Melissa Briggs has a thing for trains. While the Brooklyn-based choreographer, who is currently an artist-in-residence at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) in Park Slope, doesnt state this explicitly in conversation, its implicit in her work, where trains play a significant role both in her CityStory (2002) and in her latest work The Book Project. Here, trains link three very different, but equally fascinating pairs of classic literary characters.
Though Jirí Kylián stepped down as artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater last year, the companys first New York performance since the change in artistic guardto Anders Hellströmstill bears the fine, astute and graceful imprint of Kyliáns stewardship. In fact, the two programs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in mid-March were comprised of all Kylián works, with one exceptiona new work by choreographer and artistic director of Swedens Culberg Ballet, Johan Inger.