Category: Choreography
Is This Is a New Era for Modern Dance Troupes?
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, December 02, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 2, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Larry Keigwin joins other major choreographers to change the rules --- In modern dance, it's been a tradition for many decades: a choreographer launches a company bearing his or her name, and audiences come to see a program of that person's works. Merce Cunningham's company existed to perform the brilliant, groundbreaking pieces that he produced until...
Pilobolus Turns Shadows Into Dance
By LAUREN KAY
Thursday, November 19, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 19, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Inside their visually astonishing new work --- Since 1971, Pilobolus has stretched the ways in which dancers share and shift weight in modern dance. The troupe's partnering style—dancers twisting, winding, gently toppling—has continued to remain a trademark. In 2006, however, another Pilobolus stamp was created in an unlikely place: a...
A Choreographer Asks About Black Men's Lives
By SUSAN REITER
Monday, November 09, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 9, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
The urgency and beauty of Kyle Abraham's program at the Joyce --- Kyle Abraham's conversation moves at warp speed as he speaks from Dallas the morning after the first performance of Absent Matter, which has its New York premiere this week at the Joyce Theater. He's already had two morning meetings, and he is contemplating a crucial change he hopes...
Darkness and Light in George Takei's Life
By LAUREN KAY
Thursday, October 29, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 29, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Dance tells a complex story in the Broadway musical Allegiance --- Inspired by actor George Takei's life, Allegiance is distinguished not only by the caché of its famous source, but also the gravitas of its subject matter: The musical tells the tale of Takei's experience as a Japanese American during WWII, including the horrible reality of...
When Is Ballet Like a Photograph?
By LAUREN KAY
Tuesday, October 27, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 27, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Troy Schumacher brings a surprising group of artists to his ballets --- When Troy Schumacher discusses his five-year-old ballet company, he rarely uses the word "I" to describe its direction or approach. Instead, he chooses "we" again and again, and that's right on target for the aptly named BalletCollective. Integrating a wide variety of art...
A Choreographer Finds American Poetry in Central Asia
By LAUREN KAY
Monday, September 28, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside Séan Curran's latest work at BAM --- In the spring of 2012, choreographer Séan Curran and a slew of his dancers traveled to central Asia to visit the Kyrgyz Republic. As art ambassadors of Brooklyn Academy of Music's DanceMotion USA initiative, the modern dance troupe crisscrossed the country, seeing performances and meeting...
A Dance Dedicated to the Lives of Black Girls
By LAUREN KAY
Tuesday, September 15, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 15, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Camille A. Brown's new work celebrates the entire scope of a black woman's life --- On a sweltering August day, Camille A. Brown sits in front of her dancers in a basement studio. Once she nods, Fana Fraser and Catherine Foster start a simple phrase, one swooping into a cross jump, the other darting backward. After almost every four counts, Brown...
Spring Awakening's Deaf Actors Dance to Music They Can't Hear
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, September 14, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 14, 2015  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
It's a moment that would be complicated in any musical: In the current Broadway revival of Spring Awakening, at the start of a song in the second act, a group of actors faces upstage, backs to the audience. They represent a forest of trees, and eventually they begin to sway in unison as the show transitions into a searing number about loss. For their...
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