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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: 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: "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 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...

Dd Video Countdown for National Dance Day: 6 of 20/20

Do you feel like the ballet world is less glamorous than it used to be? Today’s video linking ballet and fashion is for you: Are you a dance documentarian? What is your favorite dance video or short film? Send us your nomination for the Day 20 dance video in celebration of National Dance Day–tweet us @diydancer,...
Dd Response: RIOULT's Woeful Woman and Magnificent Machinery

Dd Response: RIOULT’s Woeful Woman and Magnificent Machinery

When I was a kid, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes was a favorite of mine.
Dd Response: Unpacking Paradox in ABT's Shostakovich Trilogy

Dd Response: Unpacking Paradox in ABT’s Shostakovich Trilogy

Dmitiri Shostakovich is the kind of artist whose work invites intrigue. He composed under an intensely fearful and repressive regime, prompting many of his listeners to try to read between the phrases of his music to elicit the true meaning behind his notes. Symphony #9, like many of his previous symphonies, begs the question: was...
Dd Response: Finding Diverse Points of Reference in NYCB’s All Robbins Program

Dd Response: Finding Diverse Points of Reference in NYCB’s All Robbins Program

There are many choreographers who have neither the depth of ideas nor range to sustain a full evening and whose work is best suited to splitting a bill with another artistic voice. Jerome Robbins is certainly not one of them.
Dd Response: Ballet BC at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dd Response: Ballet BC at Irvine Barclay Theatre

Before Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theater, the last time I had seen Rachel Meyer and Darren Devaney dance together was five years ago, during a rehearsal for my piece at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. We were all summer students there, and I had applied and been accepted for their Choreographic Residency, which paired...