The second of ADF's Acts to Follow showcases devoted to North Carolina choreographers convenes in Baldwin Auditorium at 8 p.m. Highlights:
Admission's free -- but after we roasted in the auditorium during the International Choreographers in Residence concert this week, our recommendations: dress light, and bring fans.
Before that, Cadence Dubus' Tender Age, a restaging of the half-hour work she presented at Dance New Amstersdam earlier this year with costumes by Nathan Keay. The show's had a last-minute change of venue. Look for it in the first floor studio beneath the Ark tonight at 7 p.m.
Michael Helland and Daniel Linehan have been busy in the New York city (review, anyone?). Tonight, a solo apiece: Linehan is Not About Everything, before Helland dresses up Dress Up Piece. At 9. At the Ark. Free.
A clip from Jiri Kylian's sensuous Petit Mort, in which the discipline of love is occasionally administered at the edge of a fencer's foil. En garde, indeed...
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago shows tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. in Page Auditorium.
Jamy Meek's delicious solo is featured in this clip from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's playful tribute to love, Lickety-Split. For a more in-depth look Hubbard Street's performance, read Sarah Lupton's review.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will perform tonight and Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Page Auditorium.
It’s hard to find a place to start describing Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s performance last night, which, for this eclectic dance company, is proof of a job well done.
Each of their five pieces, which ranged from the classical grace of Petite Mort to the whimsical humor of Baker’s Dozen, concluded to cheering applause in Page Auditorium last night.
"You've got to see her, Byron," legendary dance critic Anna Kisselgoff said just moments before the Chelyabinsk show. "She's tiny—but she moves like crazy." Kisselgoff was referring to Elena Saizafarova, a French dancer/choreographer of Russian descent whose work has just recently received a major dance award in Rome. "There's one piece in particular," Kisselgoff whispered. "She does it with a third leg."
Tonight, Saizafarova performs—on two legs or three—with Ivan Estegneev, Vitaly Glukhov, Konstantin Grouss, and Irina Ivleva in an ADF International Choreographers in Residence showcase. The performance is in Baldwin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Eiko, the female half of the Eiko and Koma partnership, said last night after their performance, “We pride ourselves in being able to provide, if not the same look, then the same quality of work” to everyone.
“I like to play with this idea of providing the same quality no matter the price [of the ticket],” she continued. Adhering to this philosophy, Eiko and Koma simplify the logistics of their dances as much as possible. In addition to choreographing, directing, and dancing all their pieces of the last thirty years (the premiere exception being their presentation of “Grain” this year), Eiko and Koma have often designed and executed their own sets, costumes, and sound scores. The immense success of their work allows them the luxury of sharing their work for free, regularly performing at outside venues, and providing entire videos of their pieces on their website.
Latest update (6 p.m. Tuesday):
ADF administration reported $1,425 in donations toward the SunTrust Carolinas Group Foundation challenge grant of $6,500 to cover the travel costs of the Argentine dance companies left high and dry by Marca Argentina on June 19 after its February commitment to bring them here. The sordid story thus far can be read here and here.
Meanwhile, Danciti.com's coverage of the story alleges that the festival has actually been adding performances by the companies while it has threatened to cancel the series. The New York city dance blog further accuses the festival of "bullying third world countries" and "using [the event] as (sic) ploy for sympathy and money." That sordid story can be read here.
...and you took in what there was in the presence of Eiko and Koma and Charian and Peace.
Our words will be coming shortly. In the meantime: please leave your first responses to Grain and the world premiere of Quartet here, in Comments.
Indy dance correspondent Sarah Lupton gives the world a first look at Eiko and Koma's new work, Quartet.