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…

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…

Nederlands Dans Theater 2

How do I describe this fabulous dance company? Each one of them had perfect balletic form and they often moved like restless urban creatures. Like zombies sometimes — especially in the very alien dance called Sara. Two of them even danced to a recording of Gertrude Stein reading her poem, If I Told Him: A…

Royal Danish Ballet: Principals and Soloists

Wednesday evening found me in one of those NYC dilemmas that our rich — sometimes exhausting — cultural options often present: I was glad to be where I was but also wished I could have been somewhere else at the same time. Where I was: a delightful performance by the principles and soloists of the…

doug elkins choreography, etc.

I had the pleasure of seeing the New York premiere of choreographer Doug Elkins’ dance called Hapless Bizarre on Friday, January 9 at The Joyce Theater. I had seen his dance company at Jacob’s Pillow in 2012 when they performed Fräulein Maria, so I was expecting a bit of a romp. Thankfully, it was laugh-out-loud…