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"Oh, Brad. They're dancing in the galleries!"

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

October 25 2003

By Lisa Traiger
Copyright ©2003 by Lisa Traiger

"Oh, Brad! They're dancing in the galleries!" And why shouldn't they? Dance, that is. In the galleries. In the streets. On stages. Off stages. Anywhere there's a space for people to gather and move, to create a community of body and spirit, there should be room for dance. That's what I've learned from Liz Lerman.

Saturday one of Washington's august spaces for contemporary art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, opened its doors and its galleries for Lerman's Dance Exchange to dance in, to explore the art and the art spaces. And, oh my, what an hour it was.
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Borris Willis Moves
(Presented by Dance Place and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
Dance Place
Washington, DC
October 25-26, 2003

By Mary Tisa
Copyright © 2003
Mary  Tisa

Boris Willis is an intensely physical artist. His work explores physical relationships, his unique movement vocabulary pushes the limits of the human body, and his duets are held together by a compelling physical attraction that is especially effective when he dances with founding member Cynthia McLaughlin. While Willis’s physical power is what distinguishes him as a performer, his young company is not yet at his level. At times, underneath the flying foot work and the daring contact improv freezes, a distracting lack of cohesion mars the flow of the pieces and the connections between the dancers. At present, the company's strength is that it brings a much needed voice of immediacy to contemporary issues of the world and matters of the human heart.

This time out, the program consisted mainly of duets and trios, a safe choice for Willis at this stage of his company's development, perhaps, but I wanted to see his whole company fill Dance Place's tiny space with his trademark movement. His dancers, four women, have a certain angular, locked quality to their movement that keeps them from emulating Willis’s mesmerizing juxtaposition of weightless release and tight athletic power. These young dancers also lack the haunting emotionality that is key to providing an internal context to the difficult issues Willis explores in his work. However, they brought a precise execution of Willis’s faster and quirkier choreography, exhibited in the lighthearted and compositionally complex Soy Chai Latte.
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What's On This Week?

November 6-7:
Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company: Tracings
6-Nov-2003 at 7:30
7-Nov-2003 at 7:30
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Korean Immigration to America, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company premieres its new evening length work, Tracings, in which Burgess’s personal heritage is expressed through his trademark style of fluid line and unique fusion of movement. Props as well as visual projections of Burgess’s family are a used to examine the meaning journey has not only historically but in contemporary consciousness as well. 7:30
Terrace Theater
Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW: 202-467-4600

November 7:
Native Trails: An Evening of Native American Song & Dance

Experience an evening that features the “fast-paced, visually extraordinary” music and dance of America’s native tribes as well as a pre-performance discussion at 7 pm with Dr. Carolina Robertson, Professor of Ethnomusicology.   8 p.m.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland

November 7:
Ndere Troupe

The Ndere Troupe expresses the richness of their native Uganda in a culturally aware evening of music and dance. 6 p.m.
Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW: 202-467-4600

November 8-9:
Nejla Y. Yatkin & Guests
Nejla Y. Yatkin presents a program of new choreography that is rich in its fusion of live music, dance, text, and video. This interesting aesthetic which the New York Times has rendered somewhere “between narration and abstraction” will also include a reconstruction of Jose Limon’s Chaconne.
8-Nov-2003 at 8 pm
9-Nov-2003 at 4 pm
Dance Place
3225 Eighth Street, NE: 202-269-1600

November 8-9:
True to Form
This important performance features the next generation of artistic voices, as six local choreographers come together to form a program rich in styles ranging from Brazilian jazz to modern ballet. Stefan Sittig, Michele Morris, Kimberly Tapper, Ann Behrends, Emily Crews, and Mikael Manoukian premiere six works in a two night run that promises to be diverse in style and hopefully refreshing to the eye.
8-Nov-2003 at 8 pm
9-Nov-2003 at 7 pm
The Jack Guidone Theater
Joy of Motion
5207 Wisconsin Ave, NW: 202-362-3042

November 9:
Black Burlesque

This evening of music and dance collaboration brings the richness of African culture alive. In addition, further learning is available at a post show question and answer session. 7:30 p.m.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland

November 9:
Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia

This culturally specific performance includes traditional Siberian costumes as well as native village dances. 4 p.m.
Center for the Arts
George Mason University

—Mary  Tisa





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This weeks' articles


Mindy  Aloff's Letter from New York

The Balanchine Celebration
New York City Ballet:
A Veteran and a Raw Recruit
by Mindy Aloff

Heart and Soul
by Mary Cargill

Kid Stuff
Cas Public's If You Go Down To the Woods Today
by Susan Reiter

San Francisco Ballet:
New Wheeldon (Rush)
by Rita Felciano

New Tomasson (7 For Eight)
by Paul Parish

Possokhov's New Firebird for OBT
by Rita Felciano

Moscow Festival Ballet and Scott Wells
by Paul Parish

Hamburg Ballet's Nijinsky:
Nijinsky—Lost in the Chaos
by Clare Croft

NijinskyMadness and Metaphor
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes
by George Jackson

Batsheva: Breaking Down Walls
by Lisa Traiger

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
by Clare Croft

Choreographers Showcase
by Tehreema Mitha

Zoltan Nagy
by George Jackson






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George Jackson
Jean Battey Lewis
Sali Ann Kriegsman
Tehreema Mitha

Alexandra Tomalonis (Editor)
Lisa Traiger


The Autumn DanceView is out:

New York City Ballet's Spring 2003 season reviewed by Gia Kourlas

An interview with the Kirov Ballet's Daria Pavlenko by Marc Haegeman

Reviews of San Francisco Ballet (by Rita Felciano) and Paris Opera Ballet (by Carol Pardo)

The ballet tradition at the Metropolitan Opera (by Elaine Machleder)

Reports from London (Jane Simpson) and the Bay Area (Rita Felciano).

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