Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...The word was spoken by one of the dancers in a cluster of about a dozen facing the audience. Then it was repeated by another in the group, then by another..."
"...4) MIDSUMMER OFFERINGS (Performa/Dance) Three choreographers working from different places, but all proving that whether it's warm and fluid, cool and abstract, or as tense as Hitchcock, new dance can compel...."
"...4) 'THE BIG SMALL'/'THE UNDOING OF NONET' (Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company) Separated by months but related in mood, these works were an argument for season-based funding...."
"...Given the pensive direction that choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick's work has taken lately – the subtle resistance of last fall's The Four (3) Seasons, the driving inevitability of last May's More or Less – I expected a dance called Glacier to hurt. And then, opening night happened to fall on the same day the president announced his decision to pull the U.S..."
"...It is a story people really should know. The University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance not only does a bang-up job of presenting Lucy Prebble's entertaining and historically accurate script, but further reframes and modernizes the play with a cast composed of actors whose gender identities are either female or nonbinary...."
"...Sydney Dance Company Cross-disciplinary is the focus this fall in dance presentations at UT's Performing Arts Center. It doesn't seem quite right to call them just "dance" -- without the other artistic elements with which they're fused, they wouldn't, pardon the pun, have a leg to stand on..."
"...Spring is a time for renewal, for fresh perspectives, for rebirth and rejuvenation, so it's appropriate that each spring Kathy Dunn Hamrick and the dancers in her company premiere a new piece. If you're a dance neophyte, like me, or just a plain couch potato, you might ask, "So what? Why should I make the effort to go out and try something new?"..."
"...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..."
"..."Just dance. Dance, dance, dance." -- El Maestro Andres Segura Granados..."
"...These directives are familiar to students of gaga, a "movement language" invented by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. A back injury was the impetus for Naharin's new way of approaching movement, which he developed over many years as a choreographer and director of Tel Aviv, Israel's Batsheva Dance Company, a post he has held since 1990..."
"...He wanted to act, and he followed his instincts, which brought him to Austin and opened up an entirely new world. Within one year, he went from having minimal dance experience to choreographing musicals for St..."
"...But the man himself is cool. He sits calm and poised as he talks about spending half his life in Austin, founding the Austin Festival of Dance, his impending move to New York City, his new job, his new life, and the cycles within life..."
"...If you could capture the essence of childhood play – the boundless energy; the unself-conscious immersion in pretending; the relentless inventiveness; the sheer delight in creativity – and channel it through an adult, you'd have … well, you'd have Mozart, wouldn't you? You'd also have the Mark Morris Dance Group in Mozart Dances...."
"...When I mention that I'm going to see a tap dance show, people do one of three things: tell me that they took tap as a kid, give me a blank "Oh," or flex their wrists at their sides and do a Shirley Temple impersonation. But Tapestry Dance Company Artistic Director Acia Gray isn't about presentational, Broadway-style tap; she's an international name in rhythm tap, which is less about the dimples and more about the percussion..."
"...Crooks also rotates the odometer more than most Austin bands. Dedicating the last two years to near-constant touring, the sextet powers its passenger van through deserts and snowstorms for endless one-night stands in dance halls and dive bars..."
"...It may seem odd to imagine something "modern" being forgotten, but that looks to be what's happening in dance, according to Rodolfo Mendez. The artistic director of Ballet East Dance Company says he sees a generation of dancers growing up with little or no knowledge of modern dance, as it was developed in the early and mid-20th century by the likes of Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Lester Horton, and José Limón..."
"...Last night listened to Waylon Jennings beyond all reason, and then Little Feat and the Rolling Stones. You realize you almost never dance around the room alone anymore..."
"...The cast of Dance Dreams at the Hideout are some brave performers, indeed. The task set before them seems impossible (and perhaps even terrifying) in scope..."
"...So it'll be very exciting to see her interpretation of a classic work like The Scarlet Letter that deals with the themes she's explored in her earlier material. Plus, it's a fully realized production with a UT Department of Theatre & Dance budget..."
"...Egyptian students networked on smartphones, so there were no meetings to bust, no leaders to trail and to arrest. It was the revolutionist version of the flash mob dance..."
"...Pat Stone holds the theory that victims of domestic and sexual abuse tend to "self-select for the dance field, because they want to regain respect for the body and regain control over the body." Over her 30-odd years of teaching dance, she says she's encountered far too many women with histories of abuse. What these women may intuitively know is that expressive movement can help regain what abuse destroys: a feeling of control and a positive relationship with the body...."
"...They stand there wearing girdles, those strapping devices designed to erase our lumps and bulges, the embarrassing humanness of our bodies. Three female and two male dancers, some in bras and some in undershirts, each of their bodies different, shorter or sturdier or slighter than the next..."
"...Wearing richly colored, bejeweled garments handmade in India, she stamped her feet in intricate rhythms and shaped her hands in exquisite gestures, bells and bracelets jingling softly. I marveled at her physical beauty and the combination of delicate precision and strength required by Bharata Natyam, the style of classical Indian dance that Naimpally has performed, taught, and promoted under her organization, Austin Dance India, for two decades...."
"...Don't expect to see sweet little dances if you go see Kathy Dunn-Hamrick's Close Ups. Just because they're in the informal studio space of Cafe Dance doesn't mean that her dances are at all intimate or quaint..."
"...Until now. "We've long been having discussions in the College of Fine Arts about whether or not we should be offering a musical-theatre program," says Bob Schmidt, the interim chair of UT's Department of Theatre & Dance..."
"...Hubbard Street Dance ChicagoBass Concert Hall Jan. 29..."
"...So it was when the Austin Arts Commission convened on Tuesday, May 30. The purpose of the meeting was simple: Deciding what to do about a new guideline in the city arts funding application that had inadvertently led Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks to be declared ineligible for a cultural contract..."
"...SOMEBODY TO LOVE Rosie Perez plays a taxi dancer in a dead-end relationship with a has-been actor played by Harvey Keitel until she falls for an illegal alien......"
"...A documentary, however, might well be the perfect medium for presenting the high bravura drama that was the life of Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000), one of the great 20th century ballerinas. In Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, filmmaker Nancy Buirski profiles Tanny, as she was affectionately called by those who knew her, the Paris-born dancer whose professional and personal trajectory soared early, before plummeting tragically and settling, finally, into the bittersweet...."
"...A ballet dancer's career, like an athlete's, can be cruelly short. You put 10 or 15 years into the profession, and just when you've acquired the experience that will allow you to achieve new levels of creative expression, your body is no longer up to all the physical demands (and punishment) of the job..."
"...Edward's University alum, Luna is a local stage regular; he received an Austin Critics Table award in 2010 for the hat trick of leading roles in Orestes, Black Snow, and Endgame. That same year he delivered a breakout performance in SXSW pot-dealer drama Dance With the One, the first project from the University of Texas Film Institute's Feature Film Lab (see "'Dance' Fever", March 13, 2010)..."
"...Austin Chronicle: Your films seem particularly interested in portraying people as real people. You even use nonactors, in this case a lot of tango dancers..."
"...Despite what some billboards around town might lead you to believe, most people do not go to strip clubs for the lunch deals. They go to watch topless women dance up on a stage or, for a little extra dough, up close and personal..."
"...26-28. Along with the revived interest in all things vinyl, expectations are for an attendance-record-busting ARC..."
"...27. That will officially be "Tapestry Dance Company Day," the 5:30pm entertainment, along with a brace of proclamations, from a Clean Air Force contest award to Domestic Violence Awareness Month..."
"...Maybe that explains the inevitably nasty edge to so many of his press conferences, when reporters spout their predictable questions and he snarls his more-predictable answers. He has to dance, but he doesn't have to pretend he likes it...."
"...Until you lose. Then there are new milestones — three straight losses at home against teams that should have been easy prey (Are we good enough?) A 30-22 loss to Baylor, the first time to fall to the Bears since 1997, the year of the big firing that brought Mack Brown to town (say that three times quickly and dance)..."
"...A small band of students in the University of Texas Department of Theatre & Dance must have something of that same deep affection for Psyche herself, or at least for her timeless tale. They've given over much of the last three years to crafting an original adaptation of her myth and bringing it to the stage not once, not twice, but three times..."
"...Their transformation of 617 Congress into a multilevel performance venue has been, they will gladly volunteer, a learning process. But after $250,000 of investment from Hill and his family, the developer's dance of securing permits, and many hours of hard labor from a number of Heroes members, The Hideout has finally emerged as one of Austin's newest and most user-friendly theatre spaces...."
"...In the year that followed his first attempt at signing Hentges, Robbins got his fledgling label off the ground with a series of dance-oriented hits, while Hentges began playing an awkward year-long residency at Steamboat. The same day Hentges stayed home waiting for the FedEx containing a new four-album deal with Kerr, Robbins called again..."
"...Samuel Beckett once wrote, “Habit is the ballast that chains the dog to his vomit.” Blechh – sameness is vomit. But many of these Trump folks, I’d wager, have never been to a Juneteenth BBQ east of I-35; a Kwanzaa program at the public library; a Diwali banquet with Pakistani students; a Sunday afternoon Czech polka dance with the family; or a Dia de los Muertos parade on S..."
"...Our favorites among their anecdotes become our "friends" in that delightfully odd way our favorite novels draw us in; we are invited to the dance, through stories and in this case, recipes, in a way so intimate and intoxicating that we feel under the author’s spell. We regale anyone who listens with third-person tales of their countryside picnics and al fresco dining among the magic of fireflies..."
"...Seven consecutive songs off Some Girls make their respective studio versions sound like demos. As heathen as Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out still spins from the Let It Bleed tour, which in 1969 redefined North American arena production, Some Girls: Live in Texas ’78 bests it with an altogether more lethal axe duel and whether fast (“Shattered,” “Respectable”) or slow dance (the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination,” “Far Away Eyes”), the band skins alive all tracks rhythmically. [image-9-right]..."
"...ENCANTO EN LA MISIóN, a program of traditional dances of Mexico and Spain performed in authentic costumes by dancers from DanzaHispana and Mariachi Festival, June 15-29, Sat, 8pm. By donation..."
"...Salsa Xochitl Asada Verde: Irresistible on tortilla chips, this sauce of roasted tomatillos and chiles is a Mexican hat dance of citrus, sweet, and salty. – R.F...."
"...Eddie Campbell is a Scots artist known for his work on such outré alternative comics as Bacchus and The Eyeball Kid, and for his magnificent autobiographical tales The Complete Alec and The Dance of Lifey Death. His sketchy illustrations for From Hell are technically coarse but bursting with atmosphere and the dark elegance of Victorian nightmares..."
"...Yet Tester hopes the building will get even busier. As convention destinations go, Austin is a mid-size market, but it's got a packed dance card, filled years in advance..."
"...Austin's music community barely contains its holiday spirit. Like department stores that begin playing Christmas jingles on December 1, we've already blown our festive wads with heavy metal Christmas concerts, hip-hop toy drives, and ugly sweater dance parties..."