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“WOMEN ON THE EDGE…Unsung Heroes of the Trojan War” | RIOULT Dance NY at the Joyce Theater, June 21-26, 2016….

rIOULTAn established name in modern dance with a reputation for performing sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works, RIOULT Dance NY performs two programs. Women on the Edge… Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War, a profound and timeless anti-war statement, features the world premiere of Cassandra’s Curse with commissioned music by Richard Danielpour performed by the Uptown Philharmonic under the baton of Kyle Ritenauer. The work is narrated by guest artist Kathleen Turner on June 21, 23 and 25. The second program is distinguished by the New York City premiere of Polymorphous, a piece exploring the subjectivity of perception through movement and technology; a suite of magnificent duets drawn from some of Pascal Rioult’s finest works; and fan favorite Bolero.

“WOMEN ON THE EDGE…Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War”

 Program A:

Cassandra’s Curse (World Premiere)

Iphigenia, On Distant Shores

 Jun 21 & 26 at 7:30pm; Jun 23 & 25 at 8pm

The program will be narrated by

guest artist Kathleen Turner on Jun 21, 23, & 25.

Program B:

 Polymorphous (NYC Premiere)

Dream Suite, Duets, Bolero,

Jun 22 at 7pm; Jun 24 at 8pm; Jun 25 & 26 at 2pm

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16 + a room, Solo Echo & Bill | Ballet BC at The Joyce, June 1-5, 2016….

Ballet BC’s Alexis Fletcher & Andrew Bartee in Crystal Pite’s “Solo Echo.” Photo: Micheal Slobodian

Ballet BC’s Alexis Fletcher & Andrew Bartee in Crystal Pite’s “Solo Echo.” Photo: Micheal Slobodian

For the first time in 18 years the Canadian contemporary ballet company, Ballet BC (British Columbia) appeared at the Joyce Theater featuring the works of three female choreographers, June 1-5, 2016.

The evening opened with artistic director’s Emily Molnar’s 16 + a room. Ms. Molnar is a former member of Ballet Frankfurt so it should come as no surprise to see the influences of William Forsythe in her choreographic choices. As I watched I was impressed in how she incorporated the body in space in relation to Dirk P. Harbrich’s original score as she wove the dancers and the music into a visual tapestry

There were moments in the 16 + a room where I was reminded of Mr. Forsythe’s masterpiece, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. For me, that is a great compliment, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is one of my top ten dance works I’ve ever seen…and I have seen a lot.

The curtain opens and the dancers are standing still, momentarily another dancer walks on stage carrying a sign that read “THIS IS A BEGINNING” and so it is. In a burst of energy dancers start running off the stage.

Ballet BC’s Gilbert Small & Nicole Ward in Emily Molnar’s “16 + a room.” Photo: Chris Randle

Ballet BC’s Gilbert Small & Nicole Ward in Emily Molnar’s “16 + a room.” Photo: Chris Randle

Within moments Rachel Price and Scott Fowler begin a powerful and emotional duet. The moment they touched you felt an energy, and unbridled passion as Mr. Fowler supports Ms. Price as she twist, turns, bends her body in quick constant movement…their duet was the star of the evening Bravo to both Ms. Price and Mr. Fowler.

Crystal Pite’s Solo Echo was, for me rather somber affair. I am use to seeing suich works by Crystal Pite as Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue or Grace Engine…both of which pack a powerful punch.

Solo Echo has a restraint to it, a mellower energy than what I have come to associate with Ms. Pite’s choreography. There is sense of caring and concern shared among the dancers, They stand in a line with each dancer’s arms encircling the dance in front of them…that dancer slips from those arms is if he is too difficult to contain, Solo Echo was a beautiful piece and exceptional danced but just not what I had expected….

Closing the evening was Bill choreographed by the Israeli duo of Sharon Eyal and Gal Behar. So far I have seen four of their works… Too Beaucoup, Sara, Killer Pig and now Bill…and after the bows and when the curtain has fallen…I am always left wondering one thing….Why!

Ballet BC’s Alexis Fletcher & Christoph Von Riedeman in Crystal Pite’s “Solo Echo.” Photo: Micheal Slobodian

Ballet BC’s Alexis Fletcher & Christoph Von Riedeman in Crystal Pite’s “Solo Echo.” Photo: Micheal Slobodian

The manner in which this choreographic duo envisions the use of body in space, is for me, just strange….and not in good way. It’s as if the two insist on making the body seem as unattractive as possible. Legs bent, spine arched with arms reaching with the fingers spread like some type of spider. The head of the dancer sometimes even seems at odds with the rest of the body.

To be honest the audience seemed to have greatly enjoyed Bill, But sadly, after watching the performance, Bill left me with the same unanswered question…Why!

Robert Wilson & Mikhail Baryshinov Present “Letter to a Man” Based on the “Dairy of Vaslav Nijinsky”as Part of BAM’S 2016 Next Wave Festival….

Mikhail Baryshnikov as Vaslav Nijinsky in "Letter to a Man"

Mikhail Baryshnikov as Vaslav Nijinsky in “Letter to a Man”

Iconic director Robert Wilson and legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov are joining artistic forces to create a new performance work based on the famous diaries of Russian dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky who, in his prime, was recognized as the most celebrated male dancer in the Western world, performing with Sergei Diaghilev’s renowned Ballets Russes. The project is the second collaboration for Mr. Wilson and Mr. Baryshnikov, whose production of Daniil Kharms’ The Old Woman, featuring Mr. Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe, has been touring nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.

Of Nijinsky’s diaries, first published in 1936, American author Henry Miller wrote: “It is a communication so naked, so desperate, that it breaks the mold. We are face to face with reality, and it is almost unbearable…had he not gone to the asylum we would have had in Nijinsky a writer equal to the dancer. Letter to a Man is a theatrical work performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, who enters the fragmented mind of the great dance artist as he descends into madness. As always in Wilson’s works movements, text, lights, set and music are equal parts of the same creation where, as he says, “all theatre is dance”.

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vaslav Nijinsky as Petrushka

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vaslav Nijinsky as Petrushka

Direction, sets, lighting design

Robert Wilson with Mikhail Baryshnikov

Based the autobiography “The Life of Vaslav Nijinsky”

Text: Christian Dumais-Lvowski

Dramatury: Darryl Pinckney

Music: Hal Willner

Costumes & Makeup: Jacques Reynaud

Collaboration movements & spoken text: Lucinda Childs

Lights: A.J. Weissbard

Décor: Annick Lavallée-Benny

Video: Tomek Jeziorski

Scenery: Thaiz Bozano

Technical Director: Reinhard Bichsel

Lighting Technician: Marcello Lumaca

Commissioned by the Spoleto Festival

for the

BAM 2016 Next Wave Festival

Executive Producer: CRT Milano

Thanks to the Estate of Vaslav and Romola Nijinsky

Ballet Boyz In Paul Roberts ‘Alpha’….

After working with the Ballet Boyz on a radical interpretation of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite Of Spring’, Michael Nunn & William Trevitt commissioned Paul Roberts to work on developing a piece for their all male touring company – The Talent in 2011. Music: Keaton Henson

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“Follies of God” | Martha Graham’s Interview with James Grissom….

Photograph by Marty Lederhandler/1973

Photograph by Marty Lederhandler/1973

“There is no place for arrogance in the arts, but neither is there room for doubt or a perpetual need for affirmation. If you come to me with doubts about a particular move in a piece, or if you come to me and ask if what you’ve written has truth and power in it, these are doubts I can handle and respect. But if you come to me and moan about whether or not you really have a place in the dance or the theatre or in film, I’ll be the first person to pack your bags and walk you to the door. You are either admitting that you lack the talent and the will, or you are just looking for some easy attention. I don’t have time for that. The world doesn’t have time for that. Believe in your worth and work with a will so that others will see it. That’s how it is done; that’s how it was always done.”

  • Martha Graham Interview with James Grissom

 

LET’S. MOVE. NOW. A Dance Concert Benefit for ONE NIGHT ONLY June 25, 2016….

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LET’S. MOVE. NOW.

A Benefit Dance Concert!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

June 25, 2016

GIBNEY DANCE CENTER

280 BROADWAY

NY, NY 10007

TO PURCHASE TICKETS

All of the proceeds benefit

MOVE(NYC)’s 2016

Summer Dance Intensive

ONE NIGHT ONLY! 

Featuring dancers from NYC’s most prominent dance companies as well as choreography by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Sidra Bell, Gina Gibney, Manuel Vignoulle, Jeremy McQueen, Greg Dolbashian & Maleek Washington among others. With performances by Niya Love, Antonio Brown, , Krystal Mackie, Alexeya EM, Maleek Washington, Loni Landon and Rena Butler…

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*All of the proceeds from this event will benefit NYC’s most talented and deserving young dancers!

This is an event NOT TO BE MISSED!

The core mission of MOVE(NYC) is to identify exceptionally talented New York City teenagers and provide them with a world class dance education completely free of charge. Our goal is to develop, cultivate, and educate the next generation of exceptional dance artists. In order to do this successfully, we feel it is an absolute necessity to eliminate any potential roadblocks deserving students may face on the path towards…

 

Délivrance by Isaies Santamaria Perez & Norman Vickery….

Délivrance

by Isaies Santamaria & Norman Vickery

Dancer: Isaies Santamaria Perez

Music: Moby

Isaies Santamaria Perez

Isaies Santamaria Perez. :Photo: Norman Vickery

Mary Wigman, German Expressionism & Modern Dance….

Mary Wigman

Mary Wigman

From a choreographic and aesthetical production perspective, Mary Wigman (1886 – 1973 Germany) is, after Laban, the first relevant, European, modern dance figure reported by modern dance history.

As much as Laban, Dalcroze and Delsarte (who are of an extreme importance mainly because of their ideological contributions), Wigman develops her own understanding of dance and introduces it in a significant amount of choreographic pieces.

She opposes radically to classical dance values and methods, in a search for a dance that would accomplish an expressive function of the dancer’s soul.

Mary Wigman in Hexentanz

Mary Wigman in Hexentanz

Concerned about a close relationship between spirituality and movement, she defends the idea of invisible forces that would give life to dance. From this point of view, she somehow recreates the cathartic function attributed to dance in ancient societies.

Her choreographic work and thought are considered as part of the artistic trend called German expressionism. Her practice itself receives the name of dance of expression or “Ausdrückstanz” (in German).

Wigman’s dance pieces are remembered for their tragic, dark character and are described as introspective dances that reveal vibrant, vital, excited and passionate inner states of being.

She engages herself into the social and educational mission of the choreographer, by creating several schools and transmitting her artistic legacy. Among her renowned students are Hanya Holm, Harald Kreutzberg, Gret Paluca and Kurt Joos.

According to modern dance history, she influences the whole German dance trend during the 1920s and 1930s and what follows after the war.

Her ideas are brought to the United States of America by Hanya Holm, who passes the heritage to figures like Alwin Nikolaïs.

Still, in other countries like France, for example, Wigman heirs are responsible for the respective modern dance trends at the time.

Her most famous piece is called “Hexentanz” (The Witch).

 

 

Diversity In Dance! | Peridance’s Capezio Center Presents Its 33rd Anniversary Gala, June 10, 2016….

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PERIDANCE CAPEZIO CENTER

led by Founder and Artistic Director Igal Perry, celebrates its 33rd Anniversary with an outstanding one-night Gala performance, honoring and promoting diversity. Join us for this summer extravaganza, celebrating 33 years of

DIVERSITY IN DANCE!

Friday, June 1oth, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Marian Anderson Theater, Aaron Davis Hall

City College of New York

Stunning performances by Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, the Limon Company, and The Peridance Youth Ensemble. Additional performances by The School at Peridance, the Certificate Program, Peridance Faculty, and Peridance partners Djoniba Dance Centre and BAILA Society.

Tickets Start a $20

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Aaron Davis Hall is located on the campus of The City College of New York, between West 133rd and 135th Streets on Convent Avenue.

Convent Avenue is one block east of Amsterdam Avenue

and is the extension of Morningside Avenue beginning at 127th Street.

 

Matthew Rees & Bradley Waller from Balletboyz perform the Duet from Liam Scarlet’s “Serpent”…

Serpent

Dancers:

Matthew Rees & Bradley Waller

Choreography:

Liam Scarlett

Music:

“November” by Max Richter

From the album “Memoryhouse”

Filmed & Directed by

Michael Nunn & Willian Trevitt

Balletboyz

Serpent

Liam Scarlett’s “Serpent”