Friday, February 26, 2016

Impressions of Kathryn Posin

Kathryn Posin's "Century Rolls" at 92Y's Harkness Dance Festival. Photo by Julie Lemberger. 

Can you separate the art from the artist? With Kathryn Posin, you get the feeling there’s no distinction between the dances and her. She must be just like her work: dainty, exuberant, sincere, and with the occasional flight of fancy that only makes sense to her.

Posin’s three-work program opens the five-week Harkness Dance Festival at the 92Y. Her terrific seven-member company plus guest artist Amar Ramasar, a principal from New York City Ballet, do some heavy lifting — both literal and figurative — throughout the evening. Perhaps an even bigger draw than the dancers is Meredith Monk who, along with Theo Bleckmann, sings selections from her 1990 album, Facing North for Posin’s Climate Control, a premiere.

Two of the pieces celebrate...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Impressions of Gemma Bond Dance

Gemma Bond Dance at Danspace Project. Photo by Kathryn Wirsing. 

Have you caught wind of the gender issue among dance makers? In ballet, the problem is acute. There are few female choreographers, and the ones who do exist are often relegated to the periphery.

Whether you agree or disagree that an art form should support and promote a variety of voices in service of it moving forward, here’s the reality for the first week of February 2016. Wunderkind Justin Peck premiered The Most Incredible Thing at New York City Ballet, where he’s the resident choreographer. This ballet, a collaboration between Peck and big-name artists Marcel Dzama (costumes) and Bryce Dessner (music) received a lion’s share of coverage in mainstream publications. Approximately fifty blocks south and half dozen or so to the east, choreographer Gemma Bond (she also dances with American Ballet Theatre) showcased four short ballets as part of Danspace Project’s Community ACCESS, which provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities. In other words, a prestigious, affluent company is backing Peck while Bond is acting as a resourceful entrepreneur.

Unlike the hype surrounding The Most Incredible Thing with its fantastical costumes and sets, Bond’s Harvest is...

To read the balance of my review, please visit The Dance Enthusiast.