8 Iconic Dance History Moments—As Told Through Lego Bricks

We’re not ashamed to admit it: The Dance Magazine staff is a big bunch of dance history nerds. But we also know that, sometimes, learning about our art form’s past via textbook can feel stale. That’s why we completely lost it (in a good way) when Seet Dance, a contemporary school in Sydney, Australia, contacted […]

Crazy for Cunningham

When Robert Swinston brought his French company to New York City’s Joyce Theater last year, they were met with near euphoria. It had been more than three years since New Yorkers had seen a Merce Cunningham evening (Cunningham’s company ended its Legacy Tour in 2011), and the young French dancers of Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston bristled […]

15 Years, 15 Artists, 15 Works

To kick off 2015, we asked 15 leading choreographers working in the U.S. to choose what they see as the most influential work of the past 15 years. Their selections highlight a slice of the creativity witnessed in the past decade and a half—and offer insight into what drives their own artistic choices.   Julie […]

The Merce Effect

What happens when one of America’s most iconic modern dance companies closes? Six former Cunningham dancers reflect on how the experience led them to where they are today.   When the Merce Cunningham Dance Company gave its final performance on December 31, 2011—the culmination of its two-year, international Legacy Tour—many people wondered what would happen to Cunningham’s vast, pioneering body […]

Tribute to Merce by Douglas Dunn

Some of What He Said to Me, and Didn’t Say, 1968–1973   Merce Cunningham danced, and I had the pleasure and privilege of dancing near him for a few years. As far as I was concerned, he needn’t ever have spoken a word. What first drew me was the elegant animal, only later the agile […]

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