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The Art of Dance
21st Century Dance and Issues in the Performing Arts
Curated by Susan Davis Cushing
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
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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.
Around the world, Israel has become famous for its dance talent. While the small Jewish state is home to several companies, the largest touring group is the Batsheva Dance Company. Read on to learn more about their unique style of movement known as "Gaga," a dance language developed by Ohad Naharin.
This year, we are pushing uncompromisingly towards the future with our first season curated by newly appointed Director of Programs, Thomas O. Kriegsmann. We...
The best of avant-garde performance is on it's way from New York Live Arts. Don your earplugs!
"The awards, the dance world’s equivalent of the Oscars or Tonys, will be presented at the Apollo Theater on Oct. 19. " (more after the click)
Above: Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in "An American in Paris." Fairchild is nominated for an Outstanding Performer award.Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
The full list of nominees is available at the Dance/NYC website.
Photo by Ramon Estevanell
"Whether you are rolling down the window in your grandfather’s car, or waving to answer a call on your shiny new Apple Watch, movement and choreography, really, are part of our everyday life. The movements change as technology shifts, all of which feels like perfect fodder for a new dance, according to choreographer/technologist Sydney Skybetter.
(More from writer Nancy Wozny after the click.)
After being asked more than 15 times over the years to play the role of Diaghilev’s provocative virtuoso, the Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov has finally taken a leap of faith. So what persuaded him to do it?
Letter to a Man at the Spoleto festival. Photograph: Lucie Jansch
Abrera becomes the company's first Filipino American principal ballerina.
The rest of the story. Click through to read more about another new principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre - in case you missed it. :D
"Trisha Brown is becoming more sacred to us every year. Not only is she a great artist who pushed the boundaries of contemporary dance, but she is also a fine human being, an example of compassionate leadership. While dance legends like Martha Graham and Jerome Robbins were notoriously “difficult” to the point of occasional cruelty, Trisha was always respectful, nurturing and generous. She fulfills the promise of a new, feminist way of being an artistic director."
(click through for more from Wendy Perron)
Dance USA has just wrapped up their national meeting in Miami. The writing that comes from Dance USA's ejournal: FROM THE GREEN ROOM, including this article on the brilliant Trisha Brown, Is often at the core of the dance world's sentiment - but it is not widely tapped by the public as a source of wonderful thinking. I shall attempt to make more links here.
From Norbert Servos "It began with controversy; in 1973 Pina Bausch was appointed director of dance for the Wuppertal theatres and the form she developed in those early years, a mixture of dance and theatre, was wholly unfamiliar. In her performances the players did not merely dance; they spoke, sang - and sometimes they cried or laughed too. But this strange new work succeeded in establishing itself. In Wuppertal the seeds were sown for a revolution which was to emancipate and redefine dance throughout the world." (Click on image for more)
Twyla Tharp, seated above, choreographed “The One Hundreds.” It will be performed as part of the River to River Festival this weekend. CreditAndrea Mohin/The New York Times
These highlights of performances around the city, many of them outdoors, feature choice offerings and the artists who create them.
Here's where summer starts. It's a powerful listing, starting with Twyla Tharp's spectacular baseball homage this weekend. And that's just the beginning :) . To mention a few others:
‘The Blues Project Revisited,’ with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Jookin' master Lil Buck, and a Celebration of the Life of Geoffrey Holder (with Carmen de Lavallade) at Lincoln Center Out of Doors,
The Hybrid Movement Company's Contemporary Circus at
Ohad Naharin of the gags dance language with Leesar The Company and his own Batsheva Dance Company in Prospect Park Brooklyn.
Do not miss todays NYTimes for all great listing and images or click through on the links here!
Craig Davies for Art-Sheep
Moscow-based Alexander Yakovlev is a studio-dance photographer specializing in capturing the dynamic, raw power of dancing. In his series of majestic images, the gifted photographer adds the element of flour, giving his subjects the chance to interact with it, capturing the spectacular formed by this combination. (more)
Click through of the thumbnail - his black and white, no-flour-needed images are even more refined and amazing.
‘Line and power’: Sylvie Guillem bids farewell in Mats Ek’s Bye. Photograph: Bill Cooper
The French ballet star has redefined the technical boundaries of her art, and inspired female dancers the world over to confront a culture of compliance
from the article by Luke Jennings
"...Born in 1965, Guillem trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School. She joined the Paris Opera Ballet at 16, and three years later, fast-tracked by artistic director Rudolf Nureyev, became the youngest star in the company’s history. From the first, her dancing was astonishing. Long, slender arms and legs, while beautiful, can be hard to control, which is why the most technically assured dancers are often built along more compact lines, like the Royal Ballet’s Natalia Osipova. But the willowy Guillem could place her limbs precisely where she chose. She would rise on to pointe, float a leg up to the side with her foot winging high above her head, hold the position for a long, insolent beat, and swing into the next step not because she had to, but because she chose to. It was the counterpoint that was so breathtaking. The interplay between her ravishing souplesse and her cool, implacable will." (more after the click)
In a year of impossible farewells to ballerinas, Luke Jennings handles this retirement in lovely prose and a sweet review of a long, formidable career.