L.J. SUNSHINE is a writer living in New York. Her dance articles and interviews have appeared in the Rail since 2009. She has also written about Italian history and culture for Oggi Sette.
Sometime back in the late 1990s, Michael Jackson lay on a dance studio floor, studying the quicksilver feet of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. How do you make all those sounds so fast? he wanted to know.
Dance aesthetics, as encoders of meaning, are like IT storage devices: They must upgrade or become obsolete. Judging by a showcase of works by young Japanese artists shown at Japan Society in 2011, the Japanese dance aesthetic of previous decadesglacial pace, micro-action, austere designwent out with the floppy disk.
Tap virtuoso and choreographer Jason Samuels Smith brought New York City audiences to their feet in 2009 with his Charlies Angels, inspired by the music of Charlie Parker and the dancing of Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, and Chloe Arnold.