I met my fiancé on a dance floor, at an open-air discotheque in Europe. The other people were standing around, in groups of two or three, but their stasis had no impact on us. Fixated upon each other, we danced intently.
If the current environmental crisis proves anything, it is how unnatural nature actually is. Which is to say, how increasingly what has been perceived as natural is contingent on human involvement and error. Kathy Westwaters latest work, PARK, conceived in collaboration with poet Jennifer Scappettone, extends her preoccupations with the horrors of the body, a subject which she explored in her 2008 work Macho.
In like a lion, out like a lambbut for dance-loving New Yorkers, this March also promises three anticipated film events. First, dance film pioneer Elaine Summers is honored over three evenings at Danspace Project at Saint Marks Church and one afternoon discussion at the New Museum, which will explore her influence on a younger generation of artists.
In the late afternoon of February 4th, the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) was noisy, dusty, and filled with construction workers going about their business. The sense of urgency in the Hells Kitchen building was palpable, and with good reason.
Im attracted to dancers who are interested in social dance, not just contemporary concert dance, choreographer Larry Keigwin says during a rehearsal for his companys upcoming season at The Joyce Theater, March 16-21.
He uses rulers, but not for measurements. The gentle brushing of a pant leg, the checking of a pulse, a pause followed by the simple yet elegant act of peeling white tape off a black walla gesture reveals the obscurity behind linear thought.
It doesnt get much more personal than this. Dancer/choreographers Judith Sánchez Ruiz and Souleymane Badolo performing solos at St. Marks Church, low lit, spotlit, and minimally, yet poignantly accompanied.
In the circles I run in, there was a lot of excitement over this years Fresh Tracks roster. Dance Theater Workshops emerging artist series has sometimes been scrutinized for a liberal interpretation of emerging, including artists with relatively high visibility despite the array of choreographers in New York clamoring to be seen.