The fall season is always a blur—this year is no exception. Here are a few more updates from the dance trenches….
First, a few of the things I’m looking forward to in the winter season: a new Robert Battle piece (“Awakening”) at Alvin Ailey in December, Trisha Brown at BAM in January, and Justin Peck’s first story ballet for New York City Ballet, also in Jan. You can read my New Yorker preview here.
Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective had a season at the Skirball Center, with two new works. In the last year, the company has really coalesced into something very special. The dancers are completely exposed; you can practically hear their thoughts as they dance. Schumacher’s collaborative approach brings out the best in them. Here’s my review, for DanceTabs.
Twyla Tharp is celebrating fifty years of dancemaking with a season at the Koch for which she has composed two new dances, one set to Bach, the other to jazz. Tharp is irrepressible; she has more ideas about movement than an evening can contain. The dances are dizzying in their invention, and at the same time, exhausting. Here’s my review, for DanceTabs.
I wrote a piece for Pointe Magazine (Dec./Jan. issue) about the wealth of nuance and coloring that and understanding of (and curiosity about) history can bring to dancer. Lourdes Lopez, Gabe Stone Shayer, and Alexandra Tomalonis all gave me their points of view on the matter.
On Nov. 19, I spoke with Satirios Johnson of WNYC about the cluster of flamenco performances taking place in NY over the course of the next few weeks, including appearances by Olga Pericet, Paco Peña, and Noche Flamenca. You can hear the interview here.
And as a parting gift, check out this incredible video of Tamara Karsavina, in 1920. Holy rond de jambes!
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