Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s A Letter to My Nephew is a study in personal and historical layers. The BAM Harvey Theater, where the piece was performed as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival, is gilded and rich in adornment, yet weathered around the edges.
Each June, New York City observes Pride Month by celebrating and commemorating the LGBTQ community with vibrant events and exhibitions of all kinds. This year, among innumerable festivities, New York Live Arts facilitates “The House Party,” part of a multi-faceted celebration and remembrance of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Co-founder Arnie Zane. Artist Zoe Leonard displays her work Strange Fruit at the Whitney, and discusses its themes of mortality and discrimination with the Brooklyn Rail. The annual Pride March floods 5th Avenue, and devotes a moment of silence to members of the community lost to AIDs and discrimination. The Joyce Theater provides a week of queer programming with performances from both Madboots Dance and Sean Dorsey Dance.
February 28 marked the New York premiere of Some of a Thousand Words at the Joyce Theater, and another point in Wendy Whelan’s trajectory from New York City Ballet principal to contemporary dance collaborator.
The Vertigo dancers execute movement like a well-organized mission, with confidence and commitment. As one soloist stumbles down the stage's diagonal, her colleagues plait her hair, swooping under and over each other to manipulate their taut sections of the braid.
Hilary Easton’s bio suggests that her identity as a choreographer is inseparable from her identity as an educator, teaching dance composition at Juilliard.