Monday, May 21, 2018

Dance Review: Ballet Preljocaj’s "Empty Moves" at BAM

“Why?” This is the continuous thought running through my head while watching Ballet Preljocaj perform Angelin Preljocaj’s Empty Moves (parts I & II) at BAM.  The piece, choreographed to John Cage’s 1977 speech Empty Words, which was recorded in Milan before a vocal and rambunctious crowd, sets a standard for contemporary choreographers.  Like abstract artwork, […]

Dance Review: Ralph Lemon at BAM

After a six year hiatus, Ralph Lemon and his dancers return to the stage Wednesday night in Brooklyn’s own BAM Harvey Theater.  The theater is packed and guests buzz words of praise about their expectations for this performance.  Some, knowing of Lemon’s longer shows, ask about length expectations as well.   As I sit, I too […]

Dance Review: Swift Solos at DTW, olive Dance Theatre

As I walk in New York City’s DTW to see olive Dance Theatre’s Ken Swift Solos, I’m handed fortune cookies and wonder why, but, as I open one, I see the fortunes say, "Why do you break?" and "What inspires you?"  …Hmmmm.  The show opens with video footage of hip hop dance dignitary Ken Swift, […]

Dance Review: Keigwin and Juilliard Dancers Take City Center in Fall for Dance

In my personal experience when people hear that anyone is a dancer they often say, "You must tear it up at the club."  Sometimes this yields an awkward laugh because professional dance is sooo serious.  Select members of Keigwin and Company with Juilliard Dance could easily answer "yes" at Fall For Dance at City Center.  […]

Dance Review: Swan Lake Soars To New Heights, Matthew Bourne

In a triumphant return to the New York stage and Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is a feast for the senses that sends you into the sky! Mr. Bourne has introduced the great tale of Swan Lake in an innovative, inspiring, and entertaining new way.  No longer the stuffy and reserved version, Bourne’s production is […]

Dance Review: Energetic Youth and Mature Finesse Mastered, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater

Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater shows off their amazing ability with youthful and athletic energy, grace and maturity rarely seen.  With a diverse program mixing the youth with dance greats like Sarah Stackhouse (Jose Limon Dance Company), what a triumph! Opening the program, No, No…Yes, Yes… (New York Premier), this piece is a feast for the […]

Dance Review: First Annual PCDC Festival hits MMAC

Sometimes it takes years to build community – especially if you’re a newbie.  Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company built one in just a year in NY – culminating with the 1st Annual PCDC Festival at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center on September 18th.  Ten emerging and established choreographers show works new and old to a […]

Dance Review: Eva Dean’s UBA Bounce at Dixon Place

For years artists have bravely performed with the ballistics of balls and have awed audiences.  Jugglers, rhythmic gymnasts, and street performers entertain with the suspense of dropping the ball.  Welcome UBA bounce to this group of performers!  UBA Bounce’s performance, however, is like watching the 3D movie version of the other performances- more eye popping […]

Dance Review: Summer Stage Presents Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Others

A hot night of dance at Central Park Summer Stage begins with audience-thrilling performances by winners of this year’s DRA, Dancers Responding to Aids Competition.  Nine women and one male dance with passion and conviction, conveying silent fury within.  Seated in silence at a table, the dance dialogue begins with the women’s white dresses twirling […]

Dance Review: Kate Weare and Monica Bill Barnes at The Joyce Theater

I will be keeping an eye on two refreshing new choreographers debuting at The Joyce this week. From August 9th through the 14th, Kate Weare and Monica Bill Barnes share a marquee with Camille A. Brown and Andrea Miller.  The latter two are both mentioned in Dance Magazine’s "25 To Watch" list, and while I […]

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