Dressed in hot pink ruffles and five-inch heels, a tiara perched on his shaved head, Arthur Aviles entered the stage as Maéva, a “Latino ghetto matriarch,” who launched into rapid fire Spanglish as a welcome to the Abrons Art Center audience for “Naked Vanguard: Works.” Aviles has long used nudity and drag to provoke as well as to entertain. “Being naked in any piece is about revealing the self, literally. This is who I am,” he was quoted in a 1998 interview.
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