At the end of the busy spring dance season, just a few days before the summer solstice, two incubators for emerging choreographers—“Planting Connections: Curated by Kyle Abraham” at Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza as part of Summer for the City and “Fresh Tracks: New Works” at New York Live Arts—boasted mixed bills that were as provocative as they were entertaining. These artists are not unknown, and many have been shining in New York City’s experimental dance scene for years. Perhaps any sense of emergence came from the tension, intimacy, surprise, and pleasure their work brought to the sites and stages of these larger presenting organizations. I can’t say I came into these performances burned out or bored with dance, but I am positive I walked away refreshed and replete with reminders of why it is worth spending an evening sitting in the dark (or in the case of “Planting Connections,” waiting in the elements).
When a choreographer takes on volcanic and iconic works from American musical giants like Leonard Bernstein and John Adams one move they could take is to cool them down with a couple of more soothing European works in between.Continue Reading