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Carmen de Lavallade immediately after receiving her Honors medallion.© John P. Filo/CBS. (Click image for larger version)

Carmen de Lavallade Honoured at The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honours

Dancer, choreographer, actress, teacher, director, writer, and mentor, Carmen de Lavallade is a true artist in every sense of the word – and a true legend.

Emma Love Suddarth and William Lin-Yee in Crystal Pite’s Plot Point.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Her Story: Her Door to the Sky, Afternoon Ball, Plot Point – Seattle

★★★★✰   Suspense be damned. I’m just going to give away the ending of this review: Crystal Pite’s Plot Point, which closes Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Her Story triple bill, is a terrific piece of dance-theater.

Jessica Lang.© Kazu. (Click image for larger version)

Jessica Lang – Catching up with the Choreographer and Director

Answer: “Do it!” Question: “What advice would you give to a young dancer who aspires to choreograph?”

Ryan Smith and Wendy Rein in duet by Ann Carlson for Double Exposure.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

RAWdance – Double Exposure – San Francisco

★★★★✰   Sixteen choreographers, 13 new works, 2 dancers, 70 minutes, 4 years in the making. That’s the equation for Double Exposure, premiered by the San Francisco contemporary-dance duo RAWdance on Thursday, July 28. It’s an epic production that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Daniil Simkin in Alexander Ekman's Simkin and the Stage.© Yi-Chun Wu. (Click image for larger version)

Daniil Simkin – INTENSIO – New York

Just before intermission Simkin included two film-and-performance works by Alexander Ekman. Simkin and the City, which went viral with the Internet-savvy dance crowd a couple of years ago, always gets a good chuckle.

Nancy Reynolds interviewing Edward Villella about Tarantella and Rubies, GBF Video Archives, 2008.© Nancy Reynolds. (Click image for larger version)

Nancy Reynolds – George Balanchine Foundation – Director of Research

An in-depth interview with the lady who helps bring Balanchine back…

Korea National Contemporary Dance Company and Trey McIntyre Project in The Unkindness of Ravens.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Trey McIntyre Project / Korea NCDC – Mixed bill – New York

The Unkindness of Ravens – collaborative efforts are not easy, especially when they are cooked up over a short period. The two companies are just similar enough – contemporary, ballet-based – to make the project even more complicated.

Shantala Shivalingappa in Gamaka.© C.P.Satyajit. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Shantala Shivalingappa – Dancer and Choreographer

Shivalingappa first caught my eye at the 2007 Fall For Dance festival, where she danced Varnam, a Kuchipudi solo. I was immediately struck by her musicality, the power and precision of her footwork, and the absolute clarity of her movements. And to the grace of her upper body and a jump that seems to comes out of nowhere, light and airy as a cat’s.

Shantala Shivalingappa in Shiva Ganga.© C. P. Satyajit. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 4: Shivalingappa, PNWB, Melnick, Ka Leo O Laka – New York

Every Fall For Dance program is a bit of a pot luck, which is part of the festival’s charm. This year it has been expanded to twelve of performances (each costing $15, up from $10 last year)…

Allysen Hooks, BJ Randolph, and Evan Teitelbaum in Closing Bell.© Amber Star Merkens. (Click image for larger version)

Dance Heginbotham – Twin, Closing Bell – Jacob’s Pillow

Once in a while we experience one of those serendipitous evenings in which we show up with few expectations, only to encounter an oasis of structure, understated virtuosity and, best of all, musical intelligence.

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