Features Virtuosic Dancers, But Misses a Few Steps

Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance and recent recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, has been called “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). I hoped to get some insider perspective on rhythm tap and percussion when I went to her company’s performance of The Blues Project at...
{ Dd } Short Short List 11/16 - 11/22

{ Dd } Short Short List 11/16 – 11/22

This week we have a ticket giveaway! Read on for more details on how you can win tickets to see Desmond Richardson and Complexions Contemporary Ballet perform this week.
‘A Fable Told Through Shadows’: Pilobolus’ ‘Shadowland’ Makes U.S. Debut

‘A Fable Told Through Shadows’: Pilobolus’ ‘Shadowland’ Makes U.S. Debut

Escape into the world of shadow illusion this November when modern dance troupe Pilobolus brings its evening-length “Shadowland” to an American stage for the first time. Shadowland, running at New York University’s Skirball Center Nov. 20 – Dec. 6, is the story of a young girl coming of age in the strange and fascinating world...
SLMDances Moves Toward Abundance in 'Body Business'

SLMDances Moves Toward Abundance in ‘Body Business’

Alejandra speaks with artist-activist Sydnie Mosley about her company, SLMDances, and making dance that makes you think...
{ Dd } Short Short List 11/9 - 11/15

{ Dd } Short Short List 11/9 – 11/15

This batch of bicoastal picks arrives just in time to get your contemporary dance fill before the Thanksgiving holiday. We are feeling very grateful indeed to be able to include a shoutout to one of our very own contributors, Lara Wilson.
Art Through Friendship: Seán Curran Company and the Ustatshakirt Plus Ensemble

Art Through Friendship: Seán Curran Company and the Ustatshakirt Plus Ensemble

In 2012, the U.S. Department of State and the Brooklyn Academy of Music invited Seán Curran to participate in DanceMotion USA, a project that sends American dance companies overseas to facilitate cultural sharing and deep engagement with local artists. Seán Curran Company, a modern dance group from New York City, traveled to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and...
{ Dd } Short Short List 11/2 - 11/8

{ Dd } Short Short List 11/2 – 11/8

This week’s picks will take you to that liminal space between dance genres as classical dancers go contemporary in Texas and concert dance and cabaret are shaken and stirred in NYC…
Getting Over the Hump: A Round Table on the Civil Rights Ethos of Ballet Memphis

Getting Over the Hump: A Round Table on the Civil Rights Ethos of Ballet Memphis

Since its inception in 1986, Ballet Memphis has been “striving to interpret the South’s cultural legacy through movement.” With Dorothy Gunther Pugh at the helm these last three decades, the company has had a stated goal of creating a conversation about women as artists and leaders, as well as building a company as ethnically and...
{ Dd } Short Short List 10/25 - 11/1

{ Dd } Short Short List 10/25 – 11/1

This week we are recommending you go both inside and outside the black box of theater…
Does Art Have an Expiration Date?

Does Art Have an Expiration Date?

Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, has all the feel of a 1940s Broadway musical, without any of the lyrics. The dance is structured around a thin narrative about three boisterous sailors on shore leave and the women they encounter as they loiter on a New York City side street on a hot summer night...
{ Dd } Short Short List 10/19-10/25

{ Dd } Short Short List 10/19-10/25

Why choose between uptown or downtown dance? This week there are performances at both ends of NYC worth riding the subway for… 1. Company SBB at Harlem Stage In PATIEN(CE), award-winning choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland creates a dance installation that examines art’s relationship with space and time on both a personal and universal level. Made...
{ 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 Grace”. I like to think...
{ Dd } Short Short List 10/5 -10/11

{ Dd } Short Short List 10/5 -10/11

All the recent dance coverage may seem concentrated on NYCB and Fall for Dance, but this fall season has so much more to offer. This week, we let our hair down to pursue contemporary performance spearheaded by women in the cities beyond the Big Apple… 1. Search Engine in Atlanta Contemporary’s Secret Garden Lauri Stallings...
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 in NYC, Happy Hour, as...