Tag: Dancing

At Tap City Festival, at Least the Shoes Are Polished

“Tap dance is alive and kicking,” Tony Waag, the director of the New York City Tap Festival, said at Symphony Space on Thursday. “So much is going on, so much of it right here on this stage.” The first part of Mr. Waag’s pronouncement is, fortunately, accurate. Though institutionally poor and scrappy enough to still […]

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This Cockatoo Thinks He Can Dance

Watching Snowball the cockatoo dance to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” has long been one of the joys of the internet. The four-minute video has been viewed more than seven million times, and it’s probably generated at least that many grins. But when a small group of scientists first saw it a decade ago, […]

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What Do You Get When You Cross Mark Morris With Samuel Beckett?

DUBLIN — A large portrait of Samuel Beckett — peaked hair, deeply furrowed brow, piercing blue eyes — looms over the public area of the Palace Bar, an 1823 watering hole long loved by journalists and writers. At midday, the bar was all dark wood and filtered light, muttering male voices, and the faint whoosh […]

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The Prom Where the City Councilman Dances the Jennifer Grey Part from ‘Dirty Dancing.’ And He’s Not Bad.

At a prom earlier this month, Carlos Menchaca, a city councilman from Brooklyn, wore a shiny ball gown to dance the Jennifer Grey role from the climax of “Dirty Dancing.” The prom was an annual fund-raising event for a community school called Cora Dance in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Shannon Hummel, who runs the school […]

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‘Paris Is Burning’ Goes Global

The Look Nearly 30 years after the seminal documentary on ballroom culture, underground queer dance competitions are an international phenomenon. Photographs by Dustin Thierry Text by Allyn Gaestel Produced by Eve Lyons ImageMichelle Royalty, Matyouz Royalty and Mariana Royalty at the Birth of Venus Grand Kiki Ball in Paris. Nearly 30 years after “Paris Is […]

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Discovering Maurice Sendak, the Opera Designer

There is a drawing that gets to the root of Maurice Sendak’s ominous sweetness, his work’s potent mixture of childhood idyll and threatening night. It’s a sketch of a costume for the premiere of Oliver Knussen’s early-1980s operatic adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are,” the picture book that had made Sendak a publishing sensation […]

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Look Out, a Ballet Hurricane Has Made Landfall

At the end of American Ballet Theater’s spring season, the company holds a meeting. It’s a nail-biting tradition: The dancers know this is their shot at being promoted. If not? Another arduous 12 months spent proving their worth. Last year, the night before she was elevated to soloist, Catherine Hurlin couldn’t sleep. In the morning, […]

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Proms Can Be Painful. Pride Prom Is Different.

“It’s so fulfilling being here, seeing this,” said Savy Dunlevy, a 23-year-old gender nonconforming audio engineer. Sporting a tapered bob cut and blue blazer, Savy stood last Thursday on the back terrace of House of Yes, the cavernous warehouse-turned-disco in Bushwick, and thought on the awkwardness of an earlier prom. Then a self-identifying queer woman, […]

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On 125th Street, Dancing Toward Freedom

The dancers had been walking for nearly six hours when, around 6:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday, they reached the Hudson River and rejoiced. Stepping in buoyant unison to the beat of a New Orleans-style brass band, they pumped their hands toward the sky and toward the ground, as if saluting the land, air and […]

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Asking Artists, What Do You Need?

Walk around bustling Lower Manhattan this week, and you might come upon prompts to slow down and reflect: “Have you seen the horizon lately?” “Listen to the sound of the Earth turning.” You can find the phrases on vacant storefronts and transit hubs. Nearby labels identify the author, the artist Yoko Ono. Labels also identify […]

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A Festival at the Intersection of Amsterdam and Africa

AMSTERDAM — William Kentridge stood at a podium and waved a hand authoritatively. “Fumms bö wö tää zää Uu, pögiff, kwii Ee,” he said decisively. The audience at the Frascati Theater here laughed as Mr. Kentridge continued to speak the meaningless — yet somehow meaning-filled — nonwords that make up the 1932 sound poem, “Ursonate,” […]

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A Brooklyn Drag Show Celebrates Arab Queens

SURFACING At a new cabaret, queens and L.G.B.T.Q. Arabs can party freely. ImageThe drag queen Koko Rokoko performing in New York in May.CreditDevin Yalkin for The New York Times On a humid Friday evening in May, Ana Masreya rushed from her job at a talent agency in Midtown East to her Bedford–Stuyvesant apartment. She only […]

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This Choreographer Can Make Your Play Move

How did Raja Feather Kelly — known for his imaginative dance-theater excavations of pop and queer culture — end up as a go-to choreographer for Off Broadway shows? One reason, an obvious one, had to do with a close friend. As soon as the playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins started to pass his name along to people […]

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They Shared a Tony for ‘Billy Elliot’. What Did They Do for an Encore?

It was — good gosh, can this possibly be right? — 11 years ago that I met the Billys Elliot, all of us gathered in the fluorescent delirium of Dave & Buster’s in Times Square. They ate pizza and drank milkshakes, because that is how old they were, three kids unknown to Broadway at that […]

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A Ballet ‘Jane Eyre’? Reader, She Dances With Him

“You feel trapped, like the walls are closing in,” said the ballet mistress, demonstrating a sequence of frantic, elbow-jutting arms. “Keep the legs low, it’s not about the height, it’s about wanting to get out of here.” Devon Teuscher, Misty Copeland and Isabella Boylston, the American Ballet Theater principals who are all cast in the […]

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What They Left Behind: Legacies of the Recently Departed

A mind-altering poem. A transcendent song that stays with you forever. Movies that shook your belly or blew your mind. Recipes that rearranged your taste buds. Obituaries in The New York Times give account of the creations left behind by their subjects, and reading these life stories can be an exercise in the discovery of […]

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There’s Great Dance on Broadway. Hello, Tony Awards?

At the beginning of the second act of “Oklahoma!,” the audience is greeted with a dance: A young woman — bald, powerfully built and wearing a sequined shirt that says “Dream Baby Dream” — appears, surrounded by swirling fog, as if she were a mirage. That dancer, Gabrielle Hamilton, runs, prances, twists violently from side […]

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Is Ballet Camp?

Is it the moonbeams? The suicide-for-love finale? Or, perhaps, the extravagant gestures that designate women as birds? For Susan Sontag, writing in 1964 in “Notes on ‘Camp,’” the camp canon included Aubrey Beardsley drawings, Tiffany lamps, women’s clothes from the 1920s, Flash Gordon comics — and also “Swan Lake.” “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” at the […]

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