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  • Sankai Juku – The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity

    Sankai Juku – The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity

    Sometimes diverse points of view make the very point the choreographer intended to begin with. And certainly such is the case with Unetsu, The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity. Indeed, even Amagatsu himself, the creator of Unetsu, chose not to interpret his own work when interviewed. Instead he wanted the audience to have that dialogue with themselves once they saw the work. What Amagatsu did offer, however, was that the egg signifies the beginning of life…but also destruction…in as much […]

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  • Sankai Juku – Butoh

    Sankai Juku – Butoh

    Butoh, which came into existence in the late 50s, was Japan’s modernistic approach to dance in response to the country’s need to find an identify after the devastation of World War II. In one sense Butoh is about traditional ritual while on the other hand it’s about resistance, resistance to the conservative, traditional form of Japanese dance up until that time. Though sometimes ghastly, frightening, and macabre in its presentation, Butoh gave Japan the breakthrough of individual expression. Butoh derives […]

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  • Yang LiPing – Moon

    Yang LiPing – Moon

    Like spun silk, blowing in the uneven but gentle breeze of a warm summer’s night, Yang Liping, choreographer and performer, gives us a mesmerizing experience of silhouetted movements against a full-moon-lit evening. Enjoy the beautiful and unexpected shapes made by Liping’s simple, yet exquisite movements. Look, too, at the transformed area within the moon, Liping’s ability to express herself with her arms and hands as well as her ability to move them with such variety, flexibility, and creativity urges us […]

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  • Sankai Juku – Butoh

    Sankai Juku – Butoh

    Butoh is a philosophy of movement, more than a specific style, that comes to us from Japan. Loosely translated as stomp or earth dance, Butoh is characterized by natural movement that may be found in any of life’s situations or environments. It sought to get away from “the beautiful” of the traditional Japanese and Western dance and move toward the organic. Performers may represent the twisted body of a woman working in the rice paddies, for example. More theater than […]

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  • Nederlands Dans Theater – Jiri Kylian – Tar and Feathers

    Nederlands Dans Theater – Jiri Kylian – Tar and Feathers

    Any work that directs your attention to a piano that stands center stage and at an exaggerated height above the stage floor, primes you to wonder exactly what you can expect from the choreography. As it turns out, Tar and Feathers is about “What is the Word?, Samuel Beckett’s final poem before dying. In this poem Beckett looks at his past, his life, wondering about their meaning and if perhaps they were no more than mere foolishness.

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  • Nederlands Dans Theater II – True To II

    Nederlands Dans Theater II – True To II

    With everything comes change, and with every change comes the possibility that what preceded it will be subject to criticism, ridicule, or just plain ole pokin’ fun at. And that’s exactly what we see in Cacti, created by Alexander Ekman, the current associate choreographer for Nederlands Dance Theater II. Cacti is at the same time engaging, irreverent, and fun. It “rolls its eyes”, you might say, at the silliness we sometimes see in those who have a need, or even […]

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  • Nederlands Dans Theater I – Sehnsucht

    Nederlands Dans Theater I – Sehnsucht

    Choreography: Artistic Advisor, Sol Leon and Artistic Director, Paul Lightfoot Standing in a spotlighted area on an otherwise blackened stage is a soloist in white pants, Silas Henriksen, with his back to the audience. Upstage, seemingly floating in space, we see inside the image of a cube-shaped room. The items inside are drawn to strange perspective and orientation, but the pas de deux within its confines is obviously unaffected by this. The soloist is then aroused to movement which becomes […]

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  • Nederlands Dans Theater – Jiri Kylian – 27’52”

    Nederlands Dans Theater – Jiri Kylian – 27’52”

    27’ 52” set to Dirk Haubrich’s composition, a strange and unsettling composition juxtaposed with people speaking different languages. Yes, it took 27’52”. In reference to? In reference to that many hours and those many minutes to create…27’52”. Why would Jiri Kylian name this work in reference to how long it took to create it for NDT 2’s repertoire? Perhaps to tamp down any potential criticism since he put in a given amount of time to see it through…in addition to […]

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  • Richard Alston Dance Company – Overdrive

    Richard Alston Dance Company – Overdrive

    Richard Alston’s understanding and appreciation for the structure of music? Alive and well! Nothing elaborate about the staging which actually may have been a benefit to the choreography. The simplicity almost seemed to underscore the vitality of the piece and the energy of the dancers by contrast. Set to Terry Riley’s percussive rhythms of Keyboard Study #1. Although Overdrive sometimes felt repetitive, it was never boring. Please like then share Overdrive with others.

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  • Paul Taylor Dance Competition – John Harnage

    Paul Taylor Dance Competition – John Harnage

    Hear Juilliard student John Harnage tell us why he wanted to be chosen for the summer training program at the Paul Taylor Dance Company. As it turned out John earned one of the coveted spots. He was selected as a winner and received a full scholarship for the intensive, four-week program in July, 2011. In watching John’s video you can see why he was chosen. Such beautiful technique and a heart beating with obvious love for modern dance.. Congratulations, John! […]

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