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An Inside Look at Fall for Dance 2011 at NY City Center

This year, tickets to the 8th annual Fall For Dance Festival at the newly renovated New York City Center sold out in four hours. Audiences are ready to see dance. Whether they are avid arts-goers or first-timers to the theater, this week houses will fill as lucky ticket holders are presented with five diverse programs of companies from around the globe. To prepare for the Fall for Dance Festival (and our extensive coverage of it here at DancePulp) I interviewed Executive Director and CEO of City Center, Arlene Shuler and Stanford Makishi, Artistic Advisor for Fall For Dance this year.

REVIEW: DanceNOW [NYC] Festival at Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub is my new venue crush. Instead of local bands as the accompaniment to dinner and drinks, why not see ten shorter selections from New York choreographers? I am all for it. This informal, small stage allows the choreographers a unique and momentary chance to carve their work to suit the space. Not just any piece is right for dining viewers, and the corner stage only allows for a few bodies. Tonight, the first night of four in the DanceNOW [NYC] Festival, offered a variety of diverse voices, but serendipitously some repeating trends arose. The format is satisfying because in a field where often pieces drone on, these short 5 minute appearances are glimpses that leave you wanting more. Out of ten selections, several stood out above the crowd.

REVIEW: Houston Ballet at the Joyce Theater

Houston Ballet took their debut spin around the Joyce stage last night with Falling Angels, ONE/end/ONE and Hush. Jiří Kylián’s Falling Angels, one of the choreographer’s fan favorites, is often selected by ballet companies to showcase contemporary capabilities. I have seen the piece before, performed by the National Ballet of Georgia, but this time Houston Ballet helps me notice a few new inner-workings. First, a heavy load of unison makes it difficult to choose whether to view the movement as a corps of moving bodies or to single out one individual to more closely study the quick, precise gestures. In this opening section, the movement is clean and minimalist, focused on arm angles correlated with Steve Reich’s drumbeats. For me…

Joyce Fall Season Opens Tomorrow with Flamenco

From September 20-25th The Joyce Theater opens its fall season with Israel Galván’s vibrant “Le Edad de Oro” or The Golden Age, a full length solo flamenco performance accompanied by live musicians. In a Joyce lineup that often features full dance companies, Mr. Galván’s work is uniquely captivating, as is his philosophy on dance.

VIDEO: Yumiko Takeshima

You Put What Inside Your Pointe Shoes? Season 2: Episode 15 | 8:42 In our first video with Yumiko Takeshima she discussed her career path and her dancewear company. Now the Dresden Semperoper Ballett principal describes what she believes are her unique characteristics as a dancer and how they have…

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VIDEO: Christian Spuck

I Don’t Want To Live In My Own Little World Season 2: Episode 14 | 11:20 Choreographer/Artistic Director Christian Spuck (Ballet Zurich) talks about his choreographic influences, shares frustrations with the ballet world, and describes what characteristics he prefers in the dancers with whom he works.

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Video: Susan Jaffe

A Ballerina’s Career In a Nutshell Season 2: Episode 13 | 18:25 Former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Susan Jaffe recounts the story of her discovery by Mikhail Baryshnikov and how it launched her long, superstar career.

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Cedar Lake's 360 Installation | photo: Darrell Wood Cedar Lake's 360º Installation | photo: Darrell Wood

REVIEW: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Intensive Students Perform 360º Installation

Last night, students of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet summer 2011 Intensive Program,  performed in an interactive installation piece entitled 360º at Cedar Lake’s homebase in NYC. Drew Jacoby and I joined the audience, circling the action rather than in rows of neat seats. In the current performance trend of audience…

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