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Speaking of Dance
The difficulty of describing dance inspires choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick to create an ingenious 30-minute dance out of phrases from dance reviews.
Arts Story April 25, 2003, by Sarah Hepola
"...Kathy Dunn Hamrick was reading a dance review when a phrase caught her eye: "multiple cuppings of dipped heads." Huh? She had seen the show, too, but the reviewer's description left her baffled. What was a cupping? How many cuppings were there? And did she somehow miss them all? She stood up in her office and began dancing out whatever came to mind -- "funny, bizarre images" -- trying to re-enact the vivid and peculiar phrase..."
In the Pocket
Tapestry Dance Company's season premiere was a swingin' jazz affair that made the Paramount Theatre feel like a smoky little club between Birdland and heaven
Arts Review November 5, 2004, by Robert Faires
Film Review May 10, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
Ever since she exposed Hollywood's dirty little secret about the fast track to stardom when she spread her legs in Basic Instinct and became an overnight success after years of...
"...The press, though chilly to the rote death-row storytelling of Last Dance, has generally been treating Stone's performance as one of the revelations of the decade. Review after review praises the movie's display of Stone's “range” and “skill” as an actress and her indisputable physical appeal that manages to transcend this character's lack of make-up and high couture..."
The Dance of Reality
Film Review June 6, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...This review has been modified from its original publication in the Chronicle on March 12 as part of our SXSW Film coverage...."
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Call them contemporary or modern, but Paul Taylor's dances are always masterful
Arts Story March 27, 2009, by Andrew Long
"...During one section, Taylor stood silently on stage for several minutes without moving his body or even blinking his eyes. (Keep in mind that John Cage's infamous 4'33" debuted only five years earlier.) Responding in kind, Louis Horst's review consisted of 4 inches of blank white space, mentioning only Taylor and the theatre's name..."
A Dance Writer Moves On
After a decade with the Chron, Jonelle Seitz takes her leave
DAILY Arts October 17, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...After 10 years of writing about dance for the Austin Chronicle, Jonelle Seitz has decided to stop. The review she wrote of Blue Lapis Light's Belonging, Part One has turned out to be her farewell piece...."
Fusebox Festival Review: (Re)current Unrest
This dance grapples with cultural appropriation and racism
DAILY Arts April 24, 2018, by Jonelle Seitz
UT's Cabaret is a risky departmental production
sufficiently primed as postelection catharsis
Arts Review November 12, 2004, by Heather Barfield Cole
Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre's Locked-In
A dance inspired by our rigid connection to our cell phones was more spontaneous and personal than its title implied
Arts Review June 28, 2018
"...One worried about her. But if the threat warned against is a world that is cold and sterile, it was clear that we certainly, most definitely, thankfully are not there yet.
Museum of Human Achievement
This review has been updated to correct the spelling of Leila Louise Henley's name...."
Review: Mark Morris Dance Group
'Mozart Dances' exhilarates with exuberant playfulness
DAILY Arts September 27, 2013, by Robert Faires
UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Building the Wall
UT Department of Theatre & Dance rushes to get Robert Schenkkan's timely political drama onstage
Arts Review September 7, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...It's a brave playwright who writes about current events in 2017. The newsreel is running so fast, and our understanding shifts so much from week to week, that it's hard to write anything – even a review – that won't seem dated by next week..."
Fantastic Fest Review: Climax
Gaspar Noé gets sticky on the dance floor
DAILY Screens September 28, 2018, by Jenny Nulf
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Review: Flamenco India
Oliver Rajamani tells a story of migration in music and dance
DAILY Arts May 9, 2018, by Sumaiya Malik
ACL Review: LCD Soundsystem
All my friends dance thmselvs clean
DAILY Music October 3, 2016, by Abby Johnston
SXSW Film Review: 'Born to Fly'
Dancers soar, slam, and crash to stunning effect in bio-doc
DAILY SXSW March 11, 2014, by Robert Faires
ACL Live Review: Odesza
Electro fireworks trailing glitter across the sky
DAILY Music October 6, 2018, by Christina Garcia
SXSW Music Review: Thank You for Sweating
DJ booth elevates international house and techno
DAILY SXSW March 17, 2018, by Christina Garcia
ACL Review: Walk the Moon
Pop cult turns in perhaps the sleeper set of the entire fest
DAILY Music October 11, 2015
'Provocative' aptly describes the Rude Mechanicals' 'Cherrywood,' which thrusts you into a strange, relentlessly intense party that's never boring but never really engaging either
Arts Review November 5, 2004, by Barry Pineo
A Day at The Races.... One Hour at the Mixed Arts Panel Review Session
Arts Story May 27, 1999
"...Jim Bob McMillan, chair of the Mixed Arts panel, carries folding chairs into the meeting room in the Dove Springs Multipurpose Center, located a few miles east of I-35 off Stassney. Each year, the Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the Cultural Contracts Program, picks a different venue for the review sessions; to the players, it must feel that each year sees them heading further and further afield...."
Studio Theater Project
The mixed program offers a rich variety of dance that defies easy summation
Arts Review April 1, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
"...A mixed dance program in which each work is textured and interesting in some way yet very different from the others makes for a difficult review. But the limitations and difficulties of exploring dance via ever-smaller blocks of text are for critics to contend with..."
Anuradha Naimpally and Purna Bajekal are of two generations, but they share one timeless tradition
Arts Story March 29, 2013, by Jonelle Seitz
"...During that hour of rehearsal, it's the only correction Naimpally gives her daughter. They work as equals, questioning each other about the turn of the head or the number of steps to take, crouching side-by-side over their notebooks to review the choreography..."
Big Range Austin Dance Festival
The Big Range Dance Festival shows why that art is worth everyone's attention
Arts Review July 8, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
An Evening of New Dance
The work here, while not so new, showed that area black dance is living and diverse
Arts Review October 17, 2008, by Jonelle Wilkinson Seitz
Influences: A Cinematic Showdown
No showdown shows up, but Stephanie Keeton shares the thrill of the dancing body
Arts Review September 17, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
Canción del Cuerpo
The UT-Colombian dance collaboration proved more about process than product
Arts Review March 12, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
3: MFA Dance Concert
The work of these grad student dancemakers was as individual as it was thoughtful
Arts Review March 16, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
Dark to Light
Issues of sensitivity and clarity hamper this dance program
Arts Review March 9, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
The Grand Theory of Everything Between
What's undeniably grand about this new dance is Peter Stopschinski's music
Arts Review May 20, 2011, by Barry Pineo
In this mixed-dance program weighted with angst, skill and innovation were lacking
Arts Review April 15, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
Parampara Part II
A celebration of Indian classical dance that was unfailingly interesting
Arts Review February 11, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
Flash Dance: 30 Dances in 60 Minutes
Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's Flash Dance: 30 Dances in 60 Minutes won't give you Jennifer Beals, just clean, clear movement in expressive, compact little nuggets
Arts Review February 16, 2007, by Robert Faires
In 'Aztlan Underground,' Aztlan Dance Company again shatters Latin dance stereotypes, twirling the pieces and making a mosaic of its own contemporary style
Arts Review August 19, 2005, by Patti Hadad
Fast Approaching Swiftly Gone
American Repertory Ensemble's latest conveyed the mood and form of good poetry
Arts Review June 1, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
The Threepenny Opera
Inventive direction and fun acting make a wonderful spectacle of Brecht's dark world
Arts Review February 25, 2011, by Avimaan Syam
"...Halena Kays' relentlessly inventive direction really makes Threepenny a delight: I could fill the entire review with a list of the magical moments and props this show offers. The strong sense of world-building flows through some beautiful design and a well-knit, enjoyable ensemble, punctuated by Amanda Morish's sweet singing as Pirate Jenny and Alexis Scott's wonderful comedic timing as Jacob...."
Ariel Dance Theatre's Gyre Project ends on a visually thrilling but confusing note
Arts Review August 28, 2009, by Jonelle Seitz
In this national tour of 'Movin' Out,' Twyla Tharp's choreographic power gleamed like the chrome of a streamline fin on a convertible
Arts Review November 11, 2005, by Ann Ciccolella
In KillSport, Spank Dance Company's latest, performers shoot, stab, bludgeon, and explode stuffed animals to satirize our lust for blood
Arts Review April 1, 2005, by Barry Pineo
Thanks for 'Paths' Review
Postmarks December 12, 2003
"...Heather Barfield. It was a pleasure reading her review of our dance production of Paths ["Exhibitionism," Arts, Dec..."
This dance/spoken-word production embodies our waking, sleeping dream
Arts Review August 27, 2010, by Barry Pineo
"...I must subjectively experience what I see while allowing room to objectively evaluate it for the reading public. The public wants my opinion – that's why they read the review..."
Hot September Flurries
Fall fell early, thanks to a program of group dances that projected an autumnal mood
Arts Review September 28, 2007, by Robert Faires
El Gran Circo: The Aztlan Circus
In the same way that Aztlan Dance Company has revolutionized Latin dance, they take the circus and run with it in their new production, El Gran Circo: The Aztlan Circus
Arts Review March 1, 2007, by Patti Hadad
SXSW Film Review: 'The Dance of Reality'
The fantastical director's first foray in 23 years is a family affair
DAILY SXSW March 12, 2014, by Marc Savlov
Dance Repertory Theatre's successful spring concert guided its audiences to heaven
Arts Review March 30, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
FlashDance, but Flashier: 30 More Dances in 60 Minutes
These microdances had beginnings, middles, and ends, and also heart
Arts Review December 9, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
360 (round dance)
Steven Dietz's new adaptation of Schnitzler's Reigen is solid and intriguing
Arts Review November 18, 2011, by Elizabeth Cobbe
Voices of Rhythm
Spoken word added spark, but dance still spoke the loudest in Tapestry's show
Arts Review November 5, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
Voice Dance Company
The debut of Gina Patterson's new company had everything you need in choreography
Arts Review January 15, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
Cheryl Chaddick's four dances are diverse, a touch raw, and almost unfailingly interesting
Arts Review November 13, 2009, by Jonelle Seitz
Cinderella/Mi Madre y Yo
Mothers danced in both Long Center venues on Mother's Day, but oh, what different moms
Arts Review May 15, 2009, by Jonelle Seitz