Category: Dance
When a Conventional Choreographic Approach Won't Work
By LAUREN PHOENIX KAY
Tuesday, January 15, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 15, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
How Patrick McCollum found the right moves for Broadway's The Band's Visit --- How do you create choreography for a subtle story about human connection? That's what Patrick McCollum had to figure out when he was brought on to add movement to The Band's Visit, an intimate, character-driven musical about an Egyptian military band that gets stranded...
Reconceiving 'Coppélia' for the 21st Century
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, December 27, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 27, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Director-choreographer Chase Brock premieres his first dance-theatre work Off-Broadway --- After 15 years of assisting on or contributing to Main Stem productions, Chase Brock is about to make his full-fledged Broadway musical choreographic debut with Be More Chill in February. But instead of using the holidays to rest up for rehearsals, the prolific...
Why It's Awesome When Characters in Straight Plays Dance
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, December 12, 2018  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Dec 12, 2018  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out with fellow Drama Desk nominator and journalist, Doug Strassler. Today's topic: dance sequences in straight plays Linda Buchwald: I came up with the idea for this GOFO when I saw Teenage Dick, Mike Lew's...
Still Dancing with Alvin Ailey After 21 Years
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, December 05, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 5, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Two veteran dancers discuss the company's 60th anniversary season --- Although it's exciting when a young new dancer catches your eye for the first time, it's even more thrilling to watch that performer mature artistically over the years. These days, many leading New York companies are enriched by veteran members who've been dancing for decades, such...
Twyla Tharp Works You've Never Seen
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, November 13, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 13, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
The legendary dance-maker reflects on her early years in Minimalism and Me --- In 1965, a very brief, rather odd dance performance took place in a Hunter College art studio. The choreographer was an unknown named Twyla Tharp, who had graduated from Barnard College two years earlier with an art history degree, and danced briefly with Paul Taylor's...
How ABT's Fall Season Moves Beyond Ballet
By SUSAN REITER
Thursday, October 18, 2018  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Oct 18, 2018  •   Dance  •    1 comment Share This
American Ballet Theatre debuts two works that incorporate tap and contemporary dance --- This week, American Ballet Theatre returns to Lincoln Center with a fall season that is lean, adventurous and bracingly contemporary. Alongside works by eminent choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins (in honor of his centennial), Twyla...
Giving 'Oklahoma!' Bold New Moves
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Friday, October 12, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 12, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
How choreographer John Heginbotham helped revitalize the Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece --- Guggenheim Fellow John Heginbotham has been creating his own celebrated contemporary dance-theatre pieces since founding his eponymous company in 2011. Choreographing classic musicals wasn't really high on his wish list -- until boundary-pushing director...
Fresh Voices in Modern Dance Converge in Brooklyn
By LAUREN PHOENIX KAY
Friday, October 05, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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Dumbo Dance Festival returns for its 18th edition --- When Young Soon Kim founded White Wave Dance back in 1988, she set up shop in Dumbo, Brooklyn, then a haven for scrappy artists looking for large spaces at low rents. That's where she crafted her delicately etched choreography style, like lines of movement calligraphy mixed with cutting-edge elements...
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