Downtown New York City will be teeming with dance festivals in January. It’s a good way to ease back into viewing dance after the holiday funk.
New York Live Arts’ Live Artery confirms NYLA position on the cutting edge with reprisals of 2014’s best works: John Jasperse’s Within Between, Beth Gill’s New Work for the Desertand Cynthia Oliver’s BOOM! Beside these known hits, Live Artery takes a chance with works-in-progress by Rashaun Mitchell, Okwui Okpokwasili and RoseAnne Spradlin.
American Realness specializes in the brash and provocative. Last year the brashness swung out of control, igniting a lovely controversy about the limits of rule-breaking in performance. (See Siobhan Burke’s commentary on the Performance Club’s site.) This year’s lineup includes Miguel Gutierrez, Keith Hennessy, Ivo Dimchev, Jack Ferver and Tere O’Connor. Jan. 8–18, Abrons Arts.
As always, there are plenty of APAP showings around the city. If you’re performing in one or more, good luck. It can be an unnatural situation to perform for potential presenters. Let's face it, APAP is an audition to get bookings. But if you’re an audience person wandering around, it can be fun to sample different wares.
Above: Age & Beauty, Part I, by Miguel Gutierrez. Photo by Ian Douglas.
Peridance has lined up two programs of lesser known groups Jan. 10 and 11. They include Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, Bellydance Evolution and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
From Jan. 9–13, the 14th Street Y showcases Lee Saar Company, Bennyroyce Dance, Eva Dean, Yin Yue and some out-of-town companies like Missouri Contemporary Ballet.
If you’re a denizen of New York City, it will be easy to sample some of these dance offerings. Pick a time when you can see both familiar and unfamiliar dance artists. Let yourself be surprised.
Essential oils sometimes get a bad rap.Between the aggressive social media marketing for the products and the sometimes magical-sounding claims about their healing properties, it's easy to forget what they can actually do.But if you look beyond the pyramid schemes and exaggerations, experts believe they have legit benefits to offer both mind and body.
How can dancers take advantage of their medicinal properties? We asked Amy Galper, certified aromatherapist and co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies:
Karen Azenberg, a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, stumbled on something peculiar before the union's 2015 move to new offices: a 52-year-old sealed envelope with a handwritten note attached. It was from Agnes de Mille, the groundbreaking choreographer of Oklahoma! and Rodeo. De Mille, a founding member of SDC, had sealed the envelope with gold wax before mailing it to the union and asking, in a separate note, that it not be opened. The reason? "It is the outline for a play, and I have no means of copyrighting…The material is eminently stealable."