Why I'm Already Planning My Return To Vail Dance Festival

Last week, Dance Magazine‘s owner Frederic Seegal visited the Vail Dance Festival. He was so excited by what he saw there that he wanted to share with Dance Magazine readers a few of the highlights that made the biggest impression on him. Having been fortunate enough to be on the board of New York City […]

Netta Yerushalmy is Changing the Way We Look at Balanchine. And Fosse. And Ailey.

In Paramodernities, Netta Yerushalmy deconstructs dance masterworks and presents their movement alongside scholarly essays that contextualize them. Yerushalmy has had a sterling dance career, working with Doug Varone’s company and freelancing with notables like Joanna Kotze, as well as making her own dances. This particular project is in demand in such places as Jacob’s Pillow […]

Merce Cunningham is Going to Have the Best 100th Birthday Ever

Merce Cunningham would have been 99 years old today, and, as a present to the dance world, the Merce Cunningham Trust has announced a dizzying array of celebrations to unfold over the next year in honor of the groundbreaking choreographer’s 2019 centennial. “Merce liked saying he didn’t want to celebrate his birthday, and yet he […]

Dance Magazine Contributors Spill on Their Favorite Dance Moments of 2017

Dance Magazine editors and writers chose their favorite dance happenings of the year: Liveliest Revival: Merce Cunningham’s Sounddance Ballet de Lorraine in Sounddance. PC Laurent Philippe, Courtesy Richard Kornberg & Associates When Ballet de Lorraine came to The Joyce Theater in February, the dancers looked transformed—electrified—by the final work on the program. The piece was […]

In The Studio: Stephen Petronio On Finding Joy in The Unknown

For the past 3 years, choreographer Stephen Petronio has been reviving groundbreaking works of postmodern dance through his BLOODLINES project. This season, although his company will be performing a work by Merce Cunningham, his own choreography moves in a more luxurious direction. We stepped into the studio with Petronio and his dancers where they were […]

A 3-D Cunningham Movie? Yes, Please!

What would it be like to view a Merce Cunningham piece from the inside? CUNNINGHAM, a new dance film utilizing 3-D video technology, will allow audiences to find out, putting them in the midst of numerous dances ranging from iconic classics such as Summerspace (1958) and RainForest (1968) to early works like Totem Ancestor (1942). […]

When Art Dances: Inside the Rauschenberg Exhibit at MoMA

It’s well known that Robert Rauschenberg, one of the most famous American artists of the 20th century, made costumes and sets for Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Trisha Brown. What you may not know is that he also choreographed and danced in many performances of his own devising. You can see evidence of them among […]

Why The Classic Modern Techniques Are More Relevant Than Ever

In a competitive dance world where students train to conquer the next big thing, it can feel like historic modern techniques—from Graham to Horton to Cunningham—just aren’t a priority. But the truth is, these styles are just as relevant today as when they were created. University of Taipei students in José Limón’s work. PC Yi-Chun […]

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