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Lew Whittington

  • by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal Dance films have become the mainstay of dance companies trying to survive an industry in limbo while waiting for it to be safe enough for theaters to reopen for both performers and audiences. Virtual screens have become the “new” venues with a bounty of dance performances to choose from. Dance companies are broadcasting productions filmed in previous seasons, and increasingly, smaller troupes are filming scaled-down current performances [...]

Isa Mojares

Olivia Wood

  • by Olivia Wood for The Dance Journal “Sanctuary! Sanctuary! Sanctuary!” Artists across the country, and indeed, across the world, have echoed Victor Hugo’s iconic words. Since the start of the global pandemic, dancers suddenly found themselves out of work, out of space, and out of opportunities to hone their craft. Facing unemployment and identity crises, dance artists, myself included, have desperately searched for a place where they can feel like true professionals again. They need [...]

Edwina Thertulien

  • Carols In Color
    by Edwina Thertulien for The Dance Journal “Seven! Step eight and one!” That was the voice of Eleone Dance Theatre’s Rehearsal Director Dara Meredith as we rehearsed “Bridges” during our very first rehearsal on Zoom. As I am locked in my room, sweating profusely, I think to myself, “How are we going to do this?” “How am I going to do this?” On December 20th, Eleone will stream their first digital presentation of Carols in [...]

Gina Palumbo

  • Amalia Colón-Nava
    by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal “My name is Amalia and I am here on Lenape Land.” Informance began with a reminder that everything we have – time and the earth under our feet – is borrowed from our ancestors. On Wednesday, December 2nd, Amalia Colón-Nava presented Taking advantage of the vantage point: two films for The PDP Informance Series. I have accepted virtual reality as the exhausted but available option midway through quarantine [...]

Debra Danese

  • by Debra Danese for The Dance Journal | Photo credit: Brigid Pierce Martha Graham’s legacy proved to be withstanding this past week! The company presented excerpts from her extensive repertory as part of Annenberg Center’s Digital Series. The program came together seamlessly and showcased pieces that best-represented elements of Graham’s signature technique. On Thursday, December 10, 2020, the live stream event took place with a stripped-down cast of two to adhere to pandemic restrictions. In [...]

Jane Fries

  • by Jane Fries for The Dance Journal BalletX, persevering through the pandemic restrictions that have closed stages across the world, released three captivating dance films on Wednesday night. Above all, the films are a vehicle for BalletX to stay in touch with their fans. As company director Christine Cox said in a live streaming Q. and A. session, “We love you, we miss you. We’ll get through this and we’ll be together again.” The films [...]

Steven Weisz

  • An Afternoon’s Escape From Covid-19 With Nicole Burgio

    Photos by Steven Weisz, Art ImaginedOn a beautiful Fall day in Philadelphia, I met up with Nicole Burgio and Mark Wong for an informal photo shoot at Bartram Gardens. It was one of those rare moments to escape from quarantine, the stresses of daily life, and simply enjoy nature and movement. Nicole Burgio began training in gymnastics at age 5 and pursued the sport competitively through her matriculation at Temple University, where she majored in [...]

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