Author: Susanna Sloat

Susanna Sloat is a writer and editor in New York City who has written about many kinds of dance, recently mostly for Ballet Review. She is the editor of “Making Caribbean Dance: Continuity and Creativity in Island Cultures” (2010) and “Caribbean Dance from Abakuá to Zouk: How Movement Shapes Identity” (2002), both available from University Press of Florida.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Detail from the flyer image for The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020.© David Gordon. (Click image for larger/full version)

David Gordon’s work (1972/2020) at the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival

David Gordon has been collaging past choreography and present variations, text and narration, video and photographs and graphic arts, personal and cultural history for so long that it is no surprise he was perfectly positioned to make something truly involving under lock down…

Alejandra Dominguez in Jody Sperling's Ice Cycle.© Paul Bloomfield. (Click image for larger version)

Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance – 20th Anniversary Virtual Season

★★★★✰   Ice Cycle is an unusually beautiful vision suggesting, at times, the effects of global warming, encompassing Sperling’s environmental concerns as well as her choreographic and design mastery.

Margherita Tisato in The End? section of Rooms.© Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble. (Click image for larger version)

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble – premiere of the online version of Anna Sokolow’s Rooms

★★★★✰   Rooms2020 retains Sokolow’s intensely expressive choreography, which makes it a striking documentation of the aloneness and alienation that can pervade this time of pandemic.

Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia in And Still You Must Swing.© AK47 Division. (Click image for larger version)

Dormeshia – And Still You Must Swing – streamed recording

★★★★★   Dormeshia’s And Still You Must Swing is the first online dance that made me want to write about it. I knew it would be good…

Capesterre-Belle-Eau, Guadeloupe Carnaval Parade, February 16, 2020.© Don Burmeister. (Click image for larger version)

Carnaval in Guadeloupe

To say Carnival can be an all-consuming celebration of life seems something of an understatement for some communities and nations. Susanna Sloat with a lively and detailed account of a recent Eastern Caribbean jaunt to Guadeloupe. And the spelling? Well, it’s always Carnaval in Guadeloupe…

Francesca Harper at the Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple show.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple – New York

★★★✰✰   “Space is the Place,” was the Sun Ra anthem. And those were the words for the last song in a tribute to the late pianist and Arkestra leader, conceived by Nona Hendryx and presented by Met Live Arts and Harlem Stage, at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum…

Che Malambo in action.© Slawek Przerwa. (Click image for larger version)

Gilles Brinas’ Che Malambo – New York

★★★✰✰   Lasting 75 minutes the Che Malambo show is quite spectacular, if unevenly so…

Lauren Lovette and Joseph Gordon in George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Erin Baiano. (Click image for larger version)

New York City Ballet – Stravinsky & Balanchine bill – New York

★★★★✰   New York City Ballet is off to a fine start when it opens the winter season with a very well-danced all Balanchine, all Stravinsky program.

Vuyani Dance Theatre in Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro.© John Hogg. (Click image for larger version)

Gregory Maqoma – Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Boléro – New York, Joyce Theater

★★★★✰   The dance style is a fusion of many elements of South African dance, other African and African diaspora influences, and modern and postmodern dance. It can be both liquid and percussive and has a complexity that is hard to take apart.

Gabrielle Revlock's Nuptial Blitz.© Dave Ratzlow. (Click image for larger version)

Gabrielle Revlock – SEX TAPE, Nuptial Blitz – New York

★★★✰✰   Revlock “is a dance-maker whose work often depicts complicated but relatable interpersonal relationships using a vocabulary that embraces the pedestrian, abstracted by degrees.”

Edisa Weeks in 3 RITES: Liberty.© Leo Jimenez for 651 ARTS. (Click image for larger version)

DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa Weeks – 3 RITES: Liberty – New York

★★★★✰   DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa Weeks’ “3 RITES: Liberty” is a solo that graphically shows why the Declaration of Independence did not, & does not, mean “liberty” for many African Americans…

Faye Driscoll in Thank You For Coming: Space.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Faye Driscoll – Thank You For Coming: Space – New York

★★★✰✰   A sense of very controlled chaos accumulates. I’m sometimes reminded of the videos and installations of the artist Bruce Nauman. Her actions and interactions, including snatches of willfully, wonderfully contorted dancing…

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