One of the reasons to see “Is it Thursday Yet?,” the new collaboration between choreographers Sonya Tayeh and Jenn Freeman inspired by Freeman’s diagnosis with Autism Spectrum Disorder, has little to do with the show itself. “Is it Thursday” is part of the inaugural season at the Perelman Arts Center (known as PAC NYC), a new arts complex designed by the architect Joshua Ramus at the World Trade Center. It is a chance to check out the center’s interior spaces and get a sense of how it fits into the larger NY theater scene. Upcoming performances include a one man show by Laurence Fishburne and an opera about a Chinese-American soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. Next summer the Perelman will host a reimagined version of the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical “Cats,” seen through the lens of a dance style that developed in New York in the 1980s, called Ballroom. It seems that there will be something for everyone.
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