Dance

MEN, MEN, MEN: Dancing For a Cause

I can’t speak for all dancer-lovers, but I suspect many of us have compiled a sort of “Dancer Dream Team” throughout our years sitting in the audience—at least I have.

Everyone In This Room Is In This Fucking Dance: MIGUEL GUTIERREZ’S WHEN YOU RISE UP

While many choreographers dance in their productions, I wonder how often a choreographer writes for their works. Miguel Gutierrez’s book of “performance texts,” When You Rise Up, shows a readership that dance, too, can be language intensive, if not the extension of a poetics (as Eileen Myles suggests in a blurb to the book, these texts in fact comprise a kind of poetry).

Contemporary Dance, For Real: AMERICAN REALNESS

“Realness” is slang for the ability of a drag queen, transgender, or other LGBT person to pass as the opposite gender. And American Realness? According to the press release of American Realness, a new contemporary performance festival held January 7th-11th at Abrons Arts Center, it is “an expansion of realness beyond gender roles into style, ways of life, and art making.”

East Meets East Meets West: A MODERN DANCE MASHUP

Synchronized gangstas catapult into your mind’s living room á là Michael, Britney, or Madonna. A surreal table set for four evokes Magritte cum Chaplin.

Culturemart Preview: LAURA PETERSON AND JOHARI MAYFIELD

Each time the HERE Arts Center door opened on January 12, another down-swaddled body squeezed inside the tiny lobby, and we got a blast of frosty air.

ART COMES TO LIFE AT DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM’S GALLERY

After taking Alexandra Beller’s class at the Dance New Amsterdam studios, I plopped down on the lobby’s couch and noticed Mike Rimbaud’s bright burlesque paintings above me.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE TANK

New York is full of special finds—the perfect cup of coffee, vintage clothing steal, or niche bookstore is often tucked into some unsuspecting nook in the city. One of my favorite examples is The Tank.

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