Critics’ picks: Dance
L.A. Dance Project
Benjamin Millepied, who has formerly served as a New York City Ballet principal and artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet, brings his west coast dance collective back to New York. The program includes the U.S. premiere of Millepied's On the Other Side, as well as Justin Peck'sHelix, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Harbor Meand three duets by Martha Graham.
National Ballet of Canada: The Winter's Tale
Canada's leading ballet troupe presents choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's enchanting danced version of Shakespeare's late romance. The creative team unites the talents who made such a visual smash with 2011's Alice in Wonderland.
Megan Weaver and Hassan Christopher's dance-theater piece is inspired by dozens of crowdsourced stories about events that take place at tables. It is staged on and around the Two Too Large Tables sculpture in Hudson River Park at 29th Street; the performance is free, but an R.S.V.P. is required.
American Dance Festival
In its inaugural New York season, ADF showcases the works of two choreographers. Tatiana Baganova's Provincial Dances Theatre (Aug 1–3), visiting from Russia, performs Sepia and Maple Garden. Miami's Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre (Aug 4–6) performs Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret and the ADF-commissioned quartet Carne Viva.
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Twyla Tharp tells us about her 50th Anniversary Tour
The superstar choreographers who make the leap into the pop culture stratosphere can be counted on a hand and a half. In that way, Twyla Tharp is a throwback: She's our Jerome Robbins (famous for her Broadway razzle-dazzle like Movin' Out); she's our Agnes de Mille (taking serious dance to the masses in film after film); she's our Martha Graham (an iconic revolutionary who suffers no fools). But after having choreographed nearly 150 works, winning a Tony, a Kennedy Center Honor and 19 honorary doctorates, she's not resting on her laurels. In fact, she’s on fire—for her 50th Anniversary Tour, the 74-year-old Tharp has built another pair of works that ask her customary questions about the interrelatedness of dance forms: Preludes and Fugues (set to Bach) and Yowzie (set to jazz titans like Fats Waller). The “Tharpian” is a melting-pot style, characterized by precision and vaudevillian showmanship—the liquid hips from jazz seducing the elegant lines of ballet. How will the mix work this time? The only thing you'll know to expect: The dances will be ebullient, contagious, athletic. Tharp herself speaks with a wry growl. She makes you back up if you give her a compliment—“Let's hear that again”—and she has a wonderfully tart way of making you feel like an unproductive snoozer. Tharp still works out for two hours every morning; she doesn't really understand why you don't too. She spoke with us from Chicago, from the tour. What inspired the two shows that make up this 50th Annive
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Ralph Lemon reflects on his multiplatform work Scaffold Room
There’s something infinitely puckish about Ralph Lemon. Even as the visual artist and choreographer is discussing his challenging work Scaffold Room, which plunges into a whole host of erotic, transgressive and radical aesthetics, he’s smiling. Beaming even. “Look closer!” he urges with a delighted chuckle, and you find yourself nose-to-nose with a mysterious pornographic postcard or approaching a doghouse that seems to have a tiny glowing giraffe living inside.Despite his stature as a major modern choreographer (most recently in the elegiac How Can You Stay In the House and Not Go Anywhere), Lemon slips free of the title for Scaffold Room. Here he is simultaneously movement maker, fine-artist, animating spirit, director, lecturer, documentarian and writer. In similarly sprawling fashion, Room has seemingly taken over the entirety of the Kitchen. Up staircases and behind columns, there are photographs, hidden paintings, installations, votives—look for the African ancestor idols that are dressed like Beyoncé and Jay Z—video and live performance. At certain hours, you might even stumble across a certain Judson Dance titan reading aloud from an S&M classic. (“She said, ‘You choose what I read, Ralph!’ So I chose!” Lemon laughs.)In the conventional performance space on the ground floor, Lemon has constructed the Scaffold Room itself, a movable platform where Okwui Okpokwasili and April Matthis perform a kind of “solo piece for two” about the performance of black womanhood (shows
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