Contemporary San Francisco dance artist Christy Funsch hosted a special kind of open rehearsal on Saturday, March 7: a Dance Wrecking, in which her colleagues Rowena Richie, Megan Nicely and Keith Hennessy dismantled her work and re-created in their own ways. A courageous move by Funsch, and a fascinating window into contemporary dance making for the rest of us. I explored the experience for DanceTabs.
After an extended break from the blogosphere, Speaking of Dance is back up and on the go. Here are a few things that happened recently:
*Dance Magazine cover story on San Francisco Ballet’s Maria Kochetkova
*Dance Magazine article on choreographer Gabrielle Lamb
*Pointe Magazine photo essay on Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev
*Pointe Magazine spotlight on Smuin Ballet’s Susan Roemer
This month, Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company celebrates 25 years of physically integrated dance and leading-edge contemporary choreography. Dance Magazine gave a nod to this historic occasion with a news item by yours truly.
Robert Dekkers’s Post:Ballet launches its second home season with shows tonight and tomorrow night at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. Should be an adventurous and beautifully danced performance. Sincere thanks to the SF Arts Monthly for publishing my feature story about it:
“If André Malraux was correct, and ‘an artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please,’ then San Francisco choreographer Robert Dekkers has clearly found his. Supremely talented and trained, he could easily have built a career on conventional movement set to conventional music. Instead, Dekkers followed his quirky muse away from the establishment and toward dance that is meticulously crafted, finely structured, decidedly daring and always beautifully performed by his two-year-old company, Post:Ballet.
“To be sure, Post:Ballet is pleasing; the widely hailed troupe was named San Francisco’s ‘Best New Dance’ of 2010 by 7×7 Magazine, and Dekkers made Dance Magazine‘s coveted ’25 to Watch’ list this year, a nod to his distinctive mix of impeccable technique and boundless imagination. His unique signature stamps all four pieces that Post:Ballet will perform during its sophomore home season, Seconds, in July.”
Check out the complete article at SFArts.org. Best wishes to Robert and Post:Ballet for continued success!