Forsythe’s Artifact—Then and Now: “It Makes You Think For Days”

Kathryn Bennetts credits William Forsythe’s Artifact with changing her life. “I’ve heard a lot of people say that—the piece is just a monster in its importance,” she says during a break in rehearsals at Boston Ballet, where she and Noah Gelber are staging the full-length work for what will be its North American company premiereMore »

Performances Onstage This Fall

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival Packed with cutting-edge choreography, the Next Wave Festival is bursting at the seams this fall. Five artists return, each following their own wave of unorthodoxy: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Reggie Wilson, Jonah Bokaer, John Jasperse and Nora Chipaumire. But NWF also includes several risk-taking artists new to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming: PlayMore »

These Video Portraits Will Give You Major #MondayMotivation

Mondays can be a struggle. But thanks to 52 Portraits, a dance video series produced by Sadler’s Wells, I get my #MondayMotivation courtesy of some of the coolest dancers and choreographers working today. Every Monday, the site posts a new video “portrait” of a dance artist; the plan is to release one for every Monday of 2016.More »

Performances Onstage this Month

Get Your Summer Festival Fix What’s new and alluring at the country’s biggest events. American Dance Festival Durham, NC ADF’s month-and-a-half-long celebration is packing in 61 performances by 26 companies and choreographers. Of special interest are the premieres, including John Jasperse’s newest piece, which boasts such stellar performers as Maggie Cloud and Stuart Singer, andMore »

Boston Ballet and Forsythe Team Up

For most dancers, performing (or even watching) William Forsythe’s electric, exaggerated vocabulary is an exhilarating experience. For dancers at Boston Ballet, it will soon be a new norm. Today, the company announced a five-year partnership with the master choreographer starting next season. Although Forsythe will be fresh off his position as associate choreographer at Paris Opéra Ballet this summer, accordingMore »

Performances Onstage this Month

Taking Flight San Francisco For three years, Flyaway Productions has been exploring urban poverty by dancing in the streets, or, more specifically, in the air above them. Jo Kreiter‘s final installment in her study, Needles to Thread: Dancing Along These Lines in Continuum Alley, will focus on wage security for garment workers. Twelve free performancesMore »

Director of Danse

Benjamin Millepied on his predecessors, the French style and his ambitious new era at Paris Opéra Ballet Millepied working with Aurélie Dupont. Photo by Agathe Poupeney, Courtesy POB (2) Ever since the news broke in 2013 that Benjamin Millepied would be artistic director of the Paris Opéra Ballet, many wondered whether the Bordeaux-born choreographer andMore »

Movement in the Moment

Choose an improv method that will challenge your weaknesses. Often, the key to growing as a dancer is getting out of a mental or physical rut. One solution? Improvisation. Its unpredictable, uncomfortable challenges can help dancers find their voices while fostering playfulness and body awareness. But each style of improvisation—Gaga, Forsythe and contact are amongMore »

The Latest: Leaving His Empire Behind

William Forsythe has joined the faculty at USC.       When the first group of BFA candidates enters University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in the fall of 2015, the curriculum and studios will be brand-new. So will professor William Forsythe, who announced this spring that he would be leaving TheMore »