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REVIEW: Week Two Gotham Dance Festival

Tuesday night, Kate Weare Company took the Joyce stage in the continuation of Gotham Dance Festival. Weare showed two works: “Lean-to” a popular piece from 2009, and a world premiere of the mystical and lush “Garden,” Weare’s newest creation. After this, my first encounter with the company, I am smitten.

“Lean-to” is as on edge as it gets. The curtain rises to reveal a starkly white, sail-like structure by Kurt Perschke as a power trio (dancers Adrian Clark, Douglas Gillespie and the unforgettable Leslie Kraus) surely and slowly initiate an interaction which cannot be distinguished as battle or alliance.

REVIEW: Week One Gotham Dance Festival

This week, I’ve been spending my evenings at the Joyce Theater for the jam packed Gotham Dance Festival, compiled by Ken Maldonado of Gotham Arts Exchange. This summer, Gotham Dance Festival offers up ten choreographers, showing world premieres as well as past repertoire. After a few days of reflection and gathering various reviews of performances, my own reactions to Brian Brooks Moving Company and Monica Bill Barnes and Company are still resonating. I’m left chewing on two remaining themes: repetition and character environment.

20 Questions with John Michael Schert

John-Michael Schert is the executive director and a dancer for Trey McIntyre Project in Boise, Idaho. He has formerly danced with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet and American Ballet Theater.

1. What is your breakfast of choice?
“Gas-house eggs’ also known as ‘eggs in a hole.’ Bite a hole out of a piece of bread, drop an egg in, and fry over butter. Two every morning.”

2. What is your pre-performance ritual?
“Always allow for a process that slows your mind down while speeds your body up. Whether it be company class or your own personal warm up. Know that you will always give yourself the routine that puts you in the right, peaceful, but engaged, place. This will help dispel nervousness as well as let you reach a more intuitive place with your performance.”

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