Interviews

I had the pleasure of interviewing Janie Taylor, my close friend of 25 years, in advance of the L.A. Dance Project’s upcoming run at the Joyce Theater. From May 3-15, LADP is presenting two programs of works by female choreographers—one of whom is Janie. Though she started choreographing just three...
Sam Pratt and Amadi Washington have been dancing together since they were ten years old. The dancer/choreographer duo known as Baye & Asa, who are 2021/22 Artists in Residence at the historic 92Y and have recently completed a commission with the Los Angeles-based Bodytraffic, met in elementary school as students...
Claudia Schreier’s “Passage” for Dance Theatre of Harlem was commissioned to mark the 400-year-anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Virginia in 1619. But to think of “Passage” as a commemoration, or as a historical piece, doesn’t do justice to its purpose or its power. “It’s a...
When Seibi Lee discovered Kathak, at first, she says she almost didn’t know what happened. Up until that point, her life—at least in terms of her career—was that of a typical 20-something: exploring, learning, and trying out multiple options in hopes of finding the best fit. Then along came Kathak,...
Ethan Stiefel thinks the world could use some laughter right now. “My mantra as of late has been that love and laughter can prevail,” says the former American Ballet Theatre star, who took the reins of the Princeton, New Jersey-based American Repertory Ballet last summer. “I felt that coming out...
If there’s a secret to keeping a dance company together for more than 50 years, Garth Fagan knows what it is. Indeed, his Rochester, NY-based Garth Fagan Dance was founded in 1970 (first called Bottom of the Bucket, BUT…Dance Theatre), and, at 81, Fagan, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica,...
Andrew Tay has a kaleidoscopic vision for what dance can do. As a choreographer, dance curator, performer, and DJ in Montreal for the past 20 years, he has bridged diverse audiences and artistic communities through his multidisciplinary dance events that sit somewhere between a conversation with a stranger, interactive art...
Sara Mearns has never been afraid of hanging up her pointe shoes for the night: In recent years, she’s thrived in the work of Merce Cunningham, Jodi Melnick, Isadora Duncan, Honji Wang, Martha Graham and others. But Mearns’ latest project, a weeklong engagement at New York City’s Joyce Theater, will...
When Jacques Heim, who founded DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion™, in Los Angeles in 1992, he married his abiding love for dance with his passion for architecture. In the process, Diavolo became one of L.A.’s pre-eminent dance companies, one that also toured internationally for some two decades. But the global...
Writer, director, and choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen grew up with the theatre in his blood. As the son of a dresser, Øyen’s second home was a small theatre, Den Nationale Scene, established by Ibsen himself, in the town of Bergen, Norway. From age 17, Alan studied ballet and went on...
Federico Bonelli’s award-winning career is a long and illustrious one, scanning many decades. The multi-faceted dancer, who was born in Genoa, Italy has performed with Zurich Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet and, since 2003, the Royal Ballet. Bonelli has brought his extraordinary, gravity defying frame to such celebrated works as...

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