All Posts By Laura Diffenderfer

DON’T LOOK AWAY: MAGUY MARIN’S “BIT”

by Monday, November 6, 2017

Maguy Marin has been exploring the human condition through the body for four decades. One of the most important figures in French modern dance, Marin began as a classical dancer, first performing with the Ballet de Strasbourg and then with Maurice Béjart’s company, Ballet du XXe Siècle, before turning toward the avant-garde. Her breakout dance, May ...

THE DANCER AS SUPERHERO: TREY MCINTYRE ON AMY WINEHOUSE + HIS NEW WORK FOR BALLETX

by Thursday, August 18, 2016

Philadelphia's svelte 10-member contemporary ballet company, BalletX, returns to The Joyce this week with a program of recent works including Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo’s 2014 Gran Partita, and two New York premieres: Show Me by BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan, and Big Ones, by Austin-based choreographer Trey McIntyre. I sat down with McIntyre to discuss Big ...

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS TRANSITION: TALKING WITH PAM TANOWITZ, PART 2

by Sunday, February 14, 2016

In the first part of this interview, we discussed the different layers of tension in your work—the tension between pure form and emotional content. Can you talk about that tension in relation to your new work, the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces? Yes, I want to have it both ways. I’m interested ...

FIRST LADY MICHELE OBAMA CELEBRATES BLACK WOMEN IN DANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

by Wednesday, February 10, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama honored the contributions of Black women in dance in an event on Monday at the White House, part of a series of offerings celebrating Black History Month. “Today is a very special day,” said Mrs. Obama. “It’s pretty special for me, personally, because I absolutely love dance. I think it’s probably ...

IT’S NOT THE CRITIC WHO COUNTS

by Sunday, February 7, 2016

In thinking about what Grace + Steel should be and do, I am reminded of a quote by Theodore Roosevelt made popular in recent years by the reigning queen of vulnerability, Brene Brown: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of ...

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CRACKING THE CASE: TALKING WITH CHOREOGRAPHER PAM TANOWITZ, PART 1

by Friday, February 5, 2016

Let's talk about your upcoming show at The Joyce. I know you're presenting two works: one previous work, Heaven on One’s Head, and a premiere, the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces. What have you been focused on in the new piece? It’s important to challenge myself with dancers that I’ve worked with ...

QUIET AND BOLD: KYLE ABRAHAM TALKS ABOUT THE INSPIRATION BEHIND HIS WORK

by Monday, November 9, 2015

Although Kyle Abraham has performed at The Joyce before, this is his company’s first weeklong engagement there – a major milestone in the career of a young choreographer. “I’m crazy excited,” says Abraham. “One of the first performances I ever saw in New York was at The Joyce.” For Abraham, 38, there has been much to be excited about. To say he’s received ...

NOCHE FLAMENCA TAKES ON GREEK TRAGEDY

by Tuesday, September 23, 2014

There has always been a high level of theatricality present in the work of Noche Flamenca, led by artistic director/choreographer Martín Santangelo and the incomparable flamenco dancer Soledad Barrio. But for the first time in the troupe’s 21 year history, it is delving into the realm of dance theater. While audiences can still expect all the things they love ...

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