Dance of the 1920’s: Flappers & Feminism

Here is a link to a book review and article in regards to the dance scene of the 1920’s. It gives a nod to Isadora Duncan and Josephine Baker and other notable women of the time. Since we are wrapping up our Biographical Sketch unit, this would be a wonderful extension of our class to explore!


Dance Events ‘A Plenty This Weekend!

WOW!  Many opportunities for both extra credit and approved Dance Concerts for your Additional Dance Critiques coming up.  First, a concert that could give you BOTH extra credit while being eligible for your Additional Critique:

“Rodin” by the Eifman Ballet @ the Segerstrom Center for the Arts  (Costa Mesa, across from South Coast Plaza) Friday, May 3 at 7:30pm, Saturday, May 4 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm, and Sunday May 5 at 2:00pm. (Pre-performance talk one hour prior to performance – this is the extra credit part!!!)  “Rodin” is based on the “turbulent relationship between famed French sculptor August Rodin and his mistress, fellow artist and muse Camille Claudel” according to the press release.

Now for other Additional Dance Critique possibilities:

Physical Graffiti – UC Irvine Undergraduate Dance Concert – Claire Trevor Theatre May 3,4,5 at 8pm, May 5 @ 2pm

“There’s You & There’s Me” – UC Riverside MFA candidates Monica Rodero and Dan Schuchart in Experimental Choreography.  Performance Lab, ARTS 166, May 2-4 @ 8pm.Seating for this event is LIMITED: no late seating, doors open at 7:30pm.  This is a small venue! $7

“I Got Lost” – Inland Empire choreographers Roya Carreras (and our very own Kirsten Johansen and Sofia Carreras) “will feature artistry and beauty in the genres of modern dance, ballet and dance theatre” at 8pm Saturday, May 4 at the University of Redlands’ Glenn Wallichs Theater. Student tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 909.748.8728.

Anyone considering going to UCR 909 Dance at the Fox Performing Arts Center in downtown Riverside – remember, this event is only available as EXTRA CREDIT, NOT AS A CRITIQUE OPTION! Show is at 6pm, tickets are $19. For more information, call the Box Office at 951.779.9800.

Enjoy the weekend!

Duke Performances : A Month in Review (Part 4)

Here’s a blog post from “Dance in Real Life”, a blog I follow and enjoy. Hope you find it enjoyable as well as we are in the midst of our Biographical Sketch unit.

A. Noble

On January 23rd, Savion Glover’s SoLe Sanctuary performance had its Page Auditorium audience abuzz before the show even started. And that’s not surprising.

As one of few living tap masters, Glover has been featured on television in shows ranging from Seasame Street to Dancing with the Stars. Glover has performed all over the world since his career began around 1985, and he is certainly no stranger to North Carolina audiences. SoLe Sanctuary brought the Duke audience something new; this show focused more on the physical practice of tap than on the form’s often performative nature, inviting the audience into a moving meditation.

In this work, Glover paid respect to his craft and to those who came before him. At Duke, Glover and his colleague, Marshall Davis Jr. tapped on a raised stage; above them hung photos of Sammy Davis, Jr., Gregory Hines and other legendary tappers, creating…

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