Century,” Amy Hall Garner’s joyful new work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was crafted as a present for her grandfather on the eve of his 100th birthday. Such a personal gesture is unusual for a guest choreographer, but birthday ballets are certainly not out of place at the AAADT. “Cry,” the heartbreaking solo Ailey made as a birthday tribute to his mother, was also in the company’s 2023 City Center Season rep. Ronald K. Brown’s “Dancing Spirit,” a birthday token for Judith Jamison, was in rotation too. With this move, Garner—who has become quite in-demand—has again proven her skill at adapting to local customs. She fit in musically at Ailey as well. “Century’s” jazzy mix included tunes from Count Basie, Ray Charles, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Duke Ellington. Of the 20 dances the Ailey troupe presented this season, 15 used jazz-based scores, and seven featured Ellington. With its on-trend music and its maximal, Robert Battle-esque energy, “Century” looked right at home.
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continua a leggere
Dance has always been a part of Tammy Greenwood’s life. Growing up, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics, and when her daughter took up the art form, she became involved through the unwavering—and sometimes self-sacrificing—support that is often asked of a dance mom.FREE ARTICLE