Monday, March 2, 2015

Reminder: Meet the Publicists...and Eva! Tomorrow!

Here's a quick reminder to RSVP for Meet the Publicists!, a free panel discussion that I'm moderating at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center (280 Broadway) tomorrow evening at 6pm.

Four top-notch arts publicists--Amber Henrie, Fatima Kafele, Chris Schimpf, and John Wyszniewski--will share their knowledge and wisdom on best strategies to connect with the media and your audiences. We look forward to seeing you and taking your questions!

For more information and to RSVP, click here now!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, 83

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83
by Virginia Heffernan, The New York Times, February 27, 2015

Mariangela López opens new season at Gibney Dance

Mariangela López in El Regreso
(photo: Oskar Landi)

In her new solo, El Regreso--commissioned by and presented at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center--Mariangela López starts out lying prone on the floor, head and upper back obscured in a tangle of brightly-colored costumes recognizable from two of her earlier works. She's wearing her history, encased in it, perhaps worn down by it, with only the small of her back and legs in fuschia tights visible. She remains still for a very long time until music rouses her. As she gradual stretches and unfolds limbs and fabrics, she displays gnarly textures and layers. Most dramatically, she wraps her head in these cloths of many colors, starting to evoke, for me, sculptor (and flamboyant self-sculptor) Chakaia Booker who I remember seeing walking city streets adorned in one or another mammoth headdress constructed of disparate cloths.

López sculpts herself like Booker and like a Kabuki artist, taking her time. For a while, you cannot see her eyes for the headwrap, and then you do. Through shifts in energy behind her gaze--glazed at first, then alert, sparkling--she lets the audience detect the minute changes that transform a pile of discards into a container of intelligence, even imperious nobility, before slipping into other states of being and tokens of sensory experience. Having divested herself of her costumes, she might lash the floor with them, striking quite close to our feet, or attack the bunched up fabric with canine ferocity. Or she might create a broad circle with the costumes, calmly fussing over that circle's curvature. For some reason, it must be perfect. She pinches it here and there, smooths it out.

In El Regreso (The Return), I see an artist at work on herself and her materials, never at rest, pulled by past and by future.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT/Mariangela López continues through Saturday, February 28 with performances at 7:30pm. On Friday, February 27, stay for a post-show talk with López facilitated by Marya Warshaw. For information and tickets, click here.

The inaugural Making Space spring season continues at Gibney through June 27. Click here for the complete schedule.

Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis
Performing Arts Center
280 Broadway (enter at 53A Chambers Street), Manhattan

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sydnie Mosley reflects on "Power, Privilege, & Perception"

If you read my post discussing the Power, Privilege, & Perception: Voices on Race and Dance session of the 2015 Dance/NYC Symposium, you will remember that I made reference to panelist Sydnie Mosley (Artistic Director, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and co-chair of Dance/NYC's Junior Committee). Mosley has written a series of three blog posts that detail her experience of preparing for and sitting on the final panel of that session, Making Change, Artist Voices. With cogent analysis, Mosley shows how an opportunity for open discussion of race and non-equity in dance got lost along with any chance of meaningful networking and follow-up action.

Read More to Say: Reflections on the 2015 Dance/NYC Symposium:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nice on the ice: Ice Theatre of New York


A Tribute to Alyssa Joy Stith

Rohene Ward 
in his solo Journey to Solace
©2015, Eva Yaa Asantewaa

Wednesday, February 25

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

all photographs 
by Eva Yaa Asantewaa


Read my InfiniteBody post 
about ITNY's presentation here.

Kim Navarro (center) leads members of Ice Theatre of New York
in her ensemble work, The Promise

The Promise
Anna Cobb in Last Dance
by Adam Blake and Anna Cobb
Anna Cobb
(above and below)

Tyrrell Gene and Elisa Angeli
begin Heather Harrington's Once Again.
Gene and Angeli
(above and below)

Gene and Angeli
(above and below)

Rohene Ward
in his solo Journey to Solace

Jonathon Hunt and Ale Izquierdo Pons
in Hunt's Fly (above and below)

Alyssa Joy Stith

All photos ©2015, Eva Yaa Asantewaa


Ice Theatre of New York, founded and directed by Moira North, returns to The Rink on Wednesdays, March 18 and April 1 at 1pm. In the event of rain, the scheduled performance will be held the following day at 1pm.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, Manhattan

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