Against the Wall

(L to R): Melissa Toogood, Marc Mann, and Dylan Crossman in Kimberly Bartosik's 
Marc Mann in Kimberly Bartosik's Ecsteriority 4 (Part 2). Photo: Ryutaro Mishima

Kimberly Bartosik and Dylan Crossman share a program in a confined space. Kimberly Bartosik, Dylan Crossman, and Melissa Toogood all danced in Merce Cunningham’s company—Bartosik for nine years a few decades ago, Crossman and Toogood in the company that was finally disbanded in 2011. What perhaps should not surprise us is the emotional resonance and implications of drama that imbue the … [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...]

Beauty All Around

(L to R): Brynt Beitman, Heidi Latsky, and Gregory Youdan Jr. in Latsky's Solo Counter Solo. Photo: Marina Levitskaya

Heidi Latsky Dance shows a new film and two dances at Montclair State University Alexander Kasser Theater, April 16 through 19. Ideal beauty has always been a slippery topic, certainly since Plato strolled the streets of Athens. We’re pretty clear about structural archetypes, despite nature’s occasional deviations and breeders’ genetic modifications: sheep are quadrupeds with woolly coats; … [Read more...]

Travelling through Inner Space and Beyond

Melissa Toogood and Silas Riener, with Hiroko Ichinose running. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Rashaun Mitchell premieres his Light Years at New York Live Arts, April 1 through 4. Here are some of the thoughts that popped up when I was watching Rashaun Mitchell’s Light Years at New York Live Arts: evolution, planetary orbits, outer space, Adam and Eve, video-game warriors, science fiction. These images continue to pursue their separate, but sometimes related paths through my … [Read more...]

Ice Floes Meet and Part

Adele Nickel and Brandin Steffensen in Liz Gerring's Glacier. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

The Liz Gerring Dance Company brings her Glacier to the Joyce Theater. Liz Gerring graciously titles her Glacier after the piece of music by Michael J. Schumacher to which it’s set. His score for guitar, piano, harp, cello, clarinet also contains recordings he made near Glacier Lake in Colorado, and it is these sounds that are prominent during the beginning of the dance: a rattle of little … [Read more...]

In the Heat of the Dance

Douglas Gillespie and Leslie Kraus in Kate Weare's Bridge of Sighs. Photo: Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang

The Kate Weare Dance Company celebrates its tenth anniversary at New York's BAM Fisher. Before the second performance of the Kate Weare Company’s season at BAM Fisher, Weare addressed the audience. The season marked her company’s tenth anniversary, and she wanted to praise the dancers. She mentioned their courage, their daring, and more. They were, she said, her heroes. They’re my heroes … [Read more...]

How Beautiful Can Age Be?

Mickey Mahar (L) and Miguel Gutierrez in Gutierrez's Age & Beauty Part 1. Photo: Ian Douglas

Miguel Gutierrez's Age & Beauty, Parts 1 and 2, presented during American Realness 2015. I didn’t see Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:/ when it was first performed as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Instead I saw it in Studio C of Gibney Dance’s Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center (the rescued and handsomely re-conceived former Dance … [Read more...]

Embedding a Life

Netta Yerushalmy in her Helga and The Three Sailors. Photo: Ian Douglas

Netta Yerushalmy presents Helga and The Three Sailors at Danspace St. Mark's Here are some thoughtful words that dancer Neal Beasley wrote about choreographic logic, especially as it pertains to Netta Yerushalmy’s new Helga and The Three Sailors: “There is a perverse solace in the inability to hold on to anything or make oneself understood. Such is the sweet white lie of dancing: Its beauty … [Read more...]

Choreographers Get Their Feet Wet

Paul Matteson and Sara Hook in their Bored House Guests. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

The Soaking Wet Festival at New York's West End Theater, October 2-5. Bored house guests. What does that mean to you? Unearthing the jigsaw puzzle because it’s raining and you can’t take them to the beach? The duet Bored House Guests, dreamed up and performed by Sara Hook and Paul Matteson as part of the Soaking Wet Festival, blasts open any of the usual images. Is the “house” in fact a … [Read more...]

Caution! Dancers Prowling

Hyerin Lee in Grass and Jackals by Saar Harari and Lee Scher. Photo: Jamie Kraus

LeeSaar The Company brings its latest work to Jacob's Pillow, August 20 through 24 I have to believe that titles matter to Lee Scher and Saar Harari, the artistic directors of LeeSaar The Company. Their latest extraordinary piece of choreography is called Grass and Jackals. So I open my mind to tall grass that bends in the wind, lies flat under a hard rain, and can be a good hiding place. … [Read more...]