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...]

To Each Her Own With Others

Eleanor Smith in Ivy Baldwin's Oxbow. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Ivy Baldwin Dance at BAM Fisher and Hilary Easton + Co. at Danspace St. Mark's. Every now and then, I sift through a horde of ancestral photographs, puzzling over how some of the images fit into the structure I call “my family.” Some from the 20th century are impulsive and particular. A solitary child wearing a bib (me) squints at a small birthday cake with two candles on it. Generations … [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...]

Tell Me a Story, and Another and Another

Emily Pope-Blackman (L) and Petra van Noort in Tiffany Mills' The Feast (Part 1). Photo: Julie Lemberger

The Tiffany Mills Company presents two new works at BAM Fishman. Remember when dancers rarely talked onstage?  No? Then you’re probably still in your twenties. Beginning in the 1980s, when narrative and emotion began to slip  back into contemporary American dance and knock its movement-and-form-only stance askew, some choreographers tackled stories that couldn’t be told through dancing … [Read more...]

A Change in the Wind

Brandin Steffensen, cross-dressed. Photo: Julie Lemberger

Tamar Rogoff’s Summer’s Different in La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart’s Theater, April 24 through May 12 A family’s summer day on the beach, what could be finer?  Of course, someone might get  sunburned, someone might drop her hot dog in the sand, someone might swim out a little too far. There could be bickering. Tears saltier than usual could be shed. But still. . .a cloudless sky, blue waves. … [Read more...]

Calm Thou My Soul

Douglas Dunn's Cassations (foreground: Christopher Williams). Photo: Jules Bakshi

Lovesick swains praying for either consummation or forgetfulness, maidens lamenting their lovers’ absences, men excoriating their faithless mistresses, women attacking men like bacchantes on a rampage, nymphs and shepherds, captive creatures, fever and repose, solitude and tender companionship. You might imagine that’s rather a lot to put into a dance, but Douglas Dunn expresses all that and more … [Read more...]