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...]

Deconstructing Beethoven

(L to R) Walter Dundervill, Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, and Naiara Mendioroz of DD Dorvillier/human future dance corps in Danza Permanente. Photo: Paula Court

DD Dorvillier’s dances seem to be built upon propositions (What if I limited my self to this? What if I examined an idea through an unusual lens?). Usually she imbues her works with wit and an offbeat theatricality that together play against the limits of the choreographic structure. Translation is a theme that runs through her recent works. In her No Change or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” … [Read more...]

How Do You Define “Object”?

Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cardona in Tool Is Loot. Photo: Paula Court

Some choreographers devote a lot of creative energy to finding a great new way to lift a leg (or a partner), or maybe split unison into counterpoint. Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey?  Not so much. Undertaking alone—he in New York, she in Paris — the research that led to their joint project, Tool Is Loot (at the Kitchen September 22 through 24 and September 29 through October 1), they sought … [Read more...]