INCONVERSATION

SIMONE FORTI with Claudia La Rocco

Dance

While back in New York to teach a workshop and perform at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Simone Forti invited Editor-at-Large Claudia La Rocco to her former SoHo loft to talk about her life as a choreographer, dancer and writer.

PERFORMANCE MIX FESTIVAL, NOW IN ITS 24th YEAR

Dance

A model of survival in good times and bad, the Performance Mix Festival returns in its 24th incarnation to New York this April, despite a recession that’s meant cutbacks this year of about $7000.

WHIRLWIND WORKOUT IN A TIGHT SPACE: BACKHAUSDANCE AT JOYCE SOHO

Dance

Energy, we are told, equals mass times the speed of light squared. Watching Backhausdance at Joyce SoHo in March, the audience encountered a convincing demonstration of this formula, with emphasis on energy and speed.

IN IT FOR THE DURATION: PERFORMANCE AT MOMA

Dance

On the Saturday afternoon in March of 70 mile an hour winds and trees crashing into houses, the line of those aspiring to participate in Marina Abramović’s 700+ hour MoMA performance piece, The Artist is Present, hadn’t budged for five hours.

Father Figure: Hasselhoff and America in David Neumann's BIG EATER

Dance

Watching Big Eater is an immersive experience, although sometimes spoofs on an academic panel discussion emphasize the gulf between audience and performer.

CONTINUAL REDUNDANCY

Dance

Simulating a claustrophobic media cave, seven screens are suspended from the ceiling. There are three dancers, one musician, and a singing choreographer.

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