Performance
{ 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...
{ 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 } 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: 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:  Crude and Classic Mix in "Bullets"

{ Dd } Response: Crude and Classic Mix in “Bullets”

As I left the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on April 14th, yellow streamers caught onto my boots and dragged along the floor behind me, like toilet paper stuck to a shoe. It was a fitting end to my experience at the Minnesota premiere of Bullets Over Broadway, an audacious, raunchy musical set in the 1920s and...
{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...
Art Through Friendship: Seán Curran Company and the Ustatshakirt Plus Ensemble

Art Through Friendship: Seán Curran Company and the Ustatshakirt Plus Ensemble

In 2012, the U.S. Department of State and the Brooklyn Academy of Music invited Seán Curran to participate in DanceMotion USA, a project that sends American dance companies overseas to facilitate cultural sharing and deep engagement with local artists. Seán Curran Company, a modern dance group from New York City, traveled to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and...
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...
{Dd} Preview: Soft Openings at Triskelion Arts

{Dd} Preview: Soft Openings at Triskelion Arts

Spark(edIt) Arts newly introduced “Soft Openings” is an evening of performance reflective of its founder, Nadia Tykulsker’s desire to engage in performance as research. Tykulsker is the artistic director of Spark(edit) Arts, a forum to bring artists and dancers together to make collaborative works of dance-theater. Having received much support from Triskelion Arts as an...
{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} Response: Ailey's House Literally Rocked

{Dd} Response: Ailey’s House Literally Rocked

It was in the middle of “Wade in the Water,” a section of Alvin Ailey’s signature work Revelations, when our row started to rock from side to side. My first thought was that members of the audience–either very heavy ones or several of them–were swaying in their seats to the music, for it felt rhythmic...
Dd Short Short List 2/3-2/9

Dd Short Short List 2/3-2/9

Here’s Candice’s picks for this week
"leave room for some unraveling": Heather Kravas's "a quartet" at The Kitchen

“leave room for some unraveling”: Heather Kravas’s “a quartet” at The Kitchen

The Kitchen and Performance Space 122 presented Heather Kravas’s a quartet as part of the ninth COIL Festival. (For a brief explanation of the Festival, see The New Yorker.) As I watched the piece on the opening night, Wednesday, January 8th, I thought a lot about the relationship between the dancers and the audience, as...