SHANTI CRAWFORD is a choreographer and writer based in Greenpoint.
A Festival Grows in Brooklyn: Celebrate Brooklyn Turns 25By Shanti Crawford
Celebrate Brooklyn, the outdoor summer festival that features music, dance, film, and spoken word. Marking its 25th anniversary, Celebrate Brooklynwhich now attracts 200,000 spectators each yearkicks off with a gala on June 12.
Farewell to ForsythesBy Shanti Crawford
Ballett Frankfurt Dancers of William Forsythes Ballett Frankfurt arced, angled, and whipped about the opera house stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this fall (October). At times they seemed to erupt in Terets-like dance passages. And though Forsythes densely complex movement style has a contemporary sensibility, ballet is always a shimmering, elusive presence.
Dancing in the Real WorldBy Shanti Crawford
The 12-story grain terminal in Red Hook has witnessed the rise and fall of shipping and manufacturing industries in Brooklyn, and the passing of countless waves of immigrants. It has seen just about everything, but until last summer it had never seen thirty rows of folding chairs and an usher.
DanceBrazils CamaráBy Shanti Crawford
DanceBrazils exuberant performance at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in mid-July confirmed its place as one of the leading professional folk dance companies in the nation. Through its mixture of the traditional and contemporary, DanceBrazil, founded by Jelon Vieira, has acted as ambassador for Afro-Brazilian culture for over twenty-five years.
Airborne in BrooklynBy Shanti Crawford
Watching aerial dancer Elise Knudsons solo, "Visitant," is like looking at an insect undergoing metamorphosis; like inhabiting a daydream.
De Keersmaeker’s Mozart/ Concert Arias: un moto di gioiaBy Shanti Crawford
Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has always experimented with the tension between music and dance in her choreographies.
Matteson at Symphony SpaceBy Shanti Crawford
The Bessie-award winning choreographer Paul Matteson, together with friendsmostly fellow David Dorfman company membersoffered an evening of adventurous dance at Symphony Space (May).