Free Fridays in Bryant Park
One of the best parts about summer in NYC is the abundance of outdoor dance performances—especially when they’re free! Starting next week, Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance, in collaboration with the non-profit interdisciplinary arts space Inception to Exhibition, presents a series of performances over three consecutive Friday evenings. The shows, which feature an amalgam of well-established and emerging dance companies, all take place on the Bryant Park Stage. And if you’re in town on July 4th, don’t miss the Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh, a sneak-peek showcase of ten companies on their way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Here’s the lowdown of performance details:
Friday, June 13, 6:00–7:30 pm: Elisa Monte Dance, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Jennifer Muller/The Works
Friday, June 20, 6:00–7:30 pm: Stephen Petronio Company, NØA Dance, UnderOneDances, The Dash Ensemble
Friday, June 27, 6:00–7:30 pm: TAKE Dance, Steps Repertory Ensemble, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance
Friday, July 4, 2:00–4:00 pm: Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh featuring Art of Motion, Antara Bhardwaj, Barkin/Selissen Project, Buggé Ballet, Dzul Dance, Michael Mao Dance, Rebecca Stenn Company, Reed Dance, Synthesis Dance, Compagnie Christiane Emmanuel
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: