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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...
{ Dd } Response: Long Legs Short Films

{ Dd } Response: Long Legs Short Films

The evening of films entitled Long Legs Short Films is a collaborative yearly endeavor between DCTV and Dance Films Association. The mission of the program is a celebration of the universal condition of movement in human experience. The evening’s programmers Dara Messinger, Director of Public Programs at DCTV and Brighid Greene, Programs Director at Dance...
{ Dd } Response: MIXTAPE at the Cowles

{ Dd } Response: MIXTAPE at the Cowles

On May 19, 2017, a collective of Twin Cities dance artists who range in upbringing, generation, and relationship to dance genres took to the Cowles Center stage for the opening night performance of MIXTAPE. Their goal? To ask and answer the question, “What is Hip Hop?” The cast was lead by a team of seven...
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...
{ 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 } Preview: Pontus Lidberg Shows Excerpts of NYCB Premiere at Works & Process

{ Dd } Preview: Pontus Lidberg Shows Excerpts of NYCB Premiere at Works & Process

“You can’t avoid the time in the mud,” said Pontus Lidberg, the Swedish choreographer whose most recent New York City Ballet Commission, The Shimmering Asphalt, will premiere at the David H.  Koch Theater at the end of this month. Somehow both mud and shiny concrete bring to mind the humid aftermath of a rain, but...
{ Dd } Response: Dancers Shine in "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"

{ Dd } Response: Dancers Shine in “The Hip Hop Nutcracker”

I love a good remix. So, I jumped at the chance to see The Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. As I walked through the lobby doors that evening, hip-hop songs from the 1980s through modern day reverberated throughout the space. Curious to see where the...
Stepping Into Greg Wohead's Memory at Georgia Tech

Stepping Into Greg Wohead’s Memory at Georgia Tech

After stepping out of the little black Fiat where Greg Wohead’s one-on-one performance The Backseat of My Car (and other safe places) occurred last Friday night, I found myself struck by a series of instructions Wohead gives the participatory audience member: You look out the window You touch my arm You lean in closer A little...
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center: an Expressive Landmark to Philanthropy and Dance

The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center: an Expressive Landmark to Philanthropy and Dance

Entering the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is like entering a cathedral constructed of the philanthropist’s whims. From the south entrance, a two-story-high corridor undulates through the central vein of the building. It connects to studios that are named, and respectively colored, for vibrant gemstones, providing “inspiration” to the students within. The hallway, like the...
Combustible Company's "Bluebeard's Dollhouse" is Brave, Though Busy

Combustible Company’s “Bluebeard’s Dollhouse” is Brave, Though Busy

The power of secrets. Violence. Marriage. What scarier ways could there be to usher in Halloween?   I started my October off with the world premiere of “Bluebeard’s Dollhouse,” a new, promenade-style production that merges theater, dance, puppetry and live music, and takes place throughout St. Paul’s historic James J. Hill House. In this work, Combustible...
Rosanna Gamson Conveys Architectural Dreamworld at REDCAT

Rosanna Gamson Conveys Architectural Dreamworld at REDCAT

REDCAT’s 270-seat theater was an apt setting for independent choreographer and CalArts professor Rosanna Gamson/World Wide’s intimate STILL/RESTLESS, which she teased out into two separate sections, “Restless” followed by “Still.” A viewer could be tricked, given the intermission, costume and scenic changes, and slight differences in cast, into thinking these were two separate works, but...
{ 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: TAIKO Project is Powerful, Precise

{ Dd } Response: TAIKO Project is Powerful, Precise

The Ordway Center for Performing Arts shook with the sounds of Los Angeles’ TAIKO Project— a contemporary look at the sights and sounds of traditional Taiko drumming— on Saturday, April 23rd. TAIKO Project ‘s choreographed, rhythmic performance sent through the seats, walls, and floors vibrations so strong that I wondered how things were going for...