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Pina Returns to Brooklyn — Modern dance luminary Pina Bausch and her stalwart company of exceptional dancers, Tanztheater Wuppertal, made their New York debut in 1984 with the now-iconic double bill of Café Müller, a melancholic fever dream in which the dreamer, a sleepwalking woman, is trapped inside a congested, monochromatic restaurant, and The Rite of Spring, a voracious reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s original ballet, one that covers the stage in soil and sees its...
Dancer and choreographer Ousmane Wiles already has a decade of experience in New York’s ballroom culture, but still shows up on lists of its exciting young talent. Maybe it’s his energy, his creativity, and (yes) his youthful good looks. Currently working with band/arts collective/ballroom house Shirley House, Wiles has also trained with ballroom legends The House of Mizrahi. It’s at that last place he got his official ballroom name, Omari Mizrahi. Born in Senegal,...
If you’ve ever wondered where sound, psychology and dance intersect, look no further than Sarah Kinlaw. The director, musician and choreographer co-runs the performance art studio Otion Front, where the physical and ontological are examined in tandem, a concept Kinlaw explored in last year's production of Authority Figure. A social psychology experiment, the piece uses intentional choreography and sound installation to create an emotional response from its audience, which is what landed Sarah in the...
After 25 years, Mark Morris's gender-bending, Charles Burns-inspired 1970s Nutcracker still pushes the boundaries of the classical ballet. With a cast of Mark Morris company dancers as well as returning performers from the Hard Nut's quarter-century history, it's also something of a family reunion. Brooklyn Magazine stepped backstage during its short run at BAM this year to take a look at one of Brooklyn's most beloved Christmas traditions. Chelsea Acree, party guest, snow, Russian, flower. "I've been...

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