In these fast-paced times, where we are bombarded with spectacles that compete to be flashier, more action-packed, and more hi-tech than the next, it was a joy to experience an evening of charm and timeless simplicity. Japan Society’s program “Nihon Buyo in the 21st Century: From Kabuki Dance to Boléro” demonstrated that there are classic, traditional expressions that are adaptively incorporating contemporary influences and exist as current, expandable, living traditions.
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