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).
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.Continue Reading
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