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Celebrating Process
FEATURES | Karen Greenspan

Celebrating Process

Works & Process has been part of the New York dance ecosystem for 35 years—championing performing artists and supporting their creative process from studio to stage and beyond. 

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Breaking Free
FEATURES | Victoria Looseleaf

Breaking Free

“There will be blood,” says Jacques Heim, founder and creative director behind Diavolo|Architecture in Motion, the hyperphysical dance company he began in 1992. But he wasn’t referring to the Daniel Day-Lewis saga directed by P.T. Anderson, but rather to his latest opus, “Existencia,” which has its world premiere at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (the Soraya), January 17 and 19, and involves an extreme, risk-taking movement vocabulary.

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Best of Dance 2023
FEATURES | Victoria Looseleaf

Best of Dance 2023

Astonish me,” said impresario Serge Diaghilev to choreographers, composers and collaborators of his famed Ballets Russes, the bespoke company that reigned supreme from 1909 through 1929. 

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Border Crossings
FEATURES | Cecilia Whalen

Border Crossings

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ current exhibition is a dance epic. Full of tragedy and triumph spanning centuries and the globe, “Border Crossings: Exile and American Modern Dance 1900 – 1955” recenters the story of modern dance around historically marginalized artists often left out of the modern dance canon.

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Art on The Mart
FEATURES | Cecilia Whalen

Art on The Mart

In downtown Chicago, 100-foot-tall dancers glide along the Chicago River. Projected onto the enormous digital installation Art on The Mart, the dancers of the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project look like ancestral spirits keeping watch over the city.

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Limitless Creativity
FEATURES | By Victoria Looseleaf

Limitless Creativity

The year was 1983 when Sister Beth Burns of the order of St. Joseph of Orange began teaching children to dance in a summer pilot program for at-risk youth. The program was an immediate success, with Burns’ vision eventually becoming the Wooden Floor, a non-profit organization that provides tutoring, academic services, counseling and dance education to low-income youth at no cost.

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A Woman's Point of View
FEATURES | By Karen Hildebrand

A Woman's Point of View

On one of the first warm days of late March, Fifth Avenue pedestrian traffic was teeming outside the Guggenheim, ubiquitous Mister Softee truck idling at the curb. Down the avenue, people posed for photos on the steps outside the Met and Central Park resembled the Seurat painting that inspired “Sunday in the Park with George,” while a crowd of some two hundred seventy dance lovers found their way down a ramp to the Guggenheim’s circular theater to sit in the dark for one of two sold out presentations on Bronislava Nijinska’s ballet from 1923, “Les Noces,” presented by Works &...

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A Resilient History
FEATURES | By Josephine Minhinnett

A Resilient History

Returning after its two-year pandemic hiatus, the 33rd International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance kicked off at the end of January with 500 attendees from ten countries convening in downtown Toronto. Hosted in a different North American city each year, the conference visits Toronto for the third time with local co-host dance Immersion, a non-profit organization that produces and promotes dancers and dances of the African Diaspora.

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The Slowest Wave
FEATURES | REVIEWS | By Karen Greenspan

The Slowest Wave

A groundbreaking collaboration is afoot involving New York City butoh dance company Vangeline Theater; founded by French-born butoh performer, choreographer, author, and teacher Vangeline; and a neuroscience team from the University of Houston, Rockefeller University, and City University of New York.  The collaborating parties are researching the impact of butoh on brainwave activity in a pilot study. I am in Houston, Texas, at the university’s theater watching the culminating butoh performance as a group of neuroscientists (visibly stationed in the wings) record and download the activity in the dancers’ brains. Simultaneously, a multi-media artist is “artistically” projecting the dancers’ real-time brain activity onto...

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