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Petals on a wet, black bough
Photo: Anna Lee Campbell

Petals on a wet, black bough

Eiko in performance — painted a near white, her slight frame and its minimal gestures sometimes unbearably sorrowful — does not appear to have the fortitude to take care of us. Still, I think she is doing just that.

Kirsten Kaschock
October 13, 2014

Two Looks, from Twenty
photo: Antoine Tempé

Two Looks, from Twenty

Megan Bridge sat down for a screen-to-screen “chat" with Gregory Holt about Trajal Harrell’s "Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church."

Megan Bridge
October 13, 2014

 Ugly Numbers Part III: The Dance Apocalypse
Photo: Robin Barnes

Ugly Numbers Part III: The Dance Apocalypse

The final installment of Ugly Numbers, a three-part investigation on gender inequity in contemporary American dance.

Nicole Bindler
October 20, 2014

Re: Rosas*
Photo: Jean Luc Tanghe

Re: Rosas*

Rosas is a trial of endurance, sure, but like any great challenge with substance at its core, it rewards: you emerge changed.

Carolyn Merritt
October 24, 2014

Inhal(In)g Philadelphia!
Photo: Bill Hebert

Inhal(In)g Philadelphia!

What makes the InHale Performance Series a success is the nurturing community it offers to emerging and established artists.

Gregory King
October 30, 2014

Loosely Bound Thunder
Photo: Andy Vernon-Jones

Loosely Bound Thunder

Rather than performing as dancers or musicians, each cast member became a truly hybrid cross, moving and sounding at the same time throughout the piece.

Ellen Chenoweth
October 31, 2014

Le Roy Lets 16 Retrospectives Bloom at PS1
Photo: Judith Stein

Le Roy Lets 16 Retrospectives Bloom at PS1

During three hours as a visitor to Retrospective I was swept into the individual retrospectives of several of the dancers.

Jonathan Stein
November 4, 2014

Xavier Le Roy’s Avant Retrospective

Xavier Le Roy’s Avant Retrospective

When I walked into choreographer Xavier Le Roy’s Retrospective at MoMA PS1 there seemed to be nothing happening.

Jonathan Stein
November 4, 2014

WritingDancingthINKingDANCing
Photo: Colleen Hooper

WritingDancingthINKingDANCing

The conference was rich in opportunities to reconnect with friends and colleagues, and delightful surprises enlivened the sometimes dense sessions.

Lynn Matluck Brooks
November 18, 2014

Underwater Superstars
Photo: Bas Slabbers for Adventure Aquarium

Underwater Superstars

The siren song of mermaids in the Philly Dance community: the popularity of these mavens-of-the-deep can’t be denied.

Becca Weber
November 18, 2014

Thoughts about Steve Paxton on viewing four of his dances at Dia:Beacon
Photo: Paula Court

Thoughts about Steve Paxton on viewing four of his dances at Dia:Beacon

Over time the body becomes less able in some ways but more eloquent in others.

Lisa Kraus
November 20, 2014

An Unconventional Balance
Photo: Panayiotis Sinnos

An Unconventional Balance

Delicate execution of movement by extremely muscular bodies, athletic but thoughtful choreography, the scramble of gender role expectations.

Whitney Weinstein
November 20, 2014

News

Letter to the Editor: Deborah Jowitt on CORD/SDHS

To the Editors: I'm finally seizing the moment to thank thINKingDANCE for stimulating the, well. . . THINKING about dance and bringing dance writers…
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All Day Dance (a poem)

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Public Square

P.S. 40: Identifiers in Art Making

Does it matter to you to have your art understood as being connected to a particular identity, whether sexual, gender-based, racial, political or stylistic? How does it affect your looking at dance when it is described as being strongly connected with any one or more of these identifiers?

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thINKingDANCE was started to catalyze conversation about dance and to develop the skills of dance writers in the Philadelphia area. Our initial year-long training scheme was funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. We continue to hold workshops with great visiting dance writers and monthly peer-critique sessions, and engage in lots of editor/writer dialogue. Now three years later, we've published over five hundred articles drawing attention to Philadelphia’s robust and diverse dance community. Read more.

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