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{ Dd } Response: Pilobolus' Minnesota Marathon

{ Dd } Response: Pilobolus’ Minnesota Marathon

Pilobolus makes me wonder: Is that dancer being lifted by the neck, or is it just a clever illusion? Have I ever seen someone’s spine move like that? How strong am I? The company, dating from 1971, mixes theatricality with Herculean strength and a surgeon’s precision to create spectacular moving images that soothe and startle. Their May 20th...
Pennsylvania Ballet Ushers in a New Era at the Joyce

Pennsylvania Ballet Ushers in a New Era at the Joyce

“I have always believed that the audience must be blown away by what’s on stage…” This from Angel Corella, in his program note for Pennsylvania Ballet’s recent appearance at The Joyce (March 29-April 3). As a performer, Corella reliably achieved this effect, and he is clearly striving to build a company that will, in time,...
Mark Morris at Northrop: A Trip to the Museum

Mark Morris at Northrop: A Trip to the Museum

Mark Morris’s Dido and Aeneas was created in 1989, in Belgium. I saw it for the first time on March 30, 2016, in Minneapolis. In this work, Morris’ once-irreverent movement style intersects with ancient Greek mythology and English composer Henry Purcell’s 17th century opera to tell the tragic story of two doomed lovers. Onstage, the mood...
Getting Over the Hump with Lara Wilson of The Assembly

Getting Over the Hump with Lara Wilson of The Assembly

Dd contributor and dance renaissance woman Lara Wilson will be performing with her company, The Assembly, this weekend as part of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s Friends and Famous Dances. Established in 2014 and based in LA, The Assembly is a collaborative company of artists, choreographers and dancers working to incubate new dance events by up-and-coming local...
{ Dd } Response: SEOP Balances Extremes in "A Man's Requiem"

{ Dd } Response: SEOP Balances Extremes in “A Man’s Requiem”

I made my way to see SEOP Dance Company at the Ordway Theater on March 5th, with no pre-conceived notions, no expectations, no prior knowledge of any kind; only the kind of anticipation that accompanies the rare chance of experiencing something totally unknown. South Korea’s SEOP Dance Company, founded in 1992 and one of the...
{ Dd } Response: Pacific Northwest Ballet Thrills at New York City Center

{ Dd } Response: Pacific Northwest Ballet Thrills at New York City Center

For anyone inclined to question the fact that dancers are athletes as well as artists, an evening with the Pacific Northwest Ballet should be required viewing. The Seattle-based company paid a visit to New York City Center from February 24 through 27, bringing with it two programs — the first, all-Balanchine; the second showcasing the...
{ Dd } Response: Bronx Gothic Bears Witness to Many Lives through One Body

{ Dd } Response: Bronx Gothic Bears Witness to Many Lives through One Body

Last Thursday night at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, Bronx Gothic conjured centuries of allusions to the genre of literature its title references: a setting among metropolitan ruins, romantic notions of adolescence (however perverse and subverted), hints of sinister events, elements of the grotesque, and the shifting voices of a complex and disturbing medley of Faulknerian...
{ Dd } Response : Story Trumps Dance in Ordway's "A Chorus Line"

{ Dd } Response : Story Trumps Dance in Ordway’s “A Chorus Line”

Until this winter, I had only seen the movie version of A Chorus Line. On February 18, I got the chance to see the musical come to life on a stage at St. Paul’s historic Ordway Theater. Though the two versions are mostly similar, they differ at certain points in the score and script, and the experience...
Getting Over the Hump: BalletX's Caili Quan Cooks Comfort Food for Friends

Getting Over the Hump: BalletX’s Caili Quan Cooks Comfort Food for Friends

BalletX dancer Caili Quan weighs in on keeping her energy and spirit up in the middle of long rehearsal weeks. You can catch her performing in the BalletX’s Spring Series this April at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.
{ 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.