Nicholas Leichter/Monstah Black for DanceNOW(NYC) at Joe’s Pub

Nick Leichter and Monstah Black brought it Home – as in there’s no place like it – in DanceNOW’s most recent full-length modern dance musical, The Whiz.  From the moment Monstah begins his R&B crooning in full-blown afro wig, complete with hair pick, a soulful tone is set and we know we’re getting the goods … Continue reading

Sahar Javedani in-process DTW Studio Series

they wanna check my papers see what I carry around, credentials are boring i burnt them at the burial ground… – M.I.A. birdflu Sahar Javendani is showing her newest work-in-progress as part of DTW’s Studio Series.  The Studio Series is meant as a research laboratory for physical explorations and new movement investigations with a focus … Continue reading

David Parker & Gina Gibney at Symphony Space

Creating a feasible and successful platform for new dance works requires the same research, consideration, experimentation, and evaluation that any performance work deserves.  For this past Friday and Saturday night, Symphony Space invited choreographers Gina Gibney and David Parker to share and weave together an evening of dances for its “Short Form Weave.” The idea … Continue reading

Koosil-ja at Dance Theater Workshop

Interactivity in digital arts and performance is at its best a marvel of discovery, rekindling childhood feelings of intimate connection to a vast inexplicable and beautiful world. In his book Digital Performance, Steve Dixon notes that interactive works encourage a childlike fascination with the pleasure of cause and effect from the audience.  In the first … Continue reading

Kyle Abraham at Danspace Project

Kyle Abraham is working a successful mix of dazzle and poignancy to great effect.  Last weekend, he premiered “The Radio Show” to packed houses at Danspace Project.  He’s been on my watch list since seeing his solo and group works, “Brick” and “The Dripping Kind” at Dance Theater Workshop two years ago.  Last summer, I … Continue reading

Andrew Schneider at The Chocolate Factory

Oi! The 7 trains are running this weekend (thanks to the continued slushfest), so there’s no reason for you to miss multimedia/interactive designer and performer, Andrew Schneider’s riotous tonic to the endless winter malaise festering in your subconscious.  He’s at the Chocolate Factory tonight and tomorrow with “Wow and Flutter,” a frenetic, witty, disorienting explosion … Continue reading

OBject obJECT at DNA

While a long popular class destination for young and international dancers since it’s Dance Space Center days, Dance New Amsterdam has been effectively developing several platforms for bringing various artists together and to their 130-seat theater since moving to Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11.  There are various “Raw” and work-in-progress offerings, as well … Continue reading

See Bruno Beltrao at DTW NOW

If I could, I would go back to DTW for the next 3 nights with someone new to see Bruno Beltrao/Grupa de Rua’s “H3” each time.  I want to watch this work work.  And work it does, on so many levels.  It’s a physically brutal investigation of time, space, and energy.  It’s a collapse of … Continue reading

Selective Memory – in progress at Chocolate Factory

Caught this last night – Brian Rogers, AD of the Chocolate Factory is sharing his latest work-in-progress this weekend. There’s no 7 train – damn the MTA – but figure out how to get out there and have some free wine. I definitely caught that opening feeling of William Eggleston’s “Stranded in Canton” – the … Continue reading

Fresh Tracks at DTW

Put on my wellies and slogged through the slushfest last night to attend Dance Theater Workshop’s “Fresh Tracks” benefit.  It was well worth it. If this particular program (for this 45-year old series) is an accurate barometer of our current artistic atmosphere, I’d forecast rich days ahead for dance.  I’ll admit, despite being a loyal … Continue reading

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