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Our Favorite Black Excellence Moments From This Decade
12/31/2019
BET
Just a few of our favorite #BlackExcellence moments from this decade. Enjoy! December 2010 saw both Oprah Winfrey and Bill T. Jones celebrated with Kennedy Center honors. 

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Tracks get fresher: bold new moves at New York Live Arts
12/16/2019
InfiniteBody
I came away from last night’s edition of FRESH TRACKS–New York Live Arts’ showcase for rising choreographers–eager to see each of the five pieces separately, with ample contemplative, processing time and space around each. But, of course, an omnibus program like this–squeezing in five 15-minute works, diverse in maker and nature–does...

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Storytelling is the key ingredient in the year’s best dance works
12/12/2019
Washington Post
Strong storytelling defined my favorite dance performances this year. The events took vastly different forms but offered a great deal to think about, whether the curtain opened on fresh retellings of familiar tales, true stories of courage and optimism, new stories about everyday struggles and universal themes, or short sketches...

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Celebrating the Modern Ballroom Scene
11/25/2019
The New York Times
PHILADELPHIA — “Tonight you are in a blended world,” said M.C. Jack Mizrahi, a ballroom veteran and historian, at the Champion Art Ball. “We’re going to take art, we’re going to take vogue, we’re going to take ballroom, and we’re going to give you a tableau vivant right in front...

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Park Avenue Armory Unveils Its 2020 Season
11/12/2019
New York Times
Among the highlights are a commission for Bill T. Jones, a staging of Monteverdi by Pierre Audi, and Alex Lawther in “Hamlet.”

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8 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend
10/10/2019
The New York Times
YANIRA CASTRO/A CANARY TORSI at New York Live Arts (Oct. 16-20, 7:30 p.m.). Since Castro, a Puerto Rican artist and choreographer, founded her interdisciplinary collective in 2009, a driving question has been how humans — performers and spectators alike — behave in situations together. Her...

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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Youthful Dances Get a Youthful Jolt
10/02/2019
The New York Times
In her early 20s, the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker created two dances that remain among her most distinguished: “Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich” (1981), for two women; and “Rosas Danst Rosas” (1983), for four. The last time she brought these minimalist masterpieces to New...

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The Universe in Verse: Bill T. Jones Performs Poet Ross Gay’s Ode to Our Highest Human Potentialities
09/20/2019
Brain Pickings
Legendary choreographer and New York Live Arts artistic director Bill T. Jones, subject of the inspiring forthcoming documentary Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters, stole the show with his electrifying performance of Gay’s poem at the third annual Universe in Verse — please enjoy:

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Goings On About Town: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
09/16/2019
The New Yorker
If someone turned “The Breakfast Club” into a dance for four women, it might look like Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s “Rosas Danst Rosas.” Clad in gray, with sleeves that slip provocatively from their shoulders, the women squirm, thrash their hair, pull at their clothes, or create elegant loop-the-loops, now and then smiling...

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Magic Man: A deep dive inside the interdisciplinary mind of artist Rashaad Newsome
09/14/2019
Philadelphia Weekly
The New Orleans-born, NYC-living, queer, black artist is putting together what he calls “a holistic reflection on agency, blackness and the futurity of intersectional identities and oppression.” On top of all this, Newsome is a Master of Heraldry with a capital ‘M’, heraldry being both the science and the art...

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