Raven Wilkinson—who in 1955 joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the first African-American woman—and Lauren Anderson—who in 1990 became the first female African-American principal dancer in the country at Houston Ballet and, at the time, the world’s only African-American prima ballerina in a major ballet company—brought flowers and warm hugs to Misty Copeland at the curtain call for her performance as Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” one of the most important roles in a ballerina’s repertoire.
The New York dance world first knew of Japanese-born fashion designer and butoh choreographer Kota Yamazaki through his collaboration with Germaine Acogny and her Senegal-based company Jant-Bi.
On making work, San Francisco-based choreographer-artistic director Alonzo King of LINES Ballet insists “my experience has been that working with collaborators in whatever field, you realize you are doing the same thing.”
Dance/NYC, under Executive Director Lane Harwell, has been making strides in and around New York City in a big way.
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To coincide with Stephen Petronio Company’s 30th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater (April 7 to 12), Petronio presented the second and final part of his two-part work “Locomotor/Non Locomotor.”
ziza, founder and artistic director of Def Dance Jam Workshop, an intergenerational dance company of artists with and without different abilities, celebrates 20 years of service in the Harlem community with the spring season premier, “Touch…to feel your words” Sunday, May 17. In 2014, they transitioned to the new branding title “Def Dance Jam Community” or DDJC
Last month, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation named the 2015 class of Doris Duke Artists. Individually, recipients will receive $275,000 in “flexible, multi-year funding as an investment in and celebration of their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, theater and jazz,” notes the release.
Two events highlight this month’s dance calendar, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia and Gabriel “Kwickstep” Dionisio’s hip-hop dance group Full Circle (May 1) and Marjani Forte (May 6 to 9).
The Dance Theatre of Harlem's April 2015 season marked the return to its longtime home, New York City Center.
For their weeklong run at the Joyce Theater (March 17 to 22), Ailey II didn’t entice audiences to come see a premiere, nor did the promotions offer anything else that was new. What was expected, however, was a season of good dancing from really good dancers.
hree events headline this month’s calendar: Dance Theatre of Harlem at City Center (April 8 to April 11), EMoves at Harlem Stage (April 10 to April 18) and Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce (April 14 to April 26).
There is no mistaking the now well-tuned signature movement style and vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown. His mix of West African, house and modern dance should probably have its own brand. After all, the “gaga” technique, developed by Ohad Naharin, a contemporary of Brown, when performed by Brown’s dancers, distinguishes them from all others.
For the first time since their 50th anniversary tour in 2012, the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica returns to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College as part of the venue’s 60th anniversary season March 21-22.
Full disclosure, choreographer Robyn Orlin is a white South African and her recent work, “At the same time we were pointing a finger at you, we realized we were pointing three at ourselves,” at Peak Performances (Jan. 24 through Feb. 1), was performed by eight Black Senegalese men from Compagnie Jant-Bi.
Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company returns to the Joyce Theater for their annual season, celebrating 30 years.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater took over the New York City Center stage for their annual month-long season.
Dean Moss awakened tales surrounding the life of John Brown, a 19th century white abolitionist, for his multimedia, evening-length work “johnbrown,” which ran Oct. 16 to Oct. 25 at the Kitchen, a long-time home for Moss, who served as curator and advisor to artists there.
The 20th anniversary celebration of Complexions Contemporary Ballet is the highlight of this month’s calendar.
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Dancing in the Streets’ “Dancing Through the Bronx” (Aug. 13–16) was a free, site-specific festival that sought to integrate modern dance for new audiences with the Bronx’s green outdoor spaces.
The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of the Joffrey Ballet, has announced their fifth annual call for the “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards” program. “The goal of the award is to recognize talented and emerging diverse choreographers of color whose diverse perspective will ignite creativity in the form of original works of dance,” according to the release. The deadline for application is Oct. 1.
For their 14th season, Roberto Villanueva, executive artistic director and founder of BalaSole Dance Company, presents 10 dancer-choreographers in “Melange” at Ailey Citigroup Theater. This new program will feature “a broad range of dance styles, music choices and artistic voices,” according to the release. The artists featured this season are Sara Braun, Chloe Cappo, Misei Daimaru, Alvaro Gonzalez, Steven Jeudy, Katie Kilbourn, Roberto Lara, Courtney Liu, Kendra Ross and Villanueva. For more information, visit www.balasoledance.org.
MalPaso Dance Company from Havana, Cuba, made its mark on New York City in its first U.S. appearance.
In American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) “Coppelia,” considered the last of the Romantic ballets, Misty Copeland made the fantasy real in her debut performance as Swanilda
Highlighting the June calendar with three weeks of dance are Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence June 3-8 at the Joyce Theater and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and June 11-22 at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Def Dance Jam Workshop will present their spring season (May 16-18) at MIST Harlem and Theater Arts Center/The Smith
To celebrate James Baldwin, the quintessential American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet and activist, on what would have been his 90th anniversary, the dance institution New York Live Arts (NYLA) partners with Harlem Stage and Columbia University School of the Arts to present a festival in his honor.
In his fourth year as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico, the brand that Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro sports is becoming more and more sound.
Topping this month’s calendar are the Limon Dance Company at the Joyce, Frederic Nauczyciel at Julie Meneret Contemporary Art and Francesca Harper at Susan Batson Studio Theater.
For their New York season at the Joyce Theatre, the Alonzo King LINES Ballet offered the New York premiere of “Constellations” (2012), a melding of opera, lights and dance.
The Ailey family is mourning the passing of one of the giants of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Calvin Hunt, remembered by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Ailey Board of Trustees as “our beloved senior director of performance and production.”
This month’s calendar brings four April staples: Ailey II (April 2-13); Harlem Stage’s “EMoves” (April 4-5 & 11-12); Ballet Hispanico (April 15-27); and Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) (April 23-27).
One of Harlem’s own, dancer, choreographer and instructor Joan Miller, died at 78.
For its third season in New York at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre presented works spanning from 2006 to 2014
Dance in March offers up contemporary flamenco with Rocio Molina and cantaora Rosario La Tremendita, as well as contemporary ballet from the San-Francisco-based Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.
In just the second iteration of the Apollo’s “Club Harlem,” begun last year as an idea by Executive Producer Miki Shepard, number two was a hit.
From the start, the 10-member cast in David Rousseve’s “Stardust” is breathtaking.
A storyteller indeed, Souleymane “Solo” Badolo will premiere “Benon” Feb. 13-15 at Danspace Project. In “Benon,” roughly translated as “harvest” and inspired by the Burkinabé tradition of dancing to celebrate the harvest, the production “explores the essential nature of food, sharing and giving thanks.”
Hip-hop dance fans and the dance community at large will be pleasantly pleased to see the return of Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) after a 10-year hiatus at the Joyce Theater, running from Jan. 28-Feb. 2. RHPM has been busy touring nationally and internationally, and now there is also a junior company, Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works, formed in 2007.
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