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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Performing Artists Unite for a Livable City

globalcongressMark your calendar. Important stuff is happening at the Invisible Dog Art Center later this month. Here’s an excerpt from the press release.

From November 22 to November 24 at The Invisible Dog Art Center, The Brooklyn Commune Project, the largest artist-driven, grassroots initiative of its kind, will host a full weekend of thought-provoking presentations, performances, and conversations about the economic conditions of performing arts ecology and their impact  on the lives of working artists in New York City.

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AOL On Premieres New York City Ballet Documentary

Video crew from Pretty Matches Productions and Zero Point Zero Production in the studio with principal dancers Ashley Bouder and Andrew Veyette.  Photo by Paul Kolnik

Video crew from Pretty Matches Productions and Zero Point Zero Production in the studio with principal dancers Ashley Bouder and Andrew Veyette.
Photo by Paul Kolnik.

On November 4th, the AOL On Network will premiere “city.ballet.”, a 12-part documentary series about New York City Ballet. The show was conceived by executive producer and NYCB board member Sarah Jessica Parker, and follows the professional lives of several dancers.

Check out this Wall Street Journal article (written by former NYCB dancer Sophie Flack) and this Playbill piece to learn more about city.ballet.’s goal of broadening NYCB’s audience, dancers’ concerns about being filmed behind the scenes, and why the series is most definitely not a reality show. Watch the trailer for the series here.

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Edward Villella in Conversation at Barnard College

A talk with Edward Villella, renowned worldwide for his dramatic transformation of the male image in ballet, opens Barnard College’s series of public dance events.  The discussion, moderated by former Twyla Tharp principal and present Barnard Senior Associate of Dance, Katie Glasner, takes place at 7PM on Monday, October 21st at the Diana Event Oval on the Barnard campus.

The talk will mine Villella’s extraordinary career, first as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, where he danced an astonishing range of repertoire, and then as founder of Miami City Ballet, where he was artistic director for twenty-six years. Among the topics to be discussed are Villella’s thoughts on the changing role of ballet in contemporary life. With the explosion of dance in the media, is live performance becoming irrelevant? Moreover, given the rising costs of live performances, where does he see the future of American ballet? Finally, considering the dramatic changes that have taken place in the world of dance, what role does Villella imagine playing in the future of the art form?

The discussion takes place on October 21st at 7pm and is free and open to the public. The Diana Event Oval at Barnard College is located at 3009 Broadway at 117th St.

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William Forsythe’s “Sider” at BAM

William Forsythe's "Sider", photo by Dominik Mentzos

William Forsythe’s “Sider”, photo by Dominik Mentzos

There are very few dance works more frustrating than those of choreographer William Forsythe. More often than not, I find his work irritatingly complex, leaving me with more questions than answers (I don’t believe in outer space was moving, but it still irked me). Forsythe’s Sider, performed at BAM last week, was no exception. Continue reading

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