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Dancing Queens

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.08.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The American Ballet Theatre recently announced that Misty Copeland would be promoted to the role of principal dancer, the first African-American woman to be named to this esteemed role in the world of ballet.

FACT/SF Hunts for Relief at San Francisco's Joe Goode Annex

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

It's no use trying to guess what Charles Slender-White will come up with next. Since its founding in 2008, his agile contemporary dance troupe, FACT/SF, has defied pigeon-holing.

Unforgiving Yet Intriguing: A Review of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Vanessa Alamo

The internationally-known modern dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premiered original choreography by Matthew Rushing, Hofesh Shechter and Alvin Ailey at Revelations last month at Boston's Citi Wang Theater.

Hofesh Shechter's 'Untouchable' at the Royal Ballet, Sandwiched by Sturdy Classics

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Tuesday night's performance of Four T's was not as uniformly bracing as generally seen across the pond, though Robert Clark on piano and the Royal Opera House orchestra under Barry Wordsworth gave a crisp account of the Hindemith score.

Matt Sheehan

Meet The Badass Transgender Talk Show Host Who Wants To Be China's Most Influential Woman

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

SHANGHAI -- They call her “poison tongue.” Jin Xing has verbally bitch-slapped TV hosts, stormed off sets and carved out a reputation as a straigh...

Showcasing Great Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.17.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Martha Graham's impact on the art of dance has been compared to the impacts of Stravinsky, Picasso and Frank Lloyd Wright to the fields of music, painting, and architecture, respectively.

12 Hot Young Choreographers Strut Their Stuff at the Hong Kong Arts Festival

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Originality and crackerjack dancing were on ample display at the Hong Kong Arts Festival's Contemporary Dance Series last week. Young Hong Kong choreographers furnished two double bills and a third programme crammed with seven 10-minute pieces.

Paul Taylor's Legacy Plan Champions Modern Dance

Phil Chan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

What is the life of a painting? In an artist's hands, a previously anonymous canvas and a random assortment of paint suddenly becomes not only an expression of an idea, but a commodity that often lives beyond the artist himself.

Power Plays by Robert Dekkers for Post:Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.22.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Like a René Magritte painting come to life, Robert Dekkers' latest assault on the conventions of theatrical dance piles up one absurd image on another in precise, deliberate fashion, leading us rapidly from a vision of tranquil domesticity into hell and chaos,.

Daily Meditation: Bare Your Soul

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Impromptus: Sasha Waltz Flirts With Schubert

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The last time I saw a piece by Sasha Waltz, she set the stage on fire. Literally. The preoccupations of that piece were apocalyptic compared to those of the whimsical Impromptus, set to a selection of Schubert's heavenly impromptus and art songs.

Whimsy and Terror: Mark Morris Returns to Berkeley

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.27.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

It was a global nail-biter last week, but after Scotland voted to uphold their often rocky 300-year union with England, Mark Morris' The Muir and A Wooden Tree, which opened his troupe's season at Cal Performances in Berkeley last night, proved a graceful though decidedly eccentric salute to that proud nation, tinged with melancholy and regret.

Dancers Waltz Across Side Of A Building, Catch It All On GoPro

The Huffingon Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts

Two dance performers recently took a waltz on the wild side. Strapped in harnesses and tethered to the facade of Oakland City Hall in California, ...

'Dance on the Lawn' -- Community Dance Festival Sets Standard

Adria Rolnik | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

I had the privilege recently to attend a dance festival a bit different from the norm -- not one produced by an established organization, or part of a regional effort, or one of the well known dance festivals found in nearby New York City

Learning Los Angeles: Lula Washington, Building Cultural Identity Through Dance

Cathy Weiss | Posted 11.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Cathy Weiss

Lula Washington, the co-founder of this modern dance company, is a serious woman. She has a commitment to her community and has fought to create this place to dance. She expects the highest level of integrity and hard work, and she gets it from her students.

Performance Artists Get Weird With Their Urban Environments

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.15.2014 | Arts

Have you ever been going about your business, meandering around your urban environment of choice, when suddenly your shirt gets caught on a rogue pole...

Brilliant Ventures Out of the Box With 'Kid Box' From Feng Dance Theater at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

For the first time, the Feng Dance Theater from Tainan, Taiwan is making its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And boy, have they exploded onto the international stage.

An Expanding Universe: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance

Phil Chan | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

Paul Taylor, who celebrates his 83rd birthday this year and whose total body of work now eclipses 140 dances in his lifetime, is a Godfather to American Modern Dance.

Dancing With Light: Eryc Taylor Dance Leaps Into Projection Technology

Chuck Gomez | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Chuck Gomez

The dancers appeared to be dancing in an alternate universe of blinding light. The imagery made us feel as if we were being transported to a place we had never been before.

ODC's Electrifying boulders and bones

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.22.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Much of his work is ephemeral, expressly designed to be obliterated by wind, rain, snow or heat. Other structures, like his recent Culvert Cairn, a private commission in Marin County, will likely be around as long as Stonehenge.

Cultural Ambassadors to the World

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 04.15.2014 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

Known for its mix of classical ballet and modern dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, during a time when African-Americans had little access to classical dance.

Human Locomotion Theatre in Prague: The Story of Eadweard Muybridge

Jesse Seaver | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Jesse Seaver

If you are a lover of modern dance and multimedia theater you should add this show to your list to try and catch.

APAP 2014: Six Things the Performing Arts Should Be Talking About in 2014

Marc Kirschner | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Marc Kirschner

The broader point to be discussed is this: we have transitioned away from a paradigm where newspaper critics act as the gatekeeper between art and audiences to a new reality where algorithms perform that function.

A Holiday Letter to Dancers

Sarah Draugelis | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
Sarah Draugelis

Lately I've been floating on this nostalgic sensation, remorseful over this time period even though it isn't over. I simply cannot put into words how ...

Anna Sokolow Way Honors Modern Dance Great - December 4-8

Adria Rolnik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Through From the Horse's Mouth "talk/dance" format, Anna Sokolow Way will offer a firsthand look at the personal experiences of dancers, actors, critics and musicians who worked with Anna over the course of her 60-year career in dance.