Come Spring!

L to R: Domingo Estrada, Jr., Dallas McMurray, and Aaron Loux in Mark Morris's Pacific. Photo: Hilary Schwab

The Mark Morris Dance Group performs at BAM. Was it George Balanchine who said he wanted us to see the music and hear the dancing when we were watching his ballets? Maybe he said only the first part of that. Mark Morris, I think, hopes for something similar when we see his choreography—not meaning that we should hear feet hit the floor, but that the dancers carry the music in their bodies, … [Read more...]

Running Backward, Looking Ahead

Joshua Tuason (L) and Nicholas Sciscione in Non Locomotor. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

The Stephen Petronio Company performs a new Petronio work at the Joyce and remounts Merce Cunningham's "RainForest." Decades ago, when Twyla Tharp was a feisty young choreographer, she said that maintaining and presenting dances from her repertory was just not something she wanted to do. It would be like chewing gum, she said, and who wanted to keep on chewing it after the initial flavor … [Read more...]

The Merce Resurrection

(L to R) Gianni Joseph, Clara Freschi, and Lucas Viallefond in the Cunningham Event at the Joyce Theater. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Compagnie CNDC d'Angers stages a Merce Cunningham Event in New York City. When Merce Cunningham decided that his company should be disbanded two years after his death, it wasn’t entirely clear what he expected to happen to the nearly 200 dances that he had made over the course of five decades. Some, of course, had been lost along the way, but a good number had been filmed, and more were … [Read more...]

Moving Toward the Light

Clarice Young of Evidence: A Dance Company in Ronald K. Brown's Grace. Photo: Ayodele Casel

Ronald K.Brown celebrates at the Joyce Theater the 30th anniversary of his Evidence: A Dance Company. Sometimes I think of choreographer Ronald K. Brown, the artistic director of Evidence: A Dance Company, as akin to a spiritually inspired basket maker, weaving beautiful strands of dancing together with time-honed skill. These strands mesh in patterns formed by eight passionate, spirited … [Read more...]

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

Jessica Martineau (L) and Jin Ju Song Begin in Douglas Dunn's Aidos (dress rehearsal). Photo: Christopher Duggan

Douglas Dunn + Dancers premiere Aidos at BAM Fisher. Aidos seems to have been a goddess slightly confused about her own identity. No wonder she is said to be the last of the Greek gods to leave earth after the Golden Age. The Random House Dictionary of the English Language calls her “the personification of conscience,” but she is also seen as representing shame and modesty. I see a … [Read more...]

From California with Gusto

A scene from Barak Marshall's And at midnight, the green bride floated through the village square. Photo: Christopher Duggan

In 2007, two women, Lilian Barbeito, a Juilliard graduate, and Tina Finkelman Berkett, an alumna of the Barnard College’s dance department, founded a contemporary dance ensemble in Los Angeles. What are the chances of that endeavor failing in a balmy city where it takes nerve, courage, and good business sense for a dance company to nose its way out of the prevailing motion picture culture? Iffy at … [Read more...]

Life Under the Dome

Alex Springer and in the background, Hollis Bartlett in Dome. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Doug Varone and Dancers premieres two works at the Joyce Theater. What strikes me first about Doug Varone’s new Dome is the amount of stillness in it. This most musical of choreographers is at home with maelstroms. In his 2004 Castles, which opened his company’s program at the Joyce Theater, architectural and social structures form and dissolve and re-form like elaborate sand castles washed … [Read more...]

Shifting Fields of Images

Zina Zinchenko (L) and Bobbi Smith in Sadeh21. Photo: Stephanie Berger

Batsheva Dance Company celebrates its 50th anniversary. Fifty years ago in Israel, Baroness Bethsabée (aka Batsheva) de Rothschild (1914-1999) founded the Batsheva Dance Company. Enamored of dance, she had, during her years in New York, studied with Martha Graham and become a patron of her work. Choreography by Graham was initially a part of Batsheva’s repertory and the training of its … [Read more...]

What is it about Sunshine?

Anthony Bryant and Rachelle Rafailedes in Justin Peck's Murder Ballads. Photo: Julieta Cervantes

The L.A. Dance Project comes to BAM with works by Justin Peck, William Forsythe, and company founder-director Benjamin Millepied. What is it about Los Angeles that attracts artists? Even before the 1940s, many European musicians and writers fleeing the Nazis zipped right through culturally confident New York and joined the émigré filmmakers who settled on the west coast. Maybe it was the … [Read more...]

Dancing the Breaking Point

Jeremy "Jae" Neal (L) and Matthew Baker in Kyle Abraham's The Gettin'. Photo Yi-Chun Wu

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion premieres new works at New York Live Arts. You can’t really call Kyle Abraham’s rise to fame meteoric. He has been working persistently and imaginatively for around eight years. Yet few young choreographers have garnered as many awards, residencies, fellowships, and commissions as he has in the last five years. The works that Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is … [Read more...]