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Noa Weiss

Noa Rui-Piin Weiss is a dancer, writer, and unlicensed archivist based in Manhattan Valley.

The Master and Form: Ballet is Not Bondage

In his description of The Master and Form (2018), Brendan Fernandes claims to “queer” the illusionistic discipline of ballet by focusing on effort, which would be radical if it weren’t a few years late.

Living Through History: ABSCONDED #EjectionDay2020

As the slow crawl of ballot counting across America began on November 3, Dragonfly/Robin Laverne Wilson performed her own crawl through the streets of New York. Dressed as a statue of fugitive slave Ona Maria Judge Staines, the artist summons the power of a living monument.

Stretching Time in River to River’s 20th Season

Over three weekends in June, Movement Research collaborated with River to River to curate a series of processional performances in Battery Park City. I attended Okwui Okpokwasili and Emilý Æyer’s “Procession,” which proved to be both simple and challenging.

Subtle Moments on the Roof

Sperber’s signature minimalism is, at its core, an exploration of friction and weight. The dancers set limbs against torso, fabric against wind, shoes against roof. These experiments produce movement and sound in equal measure.

Your Attention Please

Kelsey Rondeau’s MAIN CHARACTER SYNDROME desperately wants to entertain you.

Tripping on Dirt

Dirt Trip is a beautiful blend of tightly researched monologues and manic physical improvisation. Tatarsky explicates esoteric clowning traditions, then riffs on them effortlessly.

VESSEL: Seeing Double

Two writers wade into the hazy environment of David Thomson’s new work to grapple with opacity and transparency, the magical and mundane. Where one sees an M, the other sees a W, yet both come away with a sense of intimacy in the unknown.

Hope after Tragedy

Vanessa Anspaugh’s mourning after mornings offers a sprawl of unruly movement and intergenerational tenderness at New York Live Arts.

A Choreographed Return to Theaters

Dance is back in theaters. The productions are better than ever, but the real choreography is happening in the audience. As we navigate a safe return to indoor space, how do we hold on to the pleasures of attending a show?

Moving Through Grief and Transition: devynn emory’s deadbird

deadbird + can anybody help me hold this body? is a reflection on devynn emory’s time as a COVID-19 hospice nurse and the American aversion to grief, death, and bodies in transition. emory brings their whole self into the piece, exposing the transitional nature of all people, especially those who are dying.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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