Author: Elizabeth Zimmer

  • Same-Sex Ballroom Dancers Compete and Find Love in “Hot to Trot”

    Hot to Trot is the wrong title for this engaging movie, not least because it was used thirty years ago for a Bobcat Goldthwait vehicle about a talking horse. Focusing on two pairs of same-sex ballroom dancers, Gail Freedman’s new doc is essentially a pilot for a reality show, unfolding between 2012 and 2016, primarily in […]

  • Mark Morris’s Good-Time Variations on Romance Impress at Lincoln Center

    Mark Morris finds inspiration in music, and this weekend’s bill at the Rose Theater provides a particularly rich and diverse collection, all played live — including Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer, performed in German, and a suite of Monteverdi madrigals sung in Italian. The orchestra pit overflows with singers, pianists, and an ensemble of “early musicians” playing the […]

  • Batsheva’s Version of “Offending the Audience” Mirrors Our Culture’s Fractured Discourse

    An inflatable white guy, cousin to the floppy figure sometimes visible at auto dealerships, dominated the stage at the start of Naharin’s Virus, Ohad Naharin’s 2001 adaptation of a Peter Handke play written in 1966 called Offending the Audience. First seen here in 2002, when Naharin’s Batsheva company performed it at the Brooklyn Academy of […]

  • From Brooklyn Burlesque to Lincoln Center Cinema: July’s Dance Highlights

    The more things change, the richer the spread of summer spectacle becomes. Dance on Camera, the annual compendium of international dance films usually exhibited in late January, this year shows up in July. See below for a mere taste of what else is on deck this summer — much of it outdoors, much of it […]

  • Philadelphia’s Foremost Contemporary Dance Troupe Channels Political Angst

    Philadanco!, a contraction of “Philadelphia Dance Company” (and sometimes referred to as ’Danco by insiders), is nearly five decades old. Founded during the early years of the National Endowment for the Arts and still directed by the indomitable Joan Myers Brown, it trains and develops dancers and choreographers who get rare year-round contracts but too […]

  • As the Temperatures Rise, New York’s Dance Makers Soldier On

    The dance season used to slow down when the thermometer went up, but now the creativity flows all year round. It moves outside, it moves upstate, but the dancers keep going, in the boroughs and in traditional downtown spaces. Starting this week, performers from Hawaii, New Jersey, Argentina, Portugal, and middle school, as well as […]

  • Substance Skirts the Rowdy Confections of Parsons Dance

    “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public,” said the American journalist H.L. Mencken. But for the fact that he died some sixty years ago, Mencken might have been thinking of David Parsons, director and choreographer of Parsons Dance, whose 23rd annual Joyce season opened last Tuesday. Parsons made his name as […]

  • Masters of Ceremony: The Limón Company Dances the Divine

    The best thing about the Limón Dance Company is that it takes itself and its mission seriously. This is, of course, also potentially the worst thing. The 72-year-old troupe, founded in Manhattan by the Mexican-American José Limón and his mentor/colleague Doris Humphrey,  brings to the Joyce a program heavy on spirituality; it has always engaged […]

  • Six Dance Programs to Seek Out This Spring

    Earlier this week, in anticipation of the spring and early-summer exhibition seasons in New York, we previewed six upcoming art shows worth a visit. Today, our chief dance critic, Elizabeth Zimmer, lists the six dance programs not to sleep on in the coming weeks. Acosta Danza April 25–27 Around the turn of the millennium, Carlos Acosta — the youngest […]

  • Shakespearean Swagger and Sweet Dreams Materialize in Lar Lubovitch Anniversary Show

    Educated at Juilliard by the masters of American modern dance and ballet geniuses like Antony Tudor, Lar Lubovitch combines meticulous technical training with a prodigious work ethic. Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of his company at the Joyce this week, the culturally ravenous choreographer has stuffed three bills with more than thirty years of interesting work, […]

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