{Dd} Short Short List 4/14-4/20

{Dd} Short Short List 4/14-4/20

Here’s the Short Short List for the week of April 14th. 1. illlummminnnatttionnnsssss!!!!!!! The title itself conveys my enthusiasm for this piece, and why it’s number one on my list this week. The Museum of Modern Art reunites Minimalist and improvisation giant Simone Forti with her musical collaborator Charlemagne Palestine...
Wonderbound Goes West: A {Dd} Exclusive with the collaborators

Wonderbound Goes West: A {Dd} Exclusive with the collaborators

Musician Ian Cooke and Wonderbound seamstress Rachael Kras talk about their involvement in "Gone West," and their perspective on the evolution of creating new work...
{Dd} Response: Atlanta Ballet celebrates contemporary movement in 'Modern Choreographic Voices"

{Dd} Response: Atlanta Ballet celebrates contemporary movement in ‘Modern Choreographic Voices”

Dance in Atlanta is on fire, and contemporary choreographers are taking note. Christen examines this further at Atlanta Ballet's "Modern Choreographic Voices."
Denver-based Wonderbound gets campy for 'Gone West'

Denver-based Wonderbound gets campy for ‘Gone West’

Wonderbound invited people into its downtown Denver studios for a teaser of its upcoming production, Gone West...
{Dd} Response: Jean-Christophe Maillot's Fresh Take on the Classic "Swan Lake"

{Dd} Response: Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Fresh Take on the Classic “Swan Lake”

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s “LAC (After Swan Lake)” is a reconsideration—rather than a retelling— of Swan Lake, a well-known story ballet first presented in 19th century Russia.  On March 16, 2014, I had the pleasure of seeing Maillot’s work performed by the elegant, athletic, and versatile members of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. The...
{Dd} Response: 92Y's Stripped/Dressed is Best of Both Worlds

{Dd} Response: 92Y’s Stripped/Dressed is Best of Both Worlds

  For five weekends during February and March, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center played host to five dance companies as part of Stripped/Dressed. Curated by Doug Varone, the series is a sexier version of the old lecture demonstration model of educating audiences and demystifying the process of dance...
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Getting Over the Hump: How choreographer Gabrielle Lamb gets through mid-week

Getting Over the Hump: How choreographer Gabrielle Lamb gets through mid-week

Fresh off a win at Ballet Austin's New American Talent/Dance choreographic competition, Gabrielle Lamb tells {Dd} what keeps her going mid-week...
{Dd} Short Short List 4/14-4/20

{Dd} Short Short List 4/14-4/20

Here’s the Short Short List for the week of April 14th. 1. illlummminnnatttionnnsssss!!!!!!! The title itself conveys my enthusiasm for this piece, and why it’s number one on my list this week. The Museum of Modern Art reunites Minimalist and improvisation giant Simone Forti with her musical collaborator Charlemagne Palestine to recreate a duet they...
Wonderbound Goes West: A {Dd} Exclusive with the collaborators

Wonderbound Goes West: A {Dd} Exclusive with the collaborators

Musician Ian Cooke and Wonderbound seamstress Rachael Kras talk about their involvement in "Gone West," and their perspective on the evolution of creating new work...
{Dd} Response: Atlanta Ballet celebrates contemporary movement in 'Modern Choreographic Voices"

{Dd} Response: Atlanta Ballet celebrates contemporary movement in ‘Modern Choreographic Voices”

Dance in Atlanta is on fire, and contemporary choreographers are taking note. Christen examines this further at Atlanta Ballet's "Modern Choreographic Voices."
{Dd} Short Short List for 4/7-4/13

{Dd} Short Short List for 4/7-4/13

  1. Trisha Brown Dance Company at NYLA I have to admit: I’ve been looking forward to this performance since last year! The Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform a number of different works from larger cycles or choreographic periods in Brown’s career, with film and textual material from the company archive out in the...
{Dd} Response: Ailey's House Literally Rocked

{Dd} Response: Ailey’s House Literally Rocked

It was in the middle of “Wade in the Water,” a section of Alvin Ailey’s signature work Revelations, when our row started to rock from side to side. My first thought was that members of the audience–either very heavy ones or several of them–were swaying in their seats to the music, for it felt rhythmic...
{Dd} Short Short List for 3/31-4/6

{Dd} Short Short List for 3/31-4/6

1. luciana achugar The title of Achugar’s new solo, OTRO TEATRO, means “other theater.” It is a search for just that–an exploration of what it might mean, and what it could be. She says the piece “takes place metaphorically in the ruins of a collapsed theater,” as she imagines rebuilding from nothing. New York Live Arts,...
Denver-based Wonderbound gets campy for 'Gone West'

Denver-based Wonderbound gets campy for ‘Gone West’

Wonderbound invited people into its downtown Denver studios for a teaser of its upcoming production, Gone West...
{Dd} Response: Jean-Christophe Maillot's Fresh Take on the Classic "Swan Lake"

{Dd} Response: Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Fresh Take on the Classic “Swan Lake”

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s “LAC (After Swan Lake)” is a reconsideration—rather than a retelling— of Swan Lake, a well-known story ballet first presented in 19th century Russia.  On March 16, 2014, I had the pleasure of seeing Maillot’s work performed by the elegant, athletic, and versatile members of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. The program began with a video...
{Dd} Response: 92Y's Stripped/Dressed is Best of Both Worlds

{Dd} Response: 92Y’s Stripped/Dressed is Best of Both Worlds

  For five weekends during February and March, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center played host to five dance companies as part of Stripped/Dressed. Curated by Doug Varone, the series is a sexier version of the old lecture demonstration model of educating audiences and demystifying the process of dance making. The Stripped portion, alluding...
Sunday Wellness: Is There Such Thing as a Healthy Cookie?

Sunday Wellness: Is There Such Thing as a Healthy Cookie?

Is there such thing as a healthy cookie? Not all treats have to come with guilt.  Coconut gets the spotlight in these gluten-free, vegan, and Candida diet-friendly cookies.  An excellent source of healthy, saturated fat, coconut is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and said to boost endurance by providing a source of quick energy. Sweetened with stevia, you...
Colorado Ballet dancers on 'Ballet Director's Choice'

Colorado Ballet dancers on ‘Ballet Director’s Choice’

Colorado Ballet dancers Chandra Kuykendall and Dominic Luciano discuss their budding partnership and the repertoire for "Ballet Director's Choice."
{Dd} Short Short List for 3/24-3/30

{Dd} Short Short List for 3/24-3/30

1. Paul Taylor at Lincoln Center Paul Taylor Dance Company continues its 60th anniversary season at Lincoln Center with performances every night from Tuesday to Sunday, as well as matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday. Highlights this week include “Cloven Kingdom” (Wednesday), “Esplanade” (Thursday), “Arden Court” (Friday), “Troilus and Cressida” (Saturday), and the world premiere...
{Dd} Response: 'Gala Flamenca' at City Center

{Dd} Response: ‘Gala Flamenca’ at City Center

Alejandra attended opening night of "Gala Flamenca" at New York City Center...
Dance + Science: Using dance to portray biological mechanics

Dance + Science: Using dance to portray biological mechanics

Science writer John Bohannon uses dancers as an alternative to a Powerpoint presentation for his TED talk...