Keep pouring ballet cocktails, ‘Ballets With A Twist’

Dance
I’m a fan of the dance invention — and entrepreneurialism — of choreographer Marilyn Klaus. Her company, Ballets with a Twist, performs in all kinds of unexpected venues — small-to-medium-sized performing arts centers across the nation, and even lounges, cabarets, and soon, casinos. Her customized dance menus, packaged as “Cocktail Hour: The Show,” comprise 24 ...

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A dance thinker & do-er: Dana Caspersen

Dance · Language & ideas
One of many, many highlights of being a Fellow, this fall, at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU has been encountering the dancer/author Dana Caspersen. For three decades, Caspersen was a leading artist with Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company, and a primary collaborator of choreographer William Forsythe. As a dancer, she ...

Dance scholars recognized with awards in New York

Dance · Language & ideas
Two of our smartest and best … and nicest … dance scholars are being honored in New York City this fall. On November 21, the Martha Hill Dance Fund will grant a Lifetime Achievement Award recipients to author/critic Deborah Jowitt at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. Journalist/critic Deborah Jowitt began to  write a regular ...

On arts·meme’s front page: ‘The Front Page’

Film · Language & ideas
So very excited to see the restored (by the Academy Film Archive ·and the Film Foundation) first film version of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1928 Broadway comedy, “The Front Page,” which kicks off To Save and Project at the Museum of Modern Art. According to MoMA adjunct curator Dave Kehr (he and curator Josh ...

As we melt down, then rebuild: Cherkaoui’s ‘Babel(Words)’

Architecture & Design · Dance
In this arresting moment from “Babel(Words)” created in 2010 in Brussels and now on view at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, co-choreographers Sidi Lardi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet bring their gang of gypsies through a ballet of physical violence that culminates in a gruesome frieze. It’s a vision that should terrify us, were it not ...

Nasty women, nasty men dance with ‘Two Hags’ sculpture: Susan Marshall & Co.

Architecture & Design · Dance · Visual arts
An upright metal grid of cut steel pipe bisects a table, and steel rods — sharpened to a spike — are prepared in rows. The dancers of Susan Marshall & Company pay careful attention to speed, force, and precision, while navigating dangerously sharp edges of Martha Friedman’s new sculpture, Some Hags.  The spikes are pushed into ...

Happy birthday, Barrie Chase! 1

Dance · Film
Wishing a wonderful birthday to a leggy lady, the great Hollywood dancer Barrie Chase. She not only graced Fred Astaire as his final partner, she brought her own strong, vixen presence as a solo dancer (on view in the video, dancing to “The Girl from Ipanema”) to millions of American television viewers in the 1960s. ...

Terence Donovan, British photog who chronicled sixties

Fashion · Film · Music · Visual arts
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Photographer David Bailey (born 1938) is said to have given us a visual vocabulary with which we remember Swinging Sixties London. But he didn’t do it alone. Though not as celebrated, Terence Donovan (1936-1996) and Brian Duffy (1933-2010) did groundbreaking work in their own right. All three triangulated fashion photography with movies and pop culture ...

Review: ballerina Wendy Whelan in new documentary 1

Dance · Film
We all have problems, right? In the case of Wendy Whelan, the equivalent of a prima ballerina assoluta if only New York City Ballet had that designation, the problem in dance season 2013-14 was how to gracefully exit the stage and transition to civilian life. For thirty years, the reed-thin, Kentucky-born ballet-thoroughbred reigned as the ...