Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This Sunday: Fundraising for Dance in Atlanta

CORE Performance Company, Photo by Lori Teague

Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Photo by Leah Roth
DanceATL's Bi-Monthly Meeting
Sunday, October 3
7-9 p.m.
Atlanta Ballet Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre
$5 at the door, free with membership to DanceATL
Discussion Topic: "Fundraising for Dance in Atlanta"
A conversation with fundraising professionals Lisa Cremin, Director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Lucie Andre, Past Development Officer with Paul Taylor and American Ballet Theatre, Melanie Lynch-Blanchard, Artistic Director, Zoetic Dance Ensemble. And a discussion of how DanceATL can help dance grow in metro Atlanta.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010


Here's a review from Cynthia Perry of of George Staib's/Staibdance's most recent show (they just closed the last one I would think here on Sat. nite.)
And another from Andrew Alexander who recently started reviewing dance for Creative Loafing. (Or recently returned seems more apt--a quick search in the CL archives shows some articles from 2000, then the jump ten years to the Gardenhouse review from last week. Welcome back, Mr. Alexander!)
Two reviews for one show, wow, my mind is a little blown right now. And the great thing is that since I unfortunately had to miss out on this one, I get an idea anyway, from reading about it. (Well, that and hearing about it from people who went, also reviews just the informal word-of-mouth kind.) Congrats, George!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

American Muscle and more

Review of Blake Beckham's performance "American Muscle" at Eyedrum on 9/11 by Cynthia Perry with
Here's another article from Ms. Perry from back in August that I didn't post earlier about the new Atlanta Ballet space. I've just finally made it out there myself and I can say it's stunning. If you haven't made it out to drool over the huge studios and all the included amenities, you should join us for the next DanceATL meeting on Oct. 3 that'll be held in this space. Also great performers and speakers, but I'll post more about that shortly!
And congrats to, and Jerry Cullum for receiving Possible Futures grants. Though I have to say it's unfortunate that art writing is now also in the position to need grants. (Though with the state of print journalism at this point, I guess it's almost writing at ALL!) Teaching art and making art are already often considered "not really careers". Everyone needs to be a software engineer and apparently the world will be a better place (just a little bitter to hear about the one place there's still high demand for employment--nothing against software engineers personally ;)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Some articles

Creative Loafing's Curt Holman in an interview with George Staib about his upcoming performances next weekend, and a review of Twist that mentions the choreography in the last paragraph and a brief mention of the dance Rose and Helen did on the Convergent Frequencies shipping containers tonight in this preview of the event by Wyatt Williams.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tap dance

A preview by Cynthia Perry on of Alliance Theater's Twist focusing on tap dancer Jared Grimes.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

White House dance and more on criticism

So many things I've seen circulating online that I've been meaning to post lately! (And these aren't Atlanta-related so much as general dance topics.) 

A post from The Ballet Bag on dance criticism meets web 2.0 brings up many of the same discussions of how dance criticism meets the online world, as print journalism struggles to answer this question across the board. This post has interesting suggestions on how writers can and have been using links in their reviews to add more information for the reader about specific dance concepts or even videos of steps. So online, the educational component of the review becomes broader and the vocabulary a writer can use expands along with the word count.

Other links from this post that I want to highlight: a (rather in depth) interview from with NY Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay (who is apparently the last of the *paid* dance critic breed, according to an aside in this post by Tonya Plank.) Tendu TV's Marc Kirschner apparently suggested at the spring panel on dance criticism Ms. Plank took part in, a system for paying dance writers through a per ticket fee to audience members. That's one we didn't come up with at the Emory symposium! She says the panel discussed how that (and other things required by some of the changes in the definition of critic) would certainly blur the line for the critic's objectivity.

And speaking of Alastair Macaulay above, here's his NY Times article about the recent dance event at the White House. Everyone's excited that Michelle Obama organized a dance event along with the many other arts events, usually music and literature it seems, held at the White House on a pretty regular basis. Though it's by no means the first time dance has been hosted at the presidential residence, it's the first time in a LONG time, so that's great news for dance awareness generally. Here's an article from Dance/USA about the event as well. 

For more about the state of dance in general, here's an interesting piece also from the NY Times (but Gia Kourlas this time) on trends in contemporary choreography.   

I also wanted to point out that after finding Mr. Macaulay's interview I found that the site has a list of links to reviews and interviews of all sorts of dance from all over--almost a clipping service online for dance. Very useful/interesting!