Pina Bausch’s 1989 masterpiece Palermo Palermo is a Felliniesque portrait of life in the Sicilian city. Like Fellini’s films (Roma comes to mind), Bausch’s work is less [read on]
Marie Chouinard’s “M”: animated by breath
Watching Marie Chouinard’s latest creation, “M,” is like having a fever dream where AI teaches cute mechanical dolls how to dance like humans.
Danse Danse launches its 25th season with Pina Bausch’s legendary Rite of Spring
Danse Danse launched its 25th season this week with a revival of the late great Pina Bausch’s Rite of Spring. Originally created in 1975 for her world-renowned Tanztheater [read on]
Nederlands Dans Theater: Not to be missed (but thanks to COVID-19, you’ll miss it)
The Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is world renowned for the virtuosity and versatility of their dancers, as well as their collaborations with the most illustrious [read on]
José Navas’s Winterreise: A Cautionary Tale for Valentine’s Day?
Winter is long and hard. It sucks. Finding out that your significant other has ditched you for another and that you must leave your cozy home to wander, grieving and alone, [read on]
Radicale Vitalité: Marie Chouinard pushes the envelope, laughing all the way
In her latest work, Radicale Vitalité, Solos et Duos, Marie Chouinard walks a bunch of fine lines: pleasure vs. pain, laughter vs. tears, love vs. strife, sanity vs. [read on]
Dance From a Divided City: Elad Schechter, Rand Ziad Taha, and Hala Salem
From a divided city, a rare moment of collaboration between Muslim and Jew: Last night, Tangente Danse presented Premiere, a work choreographed by Elad Schechter and [read on]
Lisa Fischer and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet: Propelled Hearts
With a voice to shake you to your very core, Lisa Fischer takes to the stage with a dozen dancers in Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet’s Canadian premiere of The Propelled [read on]
Who knew monks could dance?
In Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra, 19 Shaolin monks from an ancient temple near Dengfeng, China, perform hair-raising feats of martial prowess honed over a lifetime of [read on]
Legend Lin Dance Theatre’s Eternal Tides: the virtuosity of stillness
I have never seen anything like this. The stage is hung with long white translucent panels. Just in front of the stage, a candle burns on a sort of shrine. On each [read on]
Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal’s Dance Me: paging Leonard Cohen
With the one-year anniversary of his death one month past, Montreal’s craze for all things Leonard Cohen shows no sign of abating. There was the five-night Jenny Holzer [read on]
Danse Danse presents Hofesh Shecter’s Grand Finale: an absolute must see
Many years ago I met a young man from Tel Aviv. I asked him what it was like to live in a place where bombs regularly go off in night clubs, pizza parlors, and crowded [read on]
Marie Chouinard’s Garden of Earthly Delights: The Ecstasy of Creation
When was the last time you took a good look at Hieronymous Bosch’s early 16th-century painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights?” I mean, really looked at it, at all the [read on]
Akram Khan’s Until the Lions: Love, Kill Bill style
“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” In Akram Khan’s new work, Until the Lions, he explores the tension [read on]
Ohad Naharin’s “Last Work”: Mind. Blown.
Nancy Berman reviews Ohad’s mindblowing “Last Work,” for Batsheva Dance Company, part of the Danse Danse season.
Nederlands Dans Theatre: highlight of the Danse Danse season
Thanks to Danse Danse, for the first time in 20 years, the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is back in Montreal, with a stellar triple bill line-up featuring two works [read on]
Flamenco and the feminine
Danse Danse opened its 19th season Thursday evening in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier with a breathtaking flamenco reimagining of Carmen. The female protagonist in Prosper [read on]
José Navas’s Rites: solo works of profound intimacy and vulnerability
With his latest work, a set of four solos called Rites, José Navas marks a personal rite of passage in his life and long career as a dancer and choreographer. Having [read on]
Hofesh Shecter’s Sun: hilarious, terrifying, and thought-provoking
Where to begin? With the bigger-than-life-size cardboard sheep? The commedia dell’arte players? The bagpipes and electronic soundtrack? The Leonard-Cohenesque voice slowly [read on]
Danse Danse Season Kicks off with National Ballet Triple Bill
The National Ballet of Canada launches the Danse Danse season with a stunning contemporary triple bill featuring works by Forsythe, Goecke, and McGregor.