Khmeropedies I & II @ BAC

In 2004, I facilitated a residency in Phnom Penh for Dance Theater Workshop’s Mekong Project.  Several artists from the Mekong Delta region (Yunnan Province in China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand) gathered with a group of Asian Americans and Cambodians for 3 weeks.  Based primarily out of Delphine Kassem and Mann Khosal’s Sovanna Phum shadow … Continue reading

NY International @ LaMama Moves

The final program for this year’s Dance Festival at La Mama was appropriately a mixed bill of artists hailing from far flung points of origin.  As I mentioned in my post about the Hula program I saw in the larger Ellen Stewart Theatre at The Annex just before the New York International program in the … Continue reading

The Power of Hula @ La Mama Moves

Hula is the soul of Hawaii expressed through dance, reflecting central ideas and historic or mythic events in tales told through hand gestures, chants and/or songs.  Though once a form of worship, it has survived both the Protestant missionaries who banned it in 1800s and Hollywood’s ridiculous bastardization, and remains a rich, vibrant tradition. After … Continue reading

Five Questions for Emmanuele Phuon

The New York premiere of Brussels-based, French-Cambodian choreographer Emmanuèle Phuon’s fascinating collaborative investigation Khmeropédies I & II will be at BAC this week. Over the past two years, she has worked in Cambodia with dancers trained in classical Khmer dance.

South-Asian Classical/Contemporary @ LaMama Moves

Queen’s based artist Malini Srinivasan guest-curated a South-Asian Classical/Contemporary Dance program for the LaMama Moves Festival.  The diverse program, in the Ellen Stewart Theatre at The Annex, included works by artists all working from the classical Indian form Bharatanatyam.  While keeping her eye on the form she is trained in, Srinivasan managed to cast an … Continue reading

LaMama Moves: Mavericks in Motion

The fifth LaMama Moves Festival is well underway, people. With over two weeks of programming, over 50 artists, and showtimes ranging from 2 to 10pm, there’s little reason to not catch something, be it The Power of Hula, a Jack Ferver curated Cabaret Evening, or a Movement Studies Research Studies Project on Improvisational Practice.  Last … Continue reading

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

Yasuko Yokoshi at DTW

Yasuko Yokoshi’s work has long been engaged in questions around cultural authenticity and identity – as impacted in a mobile and fluid world where the merging of cultures is increasingly prevalent.  As an artist she has been called both “unruly” and “enigmatic,” revealing the thorny process of assessing her cultural bonds.  Her exquisite 2006 what … 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

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