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Buglisi Dance Theater performed new and old works last weekend at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY. Jacqulyn Buglisi’s choreography rings with the drama and theatricality of Martha Graham: vibrating hands, the uplifted legs, knees bent and turned slightly in, swift and daring moves eating up the stage. Beautiful dancers, along with gorgeous lighting and costuming, plus Buglisi’s showmanship make for affecting, and sometimes over-the-top performances. Next at Kaatsbaan: The Ellen Sinopoly Dance Company, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 845-757-5106.

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A Dance Company With Style, Power, Oddity

Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, one of the oldest companies in North America, made a rare appearance in the eastern United States last weekend at Jacob’s Pillow, presenting three modern ballets that showcased their superb dancers and elegant style.

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A Première and a Summing up

Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

Two terrific companies performed at Jacob’s Pillow last week, one brand new, led by an up-and-coming young choreographer; the other three decades old and led by a legendary artist. Both created engrossing experiences and offered a lot to ponder.
Jessica Lang Dance made its debut last week, with five pieces that showcased her tensile, powerful style and visual imagination.
In the only piece that didn’t use props and set pieces, “Solo Bach,” Kanje Segawa was alternately light and airy, and sharply angular, dancing gloriously to a single violin.

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Dance at Norfolk

John Curtis-Michael and Nettie Capasso are among the “Dog-Eared Dancers” who will be performing for a third year running on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in a free performance at Norfolk’s Music Shed at the Battell Stoeckel Estate, routes 44 and 272.
They will be joined by Juliette Soucie and Chandan Sikund. Two new pieces are on the program and two dances they presented last year: “Laura Goes to the Ball,” and “Fading Light.”
For information, call Anita Holmes at 860-542-6967, or Juliette Souci, 917-561-6023.

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Ode to Technique

The Dance Scene
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The most striking moment in Hong Kong Ballet’s “Black on Black,” which premièred in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow last week, was a scene late in the work. A man stands alone, clutching a great swath of silk folded like wings that soar into the sky above him. Suddenly, he snaps the silk away and the wings shoot out of sight, leaving the man earthbound and alone. It was one of many breathtaking moments from a company that combines a steely regard for discipline with startling theatricality. And the music, Henryk Górecki’s String Quartet No.

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Imagery for the Willing

The Dance Scene: Vertigo at the Pillow

Men in black robes and full pants, and women with headscarves and long dresses are engaged in some kind of ritual or tribal ceremony. They could be villagers praying for water for their crops, or members of a religious order, or folk dancers at a celebration. Behind them is a stark white house, or church, or temple. This is Vertigo, the Israeli dance troupe, performing “Mana,” a mesmerizing and beautiful hour-long piece at Jacob’s Pillow last week.

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Flawed, But Fascinating. . . And Always Stylish

The Dance Scene: Morphoses

Integrating film and dance is a tricky thing. How can a five- or six-foot tall body compete with a 15-foot high image, especially in closeup? And no stage set can compete with the intricate and changing scenery in film.

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Ahead at Jacob’s Pillow

The Dance Scene

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, now in its 80th year of bringing the world of dance to the Berkshires, offers many pleasures, great and small. One of the latter is that you can try before you buy: there are video clips of all the companies on their website.

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Connecting Art,Technology and Dance

The Dance Scene

MassMoCA, one of our region’s premier visual art museums, and Jacob’s Pillow, one of the country’s most important dance centers, are co-presenting a piece next weekend that combines two of the most innovative artists working today in both fields.

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A Big Finish . . . For Another Great Season at The Pillow

Dance: Jacob’s Pillow

There are almost no movements in a Mark Morris dance that look like conventional dance steps. The basic building blocks of locomotion we learn as children in a modern dance class are all there: walk, run, slide, skip, gallop, jump, leap. But Morris’s dancers also crawl, scooch and lumber, and they gesture and mime, neither of which usually sit comfortably in a dance piece. Rarely do they jeté, passé, or pirouette, though many of the dancers are highly trained in classical technique and capable of fluttering battements all day long.

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