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The DanceView Times, Washington, D.C. edition

       Volume 1, Number 8      An online supplement to DanceView magazine

Kung Fu Kitsch

Shaolin Warriors
[presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society]
Lisner Auditorium
Washington, D.C. November 15, 2003

By Lisa Traiger
copyright © 2003 by Lisa Traiger

Cultural continuity may be why the Shaolin monks say they tour, sharing their spectacularly fearless, breathe catching kung fu techniques with Western audiences. The show they put on—and it definitely is a show—is two hours of tumbling tricks and hand-to-hand and armed weapons combat. Whips, axes, broadswords, spears, daggers, and even fans provide thrills and chills. Ever see a man mince bok choy on his stomach? How about a threesome who crack metal bars and wooden sticks in two on their foreheads? Or a man cracking two-handed double whips at the speed of sound? How about the guy who reclines on a bed of swords, a bed of nails above him and a cement block atop that. Then comes the sledgehammer down to crack that block in two. Talk about cringe inducing, spine tingling kinesthesia. All together now, let out a deep breathe.
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Underdeveloped Pursuit of Happiness

"Pursuit of Happiness—Evening of Dance, Words, and Live Music"
Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group
Jack Guidone Theater
Joy of Motion Dance Center
Washington, DC
November 15, 2003

Tehreema Mitha
copyright © 2003 Tehreema Mitha

The evening started with a “Monologue” on the cello played by Jodi Beder, a principal cellist of Princeton Symphony Orchestra. The piece was created by composer Minako Tanahashi Tokuyama and we were told that it blended her oriental background and western sensibilities and was based on the extreme emotional pitches of kabuki theater. To my mind this was not the piece to start with. It had far too many short bits, in which you barely got into the mood, and which is not what one associates with the oriental way of preparing an audience. A little passage would end just when you started to really listen, and then the cellist would stop and turn the page.

And so it was that only the last little section of this item was something one could get one's teeth into and yes, it was juicy! This last offering was truly beautiful, and one could lose oneself in the subtlety with which the work was composed and the art of the cellist as she plucked on the deeper strands of our heartstrings. I only wished that it could go on, but it was gone on the breath of a sigh.
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What's On This Week?

November 21-22
Project Bandaloop: Crossings
Project Bandaloop, a performance group comprised of dancers, climbers, and riggers under the direction of Amelia Rudolph, presents Crossings: Stories of Gravity and Transformation. This promising new work incorporates aerial dance, modern dance, images and stories of the group in their journey across the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The Eisenhower Theater
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW

Every Thursday-Saturday until November 23
The PlayGround: Buried in the Sky

Daniel Burkholder and The PlayGround, an improvisational performance group, premieres Buried in the Sky, in conjunction with DC’s Theater Alliance presentation of The Dispute. This fusion of improvisation and choreography is “inspired by Tibetan burial rituals” and implements a landscape of white feathers.
H Street Playhouse
1365 H Street, NE

November 17-18
Maryland Dance Ensemble

University of Maryland dance students present their latest concert. The program includes a new work by Doug Nielsen and Shadow Behind the Sun by Dan Wagoner. Under the direction of Alcine Wiltz, chair of the dance department, the performance also features works by Maryland faculty members.
Clarice Smith Center
University of Maryland

November 22
Raas Chaos 2003

George Washington University’s South Asian Society, a student group, hosts its annual Raas competition. Teams of students will compete in one of the largest South Asian cultural events on the East Coast. Performances mix traditional South Asian dance and more contemporary styles, including hip-hop and modern.
Lisner Auditorium
George Washington University
301- 808-6900.

November 22-23
Bailes Ineditos: An evening of Flamenco
Flamenco dancers Edwin Aparicio and Anna Menendez present their first self-produced and directed project. Aparicio and Menendez’s careers have allowed them to perform throughout the D.C. area, as well as Spain. They will incorporate their travels into Bailes Ineditos. The performance will also feature guitarist Richard Marlow and vocalist Jesus Montoya.
Jack Guidone Theater
Joy of Motion, Friendship Heights

November 22-23
Tiempo de Tango
The sensuality of tango arrives at Dance Place with Deside la Orilla. The Argentine company presents a dance that tells a fairytale of a girl, an artist and an ocean.
Dance Place
3225 8th Street, NE

—Mary  Tisa and Liz Bartolomeo



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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






Clare Croft
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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