Voyaging to a New Land

Anna Schön glimpsed behind the men's legs in Moses(es). Photo: Christopher Duggan

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels Performance Group presents Moses(es) at Jacob's Pillow. The first event you see in Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group's Moses(es) at Jacob’s Pillow is Reggie Wilson getting up the nerve to say something. He stands in the Doris Duke Studio Theater and looks the audience over—checking out the spectators, smiling nervously, waiting for. . .what? He pulls … [Read more...]

Flying On

Set and Reset 1 performance

The Trisha Brown Dance Company moves through  its final three years. It has only been a few months since I wrote about the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and here I am writing again. Ever since it was announced last year that health issues had caused Brown to retire as company head and sole choreographer and that the dancers were embarking on a three-year farewell tour, I tend to think, “It … [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...]

Make That Three

(L to R): Lisa Peluso, Justin Lynch, Mindy Lai, two dancers from a previous cast, and Clymene Baugher. Photo: Matthew a previous cast, and Clymene Baugher. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Jacqulyn Buglisi, Elisa Monte, and Jennifer Muller share a program at New York Live Arts, June 18-21. If you’re wondering about people who have had long, productive careers in dance, you might want to consider Jacqulyn Buglisi, Elisa Monte, and Jennifer Muller (note the alphabetical order). First came their years as marvelous dancers—Muller in José Limón’s company and then in Louis Falco’s, … [Read more...]

From Ashes to True Love

Thomas Forster (L) and Kenneth Easter as the stepsisters in Ashton's Cinderella. Photo: Gene Schiavone

American Ballet Theatre mounts Frederick Ashton's Cinderella during its spring season. It’s rare that a dance review starts out with praise for a company’s artistic director, but I need to congratulate Kevin McKenzie. In the last two decades, “his” company, American Ballet Theatre, has commissioned two new ballets based on the tale of Cinderella. (McKenzie himself danced in Mikhail … [Read more...]

Diary of an Image

DD Dorvillier and stand-ins in her Diary of an Image. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

DD Dorvillier adds a new work to her month-long reassessment of her history in dance. DD Dorvillier always seems, in her choreographic projects, to be testing something. Perhaps it’s the audience’s perception of dance, or her own. She probes into the interactions of light and darkness, into the effect of space on sound vibrations, into the interference of objects on live dancers, and more. … [Read more...]

Blurring Thresholds

John Jasperse's Within between. Standing: Burr Johnson and Maggie Cloud. On floor (L to R): Simon Courchel and Stuart Singer. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

John Jasperse brings diverse sources and his own history into a bold new work at New York Live Arts, May 28 through 31. John Jasperse is not the kind of choreographer who draws a movement style out of his own body and sensibility and sticks with it. He reacts to ideas floating around in the culture, queries his own practice, tries something he hasn’t tried before. Often the movement he … [Read more...]

Please Do It Again

Nibia Pastrana Santiago (front) and Karina Andreou in Day 1, Hearts of DD Dorvillier's A Catalogue of Steps—St. Mark's Collection 2014. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

DD Dorvillier draws fragments from past works, strips them down, and re-situates them. On the wooden floor of St. Mark’s Church close to the 10th Street end of the space, a man and a woman sit close together, facing each other (right leg bent in front, left leg bent behind), They’re both wearing plain gray tee-shirts and shorts. It’s noon on the first Wednesday of DD Dorvillier’s reframed … [Read more...]

Balanchine and Massine at American Ballet Theatre

Sarah Lane and Danil Simkin in George Balanchine's Theme and Variations. Photo: Gene Schiavone

ABT's spring season at the Met offers two Balanchine ballets and one by Massine. In November, 1947, just before a small, stylish company named Ballet Society became the New York City Ballet, its balletmaster, George Balanchine, bestowed a gift on another New York-based company, Ballet Theatre. Theme and Variations, set to the “Theme and Variations” movement from Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 … [Read more...]

Where Do You Plan To Travel?

Miriam Parker and her shadow in π=3.14.  Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Yoshiko Chuma and Rebecca Lazier share a program at LaMama. Yoshiko Chuma’s program note for her π=3.14…HOW TO DELIVER AN AFGHAN HAT Endless Peripheral Border Cont… (part of the 2014 LaMama Moves Festival) begins with these words; ‘War is like a sick child. You either keep doing your job or not.” She should know. Growing up in Japan after World War II in a culture still shuddering its … [Read more...]