If there is one thing the 2022 Dance Magazine Awards ceremony made clear, it is how misleading the term “dance lineage” can be.
Last dances, first-time collaborations, gatherings of disparate dancemakers—October’s dance card is full of intriguing events. Here are seven of the most enticing performances.
In 1961, Yvonne Rainer presented her first solo study, Three Satie Spoons. It marked the start of a prolific career, the early years of which helped to define the experimental, anything-goes sensibility that emerged from Judson Dance Theater in the mid-1960s. She penned the ” ‘No’ manifesto” (“No to spectacle. No to virtuosity…”), which has […]
July 13, 2020, marks the 100th birthday of Anna Halprin. In 1955, disillusioned with New York City’s modern dance scene, Halprin returned to her home just north of San Francisco and began experimenting. On the outdoor deck designed for her by Lawrence Halprin (her husband) and Arch Lauterer, she pioneered task-based improvisation. Among the students […]
Yvonne Rainer’s Parts of Some Sextets (AKA “the mattress dance”) hasn’t been revived since it premiered in 1965. Nor has Rainer had any wish to do it again, to ask performers to heave 10 mattresses around while carrying out 31 tasks that changed every 30 seconds. It was an unwieldy, difficult dance. (Even the title […]
Here are the latest promotions, appointments and transfers, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last month. Comings & Goings Karen Kain Karolina Kuras, Courtesy National Ballet of Canada Karen Kain will retire as artistic director of National Ballet of Canada in January 2021, at which time she will be named artistic director emeritus. A […]
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 […]
Boris Charmatz, a favorite choreographer in France for his dancing in museums, has come up with an idea for non-stop dance. In his new piece, 10000 Gestures, each action is different—no repeats. This week, a horde of more than 20 dancers invades New York City’s NYU Skirball Center, each of them cramming a thousand gestures […]