Dancer Thomas F. Dwyer, Who Joined Dance Exchange in His 50s, Dies at 87

Dance Exchange company member, cast member, collaborator and dance partner Thomas Dwyer died on October 8 at age 87. Dwyer’s influence helped shape the organization that Dance Exchange is today. He was an inimitable force onstage, with a presence that could not be overlooked, and a gentle, humble, witty soul with an infectious smile. A […]

Meet the Artist-Activist Liz Lerman Says She'd "Follow Anywhere"

For Ruby Morales, dance is both a form of resistance and a radical expression of joy. Watching her mix cumbia, breaking and contemporary in CONTRA-TIEMPO’s joyUS justUS is a lesson in lightness, gravity, surrender and, oftentimes, bliss. In her kinesphere, the floor is not just a landing surface, but an active space that propels her […]

Liz Lerman's Latest Work Is Inspired By Witchcraft Imagery

Liz Lerman’s works have a lot of moving parts. There’s material to investigate, research to integrate, collaborations to incorporate and audiences to share with along the way. These days, her process takes considerable time—often two to three years—but that doesn’t faze Lerman. “I don’t mind taking time, but I’m older,” says the 72-year-old choreographer. Her […]

News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in May and June 2020

Here are the latest promotions and appointments, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last two months. Comings & Goings Ma Cong has been named associate artistic director at Richmond Ballet. He will serve in an adjunct capacity before joining full-time in 2022. New Zealand Dance Company has appointed Victoria Colombus and James O’Hara co-artistic […]

Dealing With the Disappointment of Getting COVID-Canceled

It’s always been difficult for independent dance artists to gain traction, since they often exist outside of more secure infrastructures provided by full-time companies. They are used to rejection, injury and the usual career interrupters. But to be COVID-canceled is especially harsh, since it’s totally out of an artist’s control. And it’s particularly disappointing when […]

ASU Hosts a Conference Exploring the Impact of the Jewish Experience on Dance

When the Bible spoke of the “ingathering of the exiles,” it didn’t have dance in mind. Yet, this month, more than 100 dancers, choreographers and scholars from around the world will gather at Arizona State University to celebrate the impact of Jews and the Jewish experience on dance. From hora to hip hop, social justice […]

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