Not for the first time at the Fall for Dance Festival, now in its 20th year, Chippendale’s emerged as the theme of the night. There were 32 male dancers across the three works on the festival’s third program, 31 of whom danced shirtless. There were just 3 women in the entire show; all kept their tops on. None of the pieces presented—encompassing ballet, hip hop, and traditional Hawaiian dance styles—were overly sensual. This was an uncanny costuming coincidence rather than an erotic special. (Though my pregnant Hawaiian date kindly pointed out the many fertility hulas in the closing piece.) Yet, aside from the stark imbalances in gender and body coverage, FFD’s Program 3 was a wide-ranging and well put-together show.
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