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...
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...
Doug Varone Returns to the NYC Stage

Doug Varone Returns to the NYC Stage

{Dd} contributor Alejandra Iannone speaks with modern dance choreographer Doug Varone in anticipation of his company's Joyce season...
Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden Celebrate Twenty Years of 'Mixing it Up'

Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden Celebrate Twenty Years of ‘Mixing it Up’

Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder Desmond Richardson speaks with {Dd} as the company prepares for its 20th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater in New York City...
Control and Chaos: Midwest Debut of "Rosas danst Rosas"

Control and Chaos: Midwest Debut of “Rosas danst Rosas”

Thirty one years after its world premiere, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas danst Rosas made its Midwest debut at the Walker Art Center this fall. A frantic, buzzing energy filled the front lobby as I made my way to the box office to collect my ticket for closing night of the run. At the...
{Dd} Response: Lubovitch Tells Stories at the Joyce

{Dd} Response: Lubovitch Tells Stories at the Joyce

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company’s 46th anniversary season program, ANCIENT TALES, was notable for its delivery as well as its content. With program notes describing ancient myths and primeval folklore, one was not expecting the evening to open with a grown man dressed in a boy scout uniform...
LA Ballet's Swan Lake: Does the 137-Year Old Work Still Work?

LA Ballet’s Swan Lake: Does the 137-Year Old Work Still Work?

  My close friend’s brother is an art handler for NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s described to me the great care that is taken to preserve centuries-old works–the many hands artworks must pass through as they are transferred; the expertise and expense that go into restoring them; how moving...
{ Dd } Response: Kyle Abraham's Wolves Unleashed at New York Live Arts

{ Dd } Response: Kyle Abraham’s Wolves Unleashed at New York Live Arts

  There is something to be said about witnessing an artist, who has received the incredible amount of support Kyle has, materialize an idea into a fully produced performance with beautifully tailored costumes, a standout musical performance, and subtle yet, incredibly powerful video footage. As a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and New York...
Powerful Dancers Counterbalance Choreographic Inconsistencies: Paul Taylor Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium

Powerful Dancers Counterbalance Choreographic Inconsistencies: Paul Taylor Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium

The first time I saw the Paul Taylor Dance Company was their performance of Esplanade in the 2008 Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center. I still recall Amy Young’s spirited leaps over that long diagonal of rose and orange-clad dancers laying prone and sometimes rolling up or downstage....
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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...
Doug Varone Returns to the NYC Stage

Doug Varone Returns to the NYC Stage

{Dd} contributor Alejandra Iannone speaks with modern dance choreographer Doug Varone in anticipation of his company's Joyce season...
Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden Celebrate Twenty Years of 'Mixing it Up'

Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden Celebrate Twenty Years of ‘Mixing it Up’

Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-founder Desmond Richardson speaks with {Dd} as the company prepares for its 20th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater in New York City...
Control and Chaos: Midwest Debut of "Rosas danst Rosas"

Control and Chaos: Midwest Debut of “Rosas danst Rosas”

Thirty one years after its world premiere, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas danst Rosas made its Midwest debut at the Walker Art Center this fall. A frantic, buzzing energy filled the front lobby as I made my way to the box office to collect my ticket for closing night of the run. At the window, an attendant added names...
{Dd} Short Short List 10/27-11/2

{Dd} Short Short List 10/27-11/2

  1. Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns to BAM, for its 30th anniversary at the venue, with “Kontakhof.” Created in 1978, “Kontakhof”–contact yard–is one of her earlier dance theater works, but new audiences are more likely to know it from the 2011 film “Pina.” Set in what could be a high school dance,...
SOLO: Celebrating the McKnight Foundation's 2012 and 2013 Dance Fellows

SOLO: Celebrating the McKnight Foundation’s 2012 and 2013 Dance Fellows

Alejandra takes in solo performances by the 2012 and 2013 McKnight Foundation fellows at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis...
{Dd} Response: Lubovitch Tells Stories at the Joyce

{Dd} Response: Lubovitch Tells Stories at the Joyce

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company’s 46th anniversary season program, ANCIENT TALES, was notable for its delivery as well as its content. With program notes describing ancient myths and primeval folklore, one was not expecting the evening to open with a grown man dressed in a boy scout uniform...
LA Ballet's Swan Lake: Does the 137-Year Old Work Still Work?

LA Ballet’s Swan Lake: Does the 137-Year Old Work Still Work?

  My close friend’s brother is an art handler for NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s described to me the great care that is taken to preserve centuries-old works–the many hands artworks must pass through as they are transferred; the expertise and expense that go into restoring them; how moving and hanging requires a balance...
{ Dd } Response: Kyle Abraham's Wolves Unleashed at New York Live Arts

{ Dd } Response: Kyle Abraham’s Wolves Unleashed at New York Live Arts

  There is something to be said about witnessing an artist, who has received the incredible amount of support Kyle has, materialize an idea into a fully produced performance with beautifully tailored costumes, a standout musical performance, and subtle yet, incredibly powerful video footage. As a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and New York Live Arts’ 2012-2014 Resident Commissioned...
Powerful Dancers Counterbalance Choreographic Inconsistencies: Paul Taylor Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium

Powerful Dancers Counterbalance Choreographic Inconsistencies: Paul Taylor Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium

The first time I saw the Paul Taylor Dance Company was their performance of Esplanade in the 2008 Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center. I still recall Amy Young’s spirited leaps over that long diagonal of rose and orange-clad dancers laying prone and sometimes rolling up or downstage. That moment—reminiscent of playtime among...
Dancers of Wabi Sabi fill Atlanta's Botanical Gardens with light

Dancers of Wabi Sabi fill Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens with light

During the summer, dancers of the Atlanta Ballet are taking to the outdoors to present contemporary works at cultural locations throughout the city. Christen takes a look at the summer chamber dance company's final 2014 performance.
{Dd} Response: David Rousseve's REALITY/Stardust

{Dd} Response: David Rousseve’s REALITY/Stardust

Text messages in white Helvetica pinged onto a black backdrop, then faded away. In REALITY/Stardust, choreographer David Roussève depicted a fragmented reality that existed in the form of these messages, sent to an unknown number by an unseen diarist. On Saturday, September 27, the messages were projected against the backdrop of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center stage...