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{ Dd } Response: Jessica Lang's Poignant, Nuanced, Intelligent Dances

{ Dd } Response: Jessica Lang’s Poignant, Nuanced, Intelligent Dances

Nuance takes skill. Nuance is hard. And nuance is beautiful, maybe more beautiful than any series of turns or overhead lift might be. Choreographer Jessica Lang can manipulate movement in a manner that is so nuanced, it is virtuosic. So I was disturbed by some of the audience commentary I heard during pauses in her company’s program...
{Dd} Response: Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago at Northrop

{Dd} Response: Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago at Northrop

Hubbard Street Dance of Chicago brought contemporary lines, chic silhouettes, and a corporate sensibility to the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop Auditorium on January 30th , 2016.
{ Dd } Short Short List 2/1 - 2/7

{ Dd } Short Short List 2/1 – 2/7

This first short short list of 2016 is for dance, music, art, and theater lovers who need the perfect gateway drug to bring their friends and loved ones to a similar state of performance addiction…let’s expand the audience for live art this year!
{ Dd } Critical Conversation: Dorrance Dance's "The Blues Project" Features Virtuosic Dancers, But Misses a Few Steps

{ Dd } Critical Conversation: Dorrance Dance’s “The Blues Project” Features Virtuosic Dancers, But Misses a Few Steps

Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance and recent recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, has been called “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). I hoped to get some insider perspective on rhythm tap and percussion when I went to her company’s performance of The Blues Project at...
{ Dd } Short Short List 11/16 - 11/22

{ Dd } Short Short List 11/16 – 11/22

This week we have a ticket giveaway! Read on for more details on how you can win tickets to see Desmond Richardson and Complexions Contemporary Ballet perform this week.
{ Dd } Short Short List 11/9 - 11/15

{ Dd } Short Short List 11/9 – 11/15

This batch of bicoastal picks arrives just in time to get your contemporary dance fill before the Thanksgiving holiday. We are feeling very grateful indeed to be able to include a shoutout to one of our very own contributors, Lara Wilson.
Art Through Friendship: Seán Curran Company and the Ustatshakirt Plus Ensemble

Art Through Friendship: Seán Curran Company and the Ustatshakirt Plus Ensemble

In 2012, the U.S. Department of State and the Brooklyn Academy of Music invited Seán Curran to participate in DanceMotion USA, a project that sends American dance companies overseas to facilitate cultural sharing and deep engagement with local artists. Seán Curran Company, a modern dance group from New York City, traveled to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and...
{ Dd } Short Short List 11/2 - 11/8

{ Dd } Short Short List 11/2 – 11/8

This week’s picks will take you to that liminal space between dance genres as classical dancers go contemporary in Texas and concert dance and cabaret are shaken and stirred in NYC…
Getting Over the Hump: A Round Table on the Civil Rights Ethos of Ballet Memphis

Getting Over the Hump: A Round Table on the Civil Rights Ethos of Ballet Memphis

Since its inception in 1986, Ballet Memphis has been “striving to interpret the South’s cultural legacy through movement.” With Dorothy Gunther Pugh at the helm these last three decades, the company has had a stated goal of creating a conversation about women as artists and leaders, as well as building a company as ethnically and...
{ Dd } Short Short List 10/25 - 11/1

{ Dd } Short Short List 10/25 – 11/1

This week we are recommending you go both inside and outside the black box of theater…
{ Dd } Short Short List 10/19-10/25

{ Dd } Short Short List 10/19-10/25

Why choose between uptown or downtown dance? This week there are performances at both ends of NYC worth riding the subway for… 1. Company SBB at Harlem Stage In PATIEN(CE), award-winning choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland creates a dance installation that examines art’s relationship with space and time on both a personal and universal level. Made...
{ Dd } Response: Huang Yi & KUKA at Georgia Tech

{ Dd } Response: Huang Yi & KUKA at Georgia Tech

After HUANG YI & KUKA’s incredibly modern performance a couple weeks ago, I walked out of Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center thinking back to an analog moment in the late 1960’s when a poem presaged this ideal balance between robot and human: Richard Brautigan’s “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace”. I like to think...
{ Dd } Short Short List 10/5 -10/11

{ Dd } Short Short List 10/5 -10/11

All the recent dance coverage may seem concentrated on NYCB and Fall for Dance, but this fall season has so much more to offer. This week, we let our hair down to pursue contemporary performance spearheaded by women in the cities beyond the Big Apple… 1. Search Engine in Atlanta Contemporary’s Secret Garden Lauri Stallings...
{ Dd } Short Short List 9/28 - 10/4

{ Dd } Short Short List 9/28 – 10/4

This week, we are all about tights, leotards, and satin shoes with dance you can enjoy for free and from anywhere… 1. World Ballet Day 2015 23 hours of ballet LIVE. The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet open their rehearsal doors to the world for the 2nd annual...
{ Dd } Short Short List: 9/21 - 9/27

{ Dd } Short Short List: 9/21 – 9/27

Near to NYC or far, this week has something in store for dance lovers everywhere… 1. Lincoln Center at the Movies: San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet No matter where you live in relation to the Bay area, this Thursday you have a chance to catch Helgi Tomasson’s version of Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy. Expect SFB...