LaTasha Barnes was dancing the Lindy Hop before she even knew it. In a 2021 interview with the New York Times, Barnes, who has come to international acclaim for her excellent performances in jazz and hiphop styles, said that the first time she tried Lindy partnering, her body already knew what to do. “I've felt this before,” she said, and, after consulting her grandmother, learned that she had actually been doing those moves since childhood.
“The Jazz Continuum” at Jacob's Pillow. Photograph by Jamie Kraus
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading