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Review: A House in Bali

Evan Ziporyn's tenuous idyll
A House in Bali , Evan Ziporyn's dense syncretic opera, regales you with sounds, moves, images, and contradictions. It's a little like visiting Bali for the first time. The strangeness can be overwhelming, but you'll never forget the clangor.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 12, 2010


Review: Doug Elkins's Fräulein Maria

The jest of music at the Paramount
Doug Elkins's Fräulein Maria at the Paramount
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 28, 2010



Students and teachers at the Arsenal
Teaching is a deep experience in tap dancing, and it's not confined to technique instruction in the studio.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 24, 2010


Review: The Trocks at Jacob's Pillow

Also Kyle Abraham
Seeing Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo a week ago Wednesday in Jacob's Pillow's rustic Ted Shawn Theatre, surrounded by nattering mosquitoes, katydids, and picnickers, was probably no more incongruous than the mission of the company itself.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 17, 2010


Double exposure

Jenny Holzer and Miguel Gutierrez at the ICA, Monica Bill Barnes at Jacob's Pillow
Summer Stages Dance and the Institute of Contemporary Art's second "Co-Lab" production a week ago Wednesday was less like a team effort than a game with a stacked deck.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 04, 2010


Phantoms and fantasy

Anne Carson and Rashaun Mitchell at the ICA; Cirque du Soleil's Ovo; David Parker in Concord
Poetry and dance have some common traits.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 28, 2010


Tales of a country boy

Dan Wagoner’s handmade dance
Summer Stages Dance kicked off its 2010 performance series at Concord Academy a week ago Thursday with a film of a woman setting the table.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 22, 2010


Still life

Disfarmer at the ICA
Nobody knew very much about Mike Disfarmer. Even his name was a fabrication.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 18, 2010



Tim Rushton bring existential relevance to town
Choreographer Tim Rushton makes unusual, high-powered dance movement and blends it with slick but modest theatrical appurtenances, sound scores that claim your attention, and important program notes.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 04, 2010



Nora Chipaumire and Thomas Mapfumo at the ICA, BoSoma and Contrapose at BU
Nora Chipaumire’s lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukarahundi , presented at the ICA last weekend by CRASHarts, had the makings of a multimedia extravaganza.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 27, 2010


Happy returns

Boston Ballet’s Coppélia , Alvin Ailey at the Wang
George Balanchine didn’t go in for productions of the old classic ballets.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 20, 2010


Airs and graces

Stephen Petronio at the ICA, Black Grace at the Paramount
Somewhere in the middle of Stephen Petronio’s terrific hour-long dance I Drink the Air Before Me last Friday night, the dancers exited and the space went dark.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 23, 2010


Reality riffs

Jerome Robbins's Opus Jazz on PBS
When Jerome Robbins's New York Export: Opus Jazz boogied onto the scene in 1958 then took Europe by storm. Created for Ballets: U.S.A., a company of ballet, modern, and jazz dancers that Robbins had put together for a government-sponsored cultural exchange tour, Opus Jazz was a kind of spinoff from the 1957 hit musical West Side Story , which Robbins directed and choreographed.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 17, 2010


Old masters

Anna Sokolow and Joseph Gifford
Last month, students at Boston Conservatory and Boston University paid tribute to two notables of modern dance's second generation in the best possible way: by performing their work.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 02, 2010


Review: Meredith Monk: Inner Voice

Monk's evocative book of hours
After studying music and dance at Sarah Lawrence College in the '60s, Meredith Monk was struck by the idea that the voice could be like the body — it could move, it could have characters and landscapes, it could alter time.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 17, 2010



'11+1' at Outpost 186
The hour's worth of film and dance that followed my absurdist journey offered flashbacks, edges, mysterious messages, and a thunderstorm. In 1924, Tristan Tzara described Dada as a resistance to the pretensions of art, "a snow of butterflies released from the head of a prestidigitator." I left Inman Square feeling energized.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 09, 2010


Squiggles and lines

Alonzo King at the ICA, Mark Morris at the Opera House
The eponymous directors of Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group both came from backgrounds in modern dance with sprinklings of other styles, and they both subsequently invented movement vocabularies to serve their choreographic ideas.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 02, 2010


New stuff

Pacific Northwest Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and much more in New York
One thing that impressed me was that dance invention seems to be making a comeback as a major challenge for young choreographers after years of being stirred into the multimedia stew.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 19, 2010


2009: The year in dance

Milestones and memories
You could say there were two tremendous forces that propelled dance into the world of modern culture: the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev and the choreography of Merce Cunningham.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 22, 2009


Anniversary waltz

Caitlin Corbett Dance Company at 25
Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Tsai Center last weekend, achieved another of its people-dance successes, a two-part series of one-minute duets featuring 36 big, small, awkward, suave, surprising, funny, and raring-to-go dancers and non-dancers of all ages.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 15, 2009



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

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