Stretching Across the Urban Jungle: ONSITE Presents Katie Faulkner’s We Don’t Belong Here

On the heels of an ambitious four-choreographer collaboration with Kara Davis, Manuelito Biag, and Alex Ketley, Katie Faulkner is not only stretching herself as an artist, but is now literally stretching her work across city blocks. We Don’t Belong Here, a new project presented by Dancers’ Group’s ONSITE series, will be performed by a robust […]

Change and Age: Women Dancers in Midlife

A number of years ago, I was taking a course in adult development as a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. One day a lively discussion ensued as the professor and several students explored the emotional challenges they were facing as women in midlife. I realized that I, too, was experiencing this passage. The fact that […]

SPEAK: Discovering the Power and Ability to Take Action

Photo by John Carnahan I am deeply immersed in contact improvisation and site-specific dance—exploring the possibilities/capabilities of my body in relationship to other bodies and in relationship to space/architecture. I crave the feeling of earth in my core, sensing the ground through my dance partner’s core, and finding the gravitational center of an object. Even […]

CANCELLED – Ode (to forgotten bodies)

At this time, Hope Mohr Dance (HMD) has cancelled their upcoming performance. “The serious problems in life are never fully solved, but some states can be resolved rhythmically.” – Theodore Roethke How do we shift ancient patterns of relationship? How can we recover our freest selves? Ode (to forgotten bodies), a new dance by Hope […]

“That Unspeakable Somewhat”: Bill T. Jones, Abraham Lincoln, and the Question of Iconicity, May 2009

Trying to secure an interview with Bill T. Jones is like trying to secure a lunch date with Madonna. Here we seem to be in the presence—or absence—of icons. So what ensues when Bill T. Jones decides to choreograph a piece based on an icon such as Abraham Lincoln? All kinds of associations enter the […]

An American in Düsseldorf: Shifts in Perspective: Experience at a European Dance Festival

This summer I was invited to join Dance/USA as part of the American delegation at the Internationale Tanzmesse NRW, a biennial international dance festival and conference in Düsseldorf, Germany. I was honored by the invitation, but quickly found myself apprehensive about going. I was full of concerns: leaving my company a few months before our […]

Dancing in the Land of Edelweiss: My Adventures in Salzburg

Three months ago I was living the good life. I resided in an apartment in beautiful Oakland, California seven blocks from Lake Merritt with two cats, a boyfriend and another roommate. I commuted daily to San Francisco to take class at ODC Commons with Kathleen Hermesdorf or Janice Garrett and to work in a variety […]

My Hot Lobotomy; Review: October 23, 2008

In My Hot Lobotomy by David Szlasa and Sara Shelton Mann the audience knows within moments that dancer/choreographer Erin Mei-Ling Stuart is one adroit actress. She sits alone for long minutes in the small black box theater wearing a quizzical, nearly blank face, playing a lobotomized guy named Joey, her eyes the single alert organ […]

Sharing History, Making History: Michelle Dorrance Has Her Sights on the Future of Tap

Whether jamming with a jazz band or teaching Late Night host Stephen Colbert a shim sham half break, Michelle Dorrance makes a personable and articulate ambassador for a new generation of tappers. The recipient of a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant in 2015, the 37-year old Dorrance is the inheritor of a tap legacy that stretches back […]

CANCELLED – Aristos, the Epic of Achilles and Patroclus

At this time, HaoExpression has cancelled their upcoming performances. Read more here. A musical movement theater performance that unfolds the mythical romance of Achilles and Patroclus against the backdrop of the Trojan War. Torn between loyalty to his comrades and desperate love for a boy he no longer recognizes, the young soldier Patroclus makes a […]