The Actually-Good News You Might Have Missed in the Last Month

With the circumstances created by the pandemic changing from day to day, looking to the future right now can feel particularly fraught, if not downright farcical. But in the face of so much uncertainty, pausing to celebrate the good news when it comes is as important as it’s ever been. Here are the latest promotions […]

The Shows Everyone Will Be Talking About This February

It’s a short month, but February is jam-packed. From a double-helping of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to a long-absent Balanchine solo created for the late Paul Taylor, here are the shows that most piqued our interest. The Lost Episode Michael Trusnovec Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB NEW YORK CITY When Martha Graham and George Balanchine collaborated […]

Why Would Anyone Become a Dancer?

The Brooklyn-based choreographer Gillian Walsh is both obsessed with and deeply conflicted about dance. With her latest work, Fame Notions, May 17–19 at Performance Space New York, she seeks to understand what she calls the “fundamentally pessimistic or alienating pursuit” of being a dancer. Noting that the piece is “quiet and introverted,” like much of […]

6 March Performance Picks From Our Editors

A feast of Forsythe, a surfeit of Dorrance Dance, a challenge to how we perceive refugees. Our editors’ performance picks this month run the gamut. Boston’s Mixtape Master BOSTON Halfway into his five-year partnership with Boston Ballet, William Forsythe is gifting East Coast audiences with his first new work for an American company since 1992. […]

What Happens When Site-Specific Dance Takes Over Times Square

At first glance, Times Square might seem like a near-impossible location for a site-specific dance performance. Between tourists posing for selfies, flashing billboards, New Yorkers rushing to work and people in Batman costumes trying to make a buck, it can be completely overwhelming and overstimulating. But that also makes it interesting. “At its essence, Times […]

6 Can't-Miss Shows This November, Chosen By DM Editors

The fall performance season continues at breakneck speed with everything from an international ballet company making its U.S. debut to a retrospective on one of New York City’s most iconic dancemakers—not to mention more than a few intriguing new works. Here’s what we’ve got pencilled in. Have Your Cake Hans van Manen’s Trois Gnossiennes. Photo […]

A Gathering of Sages at NYC's Danspace Project

When Simone Forti moved from California to New York City in 1960, she brought with her the improvisational approach of Anna Halprin. As one of the first five students in Robert Dunn’s John Cage–inspired composition course (that led to Judson Dance Theater), she was a magnet for two others in that class: Yvonne Rainer and […]

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