Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Elizabeth Gilbert: A new way to think about creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love dishes on the creative process at TEDtalks where she made some thought provoking comments about dance and dancers.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Picks For The Kitchen's 2012 Fall/Winter Season

DD Dorvillier / human future dance corps presents: 

Danza Permanente

September 26-30, 8pm

In Ms. Dorvillier's new work, a Beethoven score is transposed onto the bodies of four dancers (Fabian Barba, Nuno Bizarro, Walter Dundervill and Naiara Mendioroz) with the help of composer Zenna Parkins. The dancers will embody the musical structure, dynamically transforming their bodies into each single instrument of the string quartet, "behaving as sound in silence."

Adrienne Truscott presents: 

...Too Freedom...

November 30-December 1

December 5-8, 8 pm

A very intriguing and thought provoking description was provided by Ms. Truscott on The Kitchen's website. It reads as follows:

Choreographer Adrienne Truscott presents
プサーフボード ブランドナガセ シ当店取扱い国産100%ハンドシェイ
ェイプ (トゥーフリーダム サーフボード)オクムラ シェイプ (09サーフ
ボード、ブラスト サーフボード)ショウジ シェイプ (ファンタジーアイ
ランド サーフボード)TOO FREEDOMオリジナルマークも入ります。
, an evening of dance and building with people available for hire.


I found this hysterical clip, Kelly Clarkson Driving Dance, from Truscott's genesis, no!

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New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-5793

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hello Again!

(photo credit: tangobasico.com)

Hi bloggers!

Ah I've been gone for such a long time, but I'm ready to get back to posting. I've been dancing up a salsa storm most recently and continuing my study of Susan Klein's, Klein Technique™ (I teach a regular KT™ class at Dance New Amsterdam in New York, NY now!).

Stay tuned for more posts!


Monday, May 2, 2011

My Alma Mater at The Joyce Tonight and a Free Show at Judson Church

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University presents Dance At The Joyce, Monday May 2, 2011 at The Joyce Theater (175 Eight Avenue) tonight only at 7:30 pm. This special evening features Rutgers dance majors performing the works of Merce Cunningham, Benoit-Swan Pouffer (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) and a world premiere by Doug Elkins.

For tickets call (732) 932-7511. $25, $15 for Rutgers alumni, employees, students and seniors. No tickets will be available at the door so order ahead.

Check out the Mason Gross Channel on youtube to see exclusive interviews from students, faculty and guest artists (these mini-docs are extremely well done!)


WHO: Vanessa Justice, Pedro Jimenez, Sari Nordman and Yozmit
WHAT: Movement Research at the Judson Church
WHEN: Monday May 2, 2011 @ 8 pm
WHERE: Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South at Thompson St. Subway: A,C,E,B,D,F,M to W 4th St.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Weekend Roundup: April 23 & 24, 2011

WHERE I'LL BE: DanceBrazil
WHEN: Saturday April 24th @ 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 25th @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm
WHAT: "A Journada," "Memorias," "Batuke." The "high-octane, high-flying" (The New York Times) energy of DanceBrazil takes center stage at The Joyce when the company returns for its 2011 season, with "A Jornada" (The Path), artistic director Jelon Vieira's landmark work that premiered at The Joyce in 2001. "A Jornada" follows the path of Africans to Brazil using the Afro-Brazilian traditional art form of Capoeira as the base, the link to, and an expression of the struggle and liberation of Afro-Brazilian culture.
WHERE: The Joyce
TICKETS: 212-242-0800

WHO: Venti Petrov (of the Dokoudovsky New York Conservatory of Dance)
WHEN: Saturday April 23 @ 8 pm
WHAT: "El Cid"- a Soviet-era story based on the 11th century Castilian military leader El Cid. The 2 act ballet is set to various Massenet scores, and Petrov plays the title role supported by an international cast including Gabriela Gonzalez as "Jimena."
WHERE: Mason Hall, Baruch College 17 Lexington Ave. @ 22nd St.
TICKETS: 646-312-5073

WHO: Avi Scher & Dancers
WHEN: Saturday, April 24 @ 3pm and Sunday, April 25 @ 8pm
WHAT: The company is known for presenting stars from other major companies on smaller stages at lower prices. The performance includes Sofiane Sylve (San Francisco Ballet) and Carla Körbes (Pacific Northwest Ballet) joined by local favorites Tyler Angle and Craig Salstein. "Mirrors" is set to live violin and piano and explores the self-conciousness of the dance studio, while "Dreamscapes" continues the Romantic ballet tradition.
WHERE: Ailey Citigroup, 405 W. 55th St.
TICKETS: 212-477-3030 ext. 3205

Free Performance: Capacitor @ The Great Hill
WHEN: Saturday, April 24th @ 1 pm
WHAT: "The Perfect Flower"- Lessons about the birds & the bees are implicit in the site specific piece that explores the biological utility of beauty as an attractor from the San Francisco company.
WHERE: Central Park entrance @ W 106th St.
TICKETS: 212-860-1370

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In Memory of "The Ballroom Review"

In addition to the contemporary dance performances I feature on this blog, I'd also like to do a recurring post that features social dance happenings. I met Ed O'Malley, one of the creators, writers and editors of a journal called, The Ballroom Review last summer. The Ballroom Review cataloged nearly all of the classes, workshops, club nights and competitions related to a broad range of social dance in the tri-state area. If you wanted to know where to go salsa dancing on a Wednesday night in Manhattan, you turned to the Review. Despite it's useful practicality, the publication ceased printing a few years ago due to demanding overhead costs. So, I think an online hub to house this sort of information would be helpful for New York's social dance community. If you have a weekly social or special workshop, please send me the information and an image to post. The number of submissions I collect, and the events I'm able to attend and review will determine which events are published on this blog.

Email announcements to: SARAMURPHY@LIVE.COM
This week, by recommendation:

WHO Kizomba US
WHEN Wednesday April 13, 2011
WHERE Cafe Iguana, 240 West 54th St.
TIME 6-11:30 pm, 7-8 pm class
ADMISSION $10 (includes a 1 hour beginner's class)
DJ: Bobby Jam
Notes: This event is bi-weekly
WEBSITE www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001403837239
Brazilian Zouk
WHO Zouk NY with Special Guest Teacher, Pablo Schmoller
WHEN Thursday April 14, 2011
WHERE Sparks, 161 W 22nd St., 1st Floor
TIME 8-9:30 pm workshop, 9:30-12 am social dancing
ADMISSION workshop $30, class and club $35, club only $10
Notes: BYO drinks & snacks, no outdoor shoes
WEBSITE www.zouknewyork.com