Dance

In Performance: Alessandro Sciarroni’s Don’t be frightened of turning the page (Santarcangelo Festival)

Alessandro Sciarroni Don’t be frightened of turning the page July 6-8, 2018 In “Don’t be frightened of turning the page,” Alessandro Sciarroni performs a solo rendition of the endurance and repetition strategies that characterize his work. The piece begins as fluorescent fixtures switch on in series with an ominous electric thump and crackle. Sited in a high school gym for the version we saw, spectators sit on gym mats around the central court markings; the lines quickly become recontextualized into boundaries for the extreme sport and play that Sciarroni offers. Sciaronni enters, marks the diagonals like a gymnast starting a floor routine, but the gesture quickly turns into a different pattern: an accelerating ramp up to the main choreography. While the central concept o...

Opportunities: Springback Academy 2018: Dance Writers Wanted! (Sofia, Bulgaria) Deadline – 02/02/2018

Springback Academy 2018: Dance Writers Wanted! (Sofia, Bulgaria) Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March Deadline: 02/02/2018 Online Application: http://aerowaves.org/springback/features/article/springback-academy-2018-dance-writers-wanted Fee to Apply: If selected for the project, Aerowaves will provide mentorship, accommodation, hospitality and a pass to the festival. Participants will be required to organize and fund their own return travel to Sofia. Description Of Opportunity: We are looking for fresh dance writers to recruit for Springback Academy 2018! Now in its fifth year, the Academy will bring a group of aspiring writer/critics to Sofia in Bulgaria for Spring Forward Festival (23-25 March), where they will watch and review selected performances, participate in lively dance debates and recei...

In Performance: Heather Kravas, visions of beauty (COIL)

visions of beauty Heather Kravas COIL, Performance Space New York January 10-13 Described in the program as “punk in attitude, feminist in spirit”, Heather Kravas’s visions of beauty fulfills this promise most unexpectedly, foregoing distorted guitars and raised fists for a tender choreographic minimalism. With an unflinchingly precise and deceptively gentle touch, Kravas’s movement scores use dance foundations as an entry point to expose the implicit labor of form. Upon entering the space, an ensemble of nine dancers is splayed out in a giant starfish formation, each performer touching another at either the hands or feet. While we do not learn the gender identities of any performers, what we see are one female-bodied dancer and eight male-bodied dancers. The relentless tick of a kitchen t...

In Performance: Nora Chipaumire, #PUNK (American Realness)

Punk is a noun, punk is an adjective. Punk is torn white t-shirts, distorted power cords, and angry adolescent growls into a mic. But in Nora Chipaumire’s latest piece presented as part of American Realness, punk is, first and foremost, a verb.

In Performance: Atlanta Eke, Body of Work (COIL)

  Body of Work Atlanta Eke COIL Festival, Performance Space New York January 10-11, 2018 With Body of Work, Australian choreographer Atlanta Eke has created an offbeat meditation on time and space, reifying and redefining the present moment over and over again over the course of an hour. While the piece is technically a solo, it might be more accurately described as a duet between performer Ivey Wawn and a camera which gazes at her from the threshold between audience and stage. With her image projected live onto two human-sized projection screens onstage, Wawn meets the camera’s gaze directly, moving and engaging with her own body doubles until our eyes get lost in loops of visual logic and reason. Wawn’s presence is precise and elegant as she progresses through movement scores with a...

Opportunities: 8th Dance Days Chania Open Call (Chania, Crete, Greece) Deadline – 01/21/2018

We invite you to visit our website http://dancedays.gr/ and submit your proposals for performances, workshops, site specific projects, video dance projects, lectures or any other idea you wish to spread!   Dance Days Chania is an international contemporary dance festival taking place in Chania, Crete, Greece since 2011. Dance Days Chania is a place to exchange dancing dialogues, to collaborate and share knowledge, creatiοn, discovery, inspiration and  pleasure.

In Performance: Custodians of Beauty – Pavel Zustiak/Palissimo (COIL 2017)

PS 122 COIL 2017 Custodians of Beauty Pavel Zustiak/Palissimo (NYC) La MaMa, The Downstairs 66 E 4th St Jan 5 – 8pm Jan 6 – 5pm Jan 7 – 5:30pm Jan 8 – 2pm A dancer in all black, barely visible, folds into and out of himself, his body unfurling like a flower or a fractal. A cloud of haze hangs suspended in the air and slowly makes its way towards the audience. Three figures spring from side to side before losing themselves in a driving electronic beat. Taking its title from a 2009 speech given by Pope Benedict XVI to a group of artists, Palissimo’s Custodians of Beauty puts forward a series of diverse poetic images, and through them asks us to consider the concept of beauty and our responses to it. Director/choreographer Pavel Zustiak and his collaborators create rich tableaus that linger i...

In Performance: Meg Stuart, An evening of solo works (American Realness)

In the four solos making up this program, Meg Stuart passes through phrases, gestures, and poses with a rapid fluidity. Like a swimmer tapping the side of the pool between lengths, her body moves towards an image or an idea, touches it gently, and is moving away from it again almost before we’ve even registered she was there at all. This approach extends to her emotional state as well. She constantly interrupts herself, sending her body on a nonlinear journey through emotional and physical memory. Her choreography throws the viewer into a new frame of reference at all times, and we begin to question how one body can contain so many attitudes and experiences. At the same time, she collapses the distance between seemingly disparate states. How separate, after all, are the wildly different fe...

Almanac13: Branch Nebula, Matt Prest & Clare Britton (Sydney, Australia)

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from the book Contemporary Performance Almanac 2013, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2012/2013 season available for touring now. WHELPING BOX Provocative and intelligent, visceral and strange: Whelping Box is a breeding ground for wild things; for dogs and gods. Two male performers take up their positions in an intimate 10m x 10m arena, with the audience at close proximity, and engage in a series of tasks seemingly design to test their limits and to strip themselves of civility. Through feats of endurance, absurd rituals and idiosyncratic mythmaking, they map out a restless and aggressive initiation. Like athletes or shamans, they are the audience’s guides, guinea pigs and preachers...

In Performance: William Forsythe Sider at BAM (NYC)

Sider A work by William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company Music by Thom Willems Oct 9—Oct 12, 2013 BAM Howard Gilman Opera House For choreographer William Forsythe, the stage is a large-scale laboratory for boundless theatrical and linguistic investigation. In Sider, the knotty speech rhythms of late-16th-century Elizabethan tragedy form the unlikely point of departure. Dancers, equipped with earphones that play a recording unheard by the audience, deliver fragmented, enigmatic movements based on the cadences and meanings of the sumptuous Elizabethan text. Wielding giant sheets of cardboard, the dancers conjure an array of kinetic imagery and sounds—deepening this beguiling translation and evoking a world in which one language is withheld while another rises to the surface. (Source BAM Web...

Opportunities: Dance Residency at L’L (Brussels, BE)

Application for residency L’L is based on a simple but unequivocal principle: there is a radical incompatibility between the imperatives of production and freedom of research. Therefore, those proposals which are too close to production issues or already have a creation date will be systematically rejected. In the same logic, L’L residency research projects for which a creation date might fall during the process, will have their residency questioned. In practical terms, the application dossier aims to highlight theissues/questions/research wishes, while including the CV or biography of the carrier(s) of this research project. Applications can be send to contact@llasbl.be. L’L can only accommodate a limited number of residents. The period residents spend at L’L is neither ...

Opportunities: Aerowaves (Europe)

Aerowaves is a network which annually researches younger dance work in Europe, and seeks cross-border presentation opportunities for selected artists. In 2009 over 70 performances were confirmed in 22 European cities. This increased to over 80 in 2010, and  approximately 100 opportunities in 2011 and 2012. We anticipate a similar number in 2013, listed on the Aerowaves Companies calendar as they occur. This application is for 2014, when we aim to offer as many opportunities, and possibly more. Please follow the links for information in Spanish, German, Italian and French Eligibility for Aerowaves Applicants resident in Europe Work made in geographical Europe Work between 15 and 40 minutes duration Work that can share a triple bill, with simple technical requirements Work by postgraduate bu...

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