Not The Same Solo, Adaptations of Deborah Hay's Solo NewsBy Carley Petesch
Her movement phrases were sporadic and small considering the space she inhabited, but like Thompsons, they were controlled and energetic. She kicked her leg up with ease and moved around herself with stability. Thurrell ended up lying prone on the pile of chicken wire, with her lower legs crossed as if in playful thoughtone of the resonating physical similarities across all three interpretations.
Jérôme Bels New Lecture: A ReviewBy Carley Petesch
Abandoning a performance piece for a new one two days before it is supposed to go up would make most artists, and their presenters, panic. Not so for Jérôme Bel, who flew in to New York from Paris in September to kick off The French Institute Alliance Française Crossing The Line series with his work, The Last Performance (a Lecture).
Dancing in the New YearBy Carley Petesch
Since I can remember, I have been dancing, and since being introduced to dance criticism and writing over 10 years ago, I have remained an active, passionate participant as a performer, choreographer, writer, and fundraiser. For these reasons, I am thrilled to continue my participation in the field of dance as an editor for the Brooklyn Rail.
A Fall Dance PreviewBy Carley Petesch
dancenOw/NYC Festival, Sept. 4-10 at DTW, allows you to see 70-plus artists at varied points in their careers.
Sam Kims dumb dumb bunny at The KitchenBy Carley Petesch
A single tear streamed down Sam Kims face as she slowly turned her head to the audience at the end of her newest choreographic work dumb dumb bunny performed at The Kitchen in October.
Bill T. Jones’By Carley Petesch
Church bells rang and Chapel/Chapter, a performance work by Bill T. Jones, began. The location: the newly refurbished Gatehouse, an old water pumping station in Hamilton Heights. The time: evening on a cool night in December. The subject: violence and murder. The motive: we are all witnesses and judges.
Tharp/Sugar Salon/Gwirtzman at the Miller TheaterBy Carley Petesch
Undergraduate performances are not always appropriate for the critical eye, but a performance of dance works set on undergrads by well-known choreographers certainly is. With sophisticated and pleasing results, Yanira Castro, Ivy Baldwin and Daniel Gwirtzman created new pieces for Barnard University students this April for a concert dubbed Tharp/Sugar Salon/Gwirtzman.
Neta Pulvermacher’s Afterlife TrilogyBy Carley Petesch
Everyone deals with death in different ways. This has never been more apparent than in Neta Pulvermacher’s evening of works at Dance New Amsterdam in June.
The Ugly Company Performs StarBy Carley Petesch
Life as an artist in New York City is rough. Dreams don’t always pan out and realities cause disillusionment. You come, you shine, you’re silenced. It happens all too often.
Momix Passion: A ReviewBy Carley Petesch
The body is a vessel for sacrifice both literally and symbolically in Moses Pendletons Passion, the 17-year-old dance work that opened Momixs run at The Joyce Theater in May. The episodic piece set to Peter Gabriels score for the film The Last Temptation of Christ is a visual feast with bodies that are pushed to extreme physical limits, but its substance does not fully match that of the music.
Everyones Invited to Dance: The Mark Morris Dance Group Celebrates its 25th Anniversary, Brooklyn-StyleBy Carley Petesch
Joe Bowie, a dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group for 16 years, sees the troupes Fort Greene home as maternal. David Leventhal, a nine-year company member and repertory teacher, calls it mysterious.
To Bare or Not to Bare?By Carley Petesch
Burlesque used to be a mysterious concept to me. I caught a show or two but my idea of burlesque was short-sighted and oversimplified.
The New York Dance and Performance Awards: A RecapBy Carley Petesch
There’s no better way to start off a new dance season than to reflect on the past season’s highlights. Hosted by artists Bebe Miller and Stephen Petronio, the 22nd Annual New York Dance and Performance Awards (known as the Bessies) did just that on September 17th in the same lengthy way that most ceremonies occur.
Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People in EveryoneBy Carley Petesch
If you’ve never seen Miguel Gutierrez’s work, you’re missing out. There are people who are born to make art, to make us think, to make us question what we do, and Miguel is one of those people.
Alexandra Bellers usBy Carley Petesch
An American flag covers a dancer like a soldiers body before burial. A fist pushes through the place where the heart would be, mimicking the organs pulsating rhythm and suggesting life under what appears to be dead.
Everything Smaller’s Building It Up and Breaking It Down at Triskelion ArtsBy Carley Petesch
What excites me about the dance company everything smaller is just about everything: their collaborative work, their athleticism, their art, and their dedication.
Chameckilerners Exit at the KitchenBy Carley Petesch
I love the true immediate nature of seeing live dance performances. Its fleeting quality heightens the experience, but it also makes it more susceptible to being forgotten.