Morristown

The Mark Morris Dance Group is back at BAM after three years, with two mixed bills consisting, for the most part, of new works. You can read my review for DanceTabs here.

 

Aaron Loux and Brandon Randolph in "Words." Photo by Ani Collier
Aaron Loux and Brandon Randolph in “Words.” Photo by Ani Collier

Violette Verdy and Liebeslieder

A Violette Verdy coaching at City Center from a few years back. Jenifer Ringer’s rendition of Liebeslieder with Jared Angle, which starts at 34:14, is seared into my brain from that day. So simple, and intimate, and true.

An Important Loss for NY dance

Demoralized by the loss of yet another important outlet for dance coverage, Time Out New York, which has decided to fuse dance with theatre and eliminate the full-page interview by Gia Kourlas that was the highlight of each issue. Kourlas’s extended, insightful, and often revealing weekly interviews with dancers and choreographers were an essential resource for every dance lover and their elimination is a huge loss.

If you feel moved to action, please write to:

Editor-in-Chief Terri White <terri.white@timeout.com>, Deputy Editor Carla Sosenko <carla.sosenko@timeout.com>, and Managing Editor Ethan LaCroix <ethan.lacroix@timeout.com> with a CC to letters@timeoutny.com.

A New York Triple

On April 22, the Mark Morris Dance Group returns to BAM with two programs of new works, including Morris’s take on The Rite of Spring, which he calls Spring, Spring, Spring. If you want to know why, check out my preview feature for the Times:

The Mark Morris Dance Group in Spring, Spring, Spring.
The Mark Morris Dance Group in Spring, Spring, Spring.

Christopher Wheeldon’s new musical An American in Paris opens on Broadway on April 12. I spoke with him about the challenges of adapting the movie for the stage for this piece, and also to Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Curious?

 

 

Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in An American in Paris. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in An American in Paris. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

 

And finally, a review of two flamenco shows, Soledad Barrio and Olga Pericet, at Joe’s Pub and the Repertorio Español. About as different as two flamenco shows can be.

Olga Pericet by Michael Palma.
Olga Pericet by Michael Palma.

 

Emilio Florido and Soledad Barrio in Cambio de Tercio. By Kevin Yatarola
Emilio Florido and Soledad Barrio in Cambio de Tercio. By Kevin Yatarola

Rashaun Mitchell Gets Cosmic

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Silas Riener and Melissa Toogod in Rashaun Mitchell’s Light Years. Photo by Ian Douglas.

Rashaun Mitchell, formerly of Merce Cunningham, created the new Light Years, which premiered at New York Live Arts last week, for four of his friends.  Here’s my review, for DanceTabs.

 

FLEXN at the Armory

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Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray in FLEXN at Park Avenue Armory. Photo by Stephanie Berger

Peter Sellars and Reggie (Reg Roc) Gray got together to put on a show of Flex—a dance form that originated in Brooklyn—at the Armory. The results were pretty spectacular. You can see my review of the show here.