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Summer 2000 Newsletter from New York City

By Jennifer Leake Ó

New York’s Summer is Sydney’s Winter
Our NYC correspondent’s final newsletter before her relocation to Sydney

It’s summer in New York City (NYC) now, a time for loads of outdoor dance festivals and every reason to go out and enjoy them. But while you’re pondering the endless list of shows to see don’t forget that Australians are down under counting the days leading up to Sydney 2000 Olympics (www.olympics.com.au). [forum]

You may ask what Australia has to do with New York. Not a lot, except that Sydney-siders would like their home to be thought of as the second most exciting city in the world, after NYC, and I have just decided to leave my snug little Manhattan home with the roof garden in favor of moving to Sydney. So it’s goodbye to my edition of the New York newsletter and hello to a new Sydney-based newsletter. Thanks for stopping in for a look!

Before I go, here’s an outline of New York’s dance festivities...


New York City’s Summer Highlights (Aug-Sep)

Central Park Summerstage Festival
Aug 11: La Vie qui bat/Laurin (O Vertigo)

Lincoln Center
Aug 5-27: Out-Of-Doors Festival [forum]
Damrosch Park
Aug 11, 12: Paul Taylor Dance Company

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Sep 13: Trisha Brown Dance Company

New York International Fringe Festival
Aug 19-27: Sommerfrische und andere Ausflüchte (tanztheater homunculus)

Joyce Theatre
Tel. (212) 242-0800
Aug 1-12: Ballet Tech
Aug 14-26: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo [forum]

World Trade Center
Sep 16: The Vertiginous Thrill Of Exactitude/Forsythe (San Francisco Ballet) [forum]

The greatest escape from NYC I managed to find while looking around for peace, quiet AND great dancing was the annual

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Tel. (413) 243-0745
Doris Duke Studio Theatre
Aug 3-6: Annie-B Parson
Aug 10-13: Rennie Harris Puremovement
Aug 17 PREMIERE, Aug 18-20: Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Aug 24-27: Noche Flamenca
Ted Shawn Theatre
Aug 1-6: Mark Morris Dance Group
Aug 9-13: Le coq est mort/Linke (Company Jant-Bi)
Aug 16-20: En Dedans/Laurin (O Vertigo)
Aug 23-27: Alonzo King's LINES Contemporary Ballet


New York City’s Dance Highlights (Sep 2000 - May 2001)

Rennie Harris Puremovement performs Rome & Jewels [forum]
Joyce Theater, Sep 26-Oct 1

PP Dance makes it’s NYC debut with Bagne (French for "slammer")
Joyce Theater, Oct 3-8

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company brings 3 premieres: Children of the Passage (Donald McKayle & Ronald K. Brown), Sets & Chasers (Kevin Ward) and a new piece by Dwight Rhoden
Joyce Theater, Oct 10-15

Garth Fagan Dance celebrates the company’s 30th birthday with a series of classics from Fagan’s repertoire
Joyce Theater, Oct 24-Nov 5

Merce Cunningham Dance Company presents new and existing repertory and an open rehearsal.
Joyce Theater, Nov 7-12

Sydney Dance Company returns to New York with Air & Other Invisible Forces
Joyce Theater, Nov 28-Dec 3

Doug Varone & Dancers will spend 3 weeks in residence at New York’s Lower Eastside Tenement Museum (home to over 7000 people from 20 nations, 1863–1935). Weblink: www.ticketweb.com
November 29-Dec 17

Ballet Hispanico will present a world premiere by choreographer Ramon Oller, from Barcelona. The troupe’s principal dancer, Pedro Ruiz, show his new work.
Joyce Theater, Jan 2-7, 2001

Diavolo Dance Theater will make its New York debut.
Joyce Theater, Jan 2-7, 2001

Altogether Different Festival 2001: 7 companies including Armitage Gone!Dance (Karole Armitage), Irene Hultman’s Allstars, Mark Dendy Dance & Theater, Wally Cardona Quartet, Chamecki/Lerner, John Jasperse Company and Montreal’s Compagnie Flak will strut their stuff.
Joyce Theater, Jan 10-28, 2001

Paul Taylor Dance Company with 2 New York premieres. The first is Fiends Angelical to George Crumb’s music titled Black Angels. The second premiere will be announced later. Other "Taylor" works are also on the program.
City Center, Feb 27-March 12, 2001

James Sewell Ballet, from Minneapolis, brings Made in America and Moving Works to New York. The third premiere still needs a title.
Kaye Playhouse, March 16-18, 2001

Merce Cunningham Dance Company will present a world premiere alongside other Cunningham works including Summerspace, RainForest, Biped and the New York premiere of Interscape. [forum]
City Center, March 31-April 8

France Moves: contemporary French dance hits New York performance spaces including the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Gilman Opera House, the Joyce Theater, the Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), the New Victory Theater and Danspace. There will also be 2 film festivals, at BAM’s Rose Theater and Alliance Francaise, workshops, discussions and symposiums.
April 23-May 6, 2001

France’s Compagnie Josef Nadj makes it’s US debut with Les Veilleurs.
Joyce Theater, April 24-29, 2001

Ballet Preljocaj to present Paysage après la Bataille.
Joyce Theater, May 1-6, 2001

World premiere of Boris Eifman’s Don Juan
City Center, May 11-20

For more dance goings-on, see the list of highlighted venues in the previous newsletter.


If someone were to ask me what the dance highlights during my two years in New York were, I’d have a hard time answering the question. Merce Cunningham’s Biped [forum] mesmerized me, with its fascinating use of technology (computer images) alongside live dancers. I enjoyed getting to know the downtown Manhattan scene, one of my favorite artists being the humorous and imaginative Doug Elkins and his dancers. Everything I saw at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW) was exciting, new and diverse. White Oak left my spirits soaring -- the group is made up of fabulous performers -- and the works of Mark Morris [forum], frequently performed by White Oak, made me chuckle. Australia’s Lucy Guerin [forum] showed me the mix of colors in her choreographic spectrum, as did fellow Australian Natalie Weir [forum]. New York City Ballet performed Twyla Tharp’s new Beethoven Seventh [forum] with such high-pitched energy that I sat on the edge of my chair. Netherlands Dans Theater (NDT) [forum] reminded me that Holland often remains on the cutting edge when it comes to new ideas in dance. And finally, American Ballet Theater was totally convincing in Anastasia.

What you hear is true; New York simply never sleeps. It isn’t easy for me to leave behind such an interesting cultural tapestry. From now on I’ll envy every one of you with the opportunity to stop in the Big Apple and douse yourself in dance. Please let criticaldance.com readers learn of anything you can’t resist writing about so we can share your experiences with you.

"Life can be so much fun if you just keep on dancing in the light!"


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Edited by Azlan Ezaddin

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