ERIKA EICHELBERGER is a writer based in Williamsburg.
Williamsburg is brimming with signs of spirituality: bands of Hasidic mamas pushing strollers over the bridge, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans rocking flashy crucifixes, yoga-mat toting ladies on their way to Sunday meditation class. But for the young and hip, Christianity seems passé.
p>In Robert and Maria, at Danspace Project April 15-17, collaborators Maria Hassabi and Robert Steijn begin in a long embrace, their backs to the audience. A low vibratory sound fills St. Marks Church, my organs, and my brain.
Dance Theater Workshop aims to present artists from around the world who are exploring new expressions in contemporary dance and performance and to advance the critical role of contemporary dance and performance in local and global culture.
Dance originates from a primal place and is then is usually molded into or filtered through various codified forms. Butoh, though, does not mold, filter, or codify. It is raw existence.
Alvin Ailey created Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) in 1958 to celebrate the black experience, but also to transcend it in order to bring audiences to a higher place.
Nederlands Dans Theater IIs recent run at the Joyce Theater showcased former artistic director and current house choreographer Jiri Kylians stunning movement vocabulary, young dancers with exquisite technique, and intriguing concepts.