I’d nearly forgotten the many pleasures of watching dance from a folding chair on a riser in a SoHo loft, sound of sirens and traffic rising from the street outside to compete with the more subtle notes of a cello. Such was the occasion of Catherine Tharin Dance at the Douglas Dunn Studio, November 3, as a crowd of friends and collaborators gathered to witness four recent solos and duets by Tharin plus two films, and work of guest choreographer, Esmé Julien Boyce, who is currently artist in residence at Baryshnikov Arts Center. The space was abuzz with mini reunions and new friendships in progress before the house lights dimmed.
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