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Yoshiko Chuma’s Shockwave Delay

Shockwave Delay, a two and a half hour “unscripted docudrama” of twenty overlapping chapters performed by a rotating cast of musicians, actors, and dancers, is like one of those kinetic sculptures where a ball travels through a complex course of loops, turns, triggers, and traps that goes on and on until you’re sure, yes, this section is the home stretch. But no, it’s not the end.

The Potent Alchemy of Food

Christopher Wheeldon enlivens the entire stage when given the chance, as he does in spades with ABT’s Like Water for Chocolate, a grand, new co-production with the Royal Ballet.

In Conversation

Ishmael Houston-Jones with Elinor Krichmar

Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd was originally conceived and performed as part of Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found. Its 2023 reprisal continues to explore and recover the legacies of a generation of artists lost from AIDS complications, centering the choreography and writing of John Bernd, a performance artist active in New York City’s downtown dance scene during the 1980s. Bernd’s piece Surviving Love and Death, performed at Performance Space 122 in 1981, is one of the earliest performance works to address HIV/AIDS, before it even had a name. Co-directed by Miguel Gutierrez and Ishmael Houston-Jones, a friend, collaborator, and caregiver of John Bernd’s, Variations collages and reshapes his body of work, carrying its spirit into the present.


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