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...]

Darkness and Light, Heat and Ice

Dave Ruder and Gelsey Bell singing in Kimberly Bartosik's You are my heat and glare. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu

Kimberly Bartosik/Daela premieres a work at New York Live Arts A lighting designer and a choreographer walk into a bar and. . . . No this is not a way to begin, especially if a joke doesn’t ensue; instead, the sentence announces a life-and-art collaboration that more likely began backstage. Kimberly Bartosik, the choreographer, and Roderick Murray, the lighting designer, have … [Read more...]

Now You Want It, Now You Don’t

Awash in Possessions: Joanne Kotze and Edmond Russo. Photo: © Marc Ohrem Leclef

  “Where’d you get that?  I must have one!”  Must?  Try “crave,” “desire.” And once you’ve acquired whatever it is, does your love of it grow or subside? When you take it out of the closet or down from the shelf after two years and realize that you haven’t used it or worn it for almost that long, do you get rid of it? Or do you fall in love all over again? Mindless acquisition is … [Read more...]