Artist Director EDUARDO VILARO
LAUREN ALZAMORA, DONALD BORROR, MARTINA CALCAGNO,
JAMAL RASHANN CALLENDER, MARIO ISMAEL ESPINOZA, MELISSA FERNANDEZ,
MIN-TZU LI, MAJOR NESBY, VANESSA VALECILLOS, KIMBERLY VAN WOESIK,
JOSHUA PETER WINZELER, JESSICA ALEJANDRA WYATT,
ALEXANDER DUVAL, & HILLARY RAMOS
Rehearsal Director: MICHELLE MANZANALES
Technical Director: JOSHUA PRESTON
Wardrobe Supervisor: DIANA RUETTIGER
Stage Manager: GWYNDOLYN KAY
Program A: JARDI TANCAT, SORTIJAS, A VUELTAS CON LOS OCHENTA
Program B: NUBE BLANCO, TANGO VITROLA, DANZ”N. Includes a live performance
by PAQUITO D'RIVERA
Program C: JARDI TANCAT, TANGO VITROLA, NUBE BLANCO
Programs are presented on various days. Check www.Joyce.org for details.
The Joyce Theater
175 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-0800 or www.Joyce.org
April 16 through April 28, 2013
BALLET HISPANICO celebrates its 25th season in glorious fashion with new works and classics from its repertoire. Spanning a spectrum that includes the Catalonian folktale-based JARDI TANCAT through the flamenco-inspired NUBE BLANCO, the dancers carry the audience on an airy voyage of enjoyment
The company’s delightful blend of movement, voice, rhythm, and music is fascinating. Integrating zapateado footwork with a contemporary twist in one work, swirling through barefoot ballet in another, the dancers show their versatility and bring to life evocative images of music incarnate. The costuming is perfect, whether subtle or stunningly surprising.
The fusion of Latin forms with classical and contemporary techniques has something to please everyone who enjoys the beauty of movement and the power of dance.
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and Notes in Motion
Outreach Dance Theatre
WHITE NIGHTS II - A Moveable Performance Soiree
Saturday, February 23, 2013
150 Varick Street
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre’s third annual benefit gala performance was a showcase for the company’s developing oeuvre – It’s a Game and a fundraiser for their Notes in Motion program which brings dance into the New York City schools. Guests were asked to come in festive black and white attire.
On entering the basement level, guests were engaged at a blackjack or roulette table, or in a game of Twister, a raffle or a silent auction. Up one flight, guests participated with the dance educators to learn more about the Notes in Motion program. There was a variety of finger food going around, lovely hosts and two bars specializing in vodka drinks.
The dancers slithered from floor to floor amongst the crowds, tables, and stage. Halfway through the evening, Ms. Selwyn introduced a 12-minute video on the Notes in Motion program, then treated us to a 23-minute preview of It’s a Game, which will be staged this June. The graceful female dancers wore leopard printed jungle dresses; the sinewy male dancers, bronze lamť shirts and translucent striped pants. Their movements were far-reaching, abstract and expressive. The eclectic music ranged from African tribal sounds to jazz to classical.
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre’s Thirteenth Annual Performance Season, the World Premiere of It’s a Game, will run from June 27-29, 2013 at New York Live Arts.
- Gloria Talamas -
The Joyce Theatre
BUGLISI DANCE THEATRE
Artistic Director: Jacqulyn Buglisi
Composers: Daniel Bernard Roumain, Steve Margoshes, Arvo Part, Andy Teirstein, Glen Velez, John Zorn
Production Manager: Anne Posluszny
Lighting Design: Jack Mehler, Clifton Taylor
Costume Designer: A. Christina Giannini, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Reid Bartelme
Press Representative: Audrey Ross Publicity
175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street
BUGLISI DANCE THEATRE celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Joyce Theater this past week with two programs in repertoire. We attended Program B: Caravaggio Meets Hopper, Threshold, Butterflies and Demons, Zjawa and Suspended Women. Butterflies and Demons and Zjawa premiered at the Joyce.
The dancers, the choreography and the music were rich, elegant, emotional and moving. The stories behind each piece had meaning and evoked feelings of joy, sadness, passion, dependence and independence. The director, Jacqulyn Buglisi, is a gifted choreographer whose technique is drawn from her years as a principal dancer with Martha Graham.
The costumes were gorgeous, complementing the respective
dances. In Suspended Women, you are caught up in the flow of elegance,
with long, frilly dresses to match. In Threshold, a beautiful woman
breaks through her cocoon momentarily, to be united in rapture with a wild man.
In Butterflies and Demons, which is inspired by a tragic loss, the battle
between good and evil is palpable. Each dance number is theatrical, imaginative,
unusual, and saturates the senses.
If you get a chance to see this company, don’t think twice about it.
- Gloria Talamas -
ALONZO KING’S LINES BALLET
Artistic Director: ALONZO KING
Associate Artistic Director: ROBERT ROSENWASSER
Executive Director: ANN MARIE NEMANICH
BRETT CONWAY, DAVID HARVEY, ASHLEY JACKSON
LAUREL KEEN, CAROLINE ROCHER, COREY SCOTT-GILBERT
MEREDITH WEBSTER, KEELAN WHITMORE, RICARDO ZAYAS
Ballet Master: ARTURO FERNANDEZ
Technical Director/Stage Manager: C. CHRIS GRIFFIN
Development Director: ALEXIS WEISS
Marketing Director: GAYLE OKUMURA SULLIVAN
Operations Manager: MONICAL REID
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (between 18th & 19th Streets)
(212) 242-0800 or www.joyce.org.
May 5 – 10, 2009; Opening Night: May 5th, 2009
Pick any “…ating” word – exhilarating, pulsating, captivating, undulating, fascinating, innovating – and that’s going to help describe ALONZO KING’S LINES BALLET. In the two works now being performed at The Joyce Theater, Dust and Light (with music by Arcangelo Corelli and Francis Poulene) and Rasa (with music by Zakir Hussain) you are going to see bodies at the peak of perfection moving in a constantly mesmerizing and contradictory fashion. They cavort with abandon and then become co-dependent in an amazingly uniform manner. King’s co-mingling of bodies in Dust and Light is brilliant, a beautiful display of domination and submission by one and/or many dancers. In Rasa bodies are dribbled, swung, and bounced to the rhythm of Indian/Asian music, bells, and chants. Creativity and originality run rampant through both pieces.
ALONZO KING’S LINES BALLET is a dazzling dance experience that should not be missed!
- Laurie Lawson -
Shanghai City Dance, Ltd. With
Shanghai international Cultural & Communication Association
Eastern Shanghai International Cultural Film & Television Group
In association with
Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, LLC
And supported by
The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York
THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER
As a Cultural Gift to America and
The Broadway & Dance Audiences of New York
Performed by the Award-winning
BEIJING FRIENDSHIP DANCE COMPANY
In celebration of the CHINESE NEW YEAR
Story Adapted by ZHAO MING, WANG XIAOLING, LI FUXIANG, ZHANG WEIDONG
Directed and choreographed by ZHAO MING
Music Composed by SU CONG
Artistic Director: LIU BIN
Stage Art Designer: LI WENXIN
Lighting Design by ZHAO ZHONGCHENG & WENG CHUNPU
Costumes by SONG LI
Press Representatives: THE JACKSINA COMPANY, INC. and
RUBINSTEIN PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.
Rose Theater in Frederick P. Rose Hall
60th Street and Broadway
February 8th & 9th, 2008 @ 8 PM
In a profusion of swirling vibrant colors, the Beijing Friendship Dance Company performs THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER, The Dance. Adapted from what is often considered the greatest book in the canon of Chinese literature, this dance was presented to the American audience as a cultural gift in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
And what a gift it was! Amidst awe-inspiring sets, graceful dancers in breathtakingly beautiful costumes told the ancient story of a son’s rebellion against societal requirements for a noble family and his doomed love affair. With a combination of traditional and modern dance choreographed by Award-winning Director Zhao Ming to the score composed by Academy Award-winning Su Cong, the tragedy unfolds. The multi-faceted THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER mesmerizes from start to finish with its sheer beauty and richly vivid presentation – a stunning beginning to a New Year and a deeply appreciated gift.
- Laurie Lawson -
New Tang Dynasty TV presents
CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR
February 14-16, 2007 @ 8 PM
February 17, 2007 @ 2 PM & 8 PM
Special 90-minute performances February 15 & 16 @ 11 AM
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas (50th Street)
(212) 307-7171 or www.ticketmaster.com
Amidst a profusion of swirling colors and sparkling sequins, New Tang Dynasty TV’s CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR opens with a lavish production of “Creation” where heavenly and earthly beings join to bring goodness to the planet. In celebration of The Year of the Pig, over 150 dancers, vocalists and instrumentalists take a mesmerized audience back to the golden age of culture with candlelight vigils, big musical numbers, ballet-like folk stories, soprano arias, victory drumming, and dances of ribbons, flowers, Mongolian herders and Dai traditions. Against breath-taking backgrounds graceful bodies in traditional costumes reveal the rich history of the Chinese culture through music provided by a 50-member pit orchestra led by Rutang Chen (formerly with China’s Central Philharmonic Society Orchestra). Spectacular is the only word that could be used for this elaborate presentation of a multi-faceted country and its history. CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR serves not only to showcase the diversity of the culture but also emphasizes the underlying universality of all mankind - a search for truth, a striving for compassion, and yearning for goodness. This show is truly spectacular in all senses of the word!
- Laurie Lawson -
SOKOLOW THEATRE/DANCE ENSEMBLE
le concert impromptu
“SHIP OF FOOLS”
“la nef des fous”
Thursday - Saturday, July 6-8, 2006, @ 7:30 PM
Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street (between Seventh & Eighth Avenues)
(212) 924-0077 or www.dtw.org
Sokolow theatre/dance ensemble
Artistic Director: JIM MAY
DAVEY BELLEROSE, MELISSA BIRNBAUM, ELEANOR BUNKER, BENJAMIN CORTES,
ALAN FORBES, SAMANTHA GERACHT, LAUREN NASLUND, JOSHUA SCHULTELS,
FRANCESCA TODESCO, LUIS GABRIEL ZARAGOZA
le concert impromptu
Artistic Director: YVES CHARPENTIER
General Manager: ANNE TORRENT
The Wind Quintet
YVES CHARPENTIER (flute/G flute)
ANNE CHAMUSSY (oboe/english horn)
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MURER (clarinet/bass clarinet)
HELENE BURLE (bassoon/recorder)
PIERRE ROUGERIE (horn)
Lighting Design: PHILIPPE ANDRIEUX
Photos by ROBIN MEEMS
The coupling of the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and le concert impromptu in “Ship of Fools” may be one of the best things to happen to Franco-American relations in a long, long time. The dance and music give birth to an eclectic night of entertainment, enhancement, and celebration. Eight pieces choreographed by Anna Sokolow based on the pictures of Magritte (“Magritte, Magritte”) provide the perfect blend of theatre and dance, rhythm and poetry, and music and fantasy. From thesauruses gone awry (“Ago!”) to the escapism of Luis Gabriel Zaragoza’s grace in “The Restless Sleeper” and the theatre of “The Threatened Assassin” delightfully enhanced by the agility and antics of Benjamin Cortes, Director Jim May’s light-handed approach breathes life into Sokolow’s choreography and Magritte’s images. And in full appreciation of the sound, the musicians are brought on stage, magnificently choreographed by May in “Starburst,” while the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and le concert impromptu cavort in a grand finale choreographed by David Parker that does the title of “La Nef Des Fous” proud. Tomfoolery and talent - now there’s a winning combination!
- Laurie Lawson -
Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble presents
THE SOUL OF JAZZ
A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Rooms
Works of Anna Sokolow with Jazz Music
Choreography by ANNA SOKOLOW
Artistic Director: JIM MAY
Lighting Design: PHILIPPE ANDRIEUX
Music: KENYON HOPKINS, JELLY ROLL MORTON, WILLIAM CATANZARO
LUIS GABRIEL ZARAGOZA
Danspace Project at St. Mark‚€™s Church in-the-Bowery
10th Street & Second Avenue
Thursday-Sunday, October 28-31 @ 8:30 PM
World-renown choreographer Anna Sokolow felt that combining the arts
to express the complexity of humanity was a natural process. In THE
SOUL OF JAZZ, A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Anna Sokolow‚€™s
Rooms, the dancers seem driven, obsessed and rejuvenated by complexity.
From the awe-inspiring slow-motion cartwheels of Benjamin Cortes to
the stone-faced ragtime patter of Davey Bellerose, the emotions defy
the actions. Both are executed perfectly with only occasional glimpses
of the joy that usually incites and accompanies the activity. Nowhere
is this more evident than in Sokolow‚€™s masterpiece Rooms. Dancers
express what we do within the confines of our rooms, real or imagined,
against the backdrop of soulful music by Kenyon Hopkins. A few notes
take you from despair to hope while managing to remind us of the
universality of the human condition. William Catanzaro‚€™s diverse
music allows the dancers to loosen up as they eventually become ‚€œcool
cats‚€Ě in Session for Six. In melodrama and exaggerated moves, the
words and music of Jelly Roll Morton depict how the waltz evolved into
ragtime in A Short Lecture and Demonstration on the Evolution of
In THE SOUL OF JAZZ multi-faceted emotions, high-spirited and focused
dancers, passionate music, and impressive costumes reach far beyond
the conventional borders of dance, making this a fitting tribute to
Anna Sokolow and an evening of powerful entertainment.
- Laurie Lawson -
APOCRYPHA Presents Jehan's GODDESSDANCE www.goddessdance.org An ecstatic celebration of the divine mystery of life featuring a cast of 25 performers, with sacred bellydancers, singers, musicians, and drummers from around the world with BALLET MYSTERE featuring Vocalist ALICE RIDLEY Theatre 3 311 West 43rd Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues), 3rd Floor (212) 868-4444 or www.smarttix.com July 11 - August 16 Monday @ 8 PM; Friday @ 7:30 and 9:30 PM; Saturday @ 3 PM and 8 PM Jehan's GODDESSDANCE is a mesmerizing celebration of the female body and of life itself. Bellydancing, one of the oldest recorded dances, is featured because it transcends its Middle Eastern origin to bring delight to Westerners. In swirls of colors and costumes of silk and sequins, undulating bodies perform dances of rituals, folklore, birth, death, and worship to ancient music updated with saucy rhythms and sassy lyrics and chants. Bellydancers are accompanied by singers, musicians, and drummers from around the world. Throw in a few veils, swords, and snakes, and GODDESSDANCE becomes magical, mystical, and mind-blowing! It's a fantasy history lesson that you won't want to miss and you won't easily forget. Put this one on your list, and go early. You just might want to see it more than once. - Laurie Lawson -
BOOTS, BACK TALK AND BEYOND Conceived & Choreographed by JOAN MILLER in collaboration with guest artists and the company Artistic Director/Choreographer: JOAN MILLER Assistant Director: MARTIAL ROUMAIN Guest Choreographers SHEILA KAMINSKY MARTIAL ROUMAIN GUS SOLOMONS, JR. MARLIES YEARBY Dancers KRYSTAL BREAKLEY DAVID BROWNE CHRISTIAN CLEARY DINA DENNIS DELANO JEAN PIERRE THOMAS KREVER TYRONE MONROE NANAKO TSUKIYAMA Composer/Coordinator: COOPER MOORE Poet/Narrator: NADINE MOZON Lighting Designer: ROMA FLOWERS Musician: COOPER MOORE Costume Designer: JESSICA JAHN The Duke on 42nd Street 229 West 42nd Street (between Broadway & Eighth Avenue) (212) 239-6200 May 17th @ 8 PM & May 18th @ 3 PM
Communication is the name of the game in JOAN MILLER'S "Boots, Back Talk and Beyond." In the tradition of South African slave laborers, forbidden to speak and forced to use their bodies, boots and chains, as well as develop a special language in order to communicate, her dancers burst forth on the stage in a profusion and sometimes confusion of movements, sounds, thoughts, and antics. Diverse works include silent screams, unbridled joy, sounds of technology, African chants/beats, Jimi Hendrix music, and Constitutional decrees. She and her dancers celebrate and bemoan national, international, and personal triumphs and traumas. And some dances are downright genius - "Slap Dance," "Dangling Participles," and "Dear Family," which I believe includes a poem entitled "Say When" ("If we must wage war, let it be a war on poverty, disease..."). All in all there are 14 dances, and it would have been helpful to identify the pieces so that the audience can keep track of and follow up on their favorites. And one more suggestion - since 9/11, hopefully we have all become more aware of our universality. So inspiring were some of these performances that less emphasis on race and more on humankind would have made "Boots, Back Talk and Beyond" even more spectacular. We would look forward to such a satisfying quest; not to worry, JOAN MILLER and her dancers have enough talent to take on both heaven and earth. - Laurie Lawson -
ANDREW JANNETTI & DANCERS 20th Anniversary: A Retrospective Choreography by ANDREW JANNETTI Guest Choreographer: CHRISTALYN WRIGHT Original Music by MARTY BELLER, RONNIE CUSMANO, MELINDA LEVOKOVE Lighting Design: JUDITH DAITSMAN, PAT DIGNAN, BARRY STEEL Costumes by JENNIFER BRIGHTBILL, SUZANNE GALLO, ELLEN MALHKE Stage Manager, Sound Engineer: BETH CHERVENAK Stage Hands: KENNETH FREEMAN & JEANINE GALVIN THE COMPANY JULIE BETTS, BETH DISHAROON, ANDREW JANNETTI, RACHEL LANE ADAM MacLEAN, JENNY MENDEZ, LAUREN NASHLUND, JULIA POND Guest Performer: ANDREAS WIRZ Special Guest Performers, Past and Future Company Members JOANNE CAREY, SUSAN CLINE LUCEY, RACHEL ALEXANDRA COHEN, JEAN MORGAN COMPTON LORETTA DiBIANCA FOIS, HANNAH ENSLER-RIVEL, HALLIE GLICKMAN-HOCH, STEPHANIE KUNG JESSICA LEWIS, KATE J.F. LIEBERMAN, ANA POE-KEST, RENEE SKUBA, NADIA TYKULSKER KRIOTA WILLBERG The Duke on 42nd Street 229 West 42nd Street (between Broadway & Eighth Avenue) (212) 239-6200 April 30th - May 4th Andrew Jannetti's "Much Ado," a intergenerational work celebrating the past, present, and future company members, sets the pace for his 20th Anniversary: A Retrospective. Dancers burst forth in a profusion of ages, sizes, colors, energy and movements to the tune of a playful trumpet. A respect for dance, as well as dancers, is apparent in each dance. African chants enhance the gracefulness and frivolity of "Nightshades," while silliness dominates the audience-pleaser, "Puddle Bumps." Jannetti and Andrew Wirz perform agonized dances of need and desire in "Isolation," and Bach's "Cello Suite In E Flat Major" is brought to profound life in "Water Cello Dreams." ANDREW JANNETTI & DANCERS 20th Anniversary: A Retrospective is an impressive and diversified homage to a master of dance and his talented company. - Laurie Lawson -
SCOTT RINK'S DANCE RINK in two one-act plays "Seductions of the Desert" (World Premier) adapted from "Nogales," a short story by Tim O'Brien Direction/Choreography by SCOTT RINK Audio Collage by SCOTT MARSHALL Set Design by DAVID NEWELL Lighting by JASON LYONS Dancers STEVE ANDERSON ERICA EIGENBERG CHARLES MARTIN LENNA PARR SCOTT RINK KEVIN SCARPIN SERAIDA VASQUEZ Narrator: ELIZA FOSS "On His Deathbed, Holding Your Hand" (2001) based on the play by David Foster Wallace Direction/Choreography by SCOTT RINK Audio Collage by SCOTT MARSHALL Installation by MIKE CARSON Costumes by TOMOKO NAKA Lighting by JASON LYONS Dancers STEVE ANDERSON LENNA PARR SCOTT RINK ALICE STOCK Narrator: VICTOR TRURO ATA (American Theater of Actors) 314 West 54th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues) (212) 620-7474 November 12-16 at 8 PM Scott Rink presents two captivating dance plays in DANCE RINK. In the World Premier of "Seductions of the Desert" a lonely woman (Lenna Parr) feverishly performs a love dance, driven by desperation, spurred on by fantasy, and invaded by reality. The subject of her illusion is a bus driver (Rink) with devious plans and deadly results. Narrated by Eliza Foss and punctuated by Doris Day songs, "Seductions" is a dance on the dark side of love. "On His Deathbed, Holding Your Hand" is a brutally honest confession of a dying father (Steve Anderson) concerning his feelings for his son (Rink). A fetus performing a crouched dance on a stool, shadow dancing, and a symbiotic coupling of Rink and Parr as mother and son highlight this piece. Victor Truro narrates. Somber subjects with just the right amount of music, dance, and narration make DANCE RINK an interesting evening of entertainment. - Laurie Lawson -
The MANHATTAN PRAIRIE DOGS, celebrating their 5th year of performances at the Atlantic Stampede Rodeo in Washington DC have come home with the gold. Each year the Rodeo sponsors the ATLANTIC COAST OPEN, a team dance competition and 1998 found the MANHATTAN PRAIRIE DOGS on top with first place honors. The PRAIRIE DOGS are not new to the DC Rodeo having placed third in the very first ATLANTIC COAST OPEN in 1995. PRAIRIE DOG sightings are usually reported in neighboring states, but they have been spotted performing as far away as Harrisburg, PA and Boston, MA. In the metropolitan area the PRAIRIE DOGS pop up most often on Saturday nights at New York City's premiere gay & lesbian dance club The Big Apple Ranch. New in 1998, the PRAIRIE PUPPIES, a smaller, streamlined group had their premiere at The Big Apple Ranch and received at standing ovation at the Rodeo. The award winning MANHATTAN PRAIRIE DOGS are directed and choreographed by Jon Lee, with outrageous and stunning costumes designed and constructed by Michael Shaw. The MANHATTAN PRAIRIE DOGS, a country/western dance team can be booked for parties, benefits and dances. Line dance and two-step instruction is also available. For up coming performances please check www.bigappleranch.com.