What I Remember

Martha Graham said that “the body never lies.” She built her technique and vocabulary on contractions. That is what my body involuntarily, automatically did upon entering my former dance teacher’s home. My dad caught the Roanoke Times update, so my mom and I stopped by Saturday afternoon. Everything was up for auction to support her…

Society of Dance History Scholars

The Society of Dance History Scholars’ Special Topics Conference, Contemporary Ballet: Exchanges, Connections, and Directions, gathered an international cohort of scholars, artists, and educators in New York City on May 20-21, 2016. Curators Jill Nunes Jensen of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel of the Royal Academy of Dance in London initially…

Anna’s Americana

A company that’s making it work: Anna’s Americana by the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble on December 4th provided a glimpse into Anna Sokolow’s investigation of the human condition in the intimate space of The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Alan Danielson’s Are We There Yet (2000) accompanied three works by Sokolow, Preludes (1984), Homage to Edgar Allan Poe (1993), and Frida (1997). Directed by longtime Sokolow…

Not all who wander are lost

Jessica Lang Dance premiered The Wanderer at BAMFisher in a wintery diorama that showcased Artistic Director and Choreographer Jessica Lang’s comprehensive design. Starting a few minutes late on Friday, December 5th allowed time to observe the stage. Five white trees made of coiled rope hung from the ceiling, four white ledges protruded from one wall, a white ladder dangled…

BWW Reviews: The Flames of Paris

Mikhailovsky Ballet paid homage to universal struggles for justice in their opening performance of The Flames of Parisat the Koch Theater, Friday, November 15th. Originally created to mark the 15th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, The Flames of Paris as a narrative succeeded because it appealed to the people (any people group experiencing the desperate, unifying force of oppression) while…

WAVE RISING – Cycling the Tide

No ghouls or ghosts in Program C at John Ryan Theater in the annual Wave Rising Series, although the three piece program had its share of tricks, treats, and characters. Deviated Theatre’s The Short Forever presented aerialists in its dance opera; The People Movers Not So Shiny bicycle jaunt dwelt on the meaning of success;…

ABT hosts the Bard

  American Ballet Theatre‘s Shakespeare Celebration on July 2nd delved into magical mishaps while bidding adieu to dancers Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews. The evening began in a lush wonderland of Frederick Ashton‘s The Dream and ended with the choppy waters of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky’s The Tempest. Driven by patriarchy, both ballets presented hierarchy and tradition as…

Big Apple Gets a Taste of Beantown

Boston Ballet’s fiftieth anniversary tour culminated in an in-your-face Lincoln Center season. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen took risks – a victory lap outside of the company’s home city on the home stage of hallmark American ballet companies – but he looked pretty pleased as he strode up the aisles of the David H. Koch Theater…

Melia laughs with Balanchine

Wednesday, May 28th, New York City Ballet presented a program bookended by Balanchine. Concerto Barocco articulated propriety and decorum in delicate glances; Jerome Robbin’s Other Dances promulgated gentle desire in the pas de deux; Benjamin Millipied’s Neverwhere delved into power plays; and Balanchine had the last laugh with the exuberant laissez-faire Who Cares? In each…

#DWTS: Week 4 Reflections

Dancing with the Stars underwent a makeover.  Like beauty, reinvention can be painful.  The edits left no stone unturned – format, dancers, hosts, and musicians – in ABC’s process.  While some of the changes seemed harsh, ABC demonstrated it’s desire to keep a hit-making show making hits with the most important part of the show…

Paul Taylor Dance Company: Smoky Celebration

See Melia’s latest at Broadway World: The celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Paul Taylor‘s choreographic career filled the stage and the screen – computer screens that is, with announcements regarding the company’s future trajectory – in the way that only Paul Taylor can. The choreographer’s choices, both in his dances and dialogue, cover the…

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet

Melia’s latest dance review via Broadway World: Gelsey Kirkland Ballet ambitiously presented, per the program notes, an “eclectic program…beginning and ending with ballets by Marius Petipa.” Kirkland’s dancers gamely accepted the challenging spectrum of movement vocabulary and dynamic effort with a joy that energized the audience. Rather than letting her legacy loom over her dancers,…