Articles

Deborah Colker: Knot the creative and collaborative process

The Inspiration The greatest inspiration was desire. Desire isn’t a choice, it’s a human condition. We are born desiring and spend our lives trying to learn how to deal with it. We investigated the deepest, most secret, terrible and violent, … Read more

Talking the Talk. . . And How to Walk that Walk: Company Kafig

Hip hop dance theatre is both art form and entertainment, with its own catalogue of ever-evolving steps and styles. Here’s a (by no means definitive) glossary of some of the moves. Boogaloo A West Coast style developed in the mid-70s … Read more

Gustavo Ciríaco on Grupo Corpo

Gustavo Ciríaco is a contemporary dancer and choreographer based in Rio. In 1995 he and Gustavo Ciríaco Frederico Paredes formed a comic performance partnership called Dupla de Dança Ikswalsinats. ( Stanislawski spelt backwards.) Their company, as well as their independent … Read more

Mourad Merzouki’s High Fives

The Circus Mourad says : My meeting with Jean Paul Ferrier and Edouard Diaz. (They were Mourad’s teachers at the circus school in Saint Priest, the town near Lyon where he was living when he was a child and where … Read more

Company Kafig: Mourad Merzouki Uncaged

by Donald Hutera The word kafig, choreographer Mourad Merzouki explains, carries almost the same meaning in Arabic and German: it refers to a cage. Merzouki used the word as the title of the first piece he made in 1996, for … Read more

Home Sweet Home: visiting Alvin Ailey HQ

In the lead up to the UK tour in 2005 Melanie Nix visited the home of Alvin Ailey which was purpose built in 2002. There can be no doubt as to the purpose of 405 West 55th Street. . . … Read more

Donald Hutera in The Hague with Nederlands Dans Theater 2

The Premiere That evening the Lucent Danstheater is, in typical first-night fashion, packed out with an appreciative audience of colleagues, friends and company supporters alongside the general public. There’s also a group, about three dozen strong and all connected to … Read more

Profile: Robert Garland from Dance Theatre of Harlem

By Allen Robertson A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Garland is a former principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and former Resident Choreographer and Administrator for the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. DTH: In 1985, he joined … Read more

The ‘N…’ Word by Allen Robertson

‘The stage should be a place where that word, an ugly, irredeemable epithet, is tested in a particular fire, the fire of unbridled imagination.’ Bill T. Jones, The New York Times, February 1, 2004 It is impossible to imagine Bill … Read more

Paul Taylor and Commissions

More than 75 modern and ballet companies around the globe have danced Paul Taylor’s choreography. However, there are only three very special Taylor pieces which have actually been premiered by other companies before being danced by Taylor’s own troupe. Two … Read more