April Greene, the Rail's dance editor, lives, writes, and bikes in Brooklyn.
David Parsons Dance at the Joyce TheaterBy April Greene
Case in point: David Parsons. In his 23rd year with Parsons Dance, the choreographer, performer, and producer remains credible and popular. Last month, the company wrapped up their annual New York season at the Joyce Theater, performing a retrospective of pieces spanning, in time, more than a quarter century of Parsons work and, in character, the stunningly original to the simply adroit.
Act Now: A Variety Show ReviewBy April Greene
We can give each other love in lots of different ways, said Julian Fleisher. I guess. The off-Broadway crooner, writer, producer and tight vest-wearer was an apt co-host for Act Now: A One-Time Only, Pre-Election, Anti-War Call-to-Action and Variety Show! at NYUs Judson Church on January 18. Fleisher, typically cheeky and aloof, joined earnest dancer and performance artist Lucy The Factress Sexton in introducing and filling the gaps between nearly a dozen political, comical, and spiritual entertainers at the Love Everybody Movements most recent event. Founded in 2001 by political activist Heidi Dorow, Love Everybody produces one-off events designed, according to her blog, to promote love, fun, and community for both participants and viewers. In this spirit of open egalitarianism, some acts sizzled and others only simmered.
The Lady and the Light: Chunky Moves Glow at the KitchenBy April Greene
Dance often isolates in order to explore. Many choreographers take expansive themes to the stage singularly or in small combinations to more easily magnify and project them.
Georgian Ballet's Sweet RenaissanceBy April Greene
Tbilisi-born Nina Ananiashvili, for many years a star of Moscows Bolshoi Theater and the American Ballet Theatre, and a guest dancer in venerable companies worldwide, was approached in May of 2004 by Georgias young President, Mikheil Saakashvili, who had taken office only five months before. Saakashvili requested a meeting with the dancer, who was then at work with ABT in New York, and told her he wanted the nations august but faltering company restored to its former glory, and that he wanted her to make it happen.
The Joy of Intimacy: The 22nd Annual Performance Mix FestivalBy April Greene
Intimacy is often found in the middle of the spectrum. We dont bond as easily with the excitingly out of range or the exhausted remnants of the known as we do with what we feel is moving alongside us, at our own pace.
It's What You Say and How You Say ItBy April Greene
"Cruelty and torture are often the product of conditioning and weird choices, if you look at it from a scientists point of view.
Tragicomic Throwdown: Dada von Bzdülöws Factor T.By April Greene
Life is full of conflicts. Most of us take this for granted. Some of us, like Stefan Themerson, write essays about it. And others, like Dada von Bzdülöw, make dances about essays about it.
One Human Being at a Time: A Visit to Elizabeth Strebs S.L.A.M.By April Greene
Elizabeth Streb's company specializes in PopAction, a style she describes as "a mixture of slam dancing, exquisite and amazing human flight, and wild action sport."
Full-Fledged Mystery in Light and Shadow: LeeSaar at PS122s COIL FestivalBy April Greene
My friend from Israel was able to give me some help with the monologue delivered in Hebrew and some background on the Israeli pop music featured in LeeSaars production of Geisha at PS122 last month, but I still walked away with plenty of questions about the dance. Which was fine.
Aynsley Vandenbroucke Movement Group: 3 Dancers, 4 Chairs, But Still Only Two DimensionsBy April Greene
Aynsley Vandenbroucke Movement Group (AVMG) formed five years ago and has danced at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Joyce SoHo, among othersso they are not the newest of newcomers.
DANCENOW[NYC]: STILL PLAYFUL AFTER ALL THESE YEARSBy April Greene
DanceNOW [NYC] encourages artists to explore the challenge of creating work that is marked by brevity but still far-reaching in its clarity, influence and effect. The festival is turning 15 this year, and remains a great opportunity for both audiences and artists to experience a range of new work in an invigorating and celebratory context.
Sick of Dance? Never! The 2008 New York Dance ParadeBy April Greene
Is sneezing a dance move? I asked myself this question every few minutes on Saturday, May 17, as I stumbled around New York Citys Second Annual Dance Parade and Party, sick as a dog. As legions of smiling baton-twirlers, boom box-shakers, sequined thong-wearers, and the occasional harlequin on stilts shimmied and bounced past me on their route from 28th and Broadway to Tompkins Square Park, I had every desire to groove alongside them but found the best I could usually do was a few hearty nods before another wave of racking coughs would take over. Maybe I can make it look like Im just really getting down, I thought.
Pure Really Quite a Mélange Readymade Dance Theater Company at PS122By April Greene
It was promising. The roofless white box 16 feet by 20 feet, which sat empty and brightly lit while the audience filed into the P.S.122 performance space on a Saturday night in mid-July was suddenly engulfed in blackness, then relit with stroboscopic flashes to show three female dancers inside, variously frozen in postures of sitting, standing, and lying down.
Belly's Beginnings: A Flash Course in Arabic DanceBy April Greene
Has any dance in history been so bastardized as belly? The western translation of what is known in the Middle East as raqs sharqi (literally Oriental dance), belly dancing was introduced to American popular culture in several late 1800s worlds fairs, where it instantly gained celebritythough its midriff-baring and hip-swiveling elements just as quickly made it misunderstood as a scandalous act of exhibitionism rather than a social dance performed for fun and celebration by men and women of all ages.
LIGHTLY NOW: Gabrielle Lansner Dances Summer at SitelinesBy April Greene
One of the joys of summer in the city is the traditionally indoors getting a shot at existing outdoors. Films, parties, mealsfor three months each year, New Yorkers get to take them outside.
Quality Over Quantity: Dance in Immediate Mediums Chuck.Chuck.Chuck.By April Greene
I was surprised, having seen Immediate Mediums Chuck.Chuck.Chuck. advertised on dance websites calendars and having noticed a choreographer listed on their press material, that it did not contain more actual dance.
Think Punk, Think Again: Karole Armitage Celebrates 30 Years in New YorkBy April Greene
Karole Armitage, whom Vanity Fair famously dubbed the punk ballerina in 1986, is now in the thirty-sixth year of her plethoric career, still conscientiously smashing together the aesthetics of political and social rebellion with the techniques of classical ballet.
Mandance! HORSEs Bones at the JoyceBy April Greene
It can be tempting to harbor resentment toward male choreographers and dancers, historically charged as they are with garnering more fame and money than their equally hard-working and talented female counterparts.