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{ 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: 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...
Hello to All That, Everything, and More

Hello to All That, Everything, and More

Much has been published in recent months and years about the inevitable departure from New York City by young artists. The recent wave reliably cites Didion, whose famous 1967 piece, Goodbye To All That, nullified the need for any subsequent attempt at a love letter. Nonetheless, add the increasing inviability of living in NYC to the...
Critical Conversation: A Young Person's Perspective on Hubbard Street 2 and "Harold and the Purple Crayon"

Critical Conversation: A Young Person’s Perspective on Hubbard Street 2 and “Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Lola is a precocious young lady who lives with her family in New York City, She is a third-grade student at the Talented & Gifted School for Young Scholars (M012), and studies dance at The Ailey School and American Tap Dance Foundation.  On Sunday October 6, I was lucky to have Lola accompany me to...
NYC 2013 Bessies Dance Awards Recap

NYC 2013 Bessies Dance Awards Recap

Missed the Bessies? Or feel like going back in time to this epic award ceremony dedicated to dance?
Dd Response: LEO at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Dd Response: LEO at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

LEO, a one-man physical theater hearkening from Berlin, literally tipped the stage of the Irvine Barclay Theatre on its side on Saturday, October 5th.
Dd Response: John J Zullo/Raw Movement at St. Mark's Church

Dd Response: John J Zullo/Raw Movement at St. Mark’s Church

Last Friday, I had the pleasure to witness a triptych of works by the emerging choreographer John J Zullo in St Marks’ Church. The space was draped with long white horizontal sheets for the first piece of the evening, ALL what THIS do HAS you HAPPENED see? BEFORE, blocking about a quarter of our view...
Dd Response: The Metamorphosis

Dd Response: The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis, originally a novella by Kafka, is the story of Gregor Samsa, a young businessman working to provide for his parents and sister. One morning, Gregor wakes up to find himself transformed into an insect and, accordingly, unable to go to work. Choreographer and director Arthur Pita’s theatrical reinterpretation of The Metamorphosis combines dance,...
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.