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Present in the Absence

Dance aesthetics, as encoders of meaning, are like IT storage devices: They must upgrade or become obsolete. Judging by a showcase of works by young Japanese artists shown at Japan Society in 2011, the Japanese dance aesthetic of previous decades—glacial pace, micro-action, austere design—went out with the floppy disk.

An Ineffective Upheaval

Last month an uprising rocked the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. A dictator roared, loud percussion vibrated through the floor, and fog filled the air as the dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company performed Political Mother, a 70-minute commentary on the tension between captors and captives.

Gathering Momentum

Murmurs of “Wow, I’m so . . . happy” and “How good do you feel right now?” could be heard in the aisles of New York Live Arts on Friday, October 19, as the audience filed out after Steven Reker/People Get Ready’s Specific Ocean.

In Conversation

KYLE ABRAHAM with Ryan Wenzel

Kyle Abraham has been busy. In early November, the Pittsburgh-born choreographer was named the 2012-2014 New York Live Arts Resident, and his company, Abraham.In.Motion, premiered Abraham’s Pavement at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2012

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