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Celebrating Dance: Shernita Anderson and James Whiteside Bring Glamour to the 2017 Bessies

Celebrating Dance: Shernita Anderson and James Whiteside Bring Glamour to the 2017 Bessies

It is the start of fall and the smell of pumpkin pie spice as well as dance award season is in the air. The 33rd Annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards happens this Monday night at NYU Skirball Center. But if you are not able to attend, this year you can watch the ceremony...
Donald Byrd on Disruption and Using Dance as a Social Civic Instrument in (Im)Pulse

Donald Byrd on Disruption and Using Dance as a Social Civic Instrument in (Im)Pulse

Donald Byrd of Spectrum Dance Theater gives insight on theater of disruption and his new work (Im)Pulse, which is inspired by two artists’ works: David Wojnarowicz, a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist and playwright Brian Quirk. (Im)Pulse is a two-part dance theater work made in response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy and the ongoing aggression towards LGBTQ people....
ODE2FOOL Offers a Map of Dreams at New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix Festival

ODE2FOOL Offers a Map of Dreams at New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival

Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias will be among the 20 local and international dance artists chosen by New Dance Alliance founder and director Karen Bernard for the 2017 Performance Mix Festival at University Settlement. Billed as “part opera, part confessional, ODE2FOOL acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment, and resilience,” following Barnett and Tobias, along with...
Watch 'days together'

Watch ‘days together’

DAYS TOGETHER from Spaces of otherness on Vimeo. After he picked up and moved to Düsseldorf to dance for Ballett am Rhein, Atlanta-born dancer and Ailey/Fordham grad Marquet K. Lee sought both an outlet for choreographic play and a break from his day job. He found that opportunity in the project he initiated with Wun...
A Conversation with the Creators of "Titicut Follies: the Ballet"

A Conversation with the Creators of “Titicut Follies: the Ballet”

Frederick Wiseman’s film Titicut Follies (1967)–shot in the Bridgewater Institute for the Criminally Insane– inspired a new, full-length dance work choreographed by James Sewell to an original score composed by Lenny Pickett. The project was made possible after Wiseman received a Fellowship from The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, an organization that aims to...
Shifting Between Worlds: An Interview with Cherice Barton

Shifting Between Worlds: An Interview with Cherice Barton

Dance – in particular, ballet –  is what Cherice Barton calls “church.”  One of 3 sisters- all of whom are professional dance artists- Barton attended tap, jazz, and ballet classes from a very young age. But early in life, she dreamed of being an actress, taking acting lessons as a child and even participating in some plays. “Aside...
{ Dd } Preview: A Slice & Dice Round Table with The Lovelies

{ Dd } Preview: A Slice & Dice Round Table with The Lovelies

This Sunday, the split bill series Slice & Dice returns to offer NYC audiences “long form dances, deep dialogue, and drinks” with Pamela Vail and The Lovelies. Over the past two years of producing this series, the five women who make up The Lovelies, along with the Joffrey Ballet School and Fractured Atlas, have supported...
Settling In and Opening Up: Excerpts of an Interview with Deborah Jowitt

Settling In and Opening Up: Excerpts of an Interview with Deborah Jowitt

Alejandra Iannone catches up with the legendary critic, dancer, choreographer, author, and teacher upon the occasion of her receiving the 2016 “Educational Visionary” Lifetime Achievement Award from Mark DeGarmo Dance. The following are excerpts of a longer conversation about her career, writing process, and advice for younger artists and writers.
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...
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 } Preview: Joyce UNLEASHED Continues with Anna Sperber's Prize

{ Dd } Preview: Joyce UNLEASHED Continues with Anna Sperber’s Prize

In her own words, Brooklyn-based artist Anna Sperber describes her newest work, premiering tonight and tomorrow night at New York Live Arts as part of the Joyce UNLEASHED series, like this: “In the world premiere of Prize, a wild, natural and driving kinetic power emerges. The dancers are navigating a psychologically viscous space within, outside, and...
{ 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} 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...
{Dd} Critical Conversation: The continuing process of RoseAnne Spradlin's g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title)

{Dd} Critical Conversation: The continuing process of RoseAnne Spradlin’s g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title)

  Choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin and Alexandra Pinel met in the New York Live Arts Conference Room, a couple weeks before the opening of her show g-h-o-s-t-c-r-o-w-n (working title) to talk about the work and her process inspired by her studies in chinese medicine and the idea of faith, along with her collaborators which not only...
A Pre-Festival Conversation with Jodie Gates

A Pre-Festival Conversation with Jodie Gates

As Wendy Perron recently alerted her readership across the country, women leaders in dance are often conspicuously absent; however, she writes, that is not the case here in California, where women have in fact “made the dance scene.” Indeed, several of the dance-related resources at my fingertips, as a young choreographer and writer, from companies...