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Hallie Chametzky

Hallie Chametzky is a dance artist, writer, and archivist based in East Harlem.

m i c c a and the Landscape of Grief

In a winter forest of evergreen trees on Far Rockaway Beach, P I N E exercises our collective losses.

May You Pay Attention

In TERRITORY: The Island Remembers, zavé martohardjono and a team of collaborators collide the contemporary with the ancient and the real with the imagined. Their colorful, multimodal world is a lesson in how we have harmed ours, and what it will take to heal it.

Half a Dozen Fresh Baked Dances

Named for the patisserie that once inhabited the 1920s-era building, Art Cake has taken the gallery aesthetic to the extreme with white floors, white curtains, white track lighting. Though seemingly designed for visual rather than performing arts (the floor is cement), this year’s second ever Dance Series featuring six artists showed its potential as a home for experimental dance.

Rube G.—The Consequence of Action

Jody Oberfelder’s peppy, participatory dance inspired by Rube Goldberg Machines takes an optimistic view of human cause and effect.

In Conversation

Voicing Together

Following their performance inspired by and created within the Toni Morrison Papers at Princeton University, artists Mame Diarra Speis and Daniel Alexander Jones reflect on what Morrison can teach us about the limitations of institutionalization and individualism in art and life.

HOLDTIGHT: when the blossom passes, what remains?

when the blossom passes, what remains? is ultimately a dance show. According to the program, Gussman, choreographer and founder of HOLDTIGHT, sought to model care for nature through care and healing of ourselves.

Bill T. Jones Dancing Through Disease in Can You Bring It and Afterwardsness

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters is a new documentary about Bill T. Jones’s seminal, AIDS-era work. Afterwardsness, his newest production, reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing assaults on Black lives. Viewed together, they offer seemingly contradictory but ultimately profound lessons on dance’s role in moving through personal and societal grief.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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