June 16, 1989. Wearing only black leggings and a pixie haircut, Molissa Fenley performed her solo, “State of Darkness,” inspired by Nijinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps” at the Colorado Dance Festival in Boulder. I had never seen anyone dance the way she did that night—she was both electric spark and unprotected newborn foal—expressing an unfathomable state as the Chosen One to Stravinsky’s dramatic score. Thirty-five years later, I still remember the stag leaps she made with fingers spread next to her face like antlers.
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