Back in ’64, Movin’ On

Maria Kowroski and Robert Fairchild in Everywhere We Go. Photo: Paul Kolnik

The New York City Ballet honors its theater with a gala and a premiere. On April 24, 1964, I wasn’t sitting in one of the red plush seats shown above, cheering New York City Ballet’s inaugural performance in Lincoln Center’s recently completed New York State Theater. However, occupying a seat in that same theater on May 8, 2014, when the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in the … [Read more...]

Walk, Do Not Dance!

Randy Castillo (L) and Julia Carnicer of the Lyon Opera Ballet in ni fleurs, ni ford-mustang. Photo: Stephanie Berger

The Lyon Opera Ballet brings Christian Rizzo's ni fleurs, ni ford-mustang to BAM. The stage lights are dimming slowly— so slowly that we spectators can barely pin down the moment when we can no longer see the clump of seven dancers, covered head to toe in gleaming black outfits, wriggling and jouncing around. Nor can we be sure when the lights are truly out. There’s a nervous pause before … [Read more...]

The New in the Old, The Old in the New

Daniel Fetecua Soto and Elise Drew Leon in Sean Curran's Nocturnes for Ancestors. Photo Joseph Schembri

The Limon Dance Company performs at the Joyce; Miki Orihara debuts a solo program. It was several days after I saw the Limón Dance Company at the Joyce Theater that I suddenly discerned subtle connections among the four works on the program that artistic director Carla Maxwell put together for the company’s 68th anniversary—two by company founder José Limón (1908-1972) and two new works, … [Read more...]

À LA FRANÇAIS AND THEN SOME

Alain Buffard's Baron Samedi. David Thomson (seated), watched by (L to R) Will Rawls, Dorothée Munyaneza, Nadia Beugré and Olivier Normand. Photo: Ian Douglas

DANSE: A French-American Festival of Performance and Ideas opens with a work by Alain Buffard. The French in America! I do not speak of the emigrating 17th-century Huguenots, or of Alexis de Tocqueville, who journeyed around the U.S. in the 19th-century and said wise things about it. Je ne parle pas de croissants, ni de boeuf bourgignon. Dior? Pouf! Bidets? They never caught on. No, I … [Read more...]

Writing on Air

(L to R): Kate Jewett and Chelsea Retzloff at the dress rehearsal for Map. Photo: Juan Vargas

Shen Wei Dance Arts presents Map at Judson Church, April 29 through May 4 In Judson Church’s open, lofty space, Shen Wei’s restaging of his 2005 Map looks and feels far more three-dimensional than the version that premiered at Lincoln Center on a proscenium stage. The Judson spectators sit on four sides of the large arena, some of them on the small, high stage made to hold the altar. The … [Read more...]

Adrift in Fashionable Fairyland

Preljocaj's Snow White (Nagisa Shirai) and her Prince (Sergio Diaz). Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Ballet Preljocaj brings the French company's Snow White to New York. Fog swirls around a dark stage. Crashes and eerie echoes accompany it. A hand rises from a cloud bank, and figure swathed in dark garments appears and begins to walk with difficulty across the stage. It’s hard to make this person out. Ah! A crown. Royal, then. A glimpse of a bare thigh and high heels. Right. A queen. And … [Read more...]

Small-Frame Vignettes

Omagbitse Omagbemi in Barbara Kilpatrick's costume. Photo: Yi-Cun Wu

Vicky Shick and colleagues premiere a new work. The second week of April, 2014, both the Trisha Brown Dance Company and the Stephen Petronio Company performed in New York. The following week, and further uptown, Vicky Shick premiered her Pathétique/Miniatures in Detail. An enlivening coincidence. Shick, like Petronio, performed in Brown’s company for a number of years—in her case from … [Read more...]

Creatures Under the Skin

Members of LeeSaar in Princess Crocodile. (L to R): Delphina Parenti, Motrya Kozbur, Hyerin Lee, Jye-Hwei Lin, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Isabel Umali, and Candice Schnurr. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

The seven dancers of LeeSaar The Company perform Princess Crocodile at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Lee Scher and Saar Harari call their latest work for LeeSaar The Company Princess Crocodile, but that doesn’t mean we should expect to see a story about a crocodile who ruled the swamp or ate a princess or became one. These Israeli artists who’ve lived and worked in the U.S. for ten years now … [Read more...]

Family Ties

(L to R): Tamara Riewe, Nicholas Strafaccia, and Elena Demyanenko in Trisha Brown'e Opal Loop/Clous Installation #72503. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

The Trisha Brown Dance Company and the Stephen Petronio Company give their New York seasons the same week. Sitting in the Joyce Theater during the Stephen Petronio Company’s 30th Anniversary Season, the word “highflyer” suddenly pushes it way into my mind. This is not just because Petronio is ambitious and successful, but because he takes risks and succeeds when you might expect him to … [Read more...]

How Many Make a Solo?

Amanda Loulaki and friend in her Forested. Photo: Brian Rogers

Luciana Achugar and Amanda Loulaki present new solos in New York. When is a solo not a solo?  Or perhaps the question might be this: Is a solo ever a solo—given that anywhere from two people to an audience of hundreds might be watching a supposedly solitary performer having a private experience? Luciana Achugar’s new Otro Teatro was advertised as a solo, but, in fact, it was a solo with a … [Read more...]