CHRISTINE SHAN SHAN HOU is a poet, artist, and writer living in Brooklyn.
JUNE 2012 | Dance
Seeing Vicky Shick dance is like happening upon a beautiful secret. She was the highlight of Chamber Works I: Intimate Dances for a Small Space, a shared evening of dance as part of the 2012 La MaMa Moves! Festival.
FEB 2011 | Dance
There are many ways to experience dance without extracting meaning from it. Without having to answer the questions: What am I looking for? What do I want from this? Instead, we take a leap of faith. We surrender. Thus is Sarah Michelsons Devotion, which premiered at the Kitchen on January 13.
APR 2011 | Dance
Atonal keynotes, dissonant chords, a sharp trill, the pleasant pop of a piano string. These are the sounds that emerge when listening to John Zorns musical compositions. The effect is not pleasurable in the traditional sense; rather it induces a mild sense of disorientation, thwarting expectations.
MAY 2011 | Dance
MGM Grand makes “highly structured dances” in unpredictable and often-times unconventional places. They produce work on the outskirts of institutional frameworks, with their liberating dancing anywhere, anytime attitude.
JUNE 2011 | Books
Intimacy. Why do we need it? How do we preserve it in a time when being present means being everywhere and nowhere at once, between Facebook statuses, Google, and Twitter? Masha Tupitsyns LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film considers these questions and visual culture at large through the private/public sphere of the Internet.
NOV 2011 | Dance
A sense of not-knowingness emanates from the bare and undulating bodies within The Smell of Want, a work by the Irish duo Fitzgerald & Stapleton, which premiered at the Abrons Arts Center in October.
MAR 2010 | Dance
He uses rulers, but not for measurements. The gentle brushing of a pant leg, the checking of a pulse, a pause followed by the simple yet elegant act of peeling white tape off a black walla gesture reveals the obscurity behind linear thought.
MAY 2010 | Dance
It started in the church garden and I think we were supposed to move around, but it was dark and I couldnt. Led Zeppelin played in the background and the dozen or so dancers ethereally faded into the evenings darkness
JUL-AUG 2010 | Dance
You are the stuff girls love. Southern hospitality, pink lattes, candies, hearts, and balloons. I saw you last night along with my friends at Triple Canopy at 177 Livingston: Sherry tries on Cinderella.
DEC 10-JAN 11 | Dance
Movement, like feeling, is transitory. A child is on the brink of discovery. An arm stretches out to become an extension of light. In DAY, Jean Butlerwell known for her Irish step dancing in Riverdancehas ventured into new terrain led by the exceptionally talented Tere OConnor, who treats all of his performances like collaborations.
JUL-AUG 2012 | Dance
What makes a performance queer? You can define queerness as the subversion of preconceived notions of gender identity, relationships, and lifestyles. You can also think of it as a defiant resistance to the norms that construct and reinforce our positions in society. The concept of normal, however, is tricky when considering it in relation to performance. For a moment, you suspend disbelief and normalcy, entering into an alternative world.
MAR 2011 | Dance
(M)imosa, an unassuming , gender-bending, dancer. Mimosa transforms. S/he is multiple personalities rolled into one: a Latina rockstar, a ballerina, a student studying abroad, a butch queen, and Prince, amongst other things: I am Mimosa.
APR 2011 | Dance
Like three estranged muses they emerge from the darkness. They move slowly, subtly and organically on a shallow wooden platform in the center of the stage. Their bodies, dressed in loose black shirts and leggings, rub against each other as they entangle themselves in a state of torpor.
JUNE 2011 | Dance
What is our relationship to the objects around us? If objects could speak, what would they say? We turn objects into possessions by imbuing them with sentiment and narrative. They become totems for our own stories.
OCT 2011 | Dance
Christine Hou is a poet and arts writer living in Brooklyn.
NOV 2011 | Dance
Rarely do I leave a performance feeling the way I did on this October night, walking away from Heather Kravas and Jeremy Wades shared program at Danspace Project. I felt violated.
APR 2010 | Dance
Simulating a claustrophobic media cave, seven screens are suspended from the ceiling. There are three dancers, one musician, and a singing choreographer.
JUNE 2010 | Dance
Every movement is immediate and deliberate, despite how volatile it feelsa meticulously planned self-destruction. Im messy! he exclaims flippantly, while flinging coins all over the floor in faded street clothes and exaggerated make-up, like a Victorian-era drag queen.
OCT 2010 | Dance
What does it mean to dance and not have interpretation imposed on youto move before you feel? What does it mean to have a story? How do you begin to tell it? Choreographer Jérôme Bel navigates these questions in his solo piece, Cédric Andrieux, which made its New York City premiere at the Joyce Theater on September 18.