When I caught up with Tamisha Guy, in mid-January, she was in the middle of a creative residency at Kaatsbaan with the company of which she is a member, A.I.M. It was her day off, and she had been on a walk around the gorgeous grounds, once home to a horse farm belonging to Eleanor Roosevelt’s grandparents. Last summer, a simple wooden stage was erected in the middle of the main meadow there, making it possible to hold an outdoor dance festival. Tamisha Guy performed on that stage with her friend and former colleague Lloyd Knight, of the Martha Graham Dance Company. As Faye Arthurs wrote in Fjord, “they almost held hands, nearly embraced, and danced in an “air” waltz position without actually touching.” This is dancing together in the time of Covid.
Tamisha Guy. Photograph by Miguel Herrera
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