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UT Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall for Dance
Work after work in this program emphatically spoke to current events, to the here and now
Arts Review  November 16, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Robert Faires' Top 10 Dance and Classical Treasures of 2017
Much outstanding new dance and music this year took its cue from the world around us and pressing social issues
Arts Story  December 28, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Top 9 All-In Dance Concerts (Plus 3 Short Works) of 2013
This year, dancers took on weighty matters – gender, the body, grief – exploring them with remarkable depth
Arts Story  January 3, 2014, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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...."

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company’s Glacier
As an elegy to the ice, this dance aestheticized doom but left us plenty of edge
Arts Review  June 8, 2017, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

UT Department of Theatre & Dance's Enron
This production of Lucy Prebbles' play smartly recounts and reframes the corporate beast's rise and fall
Arts Review  March 1, 2018, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...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...."

Not Just Dance
Moving Into New Forms at the Performing Arts Center
Arts Story  October 31, 1997, by Stephanie Beauchamp
"...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..."

Breathe, Fall, Suspend
Kathy Dunn Hamrick explains what modern dance is and why she keeps making it
Arts Story  April 30, 2004, by Barry Pineo
"...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?"..."

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..."

The Quest for Aztlan
Roen Salinas Searches for -- and Finds -- Life in Folklórico
Arts Story  April 24, 1998, by Mary Jane Garza
"..."Just dance. Dance, dance, dance." -- El Maestro Andres Segura Granados..."

Batsheva Dance Company
Going gaga for sensation-based movement
Arts Story  March 16, 2012, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Gotta Dance!
Kevin Archambault came late to dance, but his love of it and commitment to it have brought the young dancer and choreographer a long way in a short time.
Arts Story  November 17, 2000, by Lindsey Schwartz
"...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..."

Dance Visionary Charles Santos Heads to NYC Life Cycles
Arts Story  November 24, 1995
"...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..."

Review: Mark Morris Dance Group
'Mozart Dances' exhilarates with exuberant playfulness
DAILY Arts  September 27, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Tapestry Dance Company's In Your Shoes
The rhythm tap troupe explores homelessness with a common sense of the form's capacity for complexity, subtlety, and risk
Arts Review  October 8, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Playback: Doug Sahm for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
The Austin Music Hall gets slated for teardown, the Roost closes while looking for a cash infusion, Backyard owner Tim O'Connor gets back in the concert game, and a Kickstarter campaign to get Doug Sahm into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Music Column  July 9, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Ballet East Dance Company: Reclaiming the modern in a pomo world
Rodolfo Mendez wants us to remember that before there was postmodern, modern dance ruled
Arts Story  November 30, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Page Two: You Always Remember the Dance
First steps, two step
Columns  September 24, 2015, by Louis Black
"...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 Hideout Theatre's Dance Dreams
The improv artists in this production do an impressive job of detailing the falling and rising fortunes of a ballet company
Arts Review  December 7, 2017, by T. Lynn Mikeska
"...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..."

Fall Arts Issue Critics Picks
From the arts harvest, our critics pluck choice treats
Arts Story  September 14, 2012, by Robert Faires, Wayne Alan Brenner, Adam Roberts, Dan Solomon and Elizabeth Cobbe
"...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..."

Letters at 3AM: Flash Mob Dance Revolution: Part 1
It is only a matter of time before an interconnected world work force begins to ask, 'Who are we really working for?'
Columns  November 4, 2011, by Michael Ventura
"...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..."

Gibney Dance Community Action Residency
Training dancers to help victims of abuse
Arts Story  November 4, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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...."

All Bodies Dance
The latest production from Johnson / Long Dance Company, I Stuck My Head in the Garden is a 65-minute topsy-turvy of boys and girls in all their confusing combinations and shows the troupe once again smashing the notion that dance belongs to the tall, the thin, and the flat-chested.
Arts Story  January 24, 2003, by Sarah Hepola
"...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..."

Mother-Daughter Dance
Anuradha Naimpally and Purna Bajekal are of two generations, but they share one timeless tradition
Arts Story  March 29, 2013, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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...."

Ready for My Close Up
Dancing Where the Audience Can See Everything
Arts Story  November 7, 1997, by Stephanie Beauchamp
"...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..."

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
The Chicago troupe's dances, grounded in contemporary ballet, ranged from ceremonial to intimate to absurd
Arts Review  February 5, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Hubbard Street Dance ChicagoBass Concert Hall Jan. 29..."

UT Department of Theatre & Dance: Gotta sing! Gotta dance!
The new Musical Theatre Pilot Project aims to prepare UT undergrads for belting for Broadway
Arts Story  April 11, 2008, by Barry Pineo
"...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..."

Ballet Austin: Save the last dance for me
Four of the company's most gifted dancers are taking their leaves after this season's finale
Arts Story  May 9, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The Forest for the Trees
The Austin Arts Commission has never been a model of bureaucratic efficiency, but this year it seems to have become a big cliché in action, a body so focused on procedure and minutiae and the concerns of the moment that it can't see the forest for the trees. It's compounding the problems in Austin's profoundly flawed public arts funding system and demonstrating just how poorly that process serves not only the city's artists but all its citizens.
Arts Story  July 6, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Fall Movie Round-Up
Sneaking Into Autumn
Screens Story  September 6, 1996, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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......"

Toe to Toe With a Life in Dance
A ballerina inspires two choreographers in AFS Doc Nights offering
Screens Story  June 5, 2014, by Anne S. Lewis
"...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...."

Gabriel Luna for the Gooooooaaaaaal!
Soccer and Spy games collide in El Rey's 'Matador'
Screens Story  July 17, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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)..."

Life, Death, and Dance
Robert Duvall loves to tango. Robert Duvall loves Buenos Aires. And Robert Duvall loves Luciana Pedraza, the ravishing Argentinean-born woman who plays opposite him in Assassination Tango, a film in which the screen legend somehow conflates all these things.
Screens Story  March 14, 2003, by Sarah Hepola
"...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..."

The Real Cost of a Lap Dance?
Lawsuit cites violation of wage laws at strip clubs
News Story  October 29, 2010, by Diana Welch
"...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..."

Fall On Me
Three fall Austin music perennials.
Music Story  September 14, 2012, by Austin Powell, Raoul Hernandez and Jim Caligiuri
"...26-28. Along with the revived interest in all things vinyl, expectations are for an attendance-record-busting ARC..."

Council: A Tapestry Dance for Fall
Cabs, parking, and marriage equality are all on the docket next week
News Story  September 21, 2012, by Michael King
"...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..."

Letters at 3AM: Flash Mob Dance Revolution: Part 3
Investment, invention, and labor: the three pillars of commerce
Columns  December 2, 2011, by Michael Ventura


Point Austin: Pointed Questions for 2006
When the Lege comes back to school, will they have done their homework?
News Column  January 13, 2006, by Michael King
"...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...."

Longhorns Live the Struggle for Another Week
and another season and another …
DAILY Sports  November 5, 2010, by Joe O'Connell
"...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)..."

The Things We Do for Love
One theatre ensemble just can't quit that miss of myth, Psyche
Arts Story  June 25, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Home for Heroes (and Others)
Transforming the storefront at 617 Congress into The Hideout, a multilevel arts venue, has been a learning process for proprietors Shana Merlin and Sean Hill. But after $250,000 of investment, the developer's dance of securing permits, and many hours of hard labor, they have created one of Austin's most user-friendly theatre spaces.
Arts Story  August 4, 2000, by Phil West
"...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...."

Waiting for Christmas
Music Story  March 4, 1999, by Andy Langer
"...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..."

The Q&A Hole: Why Would Someone – Why Would Anyone – Vote for Trump?
With Leslie Bonnell, Arcie Cola, Lashonda Lester, Tim Doyle, and more
DAILY News  November 8, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

'Extra Virgin' Evokes a Passion for Food
Couple's book shares romance of Tuscany with stories, recipes, photos
DAILY Food  June 11, 2014, by Maggie Perkins
"...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..."

Gimme Shelter: A Song for Margaret Moser
A stoned soul picnic of Rolling Stones for Wattser
DAILY Music  September 1, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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]..."

Council: They Just Might Dance All Night
34 member-sponsored items clog agenda
News Story  June 26, 2014, by Michael King


Dance:
Arts Story  June 14, 1996
"...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..."

'Chronicle' Critics' Picks for Restaurant and Commercial Hot Sauces 2010
Our critics guarantee these sauces are all delicious and encourage readers to check them out
Food Story  August 27, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood, Mick Vann, Claudia Alarcón, MM Pack, Kate Thornberry and Rachel Feit
"...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...."

Something for Everyone... Jack's Back... and It's Hell
Books Story  November 17, 1995
"...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..."

Recommended Live Music for the Weekend
Some selections to help you cool down as summer heats up
DAILY Chron Events  July 13, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...The former offered up 2017’s easy and freewheelin’ Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band, while his spouse delivered this spring’s stellar Back Being Blue. Thankfully their individual projects haven’t quelled the couple’s impulse to fill the Broken Spoke dance floor..."

Pushing for Expansion
Casar, Houston not warming up to expansion proposal
News Story  October 22, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

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