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Photos: Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Last week, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company gave a farewell performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company's last hurrah
Jacob's Pillow just put 70-plus years of modern dance videos online

Jacob's Pillow just put 70-plus years of modern dance videos online

Hey check this out: it's TED SHAWN, the creator of the JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL, performing "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," from his Four...
By Carly Carioli  |  March 28, 2011

Tod Machover's Death and the Powers, plus Norrington's C.P.E. Bach and the Cantata Singers' B-minor Mass

Paulus's failure to mention the two most essential figures in the creation of an opera - the composer and the librettist - manifested itself in her production, in which the cute robots got more applause than the outstanding human performers.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 25, 2011

Review: Fusionworks gets really physical

The rock/jazz fusion band Bixit will be amping up the energy for collaborative dance concerts with Fusionworks, at Rhode Island College's Sapinsley Hall on November 19 and 20 at 8 pm.
Mesmerizing movements
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2010

Review: Trajal Harrell's vogue and anti-vogue

Trajal Harrell's 20 Looks or Paris Is Burning at Judson Church (S) is as obscure as its title.
Plus Boston Ballet's La Bayadère
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 12, 2010

Exploring the range of the body's possibilities with STREB

Midway through last Wednesday night's performance of "Raw" by the dance company STREB, Cassandre Joseph stood frozen atop a metal scaffolding extending nearly the full height of the Merrill Auditorium stage.
Take flight
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 05, 2010


Review: Caitlin Corbett, Daniel McCusker, and Kelley Donovan at the ICA

The title of Daniel McCusker's premiere at the Institute of Contemporary Art last weekend was Hidden Noise , but the sound template for the five works on the program was noise in plain earshot.
Sound and fury
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2010

Happy returns

George Balanchine didn’t go in for productions of the old classic ballets.
Boston Ballet’s Coppélia , Alvin Ailey at the Wang
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 23, 2010

Old masters

Last month, students at Boston Conservatory and Boston University paid tribute to two notables of modern dance's second generation in the best possible way: by performing their work.
Anna Sokolow and Joseph Gifford
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 05, 2010

Squiggles and lines

The eponymous directors of Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Group both came from backgrounds in modern dance with sprinklings of other styles, and they both subsequently invented movement vocabularies to serve their choreographic idea
Alonzo King at the ICA, Mark Morris at the Opera House
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 05, 2010

New stuff

One thing that impressed me was that dance invention seems to be making a comeback as a major challenge for young choreographers after years of being stirred into the multimedia stew.
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and much more in New York
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 22, 2010


2009: The year in Dance

You could say there were two tremendous forces that propelled dance into the world of modern culture: the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev and the choreography of Merce Cunningham.
Milestones and memories
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 25, 2009


If you wanted to know what happened at the Merce Cunningham memorial a week ago Wednesday in the Park Avenue Armory, you could get a thousand answers.
Merce Cunningham in the Park Avenue Armory; Christopher Wheeldon at City Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 06, 2009

Sunday school

Ronald K. Brown’s flamboyant choreography comes with a big serving of spirituality.
Ronald K. Brown at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 23, 2009
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Giant's steps

Merce Cunningham's death on July 26 wasn't unexpected. He'd been in frail health since this past winter. He was in a wheelchair for his 90th-birthday celebration in April at Brooklyn Academy of Music. In June, the Cunningham Foundation announced plans
Merce Cunningham (1919–2009)
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 07, 2009


Postmodern dance's conceptual, physical, and metaphysical roots spread far and wide, as four summer festival performances attested last week.
Postmodern dance takes flight
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 17, 2009


Golden years

The last thing I had in mind when I went to the Opera House Tuesday was raining on Alvin Ailey's parade — particularly since the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which he founded in 1959, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year while making it
Alvin Ailey at the Opera House
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 08, 2009


Merce Cunningham has used computers as co-creators for his choreography since 1991, and it was his evolving dance Loops that inspired the six works shown Friday night at the MIT Museum to open the sixth Boston Cyberarts Festival.
'Merce' at MIT
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 01, 2009

Southern Exposure

Since Fusionworks Dance Company has maintained a studio in East Greenwich for almost five years, artistic director Deb Meunier decided it was time to bring dance to South County.
Fusionworks gets 'Unwrapped'
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2009

Note shapes

When the Celebrity Series announced that the Mark Morris Dance Group would do three older pieces for its annual Boston appearance, we got a chance to revisit works we haven't seen in a while.
Mark Morris at the Majestic
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 24, 2009

Diaghilev days

The Ballets Russes come to town
The Ballets Russes come to town
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 16, 2009


Daniel Nagrin

Daniel Nagrin was one of the last surviving stars of modern dance's second generation.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 07, 2009

Year in Dance: Reusable histories & durable trends

Conservation is a good thing in these times, and some of the most interesting performances drew on the uses of history — personal history, performance history, and even some inventions that sought to overturn history.
No startling breakthroughs, but that's okay
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 22, 2008


The four pieces on the program that Philadanco brought for its Boston debut last weekend at the Institute for Contemporary Art were all-dance numbers showcasing a troupe of highly polished, supercharged dancers.  
Philadanco at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 18, 2008

Steps . . . and more steps

Martha Graham’s Steps in the Street doesn’t look anything like a dance of the 21st century, but at the end of Boston Conservatory’s fall program last weekend it fit right in.
Boston Conservatory and BoSoma make dance work hard
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 13, 2008

Floor show

Sara Hook explains the title of her cabaret piece Salad Days as a reference to youth and indiscretion.  
Sara Hook at Harvard
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 01, 2008


Legs plus

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s program at Jacob’s Pillow last week sampled four choreographers while showing off the dynamic 11-member company.
Aspen Santa Fe at Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008

What's up?

For trend seekers, Different Voices, a showcase for this year’s Bates Dance Festival’s visiting choreographers, hinted at several directions for contemporary dance.
Bates Fest choreographers know the difference
By JUNE VAIL  |  August 12, 2008

Modern romantics

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare is less of a statement than a supposition: what if we did it a different way?
Mark Morris’s Romeo & Juliet ; Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 08, 2008

Where the chips fell

Dance history reverberated across Boston during the past few weeks, affirming that how we live now owes a lot to how we’ve chosen to remember — and forget.
Marjorie Morgan, Karl Cronin, Lucinda Childs, and Boston Ballet
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 28, 2008