TooT & Noces – review

TooT & Noces Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal Precision, energy, athleticism, humor, and a fine sense of graphic design are the hallmarks of Gradimir Pankov's Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. In 2000 the Macedonian, Pankov, took over direction of the company and moved it from  ...

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danz – review

Society for the Performing Arts Cullen Theater, Wortham Center Houston, TX Tania Pérez-Salas spins images to make dances. This is not to say her movement isn’t memorable; it is. But the take-home dreamscape of her work lies in its intense theatrical visual power. Trained completely in Mexico City, her  ...

Michelle Ellsworth, Houston, D!verseWorks

Over the years a number of choreographers and performance artists have looked to the disciplines of science as a point of departure for creative expression on the stage. Recently Liz Lerman explored the ethics of human genetics research in “Ferocious Beauty: Genome,” and last year the celebrated Bill T. Jones  ...

Garden of Earthly Delights: Dance Review, culturevulture.net – review

Martha Clarke’s productions often slide between the seams of defined genres. For instance, her revival of Garden of Earthly Delights could aptly be described as dance, yet it defies that category in part due to its location at the Minetta Lane Theater, its ticket price range, and a planned three-month  ...

San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala: Dance Review, culturevulture.net – review

Program of various works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Yuri Possokhov, Helgi Tomasson, and Christopher Wheeldon Orchestra conducted by Martin West War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco January 21, 2009 http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season.asp Whatever hard times loom, they were banished on this winter night at San Francisco’s Civic Center as  ...

Sankai Juku- review

“Kagemi”, the new evening-length piece by Sankai Juku, the 31-year-old Japanese Butoh company touring the US, is about mirrors, water, and a lotus leaf carpet. It is also about white light, transcendance, and the fact that a 57-year-old dancer-choreographer has moved from a young man’s angst into something more serene.  ...

Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Company – review

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, San Francisco February 9-10, 2007 Denied their drums, enslaved Africans in the Americas reinvent- ed their spiritual dance traditions as a soulful art form that white authorities dismissed as merely“fist and heel worshipping.” “Fist and heel is  ...

Danceground Keriac, SF: Dance Review, culturevulture.net – review

Alchemy and Ghosts redevelop, (Death Valley) Brian Rogers The Chocolate Factory, NYC through February 28, 2009 http://www.chocolatefactorytheater.org/home.html Doug Varone Dance Company February 24-March 1, 2009 The Joyce Theatre, NYC http://www.dougvaroneanddancers.org/ Reprinted with permission from CV writer Susan Yung's blog for WNET: http://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/theater/alchemy-and-ghosts#more-144  ...

Mozart in Boston: culturevulture.net – review

Mostly Modernity Three contemporary choreographers take on Mozart in Boston The last three contemporary dance performances I saw in Boston featured scores by Mozart. One supposes that if the presenters (respectively, Celebrity Series of Boston, CRASHarts, and Boston Ballet) had consulted with each other, they might have offered a mini-Mozart  ...