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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Load Out (Part II): Suggested ADF Acts for 2009?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Cue the credits: This is our last scheduled post for 2008. We'll still be around to screen, post and reply to your comments -- to me and to each other -- in the days and weeks ahead, so keep 'em coming. But for now, let's go out with one last question: Who do you want to see at the 2009 ADF? Volley for serve -- and respond, please, in comments, below....

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Monday, July 21, 2008

The Independent Review: ADF Season 2008: Split Stages, Split Decisions (Part I)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 11:03 PM

What threatened to be "a year-long Festival of the Feet" when it was announced in March turned out better than we'd feared. For the most part. With some exceptions. This version of our comprehensive season wrap is verifiably our last word on ADF Season 2008. With 1,100 more words than the story in our print edition (including our views on Meredith Monk, Maguy Marin, the Japanese Festival and Acts to Follow), this report has all the juicy stuff we couldn't cram onto the pages of this week's copy of the Independent Weekly. Buy the ticket -- click on "more" --...

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The Independent Review: ADF Season 2008: Split stages, split decisions (part II)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Part II of the 2008 Season Review is here. In this section: Reconstructions: Donald McKayle's Games and Past/Forward's showings of Laura Dean, Hanya Holm and Erick Hawkins; a girlchild education of a different sort by Jiri Kylian; Maguy Marin's umwelt; plus the new stuff -- good, bad and ugly -- by Mark Dendy, Larry Keigwin, Robert Battle. Oh, and Paul Taylor. Among others. Press more to read on....

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The Independent Review: ADF Season 2008: Split stages, split decisions (part III)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 11:01 PM

The chilling finale of the 2008 Season Review is here. Considered in this section: Japanese Festival performances by Natural Dance Theatre and Dance Theatre LUDENS; strong work by ADF dance students; the Acts to Follow series devoted to North Carolina dance artists; and that jump to the left, coming up -- when ADF moves some of its performances to the Durham Performing Arts Center in 2009. Among other topics... Press more to read on....

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Actually, visiting choreographer Amanda Miller wasn't part of that ADF MFA thesis performance...

Posted By on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 10:17 AM

. . . until her unprofessional conduct made her its momentary focal point. You know, I really prefer reviewing dance to reviewing members of the audience. Unfortunately, Miller's left me little choice, given her own poorly improvised solo during an ADF MFA student's thesis performance last Friday afternoon. A dance professional should have known -- and done -- better. Contretemps ahoy, after the break. Click 'more' for the lowdown....

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The Independent Review: ADF Season 2008 Coming Monday

Posted By on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Our final views -- for now -- on the ADF 2008 Season will run in next week's print edition of the Independent Weekly. But if you just can't wait that long. . . . . . check back here Monday afternoon. P.S.: If you want to put your thoughts in on the best -- and less -- of the 2008 season, click here. See you soon....

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Exclusive footage: two Butoh world premieres Kochuten's "gosh, I am alive..." Dai Rakuda Kan's "Secrets of Mankind"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 1:59 PM

The headline says it all: exclusive footage of the new world premieres by Muramatsu's Kochuten and Maro's Dai Rakuda Kan at the American Dance Festival. Their final performance here: Thursday, July 17. Video produced for www.indyweek.com by Noreen Fagan....

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Exclusive footage: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company'sAnother Evening: Serenade/The Proposition

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition, at the 2008 American Dance Festival. Video produced for www.indyweek.com by Noreen Fagan....

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The Load Out (Part I)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Okay, let's take stock for a moment. We've seen dozens of works by hundreds of performers over seven full weeks of modern dance. One thing's for certain: It's not all going to fit into that suitcase. So as we start to pack up the 2008 ADF Season, we've got to think for a second. 1. What are the works and moments you plan to keep? The best, the most insightful, entertaining, or instructive? 2. Which are you going to leave behind? The distinctly less than best, less useful, and the thanks-I-did-(or- saw)-it-once-and-that-will-do things? 3. And which of this season's experiences...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Butoh night in Page Auditorium: your first responses to two world premieres

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 10:35 PM

One by one, the bodies fell down those three platforms to earth at the start of gosh, I am alive... Then Butoh gradually infested a stageful of people in the opening to Secrets of Mankind. But what did you make of the two world premieres from Dai Rakuda Kan and Kochuten at Page Auditorium? How do you interpret the costumes? The makeup? The quality of their movement? We were the first audience to see gosh, I am alive... and Secrets of Mankind. The questions: What stories do they tell us? What do they ultimately say? Respond in Comments, below. We...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Independent Review: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's"Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 12:09 PM

This time out, Janet Wong's striking video designs provide an appropriate metaphor for Bill T. Jones' new work, which "searches deeply for connections" through our individual histories and American history, as it parses the tensions between the ideals of inclusion and unity and the social, cultural and political realities of identity. These in a work in progress containing both flaws and "abundant energy and lyricism." Read the rest of critic Byron Woods' analysis of Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition, taken from this week's print edition of The Independent Weekly....

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Friday, July 11, 2008

What do you know about Abraham Lincoln?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 7:39 AM

...after seeing Another Evening: Serenade/The Proposition? Bill T. Jones' latest work lets us look in on his deliberative process for an upcoming piece (with the working title A Good Man!/A Good Man? ) that will deal with issues in American history and culture touching on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The thematic landscape is large enough to get lost in. Thus the question: what do we know about Serenade/The Proposition: the movement, the music, the visuals, the set, the choreography? The themes about Young America, the melting pot, and cultural intersections (or the lack thereof)? Critical first responders:...

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Wanted: Audiovisual Rosetta Stone. Must decrypt possibly significant movements and sounds from a lost -- and therefore avant-garde -- culture. Rush to: The Audience, Education of the Girlchild, ADF

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 7:10 AM

Feel like taking out the want ad above after seeing last night's performance of Meredith Monk's Solo from Education of the Girlchild ? Or are you one of the ones who have it all figured out now? Weigh in with your decryptions, translations, speculative anthropology and just plain opinions in Comments, below. We'll screen all responses -- have to, due to spam -- but we will publish every non-spam reply. No petroglyphs, please....

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

"We didn't want you preoccupied by real identities."

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 7:11 AM

It was the only reason associate artistic director Janet Wong mentioned in a March post-show talkback in Durham when asked why Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's production of Chapel/Chapter gave the gruesome details of real-life murder victims -- while it changed or deleted all mention of their names on stage. Though the piece was built on the murders of the Otero Family in Kansas and Nixzmary Brown in New York City, the company erased the victims' identities -- from the show on stage, the program notes and discussion about the work. Our March review inquired into the ethics of...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

On the Record: Earlier reviews/interviews Doug Varone, Ronald K. Brown

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 9:21 AM

We've seen -- and reviewed and interviewed -- them before. If you missed our coverage and analysis of previous major regional and ADF performances by Doug Varone and Dancers and Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, here's a list with links -- all on the record -- below. Doug Varone & Dancers: Boats Leaving: 2006 ADF World Premiere. Review. Season summary. Ballet Mechanique. 2002 ADF World Premiere. Review. Season summary. Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE One-Shot: March 2008 performance at Duke University. Review. Redemption. 2004 ADF World Premiere. Review (with Come Ye ). Interview. Come Ye. November 2003 performance at Hayti Heritage Center....

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Independent Review: Paul Taylor's "Changes" and Twyla Tharp's "Sweet Fields"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 9:25 AM

"Intentionally or otherwise, it was this season’s clearest example thus far of curation as critique—in which one dance work magnified the shortcomings in another simply by being placed next to it in a concert setting." Uh-oh. Who's getting drubbed in critic Byron Woods' review from this week's print edition of The Independent Weekly? Read on, and respond in Comments....

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Independent Season Preview (Part II): Who, by dance alone...

Posted By on Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 1:13 PM

The other (pointe) shoe droppeth: In whose dance theatre piece do city kid games constitute their rehearsals for being adults? Whose overt orientalism is most likely to offend the artists now visiting from that part of the world? Whose character-driven dance appears to be channeling Raymond Carver? And who's likeliest to give the season's next room-clearing performance? For the answers to these and others, the last part of our 2008 Season Preview lurks below....

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

So, danced any good jokes lately?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 6:48 AM

Right. So these two choreographers walk into a barre... You were there. You saw comedian Larry Keigwan plus company make with the waterworks, before flying on and off the handle. That was before Robert Battle's folks got mighty reel (time), after a Promenade through what looked like an over-caffeinated version of the psycho ward where Blanche DuBois might have wound up after A Streetcar Named Desire. Then you saw the curious ways both of them came up with to honor their elders -- Gus Solomons, Jr. and Carmen deLavallade -- in the world premieres of Mirror Mirror and Two Redux....

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The Independent Review: Aydin Teker's aKabi

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 6:45 AM

"While three choreographers lured us into their dystopias last week," writes critic Byron Woods, "one—Aydin Teker’s aKabi—was so overtly like Vonnegut['s work] that the title of a specific short story came to mind in the middle of the performance." Could this possibly be a good sign? Read on to find out: the pre-publication of the dance review from this week's Independent Weekly follows....

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Battleworks World Premiere: Reel Time

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 6:12 AM

Exclusive footage of the world premiere of Robert Battle's Reel Time, as performed by Battleworks Dance Company, this week at ADF....

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Paradigm World Premiere: Two Redux

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 5:29 AM

[ Editor's note: Paradigm Dance Company gave us permission to post this video only during their performance dates at the 2008 ADF, June 30-July 2. After their performance dates, the video was removed. ] ADF's silly season continues with choreographer Robert Battle's new work for Carmen deLavallade and Gus Solomons, Jr. Here's footage from the world premiere....

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

SUNDAY: Doug Varone's "Orpheus and Euridice" in Chapel Hill

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 1:14 PM

You heard about the Doug Varone performance -- this weekend, in Chapel Hill -- right? [Editor's note: This performance closed Sunday, June 29. Varone's company performs at the ADF next Monday-Wednesday, July 7-9, In Reynolds Theater. ] The Long Leaf Opera Festival is restaging his production of the 2005 Ricky Ian Gordon opera Orpheus and Euridice, with the original leads -- soprano Elizabeth Futral as Euridice, clarinetist Todd Palmer as Orpheus, and Varone's dancers -- as the final offering in their 2008 festival. The one remaining performance: Sunday, June 29, at 2 pm, in UNC's Memorial Hall. No, the...

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Martha Graham's "Steps in the Streets" Introduction by Janet Eilber

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Excerpts in this video preview from Martha Graham Dance Company's performance of Steps in the Streets at the 2008 ADF. The opening introduction is by the company's artistic director, Janet Eilber....

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

So, how do you critically talk about a "masterpiece"?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 11:09 PM

It is an easy -- and a thoroughly useless -- thing to be intimidated into silence or critical complicity by a "masterpiece." New audiences and critics may be mindful of the meanings an artwork has been given in the past. But if they're encouraged, by anyone, to stop there -- if someone convinces them that they have nothing new of value to say to a masterpiece, or no right to say it (without the appropriate advanced academic degrees) -- they are swindled of their birthright, which is this: to determine, for themselves, what meanings an artwork has to them, now....

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Yeats’ prophecy made manifest

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 2:14 PM

[Ed. note: Brian Howe, a widely ranging culture critic and reporter, writes frequently for the Independent Weekly and other publications. He joins us today as a guest blogger.] Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold… —W.B. Yeats ADF, June 25, Reynolds Auditorium. Featured Works: Rapture by Khadija Marcia Radin; aKabi by Aydin Teker; Umwelt by Compagnie Maguy Marin. These three dances could hardly be more different, yet taken together and in sequence, they seem to comprise a narrative of spiritual disintegration—Yeats’ prophecy made manifest. The center and...

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