This year, I kicked off the fall performance season in the basement of Hart Bar at Dance in Bushwicks one-year celebration. Dance in Bushwick (DiB), founded by Joanna Futral, aims to provide a platform for dance and performance artists living or working in the neighborhood. Futral works closely with her husband, Casey Kreher, who serves as technical director.
Later this month, New York audiences will finally have the opportunity to discover Papaioannous workand just in time too: after two and a half years of touring around the world, the upcoming performances of The Great Tamer, presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Musics Next Wave Festival as part of incoming Artistic Director David Binders inaugural season, will be the shows last.
Its opening night of William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance at the Shed, and the audience files into the spacious black box theater, nearly drowning out a gentle soundtrack of bird chirps with pre-show conversations. Per the program, we will be treated to work compiled from different time stamps along William Forsythes career: newly commissioned pieces (Epilogue and Seventeen/Twenty-One) stand alongside existing repertory (Dialogue (DUO2015) and Catalogue) re-worked over the past 20 years.
In Germaine Acognys performance Somewhere at the Beginningdirected by Mikaël Serre and presented at La MaMa theater as part of the Crossing the Line FestivalAcogny does strike her forehead and mark the ground and curl her wrists over her head, but it is her presence within these actions that bring her performance to life, something not easily translated into neat sentences.
Catherine Gallant stands on the bare stage of the French Institute: Alliance Française (FIAF). For the next hour, she will address the audience, like a tour guide, introducing, demonstrating, and teaching the dances of Isadora Duncan.
As an admitted Francophile, Im always drawn to the FIAFs annual Crossing the Line festival. But as this years programming continues to prove this is not la francophilie de votre grand-mere. (If you want Bordeaux and brie in berets by the Seine who can blame you, but this is not that kind of party).