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An Expanding Universe: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance

Phil Chan | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.23.2014 | 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.

COLEctive Notions Democratizes Choreographic Process

Nora Younkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Nora Younkin

Collective, indeed. As many professional dance companies struggle with the usual difficulties of production on a shoestring budget, The Dance COLEctive (TDC) offers dancers the precious gift of production support with the creative freedom to develop their own unique ideas.

American Dance Guild Festival '13: Modern Dance Cross-Pollination Nov 8-10

Adria Rolnik | Posted 12.09.2013 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Thirty-three artists/choreographers, from emerging to mid-career, will present their work, reflecting the American Dance Guild's unique position as both a promoter of the new and preserver of the living history of modern dance as an art form.

Inspiration and Creativity: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham

Johnny Nevin | Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

Inspiration and creativity are so elusively interwoven that the most compelling and important new art is always a collaboration, perhaps unrecognized, with whatever past accomplishment made the present what it is.

African-American Modern Dance Pioneer Dies At 96

AP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts

LOS ANGELES -- A star dancer for the great African-American choreographer Katherine Dunham has died. Longtime friend Robert Wood says Vanoye (van-OY'...

ADF 8: Opening Night (2) and Closing

Lightsey Darst | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

I love dancers' parties. The floor's full and no one's drunk, with every style and move you can think of unleashed, celebrated, spun, from electric boogaloo to sixties go-go to glam jazz to the running man.

What Does the Future of Dance Look Like? SPF6 at San Francisco's ODC Theater

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Summer in San Francisco is too damn cold for picnic blankets, so we get our summer dance fix indoors at the hip ODC Theater, headquarters of the sixth annual Summer Performance Festival, SPF6, featuring eight emerging dance artists hand-picked by Joe Landini.

Favorite Photos From Inside/Out at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2013

Christopher Duggan | Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

You all know by now that Inside/Out -- the outdoor festival stage at Jacob's Pillow -- is my absolute favorite place to photograph dancers. The Pillow's outdoor stage is magical. The trees, the mountains, the sky. Everything is perfect -- as long as the weather cooperates.

ADF 7: Opening Night (1): Footprints

Lightsey Darst | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

Opening night for the Footprints concert at Duke's Reynolds Industries Theater feels like convocation: the house is packed and buzzing with ADF students ready to applaud their friends. When the lights go out, everyone leans forward.

ADF 6: "I Have to Do It. I Have to Give It a Try" -- the Students Speak

Lightsey Darst | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

Why the diversity? Because modern dance encourages it, for one thing. If classical ballet still inclines toward symmetrical rows of swans, in other types of Western dance the pendulum's swung towards a gathering of individuals, varied in look and movement background.

ADF 5: Learning From the Past: Duane Cyrus Rehearses Martha Graham

Lightsey Darst | Posted 09.25.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

Rehearsal for Martha Graham's Helios, Durham School of the Arts. The usual dancer pile-up -- dancers stretching, listening to music on their headphones, even singing along.

ADF 4: 'Just Try It' -- Rehearsal with Leah Cox

Lightsey Darst | Posted 09.23.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

"Keep being powerful," Cox intones to one dancer. "Heartfelt, real, physical, physical. In your center, you're still very much alive. We can feel it."

ADF 3: Building the Big Show

Lightsey Darst | Posted 09.22.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

"The ground is shifting." Students hurly-burly across the dance floor, legs flying out from under them. "Birds are diving," the tall woman at the center of the whirlwind calls out. Hands shield the students' heads; they duck and skitter.

ADF 2: The Cognitive Scientist in Residence - Dance and Memory

Lightsey Darst | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Lightsey Darst

"I'm interested in how the mind works," Dr. Ruth Day says. She has the enviable title of ADF Cognitive Scientist in Residence -- which makes her, so far as she knows, the only cognitive scientist in residence at any dance festival.

Returning to Jacob's Pillow

Christopher Duggan | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

Every year, I am so excited to return to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, to photograph amazing dancers and festival life and settle back in to our cozy cabin in the Berkshires.

The Mastery of Isadora Duncan

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 07.12.2013 | Arts
Traci L. Slatton

Isadora Duncan invented an open-hearted, graceful form of dance. Her work was so beautiful that it radiated a shocking yet lyrical urgency -- and it forever opened the world to the possibilities of physical, musical expression by the human body.

Photographing Wendy Whelan In Restless Creature

Christopher Duggan | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts
Christopher Duggan

After years of photographing and filming performances and rehearsals, Nel and I believe in the power of great dance documentation, but nothing compares to seeing Wendy Whelan perform live. She is captivating, enthralling, alluring -- I just can't describe how I feel when I watch her dance.

The Beautiful and Enigmatic Triangulating Euclid at ODC/Dance

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet To The People hates reading program notes. She thinks a piece of theatre or music should speak to you without requiring homework beforehand. So it was a great relief that ODC/Dance's new Triangulating Euclid conveniently opened with the voice of book conservator Karen Zukor.