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The Idiot Savant

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's possible for a ground-breaking artist to maintain their magic touch even after decades of work.  That's what Performance Club organizer Claudia La Rocco found with Richard Foreman's Idiot Savant.

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The Art of Making (Books About) Dances

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Doris Humphrey’s 1959 book The Art of Making Dances is part of the bedrock of modern dance, a work that has functioned as a how-to guide for untold choreographers in the 50 years since it was published.

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November Outings

Monday, November 02, 2009

November is upon us, the weather is nicer than it was in July and the Performance Club has two events coming up. Mark your calendars and let me know if you're in or out.

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No Exit

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

On Saturday I boarded a bus in East Harlem for "The Provenance of Beauty," the Foundry Theatre's tour of the South Bronx. I have mixed feelings about this being the Performance Club's smallest outing ever (just two of us!): on one hand I would *really* like to hear other reactions. On the other, I'm happy none of you shelled out for what I found to be an irritating, offensive and thoroughly misguided work.

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Yoko Ono

Friday, October 02, 2009

Her signature howl made her brand of avant-garde music famous. But in recent years, Ono found mainstream success with five number one dance singles. Now, forty years after she founded the original Plastic Ono Band with her late husband, John Lennon, she's ...

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What Would You Ask Yoko?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Next week, Kurt will be speaking to musician, artist, and all-around icon Yoko Ono -- she has a new album coming out, "Between My Head and the Sky," on which she collaborated on with her son Sean Lennon.

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So You Think You Can Dance

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Last weekend on the show, we heard from Paulus Berensohn -- a sculptor based at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and a man of strong opinions when it comes to things clay. He believes clay is the source of life on this planet, that there is movement everywhere, and that it’s important to understand both principles when taking on the potter's wheel.

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Aha Moment: Dances with Clay

Friday, September 04, 2009

In the 1950s, Paulus Berensohn, now 77, studied dance at Juilliard, performed on Broadway, and worked with modern dance legends like Merce Cunningham and Mary Anthony. Then, in his mid-20s, it occurred to him: what would it mean to dance, not just on the stage, but in ...

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Remembering Merce Cunningham

Friday, July 31, 2009

Merce Cunningham, the legendary choreographer and performer, passed away on July 26th. In a 2002 interview, Cunningham describes what happened when he tried choreographing on a PC. Produced by Kerrie Hillman

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Merce Cunningham: 1919 - 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

We were saddened by the news this morning that Merce Cunningham has died. Cunningham was a giant of American modern dance and choreography – and an astoundingly talented dancer, who started his career dancing for Martha Graham, and appeared in his own company’s performances into his 70s.

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Michael Jackson's Global Reach

Thursday, June 25, 2009

This video of Filipino inmates performing a mass-ensemble dance to "Thriller" was circulating around the web a year or so ago. Given today's news, we thought it was worth another look. Jackson's death adds a dose of poignancy to the bizarre spectacle.

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Bust a Move! What Was Your Personal Soundtrack?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

It was 20 years ago today that Marvin Young, a.k.a. Young MC, released the hit record "Bust a Move." We want to know what the big dance song was from your time in the dance clubs. Tell us your stories and send some pictures of yourself in the club. We know you looked foolish: we did too.

What's your take? Leave a comment or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.

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Nortec Collective

Friday, May 01, 2009

Under the stage names Bostich and Fussible, Ramon Amezcua and Pepe Mogt make fantastic dance music that mixes Mexican folk with electronica. Based in Tijuana, they tell Kurt how living on the border feeds their music. Their latest album is called

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Guaranteed to improve your Monday

Monday, March 23, 2009

Yale Graphic design grad student Ely Kim conducts a 1-man dance off to his 100 fave songs. You won't hear more than a few bars of each, but you will want watch all 100 (and marvel at all the great art school interiors from printshops to bathroom stalls). Best of all, guests at your future dance parties will thank you for his playlist. (M.I.A. , Technotronic, Yaz, Lil Mama) Watch. Smile. Repeat.
BOOMBOX from Ely Kim on Vimeo.

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"Undercurrents" Win us Over

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ok, so a lot of us no longer have the dispensable income to indulge in a trip to the theater or the ballet. But whether we were seeking it or not, last month at the Winter Garden, the dance troupe Third Rail Projects brought art to us -- or at least to the Wallstreeters, nannies, construction workers, and shop owners who happened upon the World Financial Center at lunchtime.Every day at 1 pm on the dot, Third Rail’s co-directors Tom Pearson and Zach Morris (no, not that one) presented a different 5-minute lunchtime dance in a site-specific dance project called "Undercurrents and Exchange."

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Voicemails for Barack: Part II

Friday, January 16, 2009

More special requests for the president-elect from saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, choreographer Elizabeth Streb, chef Wylie Dufresne, and actor Sarah Jones.

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Bill T. Jones on Fela Kuti

Friday, December 19, 2008

What Achebe did for literature, Fela Kuti did for music. The Nigerian composer and father of Afrobeat inspired a generation of artists--one of whom is choreographer Bill T. Jones. Kurt talks with Jones about his musical "Fela!" which celebrates the art and life of ...

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Revenge of the nerds

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Holy Geekdom! The DENPA party Sunday night was euphoric. Two floors full of happy nerds, dressed up as their favorite manga/anime/computer game characters, dancing to extremely loud computer game music, drinking, smoking and taking pictures of each other in studied poses. Takero Mimura, one of the producers of the night ...

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Street festival for drummers, breakdancers

Sunday, November 16, 2008

On the streets of Shibuya today: drum circles, drumming lessons, and breakdancing. We met a young radio reporter (Pejk spotted his DAT recorder) and he told us it's the third annual Shibuya music festival, called Shibu-on.

Some video highlights: first, breakdancing unplugged - to hand drums, pan flute and didgeridoo. ...

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Tendues and Torque

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ken Laws was in his early 40s when he decided he wanted to study ballet. Laws taught college physics, and when he had to shift his center of gravity to perform a simple pose at the barre, he immediately connected the dots between physical principles and

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