Vortex Temporum

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of the contemporary choreographers I most admire. I discovered her accidentally, through my love of contemporary music. The first time I saw her work was at Brooklyn Academy of Music, when her dance company, Rosas, presented Drumming, performed to the seminal  percussive work of the same name by Steve Reich. I already…

Philadanco at Celebrate Brooklyn

I already knew there was a lot to love about Philadelphia — Reading Terminal Market and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among many things — but after seeing Philadanco perform in Prospect Park at BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, I have yet another reason to to adore this city and its cultural arts. I had no idea what to…

Dorrance Dance

The last time I experienced live tap dancing was when I lived in Park Slope. An older man regularly tapped on a plywood board near the entrance to one of the ornate tunnels near Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park. The acoustics were amazing, and I always admired his dedication to his art. The last…

Ballet Preljocaj: Empty moves (Parts I, II, & III)

“It’s John Cage [audible sigh] reading random syllables for over an hour,”  the long-suffering husband complains to to his wife. “How avant-garde is this?” the woman behind me asks her friend. So began my evening at The Joyce Theater last night. I knew full well what I was getting myself into. I attended Ballet Preljocaj’s Empty moves performance at…

Rebecca Lazier with Dan Trueman: There Might Be Others

I had the privilege of witnessing a one-of-a-kind dance/music performance Thursday evening at New York Live Arts. Literally. What I saw that evening will never happen again in exactly the same way. Intrigued? Choreographer Rebecca Lazier, along with composer Dan Trueman, created a dance/music piece entitled There Might Be Others. It was inspired by Terry…

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, I found myself in a fabulous seat at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center last night, anticipating a performance of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance — all for $5. In fact, every seat in the house was $5, if you can believe that! (Thank you to that benefactor…

Trisha Brown Dance Company

Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. Gushing. Gotta stop. Sorry. But it’s Trisha Brown Dance Company! Surely you understand? I attended their performance at BAM Friday evening, and I have been savoring it ever since. Her choreography never gets stale. It thrills me. Several months back, I made a comment on this blog about a…

The Hard Nut

There’s something seriously subversive going on in downtown Brooklyn this holiday season. It’s going to completely upend your cherished memories of elegant sugar plum fairies and dancing flowers. Purists beware — then prepare to be wildly entertained. I am talking about The Hard Nut, of course, and word on the street is that Mark Morris…

Continu

And so another exciting Next Wave Festival comes to a close — at least for me. I saw my final performance of the fall season last night at BAM. Sasha Waltz & Guests presented Continu, set to music by Edgard Varèse, Claude Vivier, Iannis Xenakis, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (A percussion piece by Xenakis was…

Hagoromo

What a week of BAM-tastic choral music, live music and dance! It is a privilege to attend such amazing Next Wave Festival performances. For as many shows as I attend, I miss so much (but until we have clones — heaven forbid — I will never be able to experience as many cultural events as…

Batsheva — The Young Ensemble

Last night at The Joyce Theater, the curtain dropped at the end of the performance of the deliciously varied Decadance, an always evolving sampling of choreography created by Ohad Naharin, the creative force behind Batsheva, the marvelous Israeli-based dance company. Clapping wildly, I turned to the woman sitting next to me and gushed, “That was…

Tape

I attended the first performance in my BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival subscription last Thursday evening. It was a dance performance by Finnish choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström’s dance company —  K. Kvarnström & Co — which is based out of Kulturhuset City Theatre in Stockholm. I chose it because it involved duct tape (really!) and live…