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The Art of Dance
21st Century Dance and Issues in the Performing Arts
Curated by Susan Davis Cushing
The astonishing collaboration of Louise LeCavalier, Edouard Locke and David Bowie
Mr. Millepied said that he had decided to focus on his own choreography and to return to Los Angeles, where he still directs the L.A. Dance Project.
Is Millepied a bright star moving too fast? Start here. Then follow the millions of feet (sorry, tweets) #BenjaminMilliped
The Swan Queen enters the stage to the familiar harp ripples that signal the beginning of the tender Act II pas de deux of “Swan Lake.” Dressed in a white tutu and feathery headdress, she plunges her arms forward,
wrists crossed, in a movement familiar to lovers of this ballet. But the familiarity ends there. Prince Siegfried is nowhere to be seen; this Swan Queen is barefoot and bald; and as Tchaikovsky’s plaintive violin melody begins, her movements incorporate balletic sweep and the grounded, hip-shaking, stamping notes of African dance.
It’s a pivotal solo by Dada Masilo in her version of “Swan Lake,” which arrives on Tuesday at the Joyce Theater after a jubilant reception in Ms. Masilo’s native South Africa and an extensive tour in Europe, where it has been greeted by rave reviews and packed audiences. (more)
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Psychologists have found that the creative personality contains layers of depth, complexity and contradictions.
This excerpt is from the new book Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and HuffPost Senior Writer Carolyn Gregoire.
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.”
— Pearl S. Buck
The choreographer Bill T. Jones. Credit Ian Douglas
In 1964 the New School hosted a series of lectures called “The American Race Crisis.” In 2016 the subject still feels urgent
One of the 15 civil rights leaders who spoke at the New School that year was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With the federal observation of his birthday on Monday, plenty of events around the city will honor his legacy; some of the more notable ones use his life’s work to talk about the persistence of racism.
(please click through for more complete NYC events list)
Above Ferocious Beauty: Genome” (2006) by Liz Lerman, developed under Pamela Tatge at Wesleyan, photo by Andrew Hoxey
article by Wendy Perron
"The beloved Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival just announced its new leader: Pamela Tatge. She’s a dynamic curator who directed the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University for 16 years. She brought in dance artists like Liz Lerman, Eiko Otake, Michelle Dorrance, Ronald K. Brown, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Faye Driscoll, Camille A. Brown, Nora Chipaumire, and many ... More »
Ella Baff's replacement has been named.
Marie Louise Fuller was born in a suburb of Chicago in 1862, and quickly began a career as a child actress.
With no formal training, she developed an interest in dance and choreography. Rather than attempt classical ballet or other traditional dances, she came up with her own form of free dance. Her pieces used flowing silk costumes as canvases for dynamic multicolored lighting.
Performing under the name Loie, Fuller took her performances on the road, and settled in France. There, she mesmerized audiences with her unique dances and gained the friendship of artists and intellectuals, including Auguste Rodin and Marie Curie. Her liquid movements and costumes also made her a popular subject for Art Nouveau painters and sculptors." (more)
Every one of these images has held up to the test of time. Spectacular.
by Gia Kourlas
..."These days, following contemporary dance is a little like digging for treasure in a junkyard. What I’m always looking for are choreographers who are not pushing boundaries blindly but investigating the myriad possibilities of modern dance and the body and how to situate both in popular culture. I keep up the search because of those moments during a performance when, suddenly, my spine straightens: I’m in the presence of an artist and not an impersonator."...
A great read, start to finish. Modern dance, contemporary dance, and the never-ending struggle to find the good works in the cutting edge. On a personal note, I believe there is a;ways something wonderful simmering underground.
Dance took off in unexpected directions this year. Our critics look back at some of the biggest surprises.
Clockwise from top left: Benny Olk and Erin Dowd in “Crises”; Misty Copeland and James Whiteside in “Swan Lake”; André M. Zachery and LaMont Hamilton’s “Dapline!”; and Elina Miettinen and Gabe Stone Sayer in “Sleeping Beauty.” CreditAndrea Mohin/The New York Times ("Crises" and "Sleeping Beauty"); Julieta Cervantes for The New York Times; Richard Perry/The New York Times
From the NYT Dance Critics' Point of View.
"... ‘living light’ is produced by video projectors and generated in real time by a set of algorithms,” Adrien shares with us. “It is a mix of control room operated human interventions and onstage data sensors that outlines a precise writing of motions and generative behaviors. Thus, the images are never pre-recorded for a rigid show on an imposed rhythm: on the contrary, they breathe and move with the dancers and organize a new space for them to explore..."
Astonishing video after the click-through.
With 360-degree videos, fans of the performing arts can feel what it’s like to be in the middle of the Philadelphia Orchestra or the Paris Opera Ballet.
In cased you missed it, as I did....
Five years ago, I undertook a Nutcracker marathon around the United States (28 productions in 12 states); and I’ve made Nutcracker mini-marathons since. Why? And how can I stand it? Inevitably, people do inquire.
NY Times critic Alastair Macaulay's fascination with the Nutcracker is a wonderful journey through the dance's themes and variations.
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“This picture was taken in the attic of an old house in Ferrara, Italy,” writes Your Shot member Giulia Pesarin. “The protagonist is the Italian dancer Elisa Mucchi.” Pesarin says that the shot is a continuation of a study that begins with an image in which the position of the dancer is similar. “The purpose is to represent a human body while moving and entering in relationship with the environment,” she writes. “But specifically I hide a part of [the] body ... amplifying the imaginative power of the beholder.” Hiding, she says, is a catalyst for opening up new possibilities for the human imagination.
Twyla Tharp is undoubtedly one of the most important and influential choreographers of our time. To date, she has created more than 160 works, including modern dances, television specials, Hollywood movies, full-length ballets, Broadway shows and even figure skating routines, and it doesn’t appear the spry 74-year-old is slowing down anytime soon.
The 2015-2016 season marks 50 years of dance-making for her company, Twyla Tharp Dance, founded 1965. She embarks on a 50th anniversary tour with her dancers this month — the first time since 2002 she has toured a group of dancers — which opens at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas Sept. 18-19 at the Winspear Opera House. Featuring two new works commissioned by performing arts organizations ranging from the The Joyce Theater in New York City to Dallas’ own TITAS, the 10-week tour, which includes a stop in Austin at TX Performing Arts on Oct. 20, hits 13 other cities across North America. Tharp spoke with A+C writer Claire Christine Spera about the world premiere works, what she hopes to get from the tour, and her “moving forward mentality.” (more)
Photo by Ruven Afanador, courtesy of AT&T Perfoming Arts Center