Events
Project Love ATL: Atlanta Ballet's Alessa Rogers on Gratitude and Giving Back

Project Love ATL: Atlanta Ballet’s Alessa Rogers on Gratitude and Giving Back

Project Love ATL is a benefit performance leveraging the talents of thirty diverse professional artists from Atlanta–dancers, musicians, actors, and visual artists–to raise awareness and funds for a charitable cause. This year, proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will go to Lost-n-Found Youth, an organization which addresses the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth and...
Dd Short Short List for Week of 1/27-2/2

Dd Short Short List for Week of 1/27-2/2

Enjoy Candice’s Short Short List for this week!
Dd Response: LEO at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dd Response: LEO at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

LEO, a one-man physical theater hearkening from Berlin, literally tipped the stage of the Irvine Barclay Theatre on its side on Saturday, October 5th.
Dd Response: John J Zullo/Raw Movement at St. Mark's Church

Dd Response: John J Zullo/Raw Movement at St. Mark’s Church

Last Friday, I had the pleasure to witness a triptych of works by the emerging choreographer John J Zullo in St Marks’ Church. The space was draped with long white horizontal sheets for the first piece of the evening, ALL what THIS do HAS you HAPPENED see? BEFORE, blocking about a quarter of our view...
Dd Response: Laguna Dance Festival

Dd Response: Laguna Dance Festival

For almost a decade, The Laguna Dance Festival has been considered a gem in the Southern California dance scene. I discovered it a year ago, when I had just moved to the area from across the country, and it definitely diminished my culture shock.
Dd Response: The CURRENT SESSIONS Volume III, Issue II

Dd Response: The CURRENT SESSIONS Volume III, Issue II

This August marked the 2-year anniversary of The CURRENT SESSIONS, a semi-annual, New York City dance series founded by artist, creative director, and producer Alexis Convento.
Dd Response: Week 2 of Ballet v6.0 at the Joyce

Dd Response: Week 2 of Ballet v6.0 at the Joyce

During the second week of the Joyce’s Ballet v6.0 festival, Whim W’Him, BalletCollective, and Jessica Lang Dance presented evenings of contemporary ballet that far surpassed those I attended in week one. More specifically, BalletCollective and Jessica Lang Dance helped me begin to formulate an answer to the existential question that the messy first week posed: What...
Dd Preview: Laguna Dance Festival in Orange County, CA

Dd Preview: Laguna Dance Festival in Orange County, CA

Orange County is currently anticipating one of its greatest annual dance events, the Laguna Dance Festival–and as the Dd writer covering this weekend’s performances, I am, too. Bringing acclaimed companies Parsons Dance and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to the Laguna Playhouse Thursday through Sunday, the Laguna Dance Festival will once again showcase the geographic and...
Dd Response: Letter From Becket

Dd Response: Letter From Becket

The day before taking a road trip up to Jacob’s Pillow to see Restless Creature, I took down my costume design website. Over the last two years my artistic focus has shifted from designing and sewing to visual art and writing.
Dd Critical Conversation: BalletCollective at the Joyce's Ballet v6.0 Festival

Dd Critical Conversation: BalletCollective at the Joyce’s Ballet v6.0 Festival

Leah Gerstenlauer and Candice Thompson correspond to discuss BalletCollective, the fifth company featured in the Joyce Theater’s contemporary ballet festival Ballet v6.0.
An Evening of Film: Fordham Alumni Company's CANNED ART Festival

An Evening of Film: Fordham Alumni Company’s CANNED ART Festival

I never go to the movies. Perhaps it’s because of the sticker shock every time I see the ticket price. It might be because New York City movie theaters have a reputation for bedbug infestation and I, like so many New Yorkers, have a deathly fear of bedbugs.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet & Lula Washington Dance Theater at the Ford Theater

Complexions Contemporary Ballet & Lula Washington Dance Theater at the Ford Theater

It was difficult to talk any of my local friends into going with me to see Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Lula Washington Dance Theater perform last Saturday at the Ford Theater in Hollywood.  Not because they weren’t interested, but everyone was either out of town, working, or already committed to another show.
Dd Response: Vendetta Mathea & Co at the Downtown Dance Festival

Dd Response: Vendetta Mathea & Co at the Downtown Dance Festival

Vendetta Mathea, an American transplant in Aurillac, France, shared an excerpt of her new work, Water Soul, at the Downtown Dance Festival last Sunday. Since I was born and raised in France, it was exciting for me to identify and distill the influences of both the American and French cultures in Vendetta’s work.
Dd Response: Week 1 of Ballet v6.0 at the Joyce

Dd Response: Week 1 of Ballet v6.0 at the Joyce

When asking the big questions like “Is there a God?” and… “What is contemporary ballet in 2013?” artists (and believers) are searching for a raison d’etre. The curators of Ballet v6.0—a contemporary ballet festival hosted by the Joyce Theater and featuring six emerging dance companies “creating work outside the traditional large company setting”—appear to be...

Dd Preview: Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal at Celebrate Brooklyn on 8/1

This Thursday night, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal comes to the Prospect Park Bandshell with dances by Benjamin Millipied, Barak Marshall, and Wen Wei Wang. The FREE show starts at 8p. Come Celebrate Brooklyn and enjoy dance outdoors!