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Dd Response: Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project

By the second piece on Royce Program A of Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project presented by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, I liked Trisha Brown. In a concise solo called Watermotor, Samuel Wentz performed quick and precise movements. Wentz’s long, sweeping arms moved in and out of simple and complex coordinations...

Dd Response: Summation Dance Faces Down a 3rd Season at BAM

Breaking the fourth wall remains a risky business, requiring not only the full commitment of the performer but complete necessity, as an artistic choice, from the production. Lacking those two elements, it is an interference easily relegated to gimmick or schtick. On Thursday night at BAM’s Fisher Space, Summation Dance, a company in its 3rd...

Dd Response: Spellbound Contemporary Ballet

The latest in Irvine Barclay Theatre’s international 2013 Contemporary Dance Series was Italy’s Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, formerly known as Spellbound Dance Company, under Artistic Director and choreographer Mauro Astolfi. Resplendent in gestural detail, with seeming physical impossibilities swiftly and soundlessly achieved, the work was exemplary of much European contemporary dance. Although that title is cumbersome...

Dd Response: gloATL’s Hippodrome Offers a Feast for the Senses

Atlanta choreographer and contemporary artist Lauri Stallings has a knack for transforming people and spaces into physical expressions of humanity. Several weekends ago, with the aid of her gloATL dancers, artist Gyun Hur, Georgia Tech’s Contemporary Music Ensemble Sonic Generator, the Opera Singers of Atlanta, and Top Flr chef Darren Carr, Stallings transformed Goodson Yard...

Dance as a Business: Part I Communications

Few would argue that dancers are some of the most disciplined and focused people. From the time we are young, we set goals for ourselves and a regimen of steps designed to make our dreams a reality. Often, dancers forego the usual high school social path of football games, homecomings, and even dating, opting instead...

Dd Response: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Joyce Theater

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company took the Joyce Theater stage on March 27, 2013 to present Program B of Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music.  The evening’s performance consisted of two works, each one about thirty minutes long, and both featuring live music by the Orion String Quartet. Mr. Jones generally...

Dd Response: Atlanta Ballet Shines in New Choreographic Voices

Dance is a risky business. Perhaps one of the primary goals of contemporary choreography is to shed light on the undercurrent of humanity, and specifically, on contemporary culture. The recent trend among many Atlanta area dance companies  has been an attempt to break what performing artists deem, the “fourth wall”–this is the imaginary “wall” at...

Dd Critical Conversation: Dance Appreciation Course at Juilliard

Dd guest contributors, John Hoobyar and Amy Jacobus, are members of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee, which facilitates communication, raises awareness of available resources and opportunities, and organizes events among and with a peer group of administrators, performers, choreographers, and educators in the dance field aged 20-30 in consultation with Dance/NYC. Concerned with a prevalent insularity...

Over Thirty, En Pointe

After living in North Carolina for nearly twelve years I returned to my childhood hometown in Colorado about a year ago. I had taken dance classes in North Carolina but had a really hard time finding a class that was rewarding for me. Quite often I found myself in tears after class because I felt...

Dd Response: DanceBrazil at The Irvine Barclay Theatre

Light diffused across the stage of the Irvine Barclay Theatre to reveal members of DanceBrazil standing against a blue background, dressed in white. Their heads were tilted down and turned slightly to one side; a muscular arm crossed each breast in varying shades of brown. The figures seemed ensnared by their own powerful stances, and...

Dd Response: Inside-out Review of Courtney Giannone’s “Keller”

I often write about performances I see, but, having gone on hiatus from performing for close to a plural number of years, the notion of writing about a work I danced in simply never came up. That is, until this past weekend, when I resumed the stage in the work Keller, created by choreographer Courtney Giannone...

Welcome Home, Mr. Villella!

Welcome home, Mr. Villella! This was the sentiment last Tuesday night in a sold out Words on Dance event curated by the Paley Center for Media. After 26 years in Miami, founding and running the Miami City Ballet from a rag tag troupe to the kind of company that fills houses in Paris on tour,...

LA’s Rite of Spring Symposium

Last month, I had the distinct pleasure of being able to tell my hipster friends that I couldn’t join them for lunch because I was going to be at a ballet symposium all day. This symposium was a follow up (or introduction, depending on your tickets) to Joffrey’s performance of The Rite of Spring at...

Dd Response: New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios

Miro Magloire knows how to make an understatement. As artistic director of Manhattan’s New Chamber Ballet, Magloire has built a reputation around his minimalism, showing a preference for subtlety over superlatives, and polite intimacy over grandeur in his production format. His small group of dancers and musicians is perfectly suited for City Center Studios, where...

Dd Response: Pacific Northwest Ballet Brings Love to NYC with Romeo and Juliet

This past week, Pacific Northwest Ballet offered audience members of the New York City Center a Valentine in the form of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliet. This contemporary rendering of the Bard’s classic tale of the “star-crossed lovers” demonstrated how this story could be removed from the world of the traditional and familiar and placed into an abstract setting. The tale...