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In the world of Sidra Bell Dance New York and their new production of STELLA, fantasy often morphs into the grotesque and the grostesque breeds fantasy. The androgenous dancers spew a highly kinetic and gestural movement language, with their capable bodies and at times overtly cirque-like prowess,  at warp speed to a beat I hoped the DJ wouldn’t stop.  The jaw-dropping solos and duets reminiscent of the famous ‘walks’ at a vogue ball (aka Paris is Burning), stunning ballet technique (there were fouettes!), the ecstasy of all-night clubbing felt through the 4th wall, and the dread of the inevitable morning or end to the show (that is a sad reality of all performers) came together in a seemingly unreal and jam-packed hour of dance.

STELLA opens tomorrow night and runs through Sunday at Baruch Performing Arts Center as part of a two-week, two-show run entitled DUEL.


Dd has one ticket for this Sunday 3/25 to GIVEAWAY! (Don’t despair if you can’t make it, we just might have another giveaway for next week’s ReVUE)

TO ENTER: Comment on this post by midnight on Friday 3/23 with your answer to this question: to vogue or not to vogue? The winner will be announced on Saturday!



DUEL (NYC Spring Season) from Sidra Bell Dance New York on Vimeo.


If you can’t make either–maybe you are one of our readers living outside the NY metro area–you can live stream the show for $15 on 3/24, 3/25, 3/29, and 4/1 through the SBDNY website!




Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.