New York Highlights

Our Fall Dance Preview, in the New Yorker: Okwui Okpokwasili, Monotones (and a new Mark Morris) at ABT, and Twyla.

 

American Ballet Theatre performs Frederick Ashton’s “Monotones I” and “Monotones II.”Illustration by Eleanor Davis
American Ballet Theatre performs Frederick Ashton’s “Monotones I” and “Monotones II.” Illustration by Eleanor Davis

ABT fall season Oct 21-Nov 21

ABT has announced its fall season at the Koch. It will include:

An NYC premiere by Mark Morris and company premieres of Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I and II, Balanchine’s “Valse-Fantaisie,” and Marcelo Gomes’s “Aftereffect,” as well as revivals of Twyla Tharp’s The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Michel Fokine’s Le Spectre de la Rose & Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table.
Here is a link to the full press release.

 

Aaron Loux, on dancing for Mark Morris

Chelsea Lynn Acree and Aaron Loux in “Acis and Galatea." Photo by Andrea Mohin for the Times.
Chelsea Lynn Acree and Aaron Loux in “Acis and Galatea.” Photo by Andrea Mohin for the Times.

 

When I interviewed the dancer Aaron Loux for my Times feature on the Mark Morris Dance Group’s BAM season, he reflected on what it’s like to dance for Mark Morris.  What he said has stuck with me:

“I had to unlearn a way of thinking about dance that was too complicated. I came in trying to think about everything I was doing before and even while I did it….Mark’s approach is really simple, it’s really all about action. A lot of his corrections are just ‘do this, and don’t think about it.’ It’s about learning to do really simple things like seeing someone do something and copying what they’re doing, and the way they’re doing it. I think it’s about opening yourself and quieting down the thinking part and trusting your instincts. You can usually get a better result that way, and faster.

 

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

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