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Sod House Theater and the Chmielewski Funtime Polka Band in "Hoopla Train"

Sod House Theater and the Chmielewski Funtime Polka Band in “Hoopla Train”

A blonde-haired boy of about nine sat in a dimly lit room, waiting for his guardian to finish up work in the kitchen. A half-finished beverage–red, in a hurricane glass, and garnished with a celery stalk–sat next to him. He was absorbed in a game on his phone in this sleepy dance hall with very tired looking...
Alarmél Valli Celebrates Ragamala Dance Company's 25th Anniversary

Alarmél Valli Celebrates Ragamala Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary

Ragamala Dance Company marked its 25th Anniversary at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis on September 14th and 16th. I attended the Saturday night concert featuring Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli, with musicians C.K. Vasudevan (nattuvangam), Vasuda Ravi (vocal), M. Dhananjayan (mridangam), G.Raghuraman (flute), and Akkari Swarnalatha (violin). Valli is a legendary figure in Bharatanatyam dance;...
{ Dd } Response: "Titicut Follies" is Literal, Limited

{ Dd } Response: “Titicut Follies” is Literal, Limited

Earlier this spring, I spoke with three of the four-man team responsible for Titicut Follies: The Ballet. These artist shared thoughts on the Frederick Wiseman film that inspired their project – a film that was banned until the late 80s – and the facility that inspired that film – the Bridgewater Institute for the Criminally Insane. The infamous...
{ Dd } Response: "Oyate Okodakiciyapi" at The Ordway

{ Dd } Response: “Oyate Okodakiciyapi” at The Ordway

In May 2016, I had the pleasure of attending a free master class with Indigenous choreographer Rulan Tangen. The class kicked off a multi-year Ordway Center for Performing Arts community engagement series, guided by an advisory council and curatorial team led by Native and Indigenous community leaders with the goal of promoting and practicing cultural artistic...
{ Dd } Response: Pilobolus' Minnesota Marathon

{ Dd } Response: Pilobolus’ Minnesota Marathon

Pilobolus makes me wonder: Is that dancer being lifted by the neck, or is it just a clever illusion? Have I ever seen someone’s spine move like that? How strong am I? The company, dating from 1971, mixes theatricality with Herculean strength and a surgeon’s precision to create spectacular moving images that soothe and startle. Their May 20th...
{Dd} Response: Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago at Northrop

{Dd} Response: Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago at Northrop

Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago brought contemporary lines, chic silhouettes, and a corporate sensibility to the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop Auditorium on January 30th , 2016.
{ 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 11/9 - 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.
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...
After a Career Marked by 'Dido', Morris Rightly Wields Its Baton

After a Career Marked by ‘Dido’, Morris Rightly Wields Its Baton

On May 15th at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA, the top of Mark Morris’ head could be seen from the orchestra pit, his baton leading members of the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and the Bob Cole Chamber Choir. Nahum Tate’s libretto of Henry Purcell’s 1689 opera, Dido and Aeneas, formed the script for...
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...
{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,...
Dd Travel Tuesday: From Sochi with Love

Dd Travel Tuesday: From Sochi with Love

Dd contributor Morgan Beckwith sends us a virtual postcard from the mountains of Sochi, Russia, as she gears up for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Click here for the official NBC viewer’s guide and to watch videos. Send us your virtual postcards to [email protected] or tweet us @diydancer #TravelTuesday
Interview with Whitney Rippelmeyer-Tucker

Interview with Whitney Rippelmeyer-Tucker

I recently had a chance to sit down with Whitney Rippelmeyer-Tucker, fresh off her final performance with David Dorfman Dance. After eight years with the company, she’s ready to strike out on her own–but she’s not slowing down. In fact, she seems as busy as ever, dancing, teaching pilates at the eco-friendly studio she co-founded,...