Shirley MacLaine, Meet Omar Sharif

Aghast: Big Dance Theater in Alan Smithee Directed this Play: Triple Feature. (L to R): Cynthia Hopkins, Elizabeth DeMent, Tymberly Canale, Kourtney Rutheford, Aaron Mattocks, and Chris Giarmo. Photo: Christopher Duggan

Every time I see a work by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater, I wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall while they were dreaming it up (although, since the collaborators are married, brainstorming gusts may happen erratically, at any hour of the day or night). Their constructions are so intricately layered, their often highly dissimilar ingredients stirred together so startlingly … [Read more...]

You Read It Here

Abigail Levine and Christopher Bell as Mrs. Caroline Astor and her first husband. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

DANCENOW presents Mark Dendy's NEWYORKnewyork@Astor Place in Joe's Pub. The very small stage at Joe’s Pub is bursting with people, and I’m not talking about the eight real performers. I mean the many others they personify and the many they refer to in the interpenetrating layers of Mark Dendy’s NEWYORKnewyork@Astor Place, a DANCENOW commission. Leslie Cuyjet, for example, appears as a real … [Read more...]

A Union of Four Unalikes

Troy Ogilvie and Aaron Jones, aka AJ "The Animal" Jones in Patricia Noworol's Replacement Place. Photo: aeric/the photographer

Patricia Noworol Dance Theater performs at New York Live Arts. After I had seen Patricia Noworol’s ?Culture in 2013, when it was performed at St. Mark’s church, I wrote that the piece meshed “scrupulous designs with brashness, virtuosity, colloquial manners, outrage, and satiric political incorrectness.” The situation was volatile: Noworol, a violently skillful woman with a mane of blond … [Read more...]

Dancing Communities

Krista Langberg in Emily Johnspn's Shore. Photo: Ian Douglas

Emily Johnson/Catalyst creates communities in our city. Emily Johnson’s Shore, the third part of a trilogy that was preceded by the Bessie-award-winning The Thank-You Bar and Nicugni, did not consist only of the performance that appeared at New York Live Arts from April 23-25. Beginning April 19, there were related community action events (land, water, and dune restoration) in the … [Read more...]

Dreams and Journeys, Destination Uncertain

Keely Garfield held captive by Brandin Steffensen (L) and Jordan Morley. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu.

Keely Garfield Dance premieres Wow at St. Mark's Church (a Danspace Project presentation). I’m pretty sure that Keely Garfield does what most of us do: mop the floor, rustle up some dinner, move close to the other person in the bed, tell the kids what they can do and what they shouldn’t do. Garfield, however, is a yoga teacher and a Donna Karan/Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (working in … [Read more...]

Aging, as in Fine Wine

Carmen de Lavallade in front of a picture of herself and Lester Horton. Photo: Christopher Duggan

Jacob's Pillow opens its summer season with a solo performance by Carmen de Lavallade. The Gala that opened the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s summer season was full of goodies—and by that I don’t mean just the dinner and the whooping it up on the dance floor. The program opened in the Ted Shawn Theater with the 22 students in the Pillow School’s Ballet Program performing an astounding … [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...]

Flying with Broken Wings

Taisha Paggett (L) and Nguyên Nguyên of David Roussève/REALITY in Stardust. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

David Roussève/REALITY appears at Peak Performances, February 6-9. It’s a story you might read in the newspaper almost any day. An orphaned boy in an inner-city ghetto is sodomized by a foster father and bullied by the classmates he tries to emulate. The kid—fragile, good at heart, not too savvy, and gay—gets understanding from the school therapist, Miss Thelma, to whom he’s sent to for … [Read more...]

Performing Yourself

Gianni Blumer in Disabled Theater. At back (L to R): Julia Håusermann, Remo Beuggert (hidden), Matthias Brücker, Tiziana Pagliaro. Photo: Ian Douglas

Members of Switzerland's Theater Hora perform Jérôme Bel's Disabled Theater at New York Live Arts, November 12-17. Ten empty chairs wait in a semi-circle on New York Live Arts’ stage, a plastic bottle of water beside each seat. Simone Truong takes her place at a table holding audio equipment and in a soft, noncommittal voice announces the performers’ first task of the evening. She begins—as … [Read more...]

A New Stravinsky Rite; Forget the Virgin

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company mingle. Photo: Cory Weaver

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company collaborates with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in “A Rite,” presented in the Richard B. Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater,  July 6 and 7. 1913 was quite a year, and saying “Happy 100th Anniversary” mightn’t be the most appropriate salutation. Forget such minor irritations as the United States initiating an income tax. Think instead about artists who … [Read more...]