DanceNOW’s “ENCORE” was a hit! The energy is often dubious at Joe’s Pub, you could sit next to someone who asks “…did you know that this would be all about contemporary things.”? Or, next to a decidedly tanked patron who ever so often shakes a wrist indicating thumbs up or down. Nonetheless, one can’t beat the fiery energy directed towards the artists who are challenged to make a work for the very small stage. To celebrate DanceNOW’s 20th season, the lineup was a robust baker’s dozen who presented works made from 1996 to today. Mark Gindick and Deborah Lohse’s That One Night in 1995 was just hysterical, so too was Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan’s The Loop of Integrity a really good take on the TED Talks series, refashioned with vignettes mixing movement with drop-dead, funny text. Megan Williams’ Disney-style Happy Anniversary Dance was catchy and cool all wrapped in one. Wanjiru Kamuyu in an excerpt from At the moment of encounter, and Nicole Wolcott in Sans Todo offered contemplative solos, while Brian Brooks’ I’m Going to Explode and Nicholas Leichter’s Creep ’15 were fast and funky. Now this is how birthdays should be celebrated!
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a faculty member at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."