No, but I spent two sunny afternoons in the Philadelphia Museum of Art for dances based on or in reference to one of the museum’s greatest assets, its permanent Duchamp collection, and, in its waning days, the stunning Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror exhibit. PMA curators collaborated with dance artists to produce two weekends of live performance in the new Williams Forum, site of the awe-inspiring cantilevered Gehry staircase that replaces the small auditorium where I once saw the likes of Trisha Brown dance.
“Philadanco MinEvent” with choreography by Merce Cunningham. Photograph by Daniel Traub
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