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Donald Byrd on Disruption and Using Dance as a Social Civic Instrument in (Im)Pulse

Donald Byrd on Disruption and Using Dance as a Social Civic Instrument in (Im)Pulse

Donald Byrd of Spectrum Dance Theater gives insight on theater of disruption and his new work (Im)Pulse, which is inspired by two artists’ works: David Wojnarowicz, a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist and playwright Brian Quirk. (Im)Pulse is a two-part dance theater work made in response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy and the ongoing aggression towards LGBTQ people....
ODE2FOOL Offers a Map of Dreams at New Dance Alliance's Performance Mix Festival

ODE2FOOL Offers a Map of Dreams at New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival

Julian Barnett and Jocelyn Tobias will be among the 20 local and international dance artists chosen by New Dance Alliance founder and director Karen Bernard for the 2017 Performance Mix Festival at University Settlement. Billed as “part opera, part confessional, ODE2FOOL acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment, and resilience,” following Barnett and Tobias, along with...
{ 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 } Preview: Deborah Lohse on How LMnO3 Became More Like Your Mom

{ Dd } Preview: Deborah Lohse on How LMnO3 Became More Like Your Mom

LMnO3 is Deborah Lohse, Cori Marquis, and Donnell Oakley. In their latest work, More Like Your Mom, these three women explore what it means to be female today. Child-free by choice, the show “encourages the audience to engage with the multitude of ways in which we identify as women by challenging notions of femininity and...
Katarzyna Skarpetowska on the Creative Process Behind her Cosmic Ballet "Polaris"

Katarzyna Skarpetowska on the Creative Process Behind her Cosmic Ballet “Polaris”

When Richmond Ballet lands at the Joyce this week, Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Polaris is among the anticipated NY premieres. (Polaris premiered in 2015 at RB’s New Works Festival and was one of its highlights.) A longtime dancer with The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and alum of both the NYC Highschool of the Performing Arts and The...
Acrobats and Artists in the Kitchen: “Cuisine and Confessions” Stirs and Amazes

Acrobats and Artists in the Kitchen: “Cuisine and Confessions” Stirs and Amazes

While performers soared on silks, flipped on tables, scaled poles and danced with utensils around the kitchen, the faint scent of banana bread greeted the nose. Usually this level of action would be too much for an audience member to handle, a true sensory over load devoid of meaning. However, on Tuesday, April 12th at...
{ 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...
A Conversation with the Creators of "Titicut Follies: the Ballet"

A Conversation with the Creators of “Titicut Follies: the Ballet”

Frederick Wiseman’s film Titicut Follies (1967)–shot in the Bridgewater Institute for the Criminally Insane– inspired a new, full-length dance work choreographed by James Sewell to an original score composed by Lenny Pickett. The project was made possible after Wiseman received a Fellowship from The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, an organization that aims to...
Shifting Between Worlds: An Interview with Cherice Barton

Shifting Between Worlds: An Interview with Cherice Barton

Dance – in particular, ballet –  is what Cherice Barton calls “church.”  One of 3 sisters- all of whom are professional dance artists- Barton attended tap, jazz, and ballet classes from a very young age. But early in life, she dreamed of being an actress, taking acting lessons as a child and even participating in some plays. “Aside...
{ Dd } Response: Dancers Shine in "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"

{ Dd } Response: Dancers Shine in “The Hip Hop Nutcracker”

I love a good remix. So, I jumped at the chance to see The Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. As I walked through the lobby doors that evening, hip-hop songs from the 1980s through modern day reverberated throughout the space. Curious to see where the...
Settling In and Opening Up: Excerpts of an Interview with Deborah Jowitt

Settling In and Opening Up: Excerpts of an Interview with Deborah Jowitt

Alejandra Iannone catches up with the legendary critic, dancer, choreographer, author, and teacher upon the occasion of her receiving the 2016 “Educational Visionary” Lifetime Achievement Award from Mark DeGarmo Dance. The following are excerpts of a longer conversation about her career, writing process, and advice for younger artists and writers.
The Future Is Female: Jessica Lang on ABT Premiere "Her Notes" and Overcoming Gender Bias

The Future Is Female: Jessica Lang on ABT Premiere “Her Notes” and Overcoming Gender Bias

In less than two decades, Jessica Lang has morphed from scrappy freelance choreographer to artistic director of her own nine-member dance company, Jessica Lang Dance, to an arts leader well on her way to establishing a center for dance education and a permanent home for her company in Long Island City. All the while, she...
Stepping Into Greg Wohead's Memory at Georgia Tech

Stepping Into Greg Wohead’s Memory at Georgia Tech

After stepping out of the little black Fiat where Greg Wohead’s one-on-one performance The Backseat of My Car (and other safe places) occurred last Friday night, I found myself struck by a series of instructions Wohead gives the participatory audience member: You look out the window You touch my arm You lean in closer A little...
Combustible Company's "Bluebeard's Dollhouse" is Brave, Though Busy

Combustible Company’s “Bluebeard’s Dollhouse” is Brave, Though Busy

The power of secrets. Violence. Marriage. What scarier ways could there be to usher in Halloween?   I started my October off with the world premiere of “Bluebeard’s Dollhouse,” a new, promenade-style production that merges theater, dance, puppetry and live music, and takes place throughout St. Paul’s historic James J. Hill House. In this work, Combustible...
Project Love ATL: Atlanta Ballet's Alessa Rogers on Gratitude and Giving Back

Project Love ATL: Atlanta Ballet’s Alessa Rogers on Gratitude and Giving Back

Project Love ATL is a benefit performance leveraging the talents of thirty diverse professional artists from Atlanta–dancers, musicians, actors, and visual artists–to raise awareness and funds for a charitable cause. This year, proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will go to Lost-n-Found Youth, an organization which addresses the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth and...