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...]

Breaching The Fourth Wall

L to R: Brandon Washington, Nikki Zialcita, Sean Donovan, ans Giulia Carotenuto (hidden: Alica Ohs). Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Faye Driscoll at Danspace St. Marks and Netta Yerushalmy at the Harkness Dance Center bring spectators and performer closer together. The so-called fourth wall that separates performers from the spectators who’ve come to watch them is not always an obvious barrier like that created by a proscenium stage. Often it’s a virtual boundary that involves very little distance between the two zones. … [Read more...]

Looking Back, Dancing Now

(L to R): Jin Ju Song-Begin, Paul Singh, and Christopher Williams. Visible at bcak: Steven Taylor (L) and Ha-Yang Kim. Photo: Marina Levitskaya

Montclair State University’s Peak Performances hosts Douglas Dunn’s Aubade, January 24-February 1. Between the last moments of Douglas Dunn’s new Aubade and the swell of applause, the woman sitting next to me in Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater turned and said, “It’s so sad!”  And yes it was, and no it wasn’t. As Dunn remarked in an interview, an aubade is a song to the … [Read more...]

Dissecting Pop Culture

Kristin Clotfelter and Luke Miller behind glass. Photo: Stephanie Berger

Susan Marshall & Company turn music videos inside out in Play/Pause Did it begin with the advent of the remote? Mute the commercial from the comfort of your easy chair. Push the buttons; surely there’s something on another channel that’s better than the something you’re watching. Fast forward through a video. Oops, did the cat knock something over? Press pause. Bored during intermission … [Read more...]

Moving Pictures

(L to R) Robert Steijn, Biba Bell, Maria Hassabi, and Andros Zins-Browne in Premiere. Photo: Paula Court

The Kitchen and Performa present Maria Hassabi's dance installation, Premiere. The lobby of The Kitchen opens onto far-west 19th Street. Trucks could—and perhaps once did—drive right in. The night I go there to see Maria Hassabi’s Premiere, that area is as packed with people as the place’s full name (The Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film, and Literature) is packed … [Read more...]

Two Masters of Improvisation

Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, and objects in their improvised Night Stand. Photo: Paula Court

Two stellar improvisers, Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, recreate a 2004 work at Dia: Chelsea, October 10-12, 17-19. Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson came to improvisation from different directions. She was a member of Daniel Nagrin’s Workgroup in the 1970s, the same decade during which Paxton developed contact improvisation. While he was investigating the dynamics of body against body, she was … [Read more...]

Three Men, Their World

Picking up the pieces. Rogers (foreground). At back: Viňarský (L) and Zuštiak. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Cloud Gate 2 presents On the Road for an all-male trio. Three men from Pavel Zuštiak/Palissimo Company perform Endangered Pieces. Three men in a tub. Three Musketeers; The Three Stooges; Chico, Harpo, and Groucho Marx; the three sailors in Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free. What can they not get up to in the way of adventure, comradeship, and rivalry? A while back, Cheng Tsun-lung, the associate … [Read more...]

Boxed In and Kicking Out

Building and holding onto. (L to R): Francesca Romo, Caroline Fermin, Dan Walczak, and Matthew Perez in Andrea Miller's Fold Here. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance Company premieres a new work at Montclair State University’s Peak Performances, September 26 through 29, 2013. In titling her wild new work Fold Here, Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance Company must have been thinking of all the implications of the instructions. Folding along prescribed creases makes a flat sheet of corrugated cardboard into a three-dimensional … [Read more...]

Archived in the Blood

Kyle Abraham's Pavement. L to R: Matthew Baker, Chalvar Monteiro, Maleek Washington, Rena Butler, Jeremy "Jae" Neal, Eric Williams

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion presents Pavement at Jacob's Pillow, August 21-25 You walk down a street in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. No, you don’t walk, you saunter—loose-limbed; cocky; taking big, easy steps.  You are a young black man, and this is a decades-old black neighborhood. Does your leisurely progress identify you as a power—a drug dealer, maybe? A gang leader?  Or are you a … [Read more...]

Again and Again, Never the Same

Jo-anne Lee and Brian Brooks in Big City. Photo: Christopher Duggan

Brian Brooks Moving Company performs at Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, Massachusetts, July 10-14. A machine repeats its patterned moves over and over; nothing changes unless one of its parts breaks or something gets caught in the works. Human beings may repeat the same movement many times, but to use the word “same” is simply a verbal convenience. Without meaning to, they may emphasize aspects of … [Read more...]