Wednesday, 18 January 2012 – 23 Links

by John Mallinson on January 18, 2012

Links today: Niles Ford obituary, NYCB’s Megan Fairchild, Hiroaki Umeda, Young Jean Lee, Ailey, Cunningham, Tsiskaridze, new Wiseman movie and many more…

Obituary: Niles Ford, Dancer and Choreographer
by Jennifer Dunning
“With a long-boned body seemingly as pliant as warm taffy, Mr. Ford was a dancer of quiet intelligence, understated sweetness and intense focus.”
New York Times

NYCB’s Megan Fairchild overcomes her reservations
Blooming in the Bright Lights
by Pia Catton
“I lost myself completely – getting promoted and feeling not ready, wishing I had more time behind the scenes, then being shot out in front and being critiqued while I’m figuring it out.”
Wall Street Journal

REVIEW:   Hiroaki Umeda
2 stars
Haptic, Holistic Strata
UK, London, Linbury Studio Theatre
Dancers: Umeda
by Judith Mackrell
“One man, a few wonderful lighting ideas and some very brutal noise can make for a very long evening.”
Guardian

REVIEW:   Hiroaki Umeda
3 stars
Haptic, Holistic Strata
UK, London, Linbury Studio Theatre
Dancers: Umeda
by Zoe Anderson
“Mixing dance, computer imagery and video projection, Umeda surrounds and transforms himself with shifting light, then stops. He refuses to develop the images or ideas: there they are, take it or leave it.”
Independent

REVIEW:   Young Jean Lee
4 stars
Untitled Feminist Show
USA, New York, Baryshnikov Arts Center
Dancers: BOB, Zirin-Brown
by Apollinaire Scherr
“Young Jean Lee has a reputation for sending issues that any self-respecting liberal assumes he has a handle on in squirm-inducing directions. But Untitled Feminist Show is less a thought-provoking trap than a taste of utopia.”
Financial Times

REVIEW:   Young Jean Lee
Live, nude, funny women
Untitled Feminist Show
USA, New York, Baryshnikov Arts Center
Dancers: Zirin-Brown, Clark
by Elisabeth Vincentelli
“The six women in Untitled Feminist Show are stark naked for the entire hour, during which they perform swoony pas de deux, energetic aerobics, comic pantomimes and assorted calisthenics in their birthday suits.”
New York Post

REVIEW:   Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Up, Down and Sideways
Arden Court
USA, New York, City Center
by Joel Lobenthal
“It wasn’t always easy or comfortable for them to recreate Taylor’s overarching and paradoxical tone of balletic burliness, but they pulled it off – and with panache, I almost don’t have to add.”
City Arts

REVIEW:   Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Up, Down and Sideways
Park Avenue Armory Event
USA, New York, Park Avenue Armory
by Joel Lobenthal
“There was a certain poignancy in not being able to totally apprehend all of the movement information being transmitted, particularly since this was our final opportunity to see this company.”
City Arts

REVIEW:   Daniel Linehan
Zombies and Blackboards
Zombie Aphoria
USA, New York, Abrons Arts Center
Dancers: Lac, Linehan, Rosengren
by Susan Yung
“Working with spoken and sung words as much as dance, at times they took directives from a laptop, or one another; recombining verses, moving in a naively appealing style.”
SundayArts

REVIEW:   Michael Klien
Zombies and Blackboards
Choreography for Blackboards
USA, New York, Invisible Dog Art Center
Dancers: Manwelyan
by Susan Yung
“The concept held far more potential than the experience, at least for the viewer.”
SundayArts

REVIEW:   Meg Stuart
Surviving the Flood
Blessed
USA, New York, New York Live Arts
Dancers: Camacho
by Deborah Jowitt
“Camacho, who had a hand in the creation of BLESSED, enacts this harrowing scenario magnificently. At times, you can hardly bear to watch him labor at constructing something out of total ruin.”
Arts Journal
Falls Bridge dance festival

REVIEW:   Cardell Dance Theater
Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival
Falls Bridge dance festival: NOW!
USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space
Dancers: Cardell
by Merilyn Jackson
“She and her five dancers blocked and challenged, held and climbed over one another, as artist Jennifer Baker drew life-size impressions of them …”
Philadelphia Inquirer

REVIEW:   Green Chair Dance Group
Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival
Falls Bridge dance festival: Unnamed
USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space
Dancers: Holt, Camp
by Merilyn Jackson
“Another wonderfully playful improvisation …”
Philadelphia Inquirer

REVIEW:   Michelle Stortz
Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival
Falls Bridge dance festival: Open Wide
USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space
Dancers: Stein, Stortz
by Merilyn Jackson
“a witty improvisation …”
Philadelphia Inquirer

REVIEW:   Lela Aisha Jones
Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival
Falls Bridge dance festival: Street Grace
USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space
Dancers: Jones
by Merilyn Jackson
“Often just standing in place, she languidly led us through an evocation of many emotions, from hunger for beauty to acceptance of self.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

REVIEW:   Merian Soto Dance and Performance
Grace and improvisation at Falls Bridge dance festival
Falls Bridge dance festival: Circulations
USA, Philadelphia, Mt Vernon Dance Space
Dancers: Ramirez, Soto
by Merilyn Jackson
“In total silence, Ramirez, a beautiful mover, paced the space with increasing speed, spiraling her circles smaller until she reached center.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

Tsiskaridze reprieved
Bolshoi Star Keeps Teacher Job
“I never requested anything from Bolshoi Theater management. I just explained my point-of-view and said I would be complaining to appropriate authorities in case the contract’s terminated.”
RIA Novosti

Necessarily So: Porgy and Bess May Not Be Known as a Dance Show but Its Choreography Can Make a Difference
by Robert Gottlieb
“Porgy and Bess has never been thought of as a dance show, and yet it’s filled with dance. It uses dance to punctuate the action, or as background, or as atmosphere; even when it’s front and center it isn’t crucial.”
New York Observer

Film review: Crazy Horse by Frederick Wiseman
The Agony Behind an Erotic Club’s Ecstasy
by A.O. Scott
“Ali Mahdavi … declares that the French government should make attendance at Crazy Horse mandatory for all citizens as an educational experience and an acknowledgment of the institution’s place in the nation’s cultural patrimony.”
New York Times

Film review: Butt Seriously – Life is an Erotic Cabaret in Crazy Horse
by Melissa Anderson
“the filmmaker’s exceptional artistry restores the faith of those wearied by the glut of cruddy-looking and poorly structured documentaries from the past decade – vapid celebrity profiles, “journeys” of one kind or another, half-thought-out polemics.”
Village Voice

Preview: Keely Garfield brings her surreal autobiography style to Twin Pines
by Susan Reiter
“A highly regarded, thoughtful and instinctive choreographer whose pieces delve deeply while integrating flashes of wit, she notes that her ongoing work with yoga and Zen practices is closely connected to her work in dance.”
City Arts

The RA’s David Hockney exhibition with a little tap at the end
by Richard Godwin
“A group of dancers choreographed by Hockney’s old friend Wayne Sleep move around to a piano. In the penultimate dance, the Royal Ballet dancer Steven McRae steps onto a blue rectangle and begins to tap dance. Hockney and Sleep watched the performance together, both rhapsodising the particular shade of blue.”
Evening Standard

Book review: The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca
by John Fraser
“Amongst those who knew her well enough, the book will arouse both remembered dread and renewed respect.”
Macleans.ca

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