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{ 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:  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: 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: "I Have Lived a Thousand Years"

Dd Response: “I Have Lived a Thousand Years”

A copy of “I Have Lived a Thousand Years,” a Holocaust memoir by Dr. Livia Bitton-Jackson, sits on a bookshelf in my parent’s house in Michigan. Last Saturday, while there to teach and visit, I picked it up again, remembering the few times I had devoured its contents as a middle-schooler, perversely fascinated by that...
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...
On the Delayed Adulthood of Millenial Dancers: Woman of Leisure and Panic and Frances Ha

On the Delayed Adulthood of Millenial Dancers: Woman of Leisure and Panic and Frances Ha

In Charlotte Bydwell’s Woman of Leisure and Panic, a one-woman dance theater show performed as part of the Fringe Festival in NYC the last two weeks, timing was everything. From start to finish, this trifle of a production was able to cast a shadow larger than its cute sketch comedy setup. Bydwell’s production values, themes,...
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.
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 Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 20 of 20!

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 20 of 20!

Happy National Dance Day! Here at Dd we have been anticipating this event–recognizing the importance and influence of our art form in and on the culture of our country–with a Video Countdown and the celebration continues with a dance film nomination from our readership. View this collaborative dance project, RIPENING, caught in a film teaser....
Dd Response: Post:Ballet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF

Dd Response: Post:Ballet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF

In San Francisco, excitement is building for Robert Dekker’s Post:Ballet, a small and relatively new company with all the markings of professionalism.

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 9 of 20/20

Here at Dd a substantial part of our mission is bringing rigorous review to dance performances. We think our critics know best how to bring context to their own art form. We believe such thoughtful analysis of our own community can broaden and engage the audience for dance and inspire its creators. In light of...