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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Independent Review:ADF Mainstage Season 2007:A Year in Reverse?

Posted by on Wed, Aug 1, 2007 at 12:28 AM

Four world premieres. Pretty impressive.

Until, that is, you look at it this way:

The ADF sponsored almost twice as many world premieres last year. And the last time the festival put so small a number of new commissions on stage as they did this summer, a Democrat was in the White House.

No, not Bill Clinton. Jimmy Carter.

In what other ways did 2007 constitute "the year ADF glanced forwardand then kept looking back?" Read our controversial season wrapand then comment, below.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Independent Review:What does "How Long Brethren" represent now?

Posted by on Wed, Jul 25, 2007 at 6:56 PM

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You hate to say it of a dance legend. But if Helen Tamiris' How Long Brethren? represented the bleeding edge of modern dance in 1937, it looks very different 70 years later.

Critic Byron Woods ponders the changing face of representation in Tamiris, Mark Morris, and works by international choreographers Konstantin Grouss and Elena Saizafarova. Comments, below.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mark Morris, music man

Posted by on Sat, Jul 21, 2007 at 6:46 PM

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The Mark Morris Dance Group concludes this year’s American Dance Festival with a musical performance.

“I always start with music,” says the most recent recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award. “Nearly every culture dances to music or at least rhythm.”

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Any last words...?

Posted by on Sat, Jul 21, 2007 at 9:24 AM

As always, our ADF Season Wrap, with critical commentary and conclusions on the best -- and the worst -- from the 2007 main stage and side stage series and showings will run during the next two issues of the Independent, on July 25 and August 1. We will post them here as well -- maybe just a bit before publication.

(Those curious about our findings from last year -- and a possible clue or two about what we have to talk about this time -- should look here. And here.)

But why wait 'til then? What moments thrilled you this summer? Which pieces made you want your money back?

And, most of all, looking back, when you put the whole season together, what do you see?

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Eternal Tamiris

Posted by on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 11:55 PM

This week's Past/Forward performance featured a reconstruction of Laura Dean's Sky Light (done by Rodger Belman) and the world premiere of Rudy Perez's I Like a View But I Like to Sit With My Back to It. Sky Light was a ritualistic party set entirely to drumming, and Perez's piece was like watching a flock of talented animals on an Armagedon playground. While all three pieces in Past/Forward were enjoyable and well-done, the recreation of Helen Tamiris's piece resonated most with me.

Tamiris, the original choreographer of How Long Brethren? was one of the foremost innovators of the modern dance movement. Fueled by her strong social conscience, Tamiris produced dance works that ignited society's hidden kindling, bringing to the surface the issues that most needed to be discussed.

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The Independent Review: Paul Taylor's "De Sueños (Of Dreams)":The sleep of reason...

Posted by on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 2:05 PM

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"I’ve seen tattoos with more character development than much of Mr. Taylor’s choreography in his new work last Saturday night."

Ouch.

Our critic tags Taylor with "characterization by costume" in a review that asks, "When the costume designer and musicians do most of the heavy lifting, what’s left for the choreographer?" Read the screed — and respond, in Comments.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

NC at ADF: Acts to Follow's Final Presentation

Posted by on Sun, Jul 15, 2007 at 7:14 PM

North Carolina showed off their best in the Acts to Follow series, which featured the original works of 30 local choreographers. Saturday night brought us the third and final program, which took place in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s East Campus.

The native dancers tapped into a resource that only few of the ADF performance companies have utilized this year: speech. Three pieces included spoken text within the work, most notably in Christina Tsoules Soriano’s Begin Again which played on the idea of what it means to begin a dance by responding vocally on stage to a pre-recorded track.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Acts to Follow, part trois, tonight in Baldwin Auditorium

Posted by on Sat, Jul 14, 2007 at 11:18 AM

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Click here  to see Indy photographer Rex Miller's multimedia portraits of four regional dance artists who will present their work at tonight's Acts to Follow program.

Click here for a link to this week's Indy print feature on Acts to Follow, by Sarah Lupton, Madison Owen and Megan Stein.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

What could be shocking to Paul Taylor?

Posted by on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 4:38 PM

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For fifty years, Paul Taylor has been shocking audiences with his controversial material. Last night’s world premiere of De Sueños (literally, “Of dreams,” but probably more appropriate to the piece as “In dreams”) was no exception. Though the performance was lauded with a standing ovation, not everyone was pleased with the performance.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

In Step With: Anjuli Bhattacharyya

Posted by on Thu, Jul 12, 2007 at 1:56 PM

Dancer Anjuli Bhattacharyya is from Kentucky. So is video documentarian Jessye McDowell. The two went to Mark Haim's technique class last week, where the topic was momentum...

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