L.J. SUNSHINE is a writer living in New York. She has written about dance and Italian cultural events for Oggi Sette.
PRESS UP CLOSEBy L.J. Sunshine
Pierre Rigals Press, which had its U.S. premiere at the Baryshnikov Arts Center September 10-12, is built around a central gimmick: a man moves within a small box of a stage whose ceiling lowers progressively through the course of the hour-long solo. I attended opening night and, against my better judgment, accepted a seat in the front row where audience members were subjected, unwittingly, to a kind of extreme sensory assault before the show began: blinding hot stage lights beat into our faces from above.
A Man's World: CHARLIES ANGELS AT THE KITCHEN, October 22-24By L.J. Sunshine
She dances like a man, an audience member gushed about one of the tap stars in Jason Samuels Smiths Charlies Angels. Ive heard it said of women tappers before, but what, exactly, does it mean? (Not to mention, why is it a virtue?)
Culturemart Preview: LAURA PETERSON AND JOHARI MAYFIELDBy L.J. Sunshine
Each time the HERE Arts Center door opened on January 12, another down-swaddled body squeezed inside the tiny lobby, and we got a blast of frosty air.
DANCING ON SCREEN, BIG AND SMALLBy Michelle Vellucci, L.J. Sunshine, and Evan Namerow
In like a lion, out like a lambbut for dance-loving New Yorkers, this March also promises three anticipated film events. First, dance film pioneer Elaine Summers is honored over three evenings at Danspace Project at Saint Marks Church and one afternoon discussion at the New Museum, which will explore her influence on a younger generation of artists.
IN IT FOR THE DURATION: PERFORMANCE AT MOMABy L.J. Sunshine
On the Saturday afternoon in March of 70 mile an hour winds and trees crashing into houses, the line of those aspiring to participate in Marina Abramovićs 700+ hour MoMA performance piece, The Artist is Present, hadnt budged for five hours.
A FINE ROMANCEBy L.J. Sunshine
A broken white line rushes through the dark. We hurtle with it, as on a highway, until the line splits, becomes a barcode, a chromosomal map, a latticework of alphabetic sign. A woman emerges from the black; shes joined by a man and they dance, ballroom style, their swirling figures tattooed by the light of the criss-crossing graphics.
NECESSARY WEATHER IN REVIVALBy L.J. Sunshine
Back in the early 1990s, choreographer Dana Reitz and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton set up a laboratory at The Kitchen to investigate the essential natures of movement and light.
AESTHETICS OF DENIALBy L.J. Sunshine
Since youre reading this article, chances are youre an experienced, contemporary dance-goer and dont need me to tell you that a piece of choreography can look like anything but. Nonetheless, theres strange and theres strange-er. Donna Uchizonos longing two (June 1-5) belongs in the second category.
DERICK GRANT with L.J. Sunshine
The award-winning tap dancer Derick Grant, 38, is a veteran of Broadway and international stages. Hes also among todays tap vanguardimprovising, choreographing, producing, and sharing his expertise with beginner and professional students alike.
Ballets Russes CentennialBy L.J. Sunshine
One hundred years ago, Sergei Diaghilevs Ballets Russes burned the stage of Pariss Théâtre du Châtelet with its debut season. Dancers of unprecedented virtuosity performed ballets with exotic, Orientalist themes that expressed seething passions and defied the stiff formalism of the danse décole.