Created a decade ago, the title of Ralph Lemons How Can You Stay in the House All Day And Not Go Anywhere?, could not feel timelier as one watches from the confines of quarantine. The collage of disparate elementsthe history of the American South, the films of Yasujiro Ozu, the death of both Lemon's partner and a close collaboratorcome together in a meditation on the gravity and transience of human life.
This years Gwangju Biennale, set to take place in Gwangju, South Korea in April, includes the work of two celebrated choreographers, Trajal Harrell and Cecilia Bengolea. Through interviews with these dance artists and the biennales curators, Emily May explores the history of Gwangju; the organizing theme of Intelligence and the Expanded Mind; and the prominence of performance in the program.
The Joyce Theater remounted Molissa Fenleys landmark solo, State of Darkness to Stravinskys The Rite of Spring. Fenley and Joyce Executive Director, Linda Shelton, spoke with Susan Yung about the origins of the piece and staging the demanding choreography in the pandemic.