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The José Limón International Dance Festival Takes on the Joyce

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.23.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

It is one of the most pressing questions of American dance: how should we preserve the work of great 20th-century choreographers who glued their style to a generation distinct and removed from our own?

What the Heck Is Postmodern Dance?

Nora Younkin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Nora Younkin

Postmodern dance often values movement for movement's sake rather than movement as a vehicle for storytelling. One gets the sense that the audience happens upon these events by accident. The scene existed before the audience arrived and will continue long after they are gone.

After 17 Years of Devotion, Ella Baff Exits Jacob's Pillow

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

But while Baff's physical imprint on the property has been huge, it's her realized vision of Jacob's Pillow as a breeding ground for art that has made the largest impact on dance.

Our American Dancers Will Never Be Royals, and That's a Good Thing

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Watching the Royal Ballet is like staring at a Degas painting for two and a half hours. The company preserves, but it doesn't push and evolve. Still, it's pretty.

Daniel Arsham: The Story Behind Draped Figures

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts

For me, it's about a kind of interaction with this architectural surface. It creates a somewhat uncanny effect. These are works that have a very sort of strong impression, and they can be somewhat disturbing. Yet, they're very quiet.

Stephen Petronio Returns to the Joyce with 'Bloodlines'

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Given Petronio's NYC connection, it's no surprise that his company will perform at the Joyce Theater this week. There's no other venue that so aptly captures the haunting enthusiasm and open intimacy that the city harbors, all of which is reflected in Petronio's repertoire.

Martha Graham Dance Company Is As Relevant as Ever in Its Joyce Season

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

In 1960, dance critic Jill Johnston reviewed Martha Graham's season at the 5th Street Theatre. She likened the choreographer to "a kind of high priest...

"Heaven & Earth" in our City of Angels

Edward Goldman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The ancient world of pagan gods worshipped by Greeks and Romans is so, so far away; and still is so close. Need an example? What about the architect...

Daniel Arsham: Design Miami/ (VIDEO) | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts

If you're tagging a Daniel Arsham article, set considerable time aside. The New York-based artist - insert "filmmaker", "set designer", "Snarkitect"...

Daniel Arsham: #recollections (VIDEO) | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

In his latest performative exhibition, New York-based artist Daniel Arsham is cast in the role of future archaeologist. #recollections at Pippy H...

Pilobolus at the Joyce

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

If human centipedes, Houdini-like escapes, Cirque de Soleil-style aerial acrobatics and lots of very sexy, muscular performers in dance belts appeal to your sense of fun and aesthetics, then Pilobolus' annual run at the Joyce Theater should be your cup of tea.

Ballet San Jose Bows to Modern Masters

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet San Jose closed out its season this weekend with a powerful reminder of the influence of Merce Cunningham on today's choreographers. Not a hint of narrative on display in Program 3, just a series of fascinating comments on what dance is and why it moves us.

Artists for Artists

Agnes Gund | Posted 06.02.2013 | New York
Agnes Gund

Fifty years. Nine hundred artists. Two thousand grants. At its most succinct, this is the story of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), the unique and timeless organization established by Jasper Johns and John Cage in 1963.

It Sees Time: Tacita Dean at The Fabric Workshop Museum, Arcadia University, and Marian Goodman Gallery

Gabriela Vainsencher | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Gabriela Vainsencher

"It's film! Film! 16 mm film!" Tacita Dean shouted from the front row of So Percussion's performance at The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia, a few Saturdays ago.

13 Unique Baby Names For Artistic Parents

nameberry | Posted 10.19.2012 | Parents

Written by Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry Coincidentally or not, many dancers have names that aptly project an image of lightness and grace. And t...

L.A. Dance Project's Promising Debut At Disney Concert Hall

Debra Levine | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Debra Levine

New kids on the block, L.A. Dance Project, in their highly anticipated company debut, took to the sacred space of Walt Disney Concert Hall in a well p...

Merce Cunningham Would Probably Love His App

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 08.13.2012 | Arts

Fans of the photography publisher Aperture Foundation might have expected its first iPad app to be about Ansel Adams, or maybe even Dorothea Lange. Bo...

Visualizing A Dancer's Efforts

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.06.2012 | Home

In 1952, legendary choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham defined a dancer's ecstasy as "the possible gift of freedom, the exhilarating moment that...

Happy Birthday, Harvey Lichtenstein!

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Harvey was best known as the inspirational leader who turned the Brooklyn Academy of Music into one of the great arts institutions of the nation. Before becoming an arts manager, he was a dancer who collaborated with choreographers like Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld, Bill T. Jones and Pina Bausch.

A Man Of Few Notes

Posted 02.01.2012 | Arts

John Cage may seem like a strange choice for a series of tribute concerts at Juilliard, but those leading the effort say the avant-garde composer is r...

A New Year That Feels Slightly... Used

Liz Neumark | Posted 03.05.2012 | New York
Liz Neumark

You know how sometimes just saying the numbers of the New Year feels so awkward? Not the case with 2012. In fact, it almost feels like a familiar, if not slightly used, year.

Growing Art and Artists: Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Walker Art Center

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 12.27.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards


Minneapolis, Not New York, to Get Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

The 150-object Merce Cunningham Dance Company collection of set pieces, costumes and painted drops created for the visionary choreographer by leading artists, designers and musicians finally has a home.

What Is Wrong With the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The arts are in a parlous state, but contrary to popular belief, it isn't the fault of unions or the absence of arts education in our schools. The arts are in trouble because there is simply not enough excellent art being created.

Gus Solomons Jr. dancer / choreographer / writer / actor / PARADIGM - shifter

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

I began my conversation with Gus Solomons Jr. by saying, "as a dancer, age is such a..." "MYTH!" Solomons interjected. And then, grimacing, he added...