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Banataba: The Interrogation of a MET Collection

Banataba: The Interrogation of a MET Collection

On the second weekend of September in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s transplanted sixteenth century Spanish Velez Blanco Patio, Faustin Linyekula revealed his very personal journey through the MET’s Kingdom of Kongo collection, which eventually led him back to his ancestral village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congolese choreographer and performance artist was invited to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Future Is Female: Jessica Lang on ABT Premiere "Her Notes" and Overcoming Gender Bias

The Future Is Female: Jessica Lang on ABT Premiere “Her Notes” and Overcoming Gender Bias

In less than two decades, Jessica Lang has morphed from scrappy freelance choreographer to artistic director of her own nine-member dance company, Jessica Lang Dance, to an arts leader well on her way to establishing a center for dance education and a permanent home for her company in Long Island City. All the while, she...
‘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...
{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...
Dd Response: A Solemn, Frisky, and Captivating Evening of SMU Dance

Dd Response: A Solemn, Frisky, and Captivating Evening of SMU Dance

SMU students pushed their emotional and physical boundaries to revitalize twentieth-century ballet...
SMU Rehearsal Directors Talk Differences in Working with University Dance Students Versus Professionals

SMU Rehearsal Directors Talk Differences in Working with University Dance Students Versus Professionals

In anticipation of Southern Methodist University’s Fall Dance, running November 13th-17th, I asked some of the rehearsal directors about their opinion on staging and creating works in the university setting in contrast to producing work in the professional dance community.
A Gathering 2013: The Dallas Arts District Persists in the Fight Against AIDS

A Gathering 2013: The Dallas Arts District Persists in the Fight Against AIDS

I was a little uneasy about the nature of this particular benefit having the potential to be like so many others, repetitive and depressing. Instead, I was moved as the Dallas arts community presented a wondrous performance, where twelve different arts organizations and over two hundred performers demonstrated the poignancy of individual human struggle and...
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance: Joshua Peugh and His Confident Curiosity

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance: Joshua Peugh and His Confident Curiosity

On the evening of September 26th, I stepped into the intimate Sanders Theatre in Fort Worth Texas to witness the first full-evening program of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD).
An Evening with Lang and Maruyama: Exploring the “Purity of Means”

An Evening with Lang and Maruyama: Exploring the “Purity of Means”

“Purity in art consists in the acceptance, willing acceptance, of the limitations of the medium of the specific art.” –Clement Greenberg, Toward a Newer Laocoon, 1940 Last Saturday, I helped organize a gathering of Southern Methodist University students and professors who attended a reception at the Trammel Crow Museum of Asian Art in conjunction with...