Seoul Counterpoint

I’m bummed that I missed the US premiere of Seoul Counterpoint at La MaMa a few weeks ago, but it’s still worth checking out the trailer below.

Seoul Counterpoint, by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) was presented by La MaMa in association with CultureHub, its groundbreaking art-and-technology studio. The multimedia concert, which DJ Spooky developed while in residence at longtime La MaMa partner the Seoul Institute of the Arts, juxtaposes the diverse landscapes, histories and sonic cultures of Seoul and New York, and features artists in both cities performing together in real time. 


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Listen: Gelsey Kirkland, Ashley Bouder, & Sara Mearns on WNYC

Sarah Jessica Parker was a guest host on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show last week. SJP is a frequent ballet-goer and supporter of the arts, so it’s no wonder that she hand picked ballet legend Gelsey Kirkland and current New York City Ballet principals Ashley Bouder and Sara Mearns to be her guests on the show. Have a listen.

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CUNY Launches Dance Initiative – Application Deadline Approaching for Residencies

Last week, the City University of New York launched the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), a residency program providing rehearsal and performance space to NYC choreographers and dance companies. The new program, which brings a host of benefits to both CUNY campuses and local dance artists, is supported by a lead $200,000 two-year grant from the New York Community Trust, with additional two-year funding from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Starting this summer, 11 CUNY campuses in all five boroughs will host a total of 12 to 14 residencies, which will range from rehearsals only to larger residencies that may include master classes, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations and performances. CUNY Dance Initiative subsidies will assist the colleges with artist fees,  rehearsal expenses, marketing efforts, and other costs.

Choreographers who live in New York City may apply for a residency through an open application process, with a deadline of April 30 for the first round. Guidelines and applications are available here. Residencies in the first round must take place between June 1 and December 31, 2014.

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Whatever Happened to Dancing Perfectly Free?

It’s been about five months since I’ve posted anything, which is a much longer absence than I had anticipated. I have been seeing dance performances, but I spent the past several months settling into a new job, so writing was on the back burner. I’ve certainly enjoyed reading other dance writers’ reviews over the past few months, and I’m excited to get back to writing throughout the spring and summer. Stay tuned!

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Hofesh Shechter’s “Sun” at BAM

Hofesh Shechter's "Sun", photo by Gabriele Zucca
Hofesh Shechter’s “Sun”, photo by Gabriele Zucca

Before the start of Hofesh Shechter’s Sun, which made its US debut at BAM last week, the London-based Israeli choreographer told the audience that we would see a brief excerpt from the end of the piece before it actually started. This was to assure us that “everything is going to be just fine”. Nervous laughter ensued.  Continue reading

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