Ed. note: We’ve been tracking the rollout of virtual (video) commissions by artists reacting to life in a new abnormal — a global pandemic. As part of her previous story about the commissioning of these works by the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process, writer Susan Reiter carefully selected “best of best” videos with commentaries, which we publish below. Enjoy!
5-10-15 Hours — Nathan Bugh & Gaby Cook
This wonderfully down to earth yet irresistible couple swing dance their way around their apartment. A completely feel-good experience. You’ll want to hit “Replay” as soon as it ends.
Not a Rose — Simone Dinnerstein, Isaac Mizrahi & Pam Tanowitz
Isaac Mizrahi dances! These three smart, classy collaborators have produced something moody and undefinable that reverberates with the sense of uncertainty of this moment. anchored by Dinnerstein’s sublime playing of the Couperin score.
Cooped — Jamar Roberts
Alvin Ailey veteran (and resident choreographer) Jamar Roberts created — and inventively filmed — an intensely riveting, timely solo that explores the beauty and vulnerability of the black body and the terrible solitude of confinement.
How can one resist the effervescent, fleet-footed Caleb Teicher dancing amid Central Park’s scenic springtime beauty? This one is short and sweet and tinged with quiet sadness too.
Intermission — Michael Novak & Josh Prince
Paul Taylor Dance Company director Michael Novak and his husband, musical theater choreographer Josh Prince, collaborated on this beautifully filmed, eloquent elegy for the lost performances as they dance amid abandoned venues.
Susan Reiter covers dance for TDF Stages and contributes regularly to the Los Angeles Times, Playbill, Dance Australia and other publications.