{Dd} Short Short List 7/14-7/26

{Dd} Short Short List 7/14-7/26

  1. Shen Wei at Celebrate Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell Get out of the summer city heat and into the park, where international phenomenon Shen Wei Dance will perform for free! If you only know Shen Wei from the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics, he has much more to...
Peering in to the Dark: Bryn Cohn and Artists at the Center for Performance Research

Peering in to the Dark: Bryn Cohn and Artists at the Center for Performance Research

Bryn Cohn is a dance maker who does not shy away from much. She balances the roles of teacher, choreographer, and director of her company Bryn Cohn and Artists with great gusto.  In viewing a rehearsal of her first evening-length Into the Dark last month at the Center for Performance...
Dd Response: Preljocaj--The Sexiest in Ballet?

Dd Response: Preljocaj–The Sexiest in Ballet?

The curtain opened to partially reveal the women of Angelin Preljocaj’s Les Nuits (The Nights) at the Music Center, but a mixture of white smoke and darkness–and the fact that they were tangled in a carefully-placed mass on the stage’s floor–left much, at that moment, concealed. Before the show began,...
DIY dance companies offer artists new summer experiences

DIY dance companies offer artists new summer experiences

{Dd} chatted with a handful of these entrepreneurial artists about their respective DIY projects...
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{Dd} Short Short List 7/14-7/26

{Dd} Short Short List 7/14-7/26

  1. Shen Wei at Celebrate Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell Get out of the summer city heat and into the park, where international phenomenon Shen Wei Dance will perform for free! If you only know Shen Wei from the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics, he has much more to offer: the company will bring...
Sunday Wellness: Gluten Free Vegan Pizza Crust

Sunday Wellness: Gluten Free Vegan Pizza Crust

A lighter and gluten-free, vegan alternative to regular pizza crust, this garbanzo bean based dough will supply additional protein and complex carbohydrates so you can have your pizza and feel good about eating it too. Gluten Free, Vegan Pizza Crust Ingredients: 2 cups garbanzo bean flour 2 cups water 2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp...
Peering in to the Dark: Bryn Cohn and Artists at the Center for Performance Research

Peering in to the Dark: Bryn Cohn and Artists at the Center for Performance Research

Bryn Cohn is a dance maker who does not shy away from much. She balances the roles of teacher, choreographer, and director of her company Bryn Cohn and Artists with great gusto.  In viewing a rehearsal of her first evening-length Into the Dark last month at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, I was...
{Dd} Short Short List 7/1-7/13

{Dd} Short Short List 7/1-7/13

1. Julia Adam Dance: The Boathouse Project If you are in the Bay area, spend your Independence Day with choreographer and former SFB principal dancer’s new fusion of “dance, music, food, location, and community, envisioned to form connections between people and place through visceral experience and art. ” The project is centered around Adam’s Dew...
Dd Response: Preljocaj--The Sexiest in Ballet?

Dd Response: Preljocaj–The Sexiest in Ballet?

The curtain opened to partially reveal the women of Angelin Preljocaj’s Les Nuits (The Nights) at the Music Center, but a mixture of white smoke and darkness–and the fact that they were tangled in a carefully-placed mass on the stage’s floor–left much, at that moment, concealed. Before the show began, I had wandered into a...
{Dd} Exclusive with Matthew Powell: How to survive freelancing in NYC

{Dd} Exclusive with Matthew Powell: How to survive freelancing in NYC

In New York City, success can come and go at the drop of a hat. There is no shortage of dancers, choreographers, and instructors, and it is crucial to continually reinvent oneself in order to stay current with the ever changing trends and fads of our industry. How does one do so and maintain personal...
They Came, They Surveilled, They Conquered: ZviDance at New York Live Arts

They Came, They Surveilled, They Conquered: ZviDance at New York Live Arts

ZviDance premiered Surveillance, choreographed by Zvi Gotheiner in collaboration with the company’s dancers, at New York Live Arts on Wednesday, June 11th. I left Saturday evening’s performance with a positive, though slightly perplexed, impression. I was very impressed with the unending stamina of the strong ensemble. Their full-bodied dancing was nearly non-stop for the sixty-minutes...
{Dd} Critical Conversation: The Power of Juxtaposition in Jen Rosenblit's A Natural Dance

{Dd} Critical Conversation: The Power of Juxtaposition in Jen Rosenblit’s A Natural Dance

 Alexandra Pinel and Candice Thompson sat down together at the Kitchen to take in Jen Rosenblit’s A Natural Dance.  CT: I left Jen Rosenblit’s A Natural Dance wondering whether this episodic performance piece added up to a greater whole. I didn’t necessarily need it to add up to a cohesive message but was really hoping that what seemed...
{Dd} Critical Conversation: "Through the Eyes of a Dancer" by Wendy Perron

{Dd} Critical Conversation: “Through the Eyes of a Dancer” by Wendy Perron

DIYdancer contributors Alejandra Iannone and Claire Salant sat down to discuss Wendy Perron’s Through the Eyes of a Dancer: Selected Writings (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). Below are some excerpts from their conversation about the book. On the experience of reading the book: Alejandra: This was a big book! It looks a little daunting in size, so I...
DIY dance companies offer artists new summer experiences

DIY dance companies offer artists new summer experiences

{Dd} chatted with a handful of these entrepreneurial artists about their respective DIY projects...
{Dd} Short Short List 6/9-6/22

{Dd} Short Short List 6/9-6/22

  1. Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet at BAM Cedar Lake brings the best of its recent repertoire to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with three different programs featuring dances by some of the most sought-after choreographers from  Europe and the United States. I’m most excited for the chance to see Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Orbo Novo,  which...
Sunday Wellness: The Beauty of Fermented Foods + Recipe for Sauerkraut

Sunday Wellness: The Beauty of Fermented Foods + Recipe for Sauerkraut

The Beauty of Fermented Foods + Recipe for Sauerkraut Fermented foods are huge right now. Not only are they a great source of good bacteria your body desperately needs, they are also a key factor in the healing of pesky health concerns like leaky gut, acne, IBS and other chronic ailments. When a food is...
Atlanta Ballet’s Christine Winkler embarks on exciting new horizons

Atlanta Ballet’s Christine Winkler embarks on exciting new horizons

Retirement has a much heavier and dire impact on a dancer’s life than it might on the lives of other professionals. A dancer devotes his or her entire existence to this art form. Female ballet dancers often start dancing around the age of four or five, while male ballet dancers sometimes start later. Regardless of...
{Dd} Response: The Satellite Collective at BAM Fisher

{Dd} Response: The Satellite Collective at BAM Fisher

The Satellite Collective made its debut at BAM Fisher last week-end bringing twenty seven different artists in dance, music, writing and visual arts together to collaborate on different pieces. Though the program extended itself to pieces other than dance, such as live music performance, a short film, and a monologue, I am interested in focusing on...
{Dd} Response: Diavolo Dance Theater's Salad? A Toss-Up

{Dd} Response: Diavolo Dance Theater’s Salad? A Toss-Up

We were about to see a program with two parts, Jacques Heim, Diavolo Dance Theater’s effervescent choreographer and artistic director told the audience. He went on to describe the Los Angeles-based company as a salad tossed with “ballet, modern dance, gymnastics, acrobatics, and a little hip-hop.” The first half would be a retrospective, he said,...