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Ellen Bar

New York City Ballet Director of Media Projects (and former NYCB soloist) and dance advocate Ellen Bar speaks extensively on why dance, and the arts in general, are a necessary part of our lives.

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.

Aspirations Mid Career

In my last blog I wrote about inspiration, but mentioned that there were three questions that I frequently am asked. I’ve answered about where I find inspiration, so this entry I’d like to delve into what I strive for now at this point in my career. And like last time, I’ll start with the most obvious.

I am always trying to perfect my technique. I don’t think this is unusual. In fact, I think it is the most boring answer a dancer can give when asked what they strive for. But nonetheless, it is absolutely true and a constant thought and force in my life.

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An Inside Look at Armitage Gone! Dance Spring Season at the Joyce Theater

This week, Armitage Gone! Dance, under the direction of daring choreographer Karole Armitage, took the stage at the Joyce Theater in New York for a two week, two program concert run spanning from April 26-May 8th. The show, no matter what night you choose to see it, promises to be anything but tame. With seven rehearsals to go before the dancers moved into the theater,  I sat down with Karole Armitage at the company’s rehearsal home, Dance Theatre of Harlem, to get a sneak peek of both her new work and repertory that has been refreshed and revamped for this unique company season. Program A of the Armitage Gone! Dance season will incorporate Ligeti Essays and Drastic Classicism, both older works continuously evolving since creation, as well as  the world premiere of Armitage’s newest work GAGA-GaKu, performed with selected members of Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. Program B will show Three Theories, a full-evening piece premiered in 2010 dealing in universal physical laws and phenomena. In my observation of two of Armitage’s pieces, Ligeti Essays and GAGA-Gaku,  it didn’t take long for  me to realize the full scale of Armitage’s ambition, fed by a fascination with human experience.

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My Pools of Inspiration

Editor’s note: The following guest post is by New York City Ballet principal dancer Ashley Bouder (@ashleybouder). This is the first of a three-part series. At this point in my career, after ten years as a professional ballet dancer, I find myself being asked these three questions quite often: How…

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Video: Maria Kowroski

The Evolution of an Artist Season 2: Episode 2 | 18:24 New York City Ballet principal ballerina Maria Kowroski speaks about the pros and cons of being tall, the advantages of having choreographers create on you, and shares thoughts on personal struggle and inspiration.

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Dance on Camera: Angles for Consideration

Each year, Dance Film Association, in partnership with The Film Society of Lincoln Center compiles a diverse and colorful selection of films to present at their Dance on Camera festival. This year (the 39th for DFA) was no different at participating New York City venues Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Big Screen Project and the Beacon School.  Dance on Camera offered film screenings, photo installations, lectures and exhibitions during from January 25 thru February 1.

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Charity De Loera

Broadway’s The Lion King cast member Charity De Loera shares how she got her start on Broadway, insights into the rehearsal process, the importance of taking class regularly, and the joys and rigors of performing in a show that plays 8 times per week.

VIDEO: Harumi Terayama

Discovering Contemporary Dance Season 1: Episode 24 | 16:21 Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet dancer Harumi Terayama talks about how her experiences at Juilliard and opened her eyes to the world of contemporary dance, compares dance in the U.S. and Japan, and describes the challenges of working at Cedar Lake.

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