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Vicky Shick – Not Entirely Herself


Vicky Shick
Not Entirely Herself
The Kitchen, NYC
March 16 – March 19

Vicky Shick moved to New York from Budapest as a child, trained at the School of American Ballet, and moved on to a long and fertile downtown dance career, performing with Susan Rethorst, Trisha Brown, and Sara Rudner, among others. An active dancer still, Shick is performing in Juliette Mapp’s Making of Americans in April and with Rethorst in May.

Working with her long-time collaborators, visual artist Barbara Kilpatrick and composer Elise Kermani, and a fine corps of dancers including Marilyn Maywald, Jimena Paz, Maggie Thom and the choreographer Neil Greenberg, Shick offers in Not Entirely Herself a finely crafted, enjoyably strange dance composition, perceptively lit by Chloe Brown.

An hour of solos, duets and trios with little repetition, Not Entirely Herself is a demanding work especially for the trio Maywald, Paz and Thom. In the sold-out opening performance on Wednesday, all of the dancers performed remarkably with virtuosic turns combined with seemingly improvisational displays of individual personality, including song. An affecting coda featured Shick and Greenberg, offering a playful, masterly exposition of Shick’s choreographic method.

A fantastic amalgam of modern dance, mannerist sculpture, shadow puppetry, song, and body percussion (with endlessly inventive use of a small wooden platform resembling a portable flamenco practice floor). Not to be missed.

Berlinale Forum 2011 – Man Chu


Man chu | Late Autumn
Director: Kim Tae-Yong
Republic of Korea (South Korea), Hong Kong, China, USA 2010
English, Korean, Mandarin
Cast includes Tang Wei (Anna), Hyun Bin (Hoon).

A young woman waits in an empty diner outside a lonely bus stop. Pie and a cup of coffee. She touches neither. Every sound of footsteps, she turns. She smiles. “Hi. It’s been a long time.”

Man chu opens with Anna staggering down a suburban street, bloodied, face bruised, clothes torn. We learn that she has killed her abusive husband. Seven years later, serving out the sentence for her crime, Anna is given two days’ compassionate leave to attend her mother’s funeral in Seattle, tied to prison by a cell phone that rings periodically and which she must answer, giving her location.

As Anna’s bus pulls out of a station, Hoon, a young dandy and rent boy, jumps aboard. He doesn’t have enough money to pay for his ticket and asks to borrow money from Anna. He is Korean, Anna is Chinese – he seems to assume a bond? Deciding whether to give a stranger 30 bucks.

Thus two unlikely misfits meet and fall in love, despite all odds.

Man chu, a remake of a 1966 Korean film of the same name, is ravishingly filmed with a RED camera transferred to D-Cinema Cinemascope, featuring deeply affecting lead performances by the Chinese actress Tang Wei and South Korean actor Hyun Bin and strong supporting performances, including two white dancers who silently act out a beautifully composed break-up scene choreographed by Dayna Hanson and dubbed by Anna and Hoon in a brilliant sequence filmed in a derelict amusement park.

Anna and Hoon speak to each other in English, when Anna decides to speak at all. (Tang Wei achieves the lion’s share of her unforgettable performance in silence.) In one emotionally devastating scene, Anna tells Hoon her story step by step in Chinese. He interprets by her face and responds to each sentence “Hao” (good) or “Huai” (bad). Though it is evident he does not understand, his responses reveal deep empathy, which Anna recognizes in an extended sequence of acting without words – one among many in this profoundly actorly film.

One slow dissolve on Anna’s beautiful face is destined for the annals of film history, I think.

Read the Forum essay.

Update: US Distributor – CJ Entertainment America (2011)

Balé Folclórico da Bahia storms NYU’s Skirball Center


Balé Folclórico da Bahia
Sacred Heritage
NYU Skirball Center
29-30 January 2011

Choreography: Walson Botelho, José Carlos Arandiba, Rosângela Silvestre

Dancers: Estevam Alves, Alan Dias, Diogo França, Nidinha Foseca, Rafael Leal, Glauber Lima, Joice Nogueira, Reinaldo Pepe, Valfredo Pereira, Luana Pessanha, Jair Santana, Edileuza Santos, Darlan Silva, Rose Soares, Agatha Souza, Priscila Vaz

Musicians: Alcides Marais, José Ricardo Sousa, Fábio Santos, Mário Sérgio Santos, Joel Souza

Singers: João Gonzago, Dora Santana, Miralva Couto

The Brazilian folk dance company Balé Folclórico da Bahia stormed into NYU’s Skirball Center for a two-night engagement featuring dances and music based on Brazil’s rich African, indigenous, and Portuguese colonial narratives and influences.

Spectacularly talented dancers, musicians, and singers executed choreography and music from Brazil’s rich and complex history, complemented by brilliant costumes by Walson Botelho, Antonio das Gracias, and Ninho Reis.

Visit the company’s website for more information.

Jessica Gaynor Dance (x, y, z)


Jessica Gaynor Dance
Triskelion Arts
Brooklyn, NY
20 November 2010

Choreography: Jessica Gaynor
Dancers: Jonathan Ciccarelli, Ashlie Kittleson, Jake Laub, Blythe Proffitt, Jordan Risdon, Julia Sabangan, Angel Vasquez
Music: Devin Maxwell
Set Design: David Gaynor

Working to an utterly original choreographic sequence possibly with inflections of Merce, an architectural set and a propulsive score, seven exceptionally gifted performers find solos, duets, and corps expressions that do not let up for an hour of pure dance.

Saturday night was sold out – one more chance tomorrow at 8.

Jessica Gaynor Dance will be performing again on 5-6 January 2011 at Dance Theater Workshop, as part of the Emerging Arts Showcase presented by Gotham Arts Exchange. Info

New York Choreographic Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration


New York Choreographic Institute
Tenth Anniversary
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
6 November 2010

Seven world premieres by Jessica Lang, Larry Keigwin, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and a select list of new choreographers, produced in collaboration with a winning panel of young composers, created on a dream troupe of dancers led by prima ballerinas Wendy Whelan, Sara Mearns, Ashley Bouder, and Megan Fairchild, and introducing a new generation of knockout artists from the School of American Ballet. Oh, and with a live performance of the scores by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Perhaps the city’s best-kept dance secret. Don’t let anybody know. Can’t wait to see what they do next.

2010 Fall Session
Tale of a Chinese Zodiac
Choreography: Justin Peck
Music: Sufjan Stevens
Year of the Ox, Year of the Tiger, and Year of the Boar from Run Rabbit Run
Dancers: Meaghen Dutton-O’Hara, Angelica Generosa, Alexandra Hughes, Misa Kasamatsu, Emily Kikra, Chloe Sherman, Lindsay Turkel, Austin Bachman, Joseph Gordon, John Poppe, Aaron Sanz, Joshua Thornton, Peter Walker

Choreographer: Darius Barnes
Composer: Kyle Blaha
Dancers: Ashly Isaacs, Lauren Lovette, Erica Pereira, Kristin Segin, Zachary Catazaro, Chase Finlay, Allen Peiffer, Taylor Stanley

Choreographer: Jessica Lang
Composer: Jakub Ciupinski
Simple Music
Dancers: Wendy Whelan, Craig Hall

For Sascha
Choreography: Marco Goecke
Composer: Matthew Fuerst
String Quartet
Dancers: Marika Anderson, Gretchen Smith, Daniel Applebaum, Sean Suozzi

Tribute to Professor Pia Gilbert
Composer: Daniel Ott
An Inflorescence

Choreographer: Larry Keigwin
Dancers: Megan Fairchild, Tiler Peck, Antonio Carmena, Joaquin De Luz, Andrew Veyette

Sara Solo
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Dancer: Sara Mearns

Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky
Dancers: Ashley Bouder, Ana Sophia Scheller, David Prottas, Christian Tworzyanski

Music performed by American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Clarice Jensen, Music Director
Rob Moose, violin; Caleb Burhans, violin; Nadia Sirota, violin; Clarice Jensen, cello; Kelli Kathman, flute; Bill Kalinkos, clarinet; Taka Kigawa, piano; Chris Thompson, percussion