Doug Varone founded his New York-based company, Doug Varone and Dancers, in 1986. In addition to choreographing for his own company, which has toured the world, he has directed and choreographed opera, theater, and musical theater. Doug Varone and Dancers will perform at the Joyce Theater from February 24 through March 1.
Martha Grahams highly dramatic and theatrical modern dance tradition is being carried on by Jacqulyn Buglisi, former Martha Graham Dance Company principal and co-founder of Buglisi Dance Theatre. Buglisis company will celebrate its 15th anniversary at the Joyce Theater February 38 with two programs, two premieres, and three other repertory works.
Everyone is watching TV. Three performers sit in the front row of the audience, monitors on their laps, staring into the glowing screens.
Modern dance is the only American art form originated solely by women. These pioneers founded an expressive, floor-centered movement, subsequently grounding the airy ballet. However, modern dance has been taken over by men.
DD Dorvillier uses a rigorously programmatic scheme to create Choreography, A Prologue for the Apocalypse of Understanding, Get Ready! And yet, the generated movement is highly intentional, if only intellectually so. But lets back up.
In his 101 Stories of the Great Ballets, co-written with Francis Mason, George Balanchine remarked, Just as Giselle is ballets great tragedy, so Coppelia is its great comedy.
My friend from Israel was able to give me some help with the monologue delivered in Hebrew and some background on the Israeli pop music featured in LeeSaars production of Geisha at PS122 last month, but I still walked away with plenty of questions about the dance. Which was fine.
It starts in the dark, and a shear sheath of light brightens as a dancer moves her arms: first the muscular flutter of a crane, then the sharp extensions of a sundials shadow, then the romantic gesture of a nymph paying homage to the sunburst of her own face.