Posts Tagged ‘Modern Dance

09
Aug
10

ZOË KEATING & APEX DANCE COLLABORATION A STUNNING SUCCESS

A great thanks to all who helped to put the show together. This was one of those dream come true moments for me as an artist. To collaborate with so many amazing people: avante garde cellist Zoë Keating, textile enchantress Lynne Bruning, and the amazing dancers at Apex created an energy that is hard to express. The end result was a show that is sensually stunning. We received an almost immediate standing ovation from a Tuesday night audience that packed Chautauqua auditorium. We also had some amazing artists working behind the scenes to record the process. Dennis St. John at Veria Technologies Inc and Adam Tyler at Spin Echo Industries filmed the process from beginning to end with video clips and a full documentary of the creation of the show which will be coming out soon! Here is a sneak peek filmed at dress rehearsal.

The reviews for the show were glowing and you can read them by clicking on the links below.

Culture Mob by Chrysta Brown

World Dance Reviews by Donald K. Atwood

Denver Post by Sabine Kortals

The Ruckus by Tiffiny Kallina

27
Oct
09

Telling a Story Through Dance (or not)

Decisions

Earlier, we looked at the differences between ballet and modern dance. One of those main differences—whether or not the performance tells a story—can confuse some people. This brings us to one common phrase uttered by the virgin dance audience:

“I have no idea what’s going on right now.”

Dance doesn’t always have to tell a story, as songs don’t always have to have lyrics. There’s no right or wrong way to perform, just two very different results. In this article, we’ll check out Continue reading ‘Telling a Story Through Dance (or not)’

22
Oct
09

Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham

Hailed by critics as the “Matriarch and Queen Mother of Black Dance,” Katherine Dunham started the first permanent, self-subsidized American black dance troupe and established black modern dance as an art form in its own right.

“Before Katherine Dunham, the only kind of black dance was tap,” said dancer Alvin Ailey in a 1988 interview. Dunham’s work changed the scene for black dance, and influenced dancers of all colors.

In this article, you’ll learn more about Continue reading ‘Katherine Dunham’

15
Oct
09

Ballet

Ballet

Ballet is much more than tutus and leotards set to classical music. It’s an art form rich in history, culture and technique spanning centuries further than your little sister’s recital. Ballet is a Western performance dance dating back to the 15th century, originally as a dance interpretation of fencing. Since then, ballet’s evolved from short performances in between opera scenes to Continue reading ‘Ballet’

14
Oct
09

Martha Graham’s “Panorama” restaged with help of grant

Martha Graham

At Apex, we love Martha Graham! A contemporary dance program in Bloomington, Indiana just got a grant to re stage Graham’s “Panorama” created in 1935. Sandra Kaufmann, a student of Graham’s will coordinate the re staging event, which will include a modern dance film series, lectures and classes centered on Graham and her life’s work.

Check out the article here.

09
Oct
09

Contemporary Dance

Get more for your dance fix at http://www.apexdance.org!

Get more for your dance fix at http://www.apexdance.org!

After centuries of the rigid structure of ballet, dancers grew tired of always following the rules. Thus contemporary and modern dance were born. Contemporary dance is a form of concert dance that emerged in the 20th century that fuses Continue reading ‘Contemporary Dance’

04
Oct
09

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan

Few heavy-set, middle-aged, promiscuous women were able to take center stage, even by today’s standards. Much less one who took a lover half her age, had two children out of wedlock and became known in many circles for her Continue reading ‘Isadora Duncan’




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