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Trey McIntyre at the ICA
The most substantial item in the assortment of dances by the Trey McIntyre Project last weekend was an oddly proportioned 20-minute meditation on climate change and Glacier National Park. McIntyre, whose company appeared at the ICA as part of the CRASHarts series, has gotten a lot of press exposure as an up-and-coming choreographer with serious ideas.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 24, 2009



Merce Cunningham in the Park Avenue Armory; Christopher Wheeldon at City Center
If you wanted to know what happened at the Merce Cunningham memorial a week ago Wednesday in the Park Avenue Armory, you could get a thousand answers.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 04, 2009



Boston Ballet’s ‘World Passions’; Streb Brave at the ICA
Boston Ballet’s artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, wants us to think of his company as utterly contemporary, but it’s a tricky balance to pull off.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 28, 2009


Sunday school

Ronald K. Brown at the ICA
Ronald K. Brown’s flamboyant choreography comes with a big serving of spirituality.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 21, 2009


Requiem detexted

Nicole Pierce at the Armory
Mozart's Requiem is one of the most controversial works in the classical repertory. Mozart had completed only parts of it and sketched other parts when he died, unexpectedly at age 35, in 1791. His death ignited immediate speculation and myth.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 30, 2009


Tapperina's tales

Jane Goldberg hoofs her way through
The frontispiece of Shoot Me While I'm Happy reproduces a poster for a New York Tap Fringe Festival performance in 2005.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 13, 2009

merce list

Giant's steps

Merce Cunningham (1919–2009)
Merce Cunningham's death on July 26 wasn't unexpected. He'd been in frail health since this past winter. He was in a wheelchair for his 90th-birthday celebration in April at Brooklyn Academy of Music. In June, the Cunningham Foundation announced plans for the future of the company and the repertory after his death.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 04, 2009


Annie variations

David Parker at Summer Stages
The Bang Group's performance at Concord Academy Thursday night wrapped the audience in rings of intimacy and surprise. Choreographer/director David Parker, acting as MC, paid loving tribute to Summer Stages Dance, where he and the company have appeared and taught for 10 years.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 28, 2009



Chris Elam's Misnomer Dance
Chris Elam's Misnomer Dance Theater performed three seriously zany works Thursday night under the title "Being Together," in their third appearance for Concord Academy Summer Stages Dance.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 21, 2009



Postmodern dance takes flight
Postmodern dance's conceptual, physical, and metaphysical roots spread far and wide, as four summer festival performances attested last week.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2009


Blood, bone, and mirrors

Prometheus at the ICA
At the beginning of Between Blood & Bone , a man and a woman stand at opposite sides of an empty space. A few minutes or a lifetime later, they're curled together on the floor, wrapped in the tightest possible embrace.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 19, 2009



'Merce' at MIT
Merce Cunningham has used computers as co-creators for his choreography since 1991, and it was his evolving dance Loops that inspired the six works shown Friday night at the MIT Museum to open the sixth Boston Cyberarts Festival.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 29, 2009


Long-lasting launch pad

Ballets Russes week at Harvard
Of the nearly 70 ballets that made up the repertory of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, only a few inhabit our stages today. But the Diaghilev adventure still inspires legions of choreographers, antiquarians, archivists, scholars, and gossips.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 21, 2009


Note shapes

Mark Morris at the Majestic
When the Celebrity Series announced that the Mark Morris Dance Group would do three older pieces for its annual Boston appearance, we got a chance to revisit works we haven't seen in a while.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 24, 2009


Sticks and bones

Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex, Joe Goode at Northeastern
Kelley Donovan's Borrowed Bones at the Dance Complex last weekend featured Donovan and nine accomplices in 40 minutes of intense dancing.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 20, 2009


Ascending elegies

Meredith Monk at the Guggenheim in New York City
As we made our way up the ramps of the Guggenheim during the second part of Meredith Monk's Ascension Variations , we encountered a man in red curled up on his side on the floor, cradling a Jew's harp against his teeth.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 11, 2009



Zoe|Juniper at the ICA
Zoe/Juniper at the ICA
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 26, 2009



Female dancers  Isabel Bayón, Soledad Barrios featured in Flamenco festival
Isabel Bayón played an eternal feminine archetype, surrounding herself with proud, seductive gestures.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 17, 2009


Dancing ballet or not

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Celebrity Series program at the Cutler Majestic last weekend could have been a primer of the ways not to dance ballet.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 10, 2009


Wisps and a volcano

Crabtree, Morgan, Dorfman
Two concerts last week by mid-career artists who are still looking into life's persistent questions: Brian Crabtree, Marjorie Morgan, and dancers at the Dance Complex, and David Dorfman Dance at Salem State College.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 03, 2009


Clara Ramona at BU

Styles show
Boston-based Mavi Dance produced the performances of Clara Ramona's "Sangre flamenca en gira" ("Flamenco Blood on Tour") at the Boston University Dance Theater last weekend, but the international dance group offered only two numbers on the long program.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 26, 2009

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