When Your Stage Is Not a Stage

To create a multimedia piece that premiered at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in 2014, choreographer Andrew Bartee filmed Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers performing in vastly different surroundings, all within Olympic National Park. While dancing in...
Dance History Lesson Plan: Eiko & Koma

Dance History Lesson Plan: Eiko & Koma

Eiko Otake and Takashi Koma Otake are interdisciplinary performance artists from Japan who have been creating work together since 1972. Although they don’t consider their work butoh—a Japanese performance art recognizable for its intensity, control and heavy...

Morgan Thorson on What Fuels Her Radical Choreography​

Dancing in choreographer Morgan Thorson’s latest project is more than a little like running a marathon. In the summer of 2015, Thorson created Still Life, a five-hour, live installation dance at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. Nineteen dancers took turns...

A Colorado Company Tackles Gun Violence through Dance

The Boulder, Colorado–based company Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet premieres a new site-specific work on September 17. Choreographed by artistic director Robert Sher-Machherndl, White Fields is a 55-minute work that aims to generate dialogue about gun violence....

In Dance Videos, Location, Location, Location

Shift One of today’s popular dance film techniques is to show the same choreography in multiple settings, as the viewer switches seamlessly among them. It’s a simple camera trick, but each site lends its own tone to the performance and draws out different nuances of...

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