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Dance Mecca NYC

There's far too much going on in dance in New York City for me to pretend to cover it all here, but here's a smattering of the really cool goings on that you may or may not have heard about - and this covers only the next couple of months!

It's just about over, but you might be able to catch the last performances of In-I, a collaboration between Oscar winning actress Juliette Binoche and Akram Khan, a British choreographer at BAM on September 20 & 26. The piece was directed and performed by the duo, and was called "an embodiment of romantic and physical obsession" by the Guardian during a review of their London run. As an extra treat, BAMcinématek is running a retrospective of Binoche's films throughout September.

Also coming right up is Lane & Co. Dance at Le Poisson Rouge on September 21. Lane & Co. is the brainchild of Artistic Director Lane Gifford, with a mission to explore the relationships between movement, words, art and music in works that combine narrative with classically influenced dance.

It's too bad that the Fall for Dance Festival (September 22 - October 3) is ALL SOLD OUT, but if you're both lucky and persistent, you may be able to get tickets that have been returned to the Box Office for refunds. They'll be made available for sale on the day of and shortly before the actual performance - check out the link for details.

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company which presents creative collaborations with diverse musical choices and technological innovations in both linear and abstract pieces with fascinating results, and they'll be at the LaGuardia Performing Center on September 25 and 26.

The American Ballet Theatre performs at the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall October 7-10 in what looks to be a really exciting programme of three premieres created specifically for the venue. The new pieces include one inspired by the sparkling piano sonatas of Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (by ABT's artist in residence, Alexei Ratmansky,) and others set to music by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang and a violin sonata by Maurice Ravel, (the latter choreographed by Canadian Aszure Barton).

The Guggeheim may not be first on your list of dance venues to check out in the Big Apple, but they've got some interesting offerings coming up in the Works & Process programme that will let you see two exciting dance companies whose work you may not otherwise catch this fall, including:
  • October 11 & 12 - members of the American Ballet Theatre perform excerpts illustrating the challenges of ballet in nontraditional dance spaces in The Art of Adaptation, including discussions about the Avery Fisher Hall performances they will have just completed.
  • October 24 & 25 - in Shen Wei Dance Arts at 10, the modern dance company that took the world by storm at the 2008 Summer Olympics and put on a seriously sexy set of performances at the Lincoln Center earlier this year to talk about their upcoming 10th anniversary season.
They'll be on tour for most of fall 2009, but Urban Bush Women a performance ensemble that looks to bring untold and rarely told stories of disenfranchised people to life through dance, will take the Harlem Stage on October 29 with choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire for a special presetation of a developing work, visible/invisible: Naked City as part of the Harlem Stage WaterWorks programme.

You can't really talk about dance in New York without talking about the Joyce Theater. With the Joyce and the Joyce SoHo bringing you two full calendars devoted to dance, your problem if anything will be too much choice. In addition to a wide variety of programming that include both traditional and modern dance variations from all over the world, the Humanities Series brings you post-performance discussions with their company artists. Check out the individual performances for details.

And finally, if you've always had a hankering to get up there on stage and move yourself, and if tap's your thing, show up for Tappy Hour. It happens on the second Thursday of every month at Jimmy's No. 43 (43 East 7th between 2nd & 3rd), where for a mere $15 that includes your first happy hour drink, you can learn tap - even without tap shoes or previous experience - as taught by members of the Undertoe Dance Project, a company that "fuses the artistry of contemporary jazz dance with the percussive rhythms of tap". Remaining dates this fall include October 8, November 12, and December 10.


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Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Polina Semionova to Appear as Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre

From a media release:


New York - Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced January 14, 2011 by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT, Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.

Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixo…

So You Can't Go: Six Ways To Travel Virtually

So You Can't Go:
Six Ways To Travel VirtuallyTravel is limited for most of us in the world these days. For Canadians, it depends on the province you live in, but with the border to the US still closed, and other options limited at best, virtual travel from the couch can provide at least a view with a difference at a time when you may well need it most. Google Cardboard – VR On A BudgetYou don't need a lot of cash to get into travel via virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a line of VR viewers that are, well, made of cardboard, and are priced starting at $12CAD.If you check out this link, you'll find out how to download the software to your smartphone.At this link, you can get yourself an actual Google Cardboard for a hands-free VR experience. Google Cardboard apps offer a variety of ways to experience our beautiful planet, including Google Earth itself, which can take you anywhere, along with apps to view museums and cultural artifacts, and more.Ascape VRAscape has a huge l…

Harlem Stage Digital Event: A Drop Of Midnight October 13 & 15 2020

From a release:Harlem Stage Digital Event:
A Drop Of Midnight
October 13 & 15 2020A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally?  How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music. October 13—Part IIn this conversation A Drop of Midnight author…

Blues/Rock: The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now? (Independent / 24 July 2020)

The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now?
(Independent / 24 July 2020) Buy the CD Big vocals and infectious grooves make up this release from The Cole Patenaude Band. It's modern blues with a classic sensibility, anchored by solid musicianship and upbeat songwriting. 
Keyboard player Dean Thiessen and Patenaude on guitar trade off solos and melodic lines to keep it interesting through a range of bluesy style, incorporating rock and country, with a pop song sheen on songs like For the Money. Would You Be Mine is more Elvis-esque rockabilly, while How To Love is an acoustic song with folky storytelling lyrics and feel. 
Compromise is a standout track, with a snarly guitar line and a churchy organ swelling underneath a nice bluesy beat. Horns aren't credited in the notes, but I swear I heard some on this and a couple of the other tracks. 
As a husband, father, and full-time mechanic based in Langley, British Columbia, finding the time to make his music was a challenge…