Dance

In Conversation

MASKED MAN Looking Behind George Stamos’ New Work

Montreal-based choreographer George Stamos will premiere his duet Cloak, with perfomer Clara Furey, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center June 16-18. Building a reputation for strong imagery, intense physicality, and surprising twists of humor, Stamos works with a seamless interdisciplinarity.

THE CHOREOGRAPHER IS PRESENT: TRISHA BROWN AT DIA:BEACON

Both performances were supposed to be the same. They were scheduled to take place a little over an hour away from the city in Beacon, and we definitely missed the 1pm showing. No matter.

TRIBHANGI, MUDRA, NATYAM, NAUTCH: A SOUTH ASIAN DANCE LEXICON

Anyone looking for a simple answer to the question “What is South Asian dance?” would be overwhelmed by Tongues Untied, a sprawling showcase recently performed at Symphony Space.

CELEBRATING THE MAGIC OF NIK

Pilobolus, Momix, and Cirque du Soleil have amazed audiences for years with their fantastical creations, but the predecessor and inspiration for their work was Alwin Nikolais, a 20th-century choreographer and pioneer of multimedia dance.

NECESSARY WEATHER IN REVIVAL

Back in the early 1990’s, choreographer Dana Reitz and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton set up a laboratory at The Kitchen to investigate the “essential natures of movement and light.”

UNDRESSING THE BODY

Every movement is immediate and deliberate, despite how volatile it feels—a meticulously planned self-destruction. “I’m messy!” he exclaims flippantly, while flinging coins all over the floor in faded street clothes and exaggerated make-up, like a Victorian-era drag queen.

DANCE MY RELIGION: MELINDA RING’S X

“That was the most sex, drugs and rock’n’roll I’ve ever seen…without music.” Never mind music—choreographer Melinda Ring’s new work, X, barely used any sound. My friend’s remark about the dance referred to the carnal inner forces driving each moment, not the bright colors or loud sounds that serve as markers for youthful abandon.

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JUNE 2010

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